“All the music on the CD is…really like a gift to me because it’s wonderful English music that I’ve known all my life... I’ve always loved British string music by some of my very favourite composers - Elgar, Delius, John Ireland, Vaughan Williams and William Walton. It’s the perfect music for me to make my first conducting recording with.”
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 in the case of the never-before-recorded arrangements by Elgar’s friend and biographer W.H. Reed of the two Chansons.
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Listen to an extract from Howard Goodall's And the Bridge is Love
About the Artists
Julian Lloyd Webber is one of today’s leading musicians. He has given the premières 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 Cello Concerto conducted by Yehudi Menuhin (chosen as the finest ever version by BBC Music Magazine), and a coupling of Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra and Walton’s Cello 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, playing on the ‘Barjansky’ Stradivarius cello of c. 1690.
“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
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, and its worldwide reputation is enhanced by its recordings of over a thousand works, including numerous award-winning discs as well as those of historic interest. Benjamin Britten, the orchestra’s first patron, exerted a tremendous musical influence, and the orchestra formed lasting and fruitful relationships with many great performers, including Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zukerman, Murray Perahia and Mitsuko Uchida.
Carl Czerny is remembered as a pupil and friend of Beethoven and the composer of numerous piano studies, but in his lifetime he was renowned for a prodigious output of brilliant concert works, most of which remain entirely unknown to present-day audiences and performers. Inspired by the most famous and attractive themes from Bel Canto operas which were hugely popular in their time and are still performed today, these sets of variations give full rein to the soloist and are a major contribution to the great pianist-composer tradition.
Listen to an extract from Introduction et Variations Brillantes sur le Marche de Gli Arabi nelle Gallie de Pacini