George Lloyd: Concerto for Violin & Strings and Concerto for Violin & Winds



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George Lloyd studied violin with the great English player Albert Sammons, and writing for the violin came naturally to him. These two concertos are unusual in that No 1 is written for violin and wind ensemble (woodwinds in threes, 2 horns, 2 trumpets and 2 trombones, with no percussion or strings) and No 2 is written for violin and strings only. 

For these concertos, recorded during the week before George Lloyd died, David Parry conducted Rumanian soloist Cristina Anghelescu and members of the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Henry Wood Hall. George was too ill to attend the sessions, but he was making suggestions as to best placement of the players to get the recorded sound which he wanted just 48 hours before his death. Cristina Anghelescu is one of Rumania's leading violinists, and has also toured throughout Europe and the USA. She has been a prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky competition is Moscow and the Sibelius competition in Finland and has recorded all of Mozart's concertos and also the Mendelssohn D minor concerto.

“It is our contention that George Lloyd put some of his most imaginative and unusual music into his chamber music and concertos. The symphonies and choral works are big, romantic, immediately appealing” Presto Classical


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