MUSIC IS A MORAL LAW,
IT GIVES SOUL TO THE UNIVERSE
WINGS TO THE MIND.
FLIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION
A CHARM TO SADNESS
GAIETY AND LIFE TO EVERYTHING.
IT IS THE ESSENCE
OF ORDER AND LENDS TO ALL
THAT IS GOOD,JUST, AND BEAUTIFUL.
PLATO

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This piece for Viola and Piano is now a Concerto for Viola and Orchestra. You can hear the first movt at no 5 Jil's Music ' . The Viola Player is Joel Soultanian ( Orchestre Ensemble de Paris ).

 

 

Did you notice the word ' saccharine' used by the critic in the piece below? of course you did ! How did I react? roared with laughter !! I realised that Requiem evokes some interesting reactions!

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ARUN CHORAL SOCIETY

Standing Ovation for new work

Saturday 5th November 2006 ARUNDEL CATHEDRAL

 

The Arun Choral Society’s enterprise in programming the UK Premiere of Jil Bartley’s ‘Requiem’ with two Elgar works - ‘Sospiri’ and his cantata ‘The Spirit of England’ was rewarded by a full house.

Elgar’s setting of the war poems of Lawrence Binyon in ‘The Spirit of England’ is one of his less popular works - there is nobilmente, but few popular tunes! . This performance fully captured the elusive note of restraint which characterises this work, Jon English (Tenor) was the effective soloist.  

The choir revelled in the luscious romanticsm of Jil Bartley’s rather saccharine ‘Requiem’. Throughout the evening the balance between choir and orchestra was good, helped perhaps by the new staging. The choir produced a good full- bodied tone throughout the concert, worked hard at their diction and, in the ‘Requiem’, there were magnificent climaxes and attack in the Dies Irae, which contrasted well with the effective soft singing in the haunting Pie Jesu. The excellent soloists, who represented the angels of the new and old orders in the passing of time, were Stephanie Varnerin (Soprano) and Emily Bauer – Jones (Contralto).

The performance ended in theatrical fashion with the two soloists bearing candles chanting as they processed down the darkened nave into the distance. The audience rose to give the performers a standing ovation. Jil Bartley should have been well pleased by this performance which, under John Henvilles’s capable direction, was both effective and affectionate. The Sinfonia of Arun gave good support. One hopes that one day this forward looking choir will be heard at the heart of a revitalised Arundel Festival.

 

Tim Bastow

 

What's going on? Well, not much. I feel as though I have entered the ' Black Hole' or' Galactic Core ' if you prefer. No inspiration whatever!! The prepared score of ' The Magnificat ' is on the piano and as I pass  I look at it...but there's nothing there.

 Because of this seemingly enormous space, I decided to turn my attention to some promotion and discovered that Vence  (where I live in S France ) has a 'Twin Town' in Britain, in Lincolnshire actually. I wrote to them proposing some kind of cooperative event , hopefully featuring a Premiere of mine. I was delighted to receive an enthusiastic and helpful reply from their Choral Director and duly sent two scores and a disc....on verra ,as we say here. We'll see!

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The recordings on this site were not made in a studio!!! Ave Maria ( no 1 ) was recorded at a Recital in Vence Cathedral.

The ' Pie Jesu'  and 'Amen ', nos 2 and 3 were made at a Concert in Monaco Cathedral ( myself conducting ). The Sanctus was recorded in Krakow, ( Poland ) with the Philharmonic at midnight in a large church on the outskirts of the city to avoid traffic noise ( myself conducting ). In the same week, Requiem was performed in the Cathedral as part of the Summer International Festival....again with the Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra.  

Le Chant de Venus was at that time a work for Viola and Piano in 3 movts.  The recording was made in Paris by the Violist Joel Soultanian ( Ensemble Orchestre de Paris )..I have since orchestrated this work and  heard that it will be played by an Orchestra working with the Saarlander Radio, Germany shortly.

The Liszt Solo was recorded during a Recital in Vence Cathedral. All these were ' amateur' recordings.

 
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