A Bridge of Love, A Span of Time


And the Bridge is Love

English Chamber Orchestra
Julian Lloyd Webber, Cello and Conductor

This wide-ranging programme of English music for strings includes the world première recording of Howard Goodall’s moving And the Bridge is Love, in which Julian Lloyd Webber plays cello, and of William Lloyd Webber’s The Moon, only performed for the first time in 2014. There are also established classics such as Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Op. 47, as well as novelties such as the never-before-recorded arrangements by Elgar’s friend and biographer W.H. Reed of the two Chansons.

Listen to an excerpt from William Lloyd Webber’s The Moon

The Artists

About Julian Lloyd Webber

Julian Lloyd Webber is one of today’s leading musicians. He has given the premieres of more than fifty works for cello and has inspired new compositions from composers as diverse as Malcolm Arnold and Joaquin Rodrigo to Philip Glass and Eric Whitacre. His many recordings include his Brit Award-winning Elgar Concerto conducted by Yehudi Menuhin (chosen as the finest ever version by BBC Music Magazine), and a coupling of Britten’s Cello Symphony and Walton’s Concerto with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, which was described by Gramophone magazine as “beyond any rival”. This recording is Julian Lloyd Webber’s first as a conductor. His performance of Howard Goodall’s And the Bridge is Love is his final recording as a cellist. Julian Lloyd Webber played the ‘Barjansky’ Stradivarius cello of c. 1690.

About the English Chamber Orchestra

Formed in 1960, the English Chamber Orchestra is one of the world’s
most distinguished ensembles and remains the chamber orchestra
of choice for many of the world’s greatest soloists. The orchestra
undertakes a busy annual schedule of concert appearances, which include its prestigious London series. Overseas touring fills approximately three months of the schedule each year and since its first foreign tour the orchestra has performed in almost four hundred cities across the globe. Its worldwide reputation is enhanced by its recordings of over a thousand works and includes numerous award-winning discs as well as those of historic interest.

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“It sounds like it must have been great fun to do; it’s certainly great fun to listen to."
- The WholeNote

“…this is an ideal collection to while away the summer evenings.”
- Gramophone

“In 21 short arrangements, all but one by Julian Lloyd Webber, he and his wife Jiaxin…prove their innate musical chemistry in a whole bevy of two-part pieces.”
- The Strad