Led by its Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia has a pioneering approach to the role of the modern-day symphony orchestra, reaching new audiences and participants through audience development, digital technology and learning and participation programmes. Based in London, but with residencies in cities throughout England and a thriving international touring programme and global digital reach, the Philharmonia engages with a world-wide audience.
Teresa Cahill was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire. Her early life was troubled; when she was five years old, her father died and at seven she was diagnosed with TB and spent two years in a sanatorium. She joined the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and in her first year won the coveted John Christie award. Her solo debut there was as the First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote and she also sang in La Calisto and Ariadne auf Naxos, returning later as Alice Ford in Falstaff.
In over a hundred performances at Covent Garden, other roles at Covent Garden included Lisa in La Sonnambula, Xenia in Boris Godunov, First Rhinemaiden and the Woodbird in the Ring, leading Flower Maidens in Parsifal, and 1st Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes in front of the composer. She also took part in the world premiere of Henze’s We Come to the River.
Opera performances elsewhere include Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier for Scottish Opera, Cavalli’s L’Egisto at La Fenice in Venice also with Scottish Opera, Don Giovanni in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA and Falstaff in Philadelphia USA. She has sung in Figaro (Countess) for Opera North, and both Antonia in The Tales of Hoffman and Pauline Leclerc in David Blake’s opera Toussaint for ENO. She also sang Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (Tatiana) and Beethoven’s Fidelio (Leonore) for Kent Opera under the direction of Jonathan Miller. TV South made a series of programmes about the Fidelio production, one of which was devoted entirely to her role in the opera throughout the rehearsals leading up to the first night.
She has also sung the role of Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring with the English Opera group at the Aldeburgh Festival, in the presence of the composer.
Northern Sinfonia, orchestra of The Sage Gateshead, holds an international reputation for the range and depth of its repertoire which spans 300 years and includes commissioned new work; its Music Director is Thomas Zehetmair.
The orchestra performs in its own spectacular Norman Foster-designed home for music, The Sage Gateshead, which celebrated its 5th birthday in 2009. Northern Sinfonia travels widely too with appearances at other leading venues and festivals throughout the world, including the Berlin Philharmonie, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Musikverein in Vienna, the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival and the Aldeburgh Festival. Northern Sinfonia’s 50th Anniversary Season in 2008/09 saw tours to the Far East including a residency at the Hong Kong Festival.
Northern Sinfonia works with many broadcasters including the BBC and Channel 4, and is proud to be Classic FM’s orchestra in the North East; working in partnership with the UK’s biggest commercial radio station, it presents exclusive broadcasts and live performances at The Sage Gateshead and for Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall.
- 01. Violin Concerto: Lento molto, notturnale14'47"
- 02. Violin Concerto: Scherzo: Presto - Notturnale14'57"
- 03. In Praise of Krishna: As water to sea creatures7'07"
- 04. In Praise of Krishna: With the last of my garments2'23"
- 05. In Praise of Krishna: I brought honey4'43"
- 06. In Praise of Krishna: Let the earth of my body3'27"
- 07. In Praise of Krishna: O my friend3'01"
- 08. In Praise of Krishna: When my beloved returns1'20"
- 09. In Praise of Krishna: The moon has shone4'58"
To mark David Blake’s 70th birthday, NMC is pleased to announce the re-issue of his Violin Concerto, performed by Iona Brown with the Philhamonia under Norman del Mar, and In Praise of Krishna, featuring soprano Teresa Cahill with the Northern Sinfonia, conducted by the composer.
"A lyrical and sensuous song-cycle makes a pleasing return to the catalogue ... a significant issue on NMC's Ancora imprint." Gramophone
The works on this disc are published by Novello & Co. Ltd.
The Violin Concerto was recorded in October 1979 at the Church of St George the Martyr, Hampstead.
Producer: CHRIS HAZELL
Recording Engineer: KENNETH WILKINSON
In Praise of Krishna was recorded in February 1979 at the Church of St George the Martyr, Hampstead.
Producer: CHRIS HAZELL
Recording Engineer: COLIN MOORFOOT
Remastering: BEN TURNER for Finesplice
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS
Design: FRANCOIS HALL
Cover photo by TERESA LEVONIAN COLE
(p) 2007 Arts Council England (Originally released on Argo in 1992)