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Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

    1. Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47
    2. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
    3. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: i. Introduction and Theme
    4. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: v. Variation 4 - Aria Italiana
  • Catalogue Number LSO0792
    UPC 822231179221

    James Mallinson producer
    Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineer, editing, mixing & mastering
    Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd recording engineer

    Recorded February 2016, at the Barbican, London

    DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
    Programme notes in English / Notes de programme en français / Einführungstexte auf Deutsch

  • 'Three of the best British string orchestra works, meticulously performed … their Britten is spot on'
    BBC Music Magazine

    “The LSO revisit the work [Vaughan Williams] in a peerless performance”
    The Northern Echo

    'You cannot fault the impressive ensemble sound, the fabulous playing, or the unanimity of purpose in the LSO string section…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’
    Herald Scotland

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

    ‘A reminder – if reminder were needed – just how world-class the string section of the London Symphony Orchestra is… Both pieces here are given performances of great authority.’
    Classical CD Choice

    ‘The playing is outstanding, and the textures brim with life and, and, in a great performance of Britten’s Frank Bridge Variations, which bounds off the page with spectacular characterisation, sheer energy.’ The Herald Scotland

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Roman Simovic, LSO String Ensemble


The LSO String Ensemble continues on LSO Live with three English masterpieces: Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, a visionary fusion of folksong and sacred music; Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, a challenging landmark of 20th-century string writing; and Elgar's Introduction and Allegro, an incredibly well-loved work with a special significance for the LSO, having been composed for and premiered by the Orchestra.


Composers   Vaughan Williams, Britten, Elgar
Conductor   Roman Simovic
Performers   LSO String Ensemble

Track list
1. Introduction & Allegro
2. Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
3. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge: Introduction and Theme

4. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge: Variation 1: Adagio
5. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge: Variation 2: March
6. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge: Variation 3: Romance
7. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge: Variation 4: Aria Italiana
8. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge: Variation 5: Bouree Classique 
9. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge: 
Variation 6: Wiener Waltzer
10. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge: Variation 7: Moto Perpetuo
11. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge: Variation 8: Funeral March
12. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge: Variation 9: Chant
13. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge: Variation 10: Fugue and Finale

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