Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (2016)

Elgar, Williams, Britten

LSO String Ensemble

Roman Simovic

The LSO counts the finest orchestral players among its members and its principal players, originating from over 20 countries, are renowned soloists in their own right. Many of these players have developed new ensembles within the Orchestra to hone their incredible musicianship in different ways - from recent recordings of Reich by the LSO Percussion Ensemble to unique chamber performances of Stravinsky The Soldier’s Tale and  Mozart Gran Partita. The LSO String Ensemble, directed by Orchestra Leader Roman Simovic and featuring virtuoso principals from each section, are a key example of this practice, showcasing the wealth of talent that the London Symphony Orchestra has to offer. Following two well-received releases, the LSO String Ensemble continues on LSO Live with three English masterpieces, two of which given their first performances by the Orchestra. Premiered in 1910 by the LSO, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis is a visionary fusion of folksong and sacred music. Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, a challenging landmark of 20th-century string writing, takes the composer’s friend and teacher as its subject with each variation exploring a different aspect of Bridge’s character. Opening the album, Elgar’s Introduction and Allegroi is an incredibly well-loved work with a special significance for the LSO, having been composed for and premiered by the Orchestra. 

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LSO String Ensemble

First Violins
Roman Simovic LEADER
Clare Duckworth
Harriet Rayfield
Gerald Gregory
Claire Parfitt
Jörg Hammann

Second Violins
David Alberman *
Miya Väisänen
Iwona Muszynska
Julian Gil Rodriguez
Paul Robson
William Melvin

Violas
Edward Vanderspar *
Malcolm Johnston
Regina Beukes
Jonathan Welch
Robert Turner

Cellos
Tim Hugh *
Minat Lyons
Eve-Marie Caravassilis
Noel Bradshaw

Double Basses
Colin Paris *
Nicholas Worters
Patrick Laurence

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first selfgoverning orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

photo: from booklet

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Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (2016)

Elgar, Williams, Britten

LSO String Ensemble

    Diapason -

‘The accuracy of [Roman Simovic’s] tempos help develop a primarily balanced vision, never at the expense of emotion and mystery.’

    Gramophone

'Roman Simovic secures characterful and energetic results, the very occasional imprecision let through in the interests of emotional electricity.’

    Classical CD Choice

'A reminder – if reminder were needed – just how world-class the string section of the London Symphony Orchestra is… The pieces here are given performances of great authority.'

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    Herald Scotland

‘The LSO’s string playing with leader-violinist Roman Simovic is out of this world in almost every respect, from polish to immediacy of impact.’

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (2016)

Elgar, Williams, Britten

LSO String Ensemble

Producer: James Malinson
Recording Engineer: Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes - Classic Sound Ltd
Recording location: Barbican London
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD128

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Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47
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Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
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Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: i. Introduction and Theme
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Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: ii. Variation 1 - Adagio
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Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: iii. Variation 2 - March
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Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: iv. Variation 3 - Romance
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Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: v. Variation 4 - Aria Italiana
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Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: vi. Variation 5 - Bourr?e classique
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Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: vii. Variation 6 - Wiener Walzer
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Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: viii. Variation 7 - Moto perpetuo
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Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: ix. Variation 8 - Funeral March
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Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: x. Variation 9 - Chant
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Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: xi. Variation 10 - Fugue and Finale
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