A nice surprise this morning – BBC Radio 4 repeated Mark Tully’s Something Understood on Counterpoint, where you can hear my sung analysis of Bach’s C major invention, and the three-fold quodlibet in my political cantata Turning Points. Click here to hear the programme.
Seven programmes currently in hand
Including anniversary tributes to Beethoven & Wordsworth (2020 – programme 6) and Saint-Saëns (2021 – programme 1).
Choral promoters will also find useful information below.
Click on the links for fuller details. If you’re looking for something different, please get in touch.
On modern piano
Chamber Music –
Piano Trios with John Mills & Joseph Spooner –
Late works by Haydn (F sharp minor) & Schubert (E flat), and the mighty Second Trio of Saint-Saëns (who died in 1921). Next performance of this programme at Stockbridge Music on St. Cecilia’s Day, November 22nd 2019.
Solo recitals –
Lifting the Lid – a virtuoso musical autobiography from ‘one of the most iconic personalities in English music of any period.’ (Revue Musicale)
L’esprit des soirées: Debussy Preludes, the witty Five Encores by Jean Françaix, and Poulenc’s brilliant set of musical caricatures Les soirées de Nazelles, with films by Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson.
Elgar at the Piano: Pomp & Circumspect
How Elgar improvised his way to his masterpieces, burying his secrets as he did so.
Next performance of this programme in St. Michael’s Church, Southampton on Sunday 1st March 2020.
On nineteenth-century pianofortes
Chamber Music –
The Jupiter Ensemble’s first CD was featured in the New York Times in August 2019 and reached No. 2 in the classical charts. ‘An unmitigated triumph …. a brilliant tour de force …. required listening.’ Gramophone. The Jupiter Ensemble explores the unknown repertoire of orchestral music arranged in the 1820s for flute, violin, cello and pianoforte by pianist-composers Clementi, Cramer, Hummel, Moscheles etc. With Katy Bircher, Caroline Balding & Andrew Skidmore.
5. (recorded on Hyperion Records)
Mozart: Piano Concerto K.467, Jupiter Symphony, Overtures to Figaro & Magic Flute
Concert promoters who would like a complimentary copy of the recording should email David Owen Norris.
Beethoven: Egmont Overture & Eroica Symphony
To be premiered in Turner Sims Southampton on Thursday 9th January 2020 in Beethoven, Wordsworth, & the French Revolution, a programme to mark the 250th anniversaries of Beethoven and Wordsworth (both born 1770) with poems read by Zeb Soanes.
Solo Recital –
Bespoke for Broadwood – music especially composed with the divided sustaining pedal in mind, by Mendelssohn & Sterndale Bennett.
Of Interest to Choral Societies
David Owen Norris has made a number of authorised arrangements that permit choral societies to expand their concert repertoire in a most economical way.
Lambert’s Rio Grande is arranged for the same ten players as are required for his similarly jazz-influenced Piano Concerto (solo piano plus flute, 3 clarinets, trumpet, trombone, cello, double bass, percussion). Next performance of these works on June 27th 2020 in Lincoln Cathedral with the Lincoln Choral Society.
Dohnanyi’s Variations on a Nursery Theme are arranged for solo piano, two trumpets, French horn, trombone, tuba & timpani. Since the nursery theme is ‘Twinkle, twinkle’, the piece is eminently suitable for family concerts. Many popular choral works are arranged for brass ensemble accompaniment.
In each case, the attractive concerto-type work makes an effective contrast in the programme.
In August I recorded all Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words for Prima Facie, at a Broadwood Grand Pianoforte with divided pedal. For relevant details, you might like to read my Sherlock Holmes pastiche, The Cloven Pedal, in which Holmes explains a Mendelssohn mystery and we learn more about Dr. Watson’s childhood.
I’ve just worked out the schedule for our final Sullivan Songs CD for Chandos, with Dame Sarah Connolly, Mary Bevan, Ben Johnson & Ashley Riches. Together with the filmed Sullivan performances in Mrs. Gaskell’s drawing room (a project in collaboration with the RNCM), the three Chandos discs will present all Sullivan’s wonderful songs. Hats off to the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society for making it possible.
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.)
Caroline and I thank you for your visit!