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BBC Music Magazine - - BUILDING A LIBRARY - An­toine Ta­mestit (vi­ola); London Sym­phony Orches­tra/ Valery Gergiev RTE Con­cert Orches­tra/andrew Penny

We sug­gest works to ex­plore af­ter El­gar’s

Ber­lioz’s or­ches­tra­tions were a huge in­flu­ence on El­gar, who loved the French­man’s mu­sic – he was once re­ported to have been ‘trem­bling all over’ on hear­ing the Sym­phonie fan­tas­tique. Harold in Italy, a work for vi­ola and orches­tra in which the soloist de­scribes the hero’s moods as he trav­els from Ital­ian scene to scene, con­tains El­gar­ian whis­per­ings, from sigh­ing falls to full orches­tra scam­per­ings – even the way Ber­lioz scores his strings had a deep im­pact on the English com­poser. No doubt El­gar called Harold to mind as he sketched the sixth move­ment of the Enigma Vari­a­tions, ‘Yso­bel’, a witty trib­ute to an am­a­teur vi­o­laplay­ing friend. cer­tain rus­tic­ity to it be­fore ‘Au­tumn’ plunges us into mists and wist­ful­ness. ‘Win­ter’, mean­while, re­minds that this is also a sea­son of chilly gloom, be­fore even­tu­ally light­en­ing its soul as, in a dis­tinctly Slav man­ner, Christ­mas hones into view.

sea­sons to be cheer­ful: Ed­ward Ger­man wrote a highly char­ac­ter­ful or­ches­tral suite

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