Thursday, September 29, 2016
This is the cello section of the Gerard Schwarz All-Star orchestra recording for PBS television at Suny College New York. It features principals of the Met, Cincinnati, Richmond, associate of San Francisco, two members from the Philadelphia Orchestra, one from the New York Philharmonic, one from the National Symphony and Gerard Schwarz. Over four sessions in two days they recorded: Sibelius no.2, Elgar Enigma Variations, Goosens Jubilee Variations, Mussorgsky’s Bald Mountain, Britten Variations, Hovaness Mysterious Mountain, Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet. They should get together more often.
Under the supervision of renowned pedagogue Markand Thakar, up to 10 Fellows will conduct the internationally acclaimed Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in works by Mozart, Elgar, Haydn, and Beethoven. A number of Associates will also be accepted. Associates participate in all activities outside of conducting the ensembles. The Winter Conducting Workshop, held on the campus […]
Toby Spence was supposed to stand in for the German star in Berlin’s Dream of Gerontius tonight. But it appears he has also pulled out. Andrew Staples is standing in at the last minute. So is Catherine Wyn-Rogers, who is replacing Sarah Connolly. Thomas Hampson is still there. Barenboim conducts. Announcement here.
The German tenor has pulled out of two concerts of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius in Berlin next week ‘for health reasons’, the Staatsoper has announced. He is to be replaced by the UK tenor Toby Spence. The other soloists, on September 19 and 20, are Sarah Connolly and Thomas Hampson. Barenboim conducts.
I hope Ian Jack (The Last Night of the Proms never, never shall be hijacked by Brexiteers, 10 September) was as moved as I was to see those European flags being waved among the union jacks at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, though alas no such shows of good thinking were to be seen at the outside jamborees in Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast and London.He is of course right about the self-mockery involved. And it was good to see the star tenor soloist, Juan Diego Florez, dressed in a splendid costume as much Peruvian as English to render Arne’s Rule, Britannia! But I do think that Jack, and maybe the Proms organisers, are a little unfair to Elgar. He really cannot be blamed for the “imperial triumphalism” of Land of Hope and Glory. What he actually wrote was the ironic first of his six Pomp and Circumstance marches. The later addition of the ludicrous words, taking over the glorious tune, was not Elgar’s fault. Those planning the 2017 Proms might like to consider the words. The plea to make Britain “mightier yet” may be in the minds of Foxes and Farages, but even they should at least have doubts about ever widening of the nation’s borders. Whatever Brexit may mean, the retreat from Europe – and whatever influence the Brits used to have in neighbouring countries – demands drawing in, not expansion. Sean Day-Lewis Colyton, Devon Continue reading...
Sir Edward William Elgar (2 June 1857 23 February 1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. Although Elgar is often regarded as a typically English composer, most of his musical influences were not from England but from continental Europe. He felt himself to be an outsider, not only musically, but socially. In musical circles dominated by academics, he was a self-taught composer; in Protestant Britain, his Roman Catholicism was regarded with suspicion in some quarters; and in the class-conscious society of Victorian and Edwardian Britain, he was acutely sensitive about his humble origins even after he achieved recognition. After a series of moderately successful works his Enigma Variations (1899) became immediately popular in Britain and overseas. His later full-length religious choral works were well received but have not entered the regular repertory. The first of his Pomp and Circumstance Marches (1901) is well-known in the UK and in the US. Elgar has been described as the first composer to take the gramophone seriously. Between 1914 and 1925, he conducted a series of recordings of his works. The introduction of the microphone in 1925 made far more accurate sound reproduction possible, and Elgar made new recordings of most of his major orchestral.
Great composers of classical music