The Orchestral Music of Thomas de Hartmann
1-4 Concerto for piano and orchestra, Op. 61 (1939) 27:09
5-7 Symphonie-Poème No. 3, Op. 85 (1953) 36:27
8 Scherzo-fantastique, Op. 25 (1929) 7:25
Elan Sicroff, pianist
Elan Sicroff is known as an interpreter of the music written by Thomas de Hartmann, both the classical works as well as the music from the East composed in collaboration with Gurdjieff . In the 1960s he studied with Jeaneane Dowis, protégée and assistant to Rosina Lhevinne at the Juilliard School. From 1973-75 he attended the International Academy for Continuous Education at Sherborne, in Gloucestershire, England, as a student and later Director of Music. The Academy was directed by J. G. Bennett, a leading exponent of Gurdjieff’s teachings. It was here that Elan was introduced to the music of Thomas de Hartmann. Between 1975 and 1979 he studied with Mme. Olga de Hartmann, widow of the composer, focusing on the music which de Hartmann composed in the classical idiom. He performed many recitals under her auspices, and in 1982 toured the United States.
In 1985 guitarist Robert Fripp offered to produce a recording of the Gurdjieff/de Hartmann music with Elan, and Journey to Inaccessible Places was released by EG records in 1987. In 2002 and 2009 Elan recorded two more CDs, Sicroff Plays Gurdjieff and Laudamus…
Since 2006 Elan Sicroff has spearheaded the Thomas de Hartmann Project. The aim is to bring the composer’s music back to public awareness. Between 2011 and 2015 nearly 7 hours of de Hartmann’s classical music was recorded at the Muziekcentrum van de Omroep in Hilversum, the Netherlands, with Producer Gert-Jan Blom, recording engineer Guido Tichelman, and 16 outstanding instrumentalists and singers. A 7 CD Box Set, The Thomas de Hartmann Project – Music for Piano, Voice and Chamber Ensemble was released in September 2016.
Elan is now promoting de Hartmann’s music in live performance, along with musicians from the recording project. He has also developed a lecture-recital that features the story of de Hartmann’s life, his ideas and music – as well as live performance, recordings, and photos – to create an exciting presentation of the composer’s life and work.
Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine
The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine headquartered in the Medieval city of Lviv was officially established on September 27, 1902 as, on this day, the first concert of the newly formed orchestra took place in the Philharmonic Theater of Count Stanislav Skarbko (presently known as the Ukrainian National Academic Theater of Drama named after Maria Zankovetska). The Principal Conductor of the orchestra was Ludwik Vitezslav Czelianski (1870-1931). Henryk Jarecki and Henryk Meltzer-Szczawinski worked alongside him as conductors of the orchestra.
During the first season, the orchestra performed nearly 115 concerts, the total number of audience members exceeding 115,000. The concert programs featured the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven, symphonic works by Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Antonin Dvorak, Anton Bruckner, Gustav Mahler, Camille Saint-Saëns, Peter Tchaikovsky. Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Ruggiero Leoncavallo and Mieczyslaw Karlowicz performed as invited conductors with the Lviv orchestra during its first season.
Tianhui Ng, conductor
Tianhui Ng is the Music Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony, Boston Opera Collaborative and the Victory Players, and White Snake Projects. In addition, Tian teaches at Mount Holyoke College as the Director of Orchestral Studies.
Tian has conducted orchestras around the world including the Savaria Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Dartington Festival Orchestra (UK), Orchestra of the Royal Opera of Wallonie (Belgium), and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra (USA). A versatile musician, he is equally at home in the realm of choral music and has conducted ensembles like the Stuttgart Chamber Choir (Germany), Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus (USA), Oregon Bach Festival Chorus (USA), Yale Schola Cantorum (USA), and the Young Person’s Chorus of New York (USA). He has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Dashon Burton, Tyler Duncan, Marcus Eiche, Jamie-Rose Guarrine, Ayano Kataoka, Ilya Polataev, Gary Steigerwalt, Astrid Schween, Sara Davis Buechner, Hanna Elisabeth Müller, Nicholas Phan, James Taylor, Gilles Vonsattel and Soyoung Yoon.