New CDs and Concerts from Oramo

Sakari Oramo will appear in no less than five concerts throughout the BBC Proms season, including leading the Last Night of the Proms on 13 September. The Finnish maestro has two significant CD releases in this period – a disc of works by the Danish composer Per Nørgård’s on the Dacapo label, and a continuation of his successful Elgar cycle with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra on BIS records. Continue reading

JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER: DVOŘÁK– IN LOVE

The Cello Concerto by Dvořák is one of the most popular concertos ever written and one of Dvořák’s last ever works, but a strange and rather tragic, story lies behind its composition. Renowned director Tony Palmer investigates the story behind the music in the wonderful Dvořák – In Love? which makes its DVD debut courtesy of Firefly on 7 July. In the early 1980s Tony Palmer visited Prague looking for books about Dvořák, at the time Czechoslovakia’s most famous composer, surprisingly there were none. In September 1988 he filmed a new recording of the Cello Concerto in Prague performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, which was conducted by the great Czech maestro Václav Neumann with the soloist Julian Lloyd-Webber, already making a reputation as one of the leading British cellists of his generation. Tony went on to explore how this stunning piece of music came to existence. Dvořák – In Love? was originally a co-production with Czechoslovak Television in 1988, but when they saw the finished film and its implied political message, they explained that it could not be shown in Communist-ruled Czechoslovakia. Continue reading