Proms Archive

GRIEG: In Autumn; Lyric Suite; Sigurd Josalfa; 10 Songs – Kirsten Flagstad, soprano/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Malcolm Sargent – Pristine Audio

GRIEG: In Autumn; Lyric Suite; Sigurd Josalfa; 10 Songs – Kirsten Flagstad, soprano/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Malcolm Sargent – Pristine Audio

In her last concert appearance, Kirsten Flagstad celebrates the music and spirit of Edvard Grieg to the delight of the Proms audience. GRIEG: In Autumn, Op. 11; Lyric Suite, Op. 54; Sigurd Josalfar, Op. 56: Homage March; 10 Songs – Kirsten Flagstad, soprano/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Malcolm Sargent – Pristine Audio PASC 528, 77:29 [www.pristineclasical.com] *****: The Proms concert of 7 September 1957 at the Royal Albert Hall meant to celebrate 50 years since the passing of esteemed Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. The extended concert program brought Kirsten Flagstad from her two-year retirement, given her intense devotion to the composer. Set in two distinct parts, the concert provided orchestral music prior to each of the two appearances by Flagstad in a total of ten songs. The BBC Transcription Service indicates that the Piano Concerto found a place among the selections, though it does not appear to have been preserved. Ms. Flagstad proceeded to state categorically that she would never again appear before the public in concert: so, producer Andrew Rose and Pristine team give us: Flagstad Sings Grieg: Her Final Concert Performance, 1957. Sargent opens with the 1865 concert overture In Autumn, Op. 11, a piece I had long […]

COOKE: Symphonies 4 & 5 –  BBC S.O. /BBC Northern S.O. / John Pritchard & Bernard Keeffe – Lyrita

COOKE: Symphonies 4 & 5 – BBC S.O. /BBC Northern S.O. / John Pritchard & Bernard Keeffe – Lyrita

ARNOLD COOKE: Symphonies 4 & 5 –  BBC S.O. /BBC Northern S.O.* / John Pritchard & Bernard Keeffe* – Lyrita REAM.1123 59:44 [Distr. by Naxos] **** : The tonal, contrapuntal music of composer and teacher Arnold Cooke. The long-lived Arnold Cooke (1906-2005) was a composer, and teacher at the Royal Manchester College of Music (now the RNCM) and, after the second world war, Trinity College of Music in London.  He left a wide body of work, including a pair of operas, orchestral, chamber and instrumental music.  He studied cello, piano and organ and wrote for all three instruments. Tonal, contrapuntal music became somewhat unfashionable after the 1940s, and especially later on at the BBC. But Cooke remained highly regarded there and elsewhere, being aired regularly, for example, at the Proms and at the Cheltenham Festival.  The BBC gave the first performances of some works, including the Piano Concerto with Louis Kentner in 1942, the First Symphony under Sir Adrian Boult in 1947, and the Fourth, whose premiere performance in 1975 is included on this disc. After studying History at Cambridge University, Cooke took a second degree there in Music in 1929 and then spent three years at the Berlin Hochschule […]