The swan is portrayed by the cor anglais
, with Rachael Pankhurst perfectly catching the sadness and loneliness of the bird's flight.
The famous second movement (later used as the "spiritual" Going Home) had all the yearning beauty you could wish for, with Catherine Lowe's delicate cor anglais
The theme of nature enters the piece in the cor anglais
, accompanied by the flute, imitating bird song.
This was particularly the case in the playing of the famous Largo second movement where the solo Cor Anglais
is supported by string harmonies and woodwind embellishments.
In Copland's Quiet City, I love the magical atmosphere that is created when the trumpet and cor anglais
work together to depict the eeriness of the early dawn before a bustling city comes to life.
The sequence of dances in the final tableau emerged as noble as those in Wagner's Meistersinger and instrumental solos throughout added characterful contributions: Marie-Christine Zupancic's fey flute, Rachael Pankhurst's lugubrious cor anglais
, Jonathan Holland's incisive trumpet, and Ben Dawson's vivid piano.
Largo introduced the signature tune of the symphony on clarinet and was later repeated with cor anglais
and bassoons also joining clarinets, which gave this melody a different timbre.
In four movements, the symphony begins with a quiet opening and the chimes of the Westminster Tower (recently renamed the Queen Elizabeth Tower) sounding faintly on the strings of the harp, and progresses through quiet themes led by the cor anglais
, flute, trumpet and viola to a lively scherzo and a march theme played by the full orchestra in the finale.
Soon the house and the pit will darken, and the sombre strings quiet down for the cor anglais
5) The cor anglais
is in which sector of the orchestra?
Rising scales in the strings, horns, oboes, and cor anglais
precede the choral entry.
Notable was Small's chat with the cor anglais
and, perhaps somewhat bizarrely, the tuba.