Malcolm Sargent News
English conductor, organist and composer (1895-1967)
- United Kingdom
- choir director, conductor, music pedagogue, pipe organ
Riccardo Muti presents two groundbreaking pieces by the first African American composers to have symphonic works performed by major orchestras. William Grant Still’s Mother and Child is a gentle, lilting work inspired by a painting by Sargent Johnson. Florence Price’s expressive Third Symphony gives a powerful voice to the African American experience. The first half includes Beethoven's Fourth Symphony, a work of grace, subtlety and drive, whose smallest gestures have large implications. In honor of these special performances of Price’s Symphony No. 3, the CSO is presenting a panel discussion about this fascinating composer.
[…] music magazine, International Record Review, now unfortunately defunct, wrote the following notes about him: “The story is that de Sabata, rehearsing in London around 1930, was asked why he never conducted any English music; because there's nothing worth doing, he answered. Did he know the Enigma Variations? No. So they gave him a score to take home and he went through the work from memory at the next morning's rehearsal, which Elgar himself and Malcolm Sargent attended. De Sabata was apparently correcting mistakes in the parts that neither the composer nor the man who fancied himself its principal interpreter had noticed.” The British music critic Felix Aprahamian recalls the following story (as per Wikipedia): “In the rehearsal interval, he asked the flicorni [the saxhorn, one of the instruments invented by Adolphe Sax] for the final movement to play their brass fanfares. They did. 'What are you playing?' he asked. 'It […]
[…] concerts were held on an ad hoc basis. Therefore, this year celebrates not only the 250th anniversary of the festival but also the 150th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams, who was so closely involved with the festival as, too, was the founder of the Proms, Sir Henry Wood, lovingly known as ‘Old Timber’, who enjoyed a good innings from 1908 to 1930. Other prominent conductors also lured to Norwich included Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Norman Del Mar and Vernon Handley.However, a couple of notable commissions from the 19th century came from the revered German-born composer, Louis Spohr, whose exhilarating oratorio, The Last Judgement, was heard in 1826 while Edward Elgar’s beautiful and serene song-cycle, Sea Pictures, delighted a packed St Andrew’s Hall in 1899 featuring the English-born contralto, Dame Clara Butt. She came on stage dressed as a mermaid with Elgar at the rostrum. I wonder what sailed […]
Tenor who sang Wagner’s Tristan under Reginald Goodall, Beethoven and Mahler at the Proms, and many rarer worksA familiar figure on the concert platform and a prolific broadcaster for the BBC, the tenor John Mitchinson has died at the age of 89. Many of his broadcast performances were of relatively obscure works, leading him to quip: “I think I’ve got the biggest repertoire of useless roles of anybody in the world!” The 38 BBC Proms appearances he made between 1959 and 1964 reflected this versatility. The first two came in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis, both under Malcolm Sargent (1959, 1960) and he returned to perform the Ninth Symphony on six further occasions. In the earlier years came works by Handel (Samson, Israel in Egypt) and