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Wydawnictwo: LSO Live
Nr katalogowy: LSO 0792
Nośnik: 1 SACD
Data wydania: listopad 2016
EAN: 822231179221
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Epoka muzyczna: 20 wiek do 1960, romantyzm, współczesna
Obszar (język): angielski
Rodzaj: fantazja, wariacje

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Elgar / Williams / Britten: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, Introduction and Allegro, Bridge Variations

LSO Live - LSO 0792
LSO String Ensemble / Roman Simović
Nagrody i rekomendacje
Pizzicato 5
Sir Edward Elgar:
Introduction and Allegro, Op 47

Ralph Vaughan Williams:
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis

Benjamin Britten:
Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op 10
The sound of a string orchestra seems to possess a uniquely ‘English’ flavour. Elgar’s two masterly examples the early Serenade of 1892 and the later Introduction and Allegro in turn inspired works by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Warlock, Lennox Berkeley, Britten and Tippett, among others. The key to this love affair with string timbre may lie in Elgar’s own response, when asked for the secret of his understanding of string instruments: ‘Study old Handel. I went to him for help ages ago’.

In October 1904 Elgar’s friend and editor August Jaeger suggested that the composer should write a new piece for the newly formed London Symphony Orchestra. By late January 1905 Elgar told Jaeger: ‘I’m doing that string thing in time for the Sym. Orch. concert. Intro. & Allegro no working-out part but a devil of a fugue instead …’. The new piece incorporated a theme with a falling third which Elgar had sketched down some years earlier after hearing some distant singing during a holiday on the Cardiganshire coast, but he confessed that ‘the work really is a tribute to that sweet borderland Malvern where I have made my home’.

Elgar conducted the premiere of the Introduction and Allegro with the strings of the London Symphony Orchestra at the Queen’s Hall in London on 8 March 1905. To his dismay it did not go down well at first, and only gained true recognition as a much-loved masterpiece in the second half of the 20th century. The Introduction and Allegro is designed as a concertante piece for string orchestra, highlighting a solo quartet within the main body of strings. After a powerful, majestic Introduction comes a gently undulating theme which forms the basis of the Allegro, and which Elgar described in Shakespearean terms as ‘Smiling with a sigh’. The ‘Welsh tune’, with its characteristic falling third, is given to a solo viola. But instead of a development section Elgar worked the material up into his ‘devil of a fugue’, which eventually leads to a return of the opening Allegro section.

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