Double Grammy Award winner Pinchas Zukerman stars as violin and viola soloist and conductor in a landmark new Decca recording with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 'Elgar & Vaughan Williams' offers his mature thoughts on Ralph Vaughan Williams' evocative masterwork The Lark Ascending, which Zukerman first recorded over forty years ago.
It also includes revelatory performances of Elgar's Introduction and Allegro and Serenade for String Orchestra, Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, such evergreen Elgar miniatures as Salut d'amour and Chanson de matin, and the world premiere recording of In Moonlight, an arrangement for solo viola, strings and harp of Elgar's celebrated Canto popolare. Maestro Zukerman here draws on the strength of his partnership as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as the orchestra celebrates its 70th anniversary.
Pinchas Zukerman recorded his new album at Cadogan Hall, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's central London home. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham, a great champion of English music, and gave its first performance in September 1946. The orchestra launched its 70th anniversary year on tour to the United States in company with Pinchas Zukerman, now in his seventh season as Principal Guest Conductor. He is set to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London's Royal Festival Hall on 1 March and perform at Buckingham Palace two days later for the orchestra's 70th Anniversary Gala Concert.