Music by Artur Lemba, Hubert Parry, Herbert Howells CBE, Robert John Godfrey, Xia Guan. Hosted by Jim Pellatt.
Artur Lemba: . Poéme d’amour. Purchase Here
Hubert Parry: 5th Symphony. Purchase Here
Herbert Howells CBE: 1st Piano Concerto. Purchase Here
Robert John Godfrey: The Voice Within. Unavailable
Xia Guan: Sorrowful Dawn. Purchase Here
Artur Lemba Artur Lemba learned piano from his brother Theodor Lemba. In 1899, following in his brother's footsteps, he enrolled at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. There he studied piano with Carl van Arck, Prof. V. Tolstov and I. Borovka. His composition teacher was Nicolai Soloviev and he studied music theory with Alexander Lyadov, Alexander Glazunov and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
In 1908, he graduated, receiving a gold medal in piano, a silver medal in composition, and the Anton Rubinstein prize (a Schröder piano). At his graduation ceremony, Lemba performed his Piano Concerto No. 1.
This his Poéme d’amour wriiten in 1916 is taken from and Estonia concert of 17 Nov 2016 and was Orchestrated by Peteer Saul orginally having been written for Vioiln Piano.and is played by the Estonian National Orchestra conducted by Neeme Jarvi.with Triin Ruubel violin.
Hubert Parry’s Fifth Symphony was composed for the centenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society and was duly heard at the Queen’s Hall on 5 December 1912 with the composer conducting.
The original title of the work was ‘Symphony in four linked movements in B minor, 1912’. However, at the second performance of the piece it was called the ‘Fifth Symphony’ and finally, the printed score is entitled ‘Symphonic Fantasia in B minor “1912”’ with ‘Symphony’ as a subtitle. The symphony is in 4 movements and here is the beautiful II. Love- Lento. It is played here by Matthias Bamert conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Herbert Howells CBE (17 October 1892 – 23 February 1983) was an English composer, organist, and teacher, most famous for his large output of Anglican church music. He studied organ alongside Ivor Novello, famous for his musicals, a latter day Andrew Lloyd Webber. He had two children Ursula (1922–2005), later a famous actress, and Michael (1926–1935). Who died very young, a tragedy which Herbert really recovered from. The First Piano Concerto is a most ambitious piece lasting over half an hour cast in the grand romantic mould with a lengthy first movement including an extensive cadenza, a long meditative slow movement and a more animated finale. One might be forgiven for hearing echoes from Rachmaninov, Howells Piano Concerto is played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Richard Hickox with Howard Shelley piano.