April 22, 1991 |
Pinchas Zukerman led the English Chamber Orchestra in the kind of music-making that educates the ear and helps set standards in a Philharmonic Society-sponsored concert Friday at the Performing Arts Center. From the initial vibrant yet razor-sharp attacks in Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for strings to the closing crystalline clarity and drive of Haydn's Symphony No. 85, the playing of the orchestra was virtually ideal in terms of balance, shading, transparency, propulsion and nuanced style.
April 19, 1991 |
The English Chamber Orchestra, which made its local debut at Civic Theatre on Wednesday night, failed to give a single clue to its national identity. Austrian orchestras display their velvety warm timbre, for example, and French orchestras usually specialize in the music of their fellow countrymen. But the 33-member London-based orchestra under conductor Pinchas Zuckerman sported a generic, international sonority and offered no British music on its eclectic but unadventurous program.
August 3, 1990 |
A Royal Song: Prince Charles gave the Queen Mother a special 90th birthday present Thursday--a concert of specially commissioned music. The concert by the English Chamber Orchestra, and a recording to be released by EMI, will benefit Charles' charity, the Prince's Trust, which helps disadvantaged young people. Charles commissioned one of the works by composer Patrick Doyle especially for his grandmother.
December 17, 1989 |
Concertos are not typically conductor's material, but the Beethoven Triple is something of an exception. A noble, quirky amalgam of chamber music and orchestral display, it needs--and seldom gets--a controlling, central vision. The version recorded by Edward Heath and the Trio Zingara a year ago, and recently released on compact disc (IMP Classics, PCD 917), would seem to represent Heath's vision, although the Zingarans certainly make a cohesive collective protagonist.
December 10, 1989 |
It has become a tradition for this column, at this time of year, to recommend some new recording of Handel's "Messiah" to avoid. 1989's Caveat of the Year goes to the version by London's excellent Taverner Choir and period-instrument Taverner Players under the direction of their founder, Andrew Parrott. Among the soloists are such stylistic paragons as soprano Emma Kirkby, countertenor James Bowman and bass David Thomas (EMI Angel 49802, two CDs).