Out of the Past – Jonathan Harvey – Flight Elegy (Live in Munich)

Posted on October 15th, 2019 by

Jonathan Harvey – Flight Elegy  

Peter Sheppard Skaerved  – Violin (Hill 1901), Aaron Shorr (Piano). 1993 Große Aula im Hauptgebäude der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Uni-Konzerte Zyklus). Recording courtesy of Bayerische Rundfunk

This performance was given in the Große Aula im Hauptgebäude der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, in 1993. I have never listened to it before. The reason for posting it, it that the performance resulted for conversations that I had with the composer about presenting the music dramatically. The stage of the Große Aula has an enormous apse, so we placed the piano mid stage, and a series of music stands in an circle at the back, and I walked from stand to stand. The last stand was offstage right The sustaining pedal of the piano was wedged down with a brick, so that it went on playing, by itself after we had both left the stage. Unfortunately, Harvey never saw us play the piece like this, but he was very enthusiastic about the idea, and the resulting recording.