• Pick-up band attempts Rachmaninov

    From Andrew Clarke@21:1/5 to All on Mon Nov 7 14:37:11 2022
    The Sinfonia of London, which is actually a virtuoso recording orchestra, has moved on from Ravel to Rakhmaninov, with a new series of recordings, beginning with The Isle of the Dead, Ease and the Third Symphony. Readers may be unfamiliar with the second
    of these masterworks, which is the Vocalise without the vocal, in the composer's own arrangement.

    As the Sinfonia's conductor is celebrated for his Rodgers and Hammerstein nights at the London Proms, a certain alphabetical pattern seems in evidence. Given John Wilson's interest in music of the late 19th and twentieth centuries, perhaps we will get

    < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgZtChpNy1U >

    I note that both Sir Mark Elder and F.X. Roth have included Paul Dukas' 'L'apprenti sorciere' in recent concerts, not as comic relief - neither conductor wore Micky Mouse ears - but as an example of really fine orchestration of its period. The other
    works in Sir Mark's concert were Respighi's 'Fountains of Rome' and a concert performance of Puccini's 'Il Tabarro', and I suspect that the object of the exercise was to explore a certain kind of orchestral tone. The Roth concert with the Berlin Phil
    also included Dukas' overture 'Polyeucte' the Bartok VC no 2 with the Panzerfaust, and Debussy's 'La damoiselle elue'

    Andrew Clarke

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