An Evening With Wagner And Elgar

The Chiswick Choir, at St. Nicholas' Church on Saturday

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The Chiswick Choir present an Evening with Wagner and Elgar on Saturday 29th June, at

7:30pm, St Nicholas with St Mary Magdalene (St Nick's) , Church Street, Chiswick, London, W4 2PH.

Wagner / Liszt Transcriptions with choir Piano Soloist – Kodo Osada ; Elgar – The Banner of Saint George.  Piano accompanist – Jan Cunningham

Tickets ( for sale on the door) £15 and Concessions £12

Further enquiries : James Dalglish

Some information about the concert from the Choir: "It may seem strange to pair these two composers together but Elgar was an admirer of the older man.  He attended early performances of Der Ring des Nibelungen and Parsifal in Germany and Elgar’s own The Dream of Gerontius betrays distinct influences of Wagner both in orchestration and the use and development of leitmotif. 

Wagner’s son in law, Franz Liszt, was an inveterate arranger and transcriber of other people’s music to populate the programmes of his piano recitals.  Indeed, the invention of the “piano recital” has been laid at Liszt’s door as well as the tradition of performing from memory.  In an earlier summer concert, Kodo Osada performed 2 of Liszt’s operatic transcriptions; the Rigoletto Paraphrase and the piano solo version of the Liebestod from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.  In this summer’s concert, the Choir is trying an experiment in taking Liszt’s piano transcriptions of the scenes from Wagner’s Tannhauser and Lohengrin and adding an arrangement of the missing choral parts. 

Elgar’s The Banner of Saint George is a splendid work for chorus and orchestra without soloists.  The orchestra part will be supplied by the Choir’s splendid accompanist Jan Cunningham.  A relatively early work, written in 1897 – it predates Caractacus and Gerontius, it is full of fine choral writing and marvelous tunes even if the text, by one Shapcott Wensley (!), is rather mundane." 

June 25, 2013

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