TRACK OF THE WEEK

Every week Frank selects his own favourite track of the week from our weekly Music Podcast, and it's completely free to listen too, here on Frank Renton on Brass. As he says this week, 

"In the 1950s there was much talk about composers writing serious concerti for what might be called unfashionable instruments. Like for instance the tuba.

So when Ralph Vaughan Williams was invited to write a concerto by the London Symphony Orchestra for their Golden Jubilee celebrations in 1954, he chose the tuba with a work to be played by the orchestras principal tubist Philip Catelinet.

The work was an immediate success and whilst others have followed in the footsteps of Vaughan Williams his concerto remains right at the core of every serious minded tuba player the world over. After the first performance there was an immediate call that there should be a version for the tenor tuba, the euphonium, and Vaughan Williams wasn’t averse to the idea, but it foundered over questions of publishing and commercial viability.

Sixty odd years later permission was granted by the publishers and the Vaughan Williams Trust for the euphonium virtuoso David Childs, working alongside the orchestrator Rodney Newton to create such a version for a special recording venture, and it works brilliantly.

So Track of the Week here at Frank Renton on Brass is the Prelude from the Concerto for Tuba re-imagined for Euphonium and played by David Childs with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ben Gernon, available now here on Frank Renton on Brass."

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