Pas­toral care

BBC Music Magazine - - Letters -

I en­joyed Terry Blain’s en­thu­si­asm for An­dré Previn’s 1971 record­ing of Vaughan Wil­liams’s A Pas­toral Sym­phony (Nov) – not only be­cause he rightly praises Previn’s un­der­stand­ing of the work, but also that he gives credit to the or­ches­tra (the LSO) and par­tic­u­larly some of its prin­ci­pal play­ers. John Ge­or­giadis (vi­o­lin), Ger­vase de Peyer (clar­inet) and Wil­liam Ben­nett

(flute) were named; but who were the anony­mous con­trib­u­tors on oboe, vi­ola, horn and trum­pet? I can tell you that the oboist

was the late lamented Roger WORTH £170! Lord, the vi­o­list Alexan­der Tay­lor, the horn player Tony ★al­stead, and the trum­peter ★oward Snell – all play­ers well-known in other con­texts. Re­mem­ber­ing that the LSO was a male­dom­i­nated or­ches­tra, I also en­quired as to whether any WIN A DIG­I­TAL RA­DIO!

hero­ines were present.

Ev­ery month the ed­i­tor will award a Pure Evoke H4 (re­tail The only reg­u­lar mem­ber value £170 – see www.pure. then was the se­cond com) to the writer of the best harp; the cur­rent LSO let­ter re­ceived. The ed­i­tor

mem­ber­ship is one-third re­serves the right to shorten

fe­male. That’s progress! let­ters for pub­li­ca­tion.

Jeremy Polmear, Lon­don

Per­fect Pas­toral: An­dré Previn and the LSO, 1979

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