News! The fifth series of Chord of the Week is in the can. They’ll be part of Proms Extra on BBC2 on Saturday nights throughout the Prom season.
My Nancy Storace Bicentenary Concert at Chawton last Friday (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.
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Caroline Balding (violin), Katy Bircher (flute), Andrew Skidmore (cello) and I (on my 1828 Broadwood) have just recorded the demo for the Jupiter Project: Mozart’s C major Concerto K.467 arranged by Cramer, and his Jupiter Symphony arranged by Clementi. The project as a whole will incorporate concerts, workshops, CD recordings and video, relating to the remarkable body of mid-nineteenth-century chamber-music arrangements, not just of Mozart, but of most of the core orchestral repertory.
Here are some samples:
From the first movement of K.467, arranged by Cramer
From the famous second movement
And the beginning of the wonderful fugal finale of the Jupiter Symphony, arranged by Clementi
It was this arrangement, published in 1823, that first named the symphony – hence the name of our project.
Chandos released the new double CD of Sullivan songs in March. “… thanks to Owen Norris’s inspired direction – make you realise what a fine, underrated songwriter Sullivan was.” (David Cairns Sunday Times). You can see the review from Gramophone at the foot of this page. I accompany Mary Bevan, Ben Johnson & Ashley Riches in a selection of Sullivan’s songs, including rarities like ‘I wish to tune my quiv’ring lyre’ (Byron), ‘Sweet Day’ (George Herbert) and the Tennyson song-cycle ‘The Window’. The song-cycle was a collaboration put together by Sir George Grove, between Tennyson, Sullivan & Sir John Everett Millais, who eventually withdrew from the project. The cover of the CD is a Millais picture only now noticed to be connected with it – an iconographical breakthrough causing much rejoicing in Yale, where it lives. You can see it here. It sums up the whole story of the cycle in one brilliant image. We launched the recording in a short Rhinegold Live concert at Conway Hall on April 25th.
Like the Jupiter Project, the Sullivan recordings come under the umbrella of Devices & Desires: more news as it develops.
Caroline and I thank you for your visit!