Elgar, Introduction and Allegro for String, Serenade in E Minor, Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis

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Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known works are the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, chamber music and songs. He was appointed […]

Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known works are the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King’s Musick in 1924. His only formal musical training beyond piano and violin lessons from local teachers was more advanced violin studies with Adolf Pollitzer, during brief visits to London in 1877-78. Elgar said “my first music was learnt in the Cathedral … from books borrowed from the music library, when I was eight, nine or ten.” He later said that he had been most helped by Hubert Parry’s articles in the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. . At the age of forty-two, Elgar produced the Enigma Variations. This has become one of the most performed works by an English composer. Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47, was composed in 1905. Scored for string quartet and string orchestra.The work, is like a multi-layered symphonic poem for string orchestra, with several prominent themes. The piece opens with a tutti descending fanfare, which segues into a major-key moderato section, interspersed by an Allegretto e poco stringendo section consisting of two measures in length. Foreshadowing into a slow, lyrical theme played by the solo viola, Elgar cascades between solo voice and orchestra by use of echo. Elgar writes that this theme is a quotation of a song sung by a distant voice that he had heard during a holiday in Wales. The Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20, is a piece for string orchestra in three short movements. It was written in March 1892 and first performed by the Worcester Ladies’ Orchestral Class, with the composer conducting. It received its first public performance in Antwerp, Belgium on 21 July 1896. Dedicated to the organ builder and keen amateur musician Edward W Whinfield. Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872 – 1958 was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music, and film scores. He is considered one of the great English composers of the 20th century along with Benjamin Britten, Elgar, and William Walton. His 5th symphony is one of the most widely performed symphonies in the concert repertoire. His earlier works sometimes show the influence of Maurice Ravel, his teacher for three months in Paris in 1908. Ravel described Vaughan Williams as the only one of his pupils who did not write music like Ravel. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis is a work for string orchestra and was composed in 1910 and performed at Gloucester Cathedral for the Three Choirs Festival. Vaughan Williams himself conducted, and the composition proved to be a major success. In 2014 listeners of the UK classical music radio station Classic FM voted the piece into third place on the station’s “Hall of Fame”, an annual poll of the most popular classical music works. Sir John Barbirolli, (1899- 1970) was a British conductor. He is remembered above all as conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, which he helped save from dissolution in 1943 and conducted for the rest of his life. In the 1950s he conducted productions of works by Verdi, Wagner, Gluck, and Puccini at Covent Garden with such success that he was invited to become the company’s permanent musical director, an invitation he declined. Both disc and sleeve very good +

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