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Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis - Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge - Elgar: Introduction and Allegro

LSO String Ensemble, Roman Simovic

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1
Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47
Sir Edward Elgar; LSO String Ensemble; Roman Simovic; Various Artists
14:07
2
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Ralph Vaughan Williams; LSO String Ensemble; Roman Simovic; Various Artists
14:26
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10  
3
Introduction and Theme
Benjamin Britten; LSO String Ensemble; Roman Simovic; Various Artists
1:42
4
Var. I. Adagio
Benjamin Britten; LSO String Ensemble; Roman Simovic; Various Artists
2:16
5
Var. II. March
Benjamin Britten; LSO String Ensemble; Roman Simovic; Various Artists
1:01
6
\Var. III. Romance
Benjamin Britten; LSO String Ensemble; Roman Simovic; Various Artists
1:24
7
Var. IV. Aria Italiana
Benjamin Britten; LSO String Ensemble; Roman Simovic; Various Artists
1:17
8
Var. V. Bourrée classique
Benjamin Britten; LSO String Ensemble; Roman Simovic; Various Artists
1:16
9
Var. VI. Wiener Walzer
Benjamin Britten; LSO String Ensemble; Roman Simovic; Various Artists
2:39
10
Var. VII. Moto perpetuo
Benjamin Britten; LSO String Ensemble; Roman Simovic; Various Artists
1:07
11
Var. VIII. Funeral March
Benjamin Britten; LSO String Ensemble; Roman Simovic; Various Artists
3:47
12
Var. IX. Chant
Benjamin Britten; LSO String Ensemble; Roman Simovic; Various Artists
1:49
13
Var. X. Fugue and Finale
Benjamin Britten; LSO String Ensemble; Roman Simovic; Various Artists
7:01
Total Playing Time    53:52
"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

"... (Simovic) clearly has the orchestra's string section under good control ... we British don't always credit ourselves, as we should, for having produced such a stunning array of string orchestra masterpieces. The three offered here all sound wonderful both separately and listened to complete as a concert. It's hard to fault Simovic's direction, or his colleagues playing ... (a) fine album."
- Classic FM

The LSO String Ensemble is led by violinist Roman Simovic on this programme of three English masterpieces, recorded live in February 2016: Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, a visionary fusion of folk and sacred music, Britten's landmark of 20th century string writing Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and Elgar's Introduction and Allegro, a popular work with a special significance for the LSO, having been composed for and premiered by the orchestra.

"It’s a big challenge for me to perform this wonderful English programme with an English orchestra. The LSO has a really special, unique sound and to produce this standing up without a conductor, well it’s quite a challenge! But my fellow players are all fantastic musicians with huge knowledge and I think people more and more are looking forward to our concerts, because it’s something really special: real chamber music."
- Roman Simovic
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – London Symphony Orchestra Studio Masters

Recorded February 2016 at the Barbican, London
Produced by James Mallinson
Balance engineer, editing, mixing and mastering: Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd.
Recording engineer: Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd.

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