The fifth series of Chord of the Week is in the can. It’s part of Proms Extra on BBC2 on Saturday nights throughout the Prom season. Here’s the first one – Elgar’s Second Symphony, at about 24’30.
Here’s Walton’s Popular Song at about 19′.
And here’s Beethoven 9, about 10′ in.
‘Oh what a beautiful yawning.’
Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony at 27’30.
And here’s my Proms Extra interval talk on Orchestration (at 53’20 – Interval). There’ll be more Proms intervals from me on Saturday 12th August (on Unfinished Works – Interval at 26′), Sunday 3rd September (the Dresden Amen), and Monday 4th August (the Sounds of Nature).
You might like to see me setting out the dilemmas of Historically Informed Performance (HIP) back in 1990 with David Wilson-Johnson. Eerily still relevant. Enjoy it!
My Nancy Storace Bicentenary Concert at Chawton this month (part of the international conference at Chawton House Library to mark the bicentenary of the deaths of Jane Austen and Germaine de Staël) included the British premiere of the newly discovered piece celebrating Storace’s recovery from illness written jointly by Salieri, Mozart & Cornetti. Here’s the Mozart section, sung by RNCM student Alexandra Lowe. I’m playing an 1806 Webler Square Pianoforte.
The Jupiter Project gets under way with more Mozart premieres on Thursday September 28th with a concert at 7.30pm at Christ Church, Frome (tickets at the door); and then at Palace House, Beaulieu at 7.30 on Wednesday October 4th (ticket details, including refreshments, coming shortly). Later in October we’re recording the repertoire at Cooper Hall for Hyperion, using Christopher Barlow’s marvellous modern re-make of my 1828 Broadwood.
There’s lots to explore here on my website. Click along the menu under the picture. You can listen to selected recordings via links to the record companies, or you can browse through programme ideas under Performances & Projects (here you’ll also find a selection of reviews) and under Presentations. You can follow BBC links to some of my broadcast work on radio and television, including Building a Library and Chord of the Week. My work on early pianos can be found under Devices & Desires, and some of my own music can be heard under Compositions. (Menu items with a drop-down list also have content on the header, by the way.)
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Caroline and I thank you for your visit!