And the Bridge Is Love / Julian Lloyd Webber, ECO

Release Date: 3/10/2015
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8573250
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Julian Lloyd Webber, here as (primarily) conductor, offers an impressive disc of English music that demonstrates a richly rewarding affinity for the repertoire.

– Gramophone [4/2015]

This recording, released in 2015, may be the final release to feature Julian Lloyd Webber as a cellist; neck injuries have forced him to make a transition to conducting, so the album, on which he appears in both capacities, is something of a milestone. It's a remarkably personal document, featuring a previously unrecorded work, The Moon, by Julian (and Andrew) Lloyd Webber's father and the title work by Howard Goodall, dedicated to a cellist who died at the age of 17. The best news, however, is that Lloyd Webber emerges as a solid talent with the baton, getting a big, distinctive sound out of the venerable English Chamber Orchestra in this set of exquisitely sentimental British string music. There are several more unusual pieces and world premieres here, including Elgar's Sospiri, Op. 70, performed with its original harmonium, and two Elgar "chansons" transcribed from violin-and-piano works. But he also does well with more familiar repertory, lending grace to Elgar's Tchaikovskian Serenade for strings, Op. 20, and weight to the Introduction and Allegro for strings, Op. 47. For an entire album of conservative British string orchestra music of the 20th and 21st centuries, Lloyd Webber realizes quite a variety of moods and keeps the orchestra under tight control in what must have been largely unfamiliar music, even in England. Recommended for those with the slightest sympathy toward English music.

– All Music Guide
Works on This Recording
1. Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op. 47 by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904-1905 ; England
2. Sospiri, Op. 70 by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1914 ; England
3. The Moon by William Lloyd Webber
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
4. And the Bridge is Love by Howard Goodall
Performer: Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
5. Charterhouse Suite: Prelude by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
6. Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; England
7. Aquarelles (2) by Frederick Delius
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932 ; France
8. Chanson de nuit, Op. 15 no 1 by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897 ; England
9. Chanson de matin, Op. 15 no 2 by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897 ; England
10. Henry V: Pieces (2) for String Orchestra by Sir William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943-1944 ; England
11. Downland Suite: 3rd movement, Minuet by John Ireland
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932-1941 ; England
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