As a conductor, Nicholas has worked with orchestras in the UK and abroad, and is Associate Artistic Director of the Britten Sinfonia. He is also Artistic Director of the Leicester International Festival and teaches in the UK and in Germany, where he is Professor of Oboe at the Hochschule für Musik, Trossingen.
Lars Anders Tomter studied violin and viola with Leif Jørgensen at the Oslo Music Conservatory and the Norwegian Academy of Music, and made his debut on both instruments at the age of seventeen. After continuing his studies with Max Rostal and Sándor Vegh, he was awarded a special prize for his interpretation of Bartók’s Viola Concerto at the International Viola Competition in Budapest in 1984, and won the Maurice Vieux International Competition in Lille in 1986. Since then his appearances as a viola soloist have been greeted with the highest public and critical acclaim throughout the world.
Tomter has performed with major orchestras throughout Europe, collaborating with the most distinguished conductors. He is a regular guest at festivals, including Schleswig-Hoistein, Lockenhaus, Kissingen Summer, BBC Proms, Mondseetage, Styriarte, as well as a number of Scandinavian festivals. His recordings include Walton’s Viola Concerto for Naxos. In addition, he is artistic director of the Norwegian Risør Chamber Music Festival. Lars Anders Tomter is a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
He plays a Gasparo da Salò viola dating from 1590.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since its inception in 1930, and as the flagship orchestra of the BBC provides the backbone of the BBC Proms with at least a dozen concerts each year, including the First and Last Nights. Strongly committed to twentieth-century and contemporary music, it has given the premiere of more than 1,000 works by composers such as Bartók, Britten, Hindemith, Holst, Stravinsky and Shostakovich, and more recently has premiered BBC commissions by Simon Bainbridge, Jonathan Dove, Michael Nyman and Sir John Tavener among others. Its annual season of concerts as Associate Orchestra of the Barbican includes a weekend each January focusing upon a single composer from the twentieth or twenty-first century, most recently James MacMillan, Elliott Carter and Sofia Gubaidulina.
Jiří Bĕlohlávek took up the post of Chief Conductor in July 2006 and David Robertson was appointed Principal Guest Conductor in 2005. The BBC SO works frequently with Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis and Artist-in-Association John Adams. All concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a number are televised, giving the BBC Symphony Orchestra the highest broadcast profile of any orchestra in the UK. The BBC SO is committed to innovative education work, with ongoing projects including the BBC SO Family Orchestra and Music Intro, introducing families to concert-going.
The BBC SO has appeared on 34 of NMC’s CDs, including the best-selling recording of Elgar’s Third Symphony.
- 01. The Barber's Timepiece7'54"
- 02. Oboe Concerto: I3'33"
- 03. Oboe Concerto: II0'49"
- 04. Oboe Concerto: III1'08"
- 05. Oboe Concerto: IV2'02"
- 06. Oboe Concerto: V0'50"
- 07. Oboe Concerto: VI3'12"
- 08. Oboe Concerto: VII1'04"
- 09. Oboe Concerto: VIII1'06"
- 10. Oboe Concerto: IX1'05"
- 11. Oboe Concerto: X3'12"
- 12. Oboe Concerto: XI3'24"
- 13. Oboe Concerto: XII2'28"
- 14. Oboe Concerto: XIII4'56"
- 15. The Ghost in the Machine14'21"
- 16. Viola Concerto: Soave sia il vento5'22"
- 17. Viola Concerto: Torna il tranquillo al mare2'01"
- 18. Viola Concerto: Distant3'22"
- 19. Viola Concerto: Placido e il mar2'10"
- 20. Viola Concerto: Tristansburg4'34"
- 21. Viola Concerto: Chorale1'52"
- 22. Viola Concerto: O sia tranquillo il mare6'44"
Four substantial orchestral works by John Woolrich: The Barber's Timepiece, inspired by a short story by Italo Calvino; the Oboe Concerto, featuring Nicholas Daniel; The Ghost in the Machine, which explores the idea of order sliding into chaos; and the Viola Concerto, which is structured as a cycle of 'songs without words', alluding to Tristan, Mozart's Idomeneo and Cosi fan tutte, Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte and madrigals by Monteverdi.
Gramophone: Editor's Choice
'A strong and individual voice in music of real substance. The fine soloists bring the concertos vividly to life. Well worth exploring.' Gramophone
Produced in association with BBC Radio 3
Recording date: 9 and 11 February 1999
Recording venue: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London
Engineer: Mike Clements
Producer: Colin Matthews
Editing & mastering: Marian Tryggvason
Cover image: Francois Hall
(P) 2001 NMC Recordings Ltd