Back home after 3 weeks away and happily recovering from the hard work on Das Lied last week (what a piece!), I’ve been looking at my pile-o-scores and it’s hit me that I have a lot of Elgar to do all of the sudden. I’m conducting Enigma Variations, the First Symphony and playing the cello concerto, and my orchestra is also playing Cockaigne (albeit it without me), all at the same time. These are all with different orchestras in different cities, no nobody will be able to hear the totality of this endeavour except me, but in honour of his 150th birthday this year, I’m having an Elgar festival in my head.
For those of you whose patience is running out, the Kindertotenlieder series is coming back and will finish in style, I promise. I hope to get something out by Friday at the latests. Those are very time consuming!
PS- Of course, some hard-core Elgar nuts may be out buying a used VW bus just so they can hear all these concerts….. Elgar could be the new Grateful Dead….