Works by Julian Anderson, Mozart and Tchaikovsky
performed by Janine Jansen, Vladimir Jurowski
and the London Philharmonic Orchestra,
enjoyed by BILL NEWMAN
Julian Anderson is now in his second season as composer in residence with the LPO. I listened on BBC Radio 3 to his Symphony conducted by Edward Gardner, and knew immediately that the forty-four-year-old, who studied composition with John Lambert, Alexander Goehr and Tristan Murail, is destined for a distinguished career. Fantasias (2009) was written as part of his association with the Cleveland Orchestra, and was performed in November that year under Jonathan Nott, with the British premieres following in August 2010 on a tour by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain under Semyon Bychkov.
I was straight away [3 December 2011, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK] attracted by the layout: Fantasias I-V for Orchestra, with appropriate tempo-metronome indications suggesting the 'sounds' of Tippett and Lutoslawski -- to my ears -- the one for the harmonies, the other for the colourful complexities of ideas and layout...
Copyright © 11 December 2011