Browsing Tag Elgar

Beauty in unexpected places

Beauty in unexpected places

By | March 15, 2014 at 6:19 pm | 3 comments

There is beauty in every corner in India. Often it’s in the most unlikely places. The lines of colourful laundry flying like flags on rooftops, the bowls of roadside fruit carved with the skill of the stonemason and the crouching men on the broken pavement sorting out...

Posted in: China Taiwan South Korea India March 2014, LSO On Tour

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)

By | June 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm | No comments

Fritz Kreisler sits high on the pantheon of great violin virtuosos. The first part of his career was closely linked with two important figures in the LSO’s early history. He made his début with the Berlin Philharmonic under Arthur Nikisch’s baton and later joined him on one...

Posted in: The Lesser Spotted Composer

Producer James Mallinson on Elgar’s Enigma Variations

Producer James Mallinson on Elgar’s Enigma Variations

By | May 14, 2013 at 11:07 am | No comments

It is curious that Sir Edward Elgar, the composer whose music is the beating heart of Establishment England, should have considered himself something of an outsider both musically and socially. His musical influences were mainly German and Schumann was the composer he most...

Posted in: LSO Live

The train rain refrain

By | November 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm | One comment

As an encore at the recital the other night, we played a little melancholy Welsh folk song. Simple but effective in its main aim of bringing a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. A member of the audience asked me at the reception afterwards if all Welsh folk songs were...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Luxembourg/Paris November 2010

Colin and Nikolaj

By | November 15, 2010 at 9:39 am | No comments

After negotiating the ticket system of Europe, we successfully performed in the Chateau and consequently enjoyed a well earned lie in the next morning when the rest of the orchestra was on a very bumpy flight from Gatwick. As we met up with some wet colleagues in the foyer, it...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Luxembourg/Paris November 2010

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