Berlin makes Very British album

Berlin makes Very British album


norman lebrecht

June 17, 2021

The ensemble Metamorphosen Berlin has recorded an album of music by Elgar, Britten, Peter Warlock and Karl Jenkins, titling it Very British.

Ohne Ironie, as Mahler would have said.



  • BRUCEB says:

    Well, nobody raises an eyebrow when British orchestras record German music…

  • christopher storey says:

    Poor old Elgar ! paired with Karl Jenkins of all people

  • Gustavo says:

    German opera sung in English is very British.

  • fflambeau says:

    There is a myth that seems to be accepted by most that only nationals of one nation can play their “music”. That’s great nonsense, of course.

    • Saxon says:

      A lot of music is of more interest to audiences if it comes from their own country, and hence the local orchestra will play it more often than it will be played abroad. Music that is played regularly will be played “better” than music played only occasionally.

      Hence, usually, the music will be played better by orchestras from the country it was composed in.

  • fflambeau says:

    Glenn Gould was not from Germany but he played some very good Bach. CARLOS Kleiber was born in South America as was Claudio Arrau; No problem; they could and did play most any kind of music. Riccardo Muti is Italian and makes a living, mostly, in Chicago; yet, I think he has conducted more Vienna New Year’s celebrations than anyone. That means lots of Viennese music. He doesn’t have any Viennese blood that I know of. Georg Friedrich Handel was born in Germany but was Britain’s highest paid composer at the time. Yannick is also Canadian but seems able to conduct music from many places, mostly from people who were not Canadians. Eugene Ormandy was Hungarian but that did not stop him from making beautiful music from the likes of Debussy. Ditto for the Dude , a South American who has conducted some really good Mahler as has Andris, the Scandinavian. Alan Hovhaness was an American but his music doesn’t sound like it. (In fact, some of it doesn’t sound like Earth music at all which is probably why Carl Sagan used so much of it in Cosmos.) Let’s face it; most musicians have a multi-cultural heritage and attend schools that have musicians and teachers from all over the world. Music is an international thing.