Gibbs, Robert

Born in London, Robert Gibbs, Leader, studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music, winning the gold medal. He joined the Royal Ballet Sinfonia as Co-leader in 1994, Leader, 1998. He has regularly appeared as a soloist throughout the UK and Japan, and in Europe, the Far East and the Americas. His recordings include the violin and piano works of Arnold Bax, and W.H. Reed, and, as a member of the Carl Flesch Quartet, works by Mozart, Brahms, Korngold, Rawsthorne and Rocza. He was the soloist for Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and Stravinsky's Violin Concerto in D for BRB, pieces by Kreisler, Massenet and Ravel for The Royal Ballet, and Stravinsky and Bach for New York City Ballet (Edinburgh Festival) and Dance Theatre of Harlem. He is also leader of the London Festival Orchestra, and guest leader for the Royal Opera House, Netherlands Ballet, BBC Philharmonic, New Queen¹s Hall, Tokyo New City Symphony, and Sapporo Symphony orchestras, as well as the Osaka Opera, Kyushsu Symphony and Komaki-Shi orchestras for K Ballet.

Norris, David Owen

David Owen
In 2009, David Owen Norris played English piano music in Norwich, Leeds, Edinburgh, Oxford, London, and the English Music Festival, and gave recitals in Chicago, Amsterdam and Berlin. His projects with the musicians’ collective THE WORKS (‘a treasure trove’ BBC Radio 3;‘a treasure house’ Sunday Times) included his Haydn adaptation A New Creation, where six hundred children sang, played and danced in Winchester Cathedral, with Timothy West as the Book of Genesis; and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in the newly reconstructed Dresden version in Poole. THE WORKS gave further performances of their widely travelled operatic sequence 2 Murders & a Marriage and of Norris’s new radio-opera Pugwash walks the plank, including a feature spot in the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House. On Elgar’s birthday they brought back their acclaimed programme A Hawk dreaming poetry, telling the story of Elgar’s complicated emotional life through songs, poems and pictures, performing it both in Birmingham Town Hall and in the Elgar Birthplace Museum. They will appear in a new television film about Elgar in the New Year. Other work included a series of concerts to celebrate the Bicentenary of the poet Tennyson; a recital of Lieder in English to launch the new programme strand Found in Translation; and concerts and a Radio 4 programme exploring the music collection of Jane Austen and her family. Other programmes for the BBC this year include Building a Library on Brahms’s Six Piano Pieces Op.118, programmes on Haydn and on the composers who died in 1934 (Elgar, Delius and Holst), and the theme tune and incidental music for Radio 4’s six-week series A History of Home. In November Norris presented four editions of Radio 3’s Sunday Morning.

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra

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.

Davis, Sir Andrew

Sir Andrew
Born in 1944 in Hertfordshire, England, Andrew Davis studied at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was an organ scholar before taking up the baton. His diverse repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary, and his vast conducting credits span the symphonic and operatic and choral worlds. Sir Andrew is a great proponent of twentieth-century works including those by Janáček, Messiaen, Boulez, Elgar, Tippett, and Britten, in addition to the core symphonic and operatic composers.
With the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Davis has led concerts at the London Proms and on tour to Hong Kong, Japan, the US, and Europe. He has conducted all of the major orchestras of the world from the Chicago Symphony to the Berlin Philarmonic to the Royal Concertgebouw, and at opera houses and festivals throughout the world including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and the Bayreuth Festival.
Since 2000, Sir Andrew Davis has served as Music Director & Principal Conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago. He is the Conductor Laureate of the Toronto Symphony (having previously served as the Principal Conductor), the Conductor Laureate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (having served as the 2nd longest running Chief Conductor since its founder, Sir Adrian Boult) and the former Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
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Elgar's complete sketches for the Third Symphony, exactly as the composer left them, are brought to life by pianist David Owen Norris, Robert Gibbs playing Reed's own violin and the BBC SO with a commentary from Anthony Payne.


Produced in association with BBC Radio 3


Recording date: 23-24 November 1997

Recording venue: Potton Hall, Suffolk

Engineers: Tryggvi Tryggvason, Andrew Hallifax 
Producer: Colin Matthews 
Editing & mastering: Marian Freeman, Emma Stocker

Cover image: Francois Hall

(P) 1997 NMC Recordings Ltd

Boosey & Hawkes
Catalogue number:
NMC D052
Release Date:
1 October 1997