On this recording we get to enjoy the following:
Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10
Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47
All performed by the LSO String Ensemble, Roman Simovic conducting.
The LSO Has some excellent orchestral players among its members, and many of its principals are renowned soloists in their own right. They have developed new ensembles within the Orchestra to exhibit their incredible musicianship in different ways: from recent recordings of Reich by the LSO Percussion Ensemble to unique chamber performances of Stravinsky’s ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ and Mozart’s ‘Gran Partita’.
The LSO String Ensemble, directed by Orchestra Leader Roman Simovic, are a key example of this practice, showcasing the wealth of talent that the London Symphony Orchestra has to offer.
The LSO String Ensemble continues on LSO Live with three English masterpieces: Vaughan Williams’ ‘Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis’, a visionary fusion of folksong and sacred music; Britten’s ‘Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge’, a challenging landmark of 20th-century string writing, here in a virtuosic performance; and Elgar’s ‘Introduction and Allegro’, a work beloved of the LSO, having been composed for and premiered by the Orchestra.
Here is the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis: