Variations on an Original Theme Opus 36 (1) Edward Elgar Download 'Variations on an Original Theme Opus 36 (1)' on iTunes
In this week's show, David pays tribute to two new musical octogenarians.
The acclaimed Japanese-born conductor Seiji Ozawa turned 80 on 1 September. Tonight, from among his extensive back catalogue, David includes Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, and Ravel's Pavane pour une infante defunte played by the orchestra Ozawa founded – the Saito Kinen Orchestra. And there's also some Gershwin with the Berlin Philharmonic and Barber's Violin Concerto played by the recently turned 70-year old, Itzhak Perlman.
Another new octogenarian is the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, who turns 80 on 11 September. Loved the world over as a composer of contemporary sacred music, Pärt works in a 'holy minimalist' style that employs his self-invented compositional technique, tintinnabuli.
Tonight, David plays Pärt's most popular piece, Spiegel im Spiegel in an arrangement for violin and harp, as well as his setting of a Robbie Burns poem, his celebrated early work Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten and the Nunc Dimitis.