Author Topic: Cyril Rootham (1875-1938)  (Read 19712 times)

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Re: Cyril Rootham (1875-1938)
« Reply #120 on: May 11, 2019, 12:51:22 PM »
I have quite a story to tell... After several years of laborious research and typesetting work by Alistair Jones, a forgotten work by Cyril Rootham is about to be revealed.

At the Charles Kingsley 200 Festival in Eversley (Hampshire), Rootham's dramatic cantata "Andromeda" Op.18 will receive two evening performances on 14th and 15th June 2019.  You can read the full story on the website of the production company (Cantata Dramatica):
http://www.cantatadramatica.com/andromeda

I have just heard that these performances will receive Arts Council funding, which is vindication of our long struggle to get this 65-minute work back into the repertoire. Composed in 1905, "Andromeda" has not been performed since its premiere at the Bristol Music Festival in 1908 - welcome back!

For those who would like to hear and see this work performed live at the Festival, here is their box office link:
https://ck200.live/viewevent/andromeda-outdoor-opera-spectacular-world-premiere
Great news Dan! Thanks for letting us know and I hope that there is a recording in due course.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: Cyril Rootham (1875-1938)
« Reply #121 on: May 14, 2019, 10:59:39 PM »
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...I hope there is a recording in due course.

It's a small step, but here is the vocal score recording of Andromeda Op.18 made on 2nd March 2019:

And yes, it would have been a good idea to tune the Bechstein before the recording session... but pianist Raya Kostova gave a wonderful performance - the original piano reduction is almost unplayable in places.  Quintin Beer conducted with great sensitivity and really brought the work to life. My thanks to all those who helped to make this recording!

We are in the very early stages of planning a recording with full chorus and symphony orchestra, but that depends on funding and will take a few years.
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Re: Cyril Rootham (1875-1938)
« Reply #122 on: May 15, 2019, 09:22:40 AM »
It's a small step, but here is the vocal score recording of Andromeda Op.18 made on 2nd March 2019:

And yes, it would have been a good idea to tune the Bechstein before the recording session... but pianist Raya Kostova gave a wonderful performance - the original piano reduction is almost unplayable in places.  Quintin Beer conducted with great sensitivity and really brought the work to life. My thanks to all those who helped to make this recording!

We are in the very early stages of planning a recording with full chorus and symphony orchestra, but that depends on funding and will take a few years.

It sounds like an excellent work Dan - recorded in my youthful home territory of Earl's Court! I hope for a recording with symphony orchestra and chorus one day.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).