Friday, March 17, 2017

Bridge, Frank. (1879-1941) Orchestral works, Volume 4.

From my collection.
Bought in 2013.
First listen: 21-1-2014.
Second listen: 16-3-2017.
Label: Chandos.
Recording dates: December 2003.
Recording venue: Brangwyn Hall, Swansea..
Recording engineer: Ralph Couzens.
Running time: 77:01.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.

Rebus, 1940. Overture for Orchestra.

Oration. Concerto Elegiaco, 1929-30, for solo cello and orchestra.
Allegro moderato, 1940-41. Fragment of a Symphony for String orchestra. (Edited by Anthony Pople)
Lament, 1915, for String orchestra, dedicated to Catherine, age 9, "Lusitania"1915.
A prayer, 1916-18. for Chorus and orchestra.

Alban Gerhardt, Cello.

BBC National Orchestra and  Chorus of Wales, Richard Hickox.

Rebus is a finely chiseled and structured work, with an abundance of beautiful melodies, that has a infectious tilt to it. Top Bridge. A favourite work of mine.

The Oration, is at times a very dark work, passionately played by Gerhardt, that occasionally jumps out of the gloomy surroundings, but has a sort of desperate urgency to it, that makes it very deeply felt.  It is again extremely well written, emphasizing the genius of this master. It had me spellbound to my speakers. Needless to say, this for me is top drawer Bridge, and also a firm favourite.
The Allegro is a clever reworking by Pople, and its essential a dark work, very wayward and has a whiff of magical mystic over it.
The Lament is a melancholy piece, like a fairy fleeting over the calm sea, a finite answer to a tragedy, but one that has also peace inside that heals. Beautifully done.   Short but quite powerful.
A prayer, has a fine orchestral colour that is very appealing, which is gradually building up towards heaven, Ethereal almost, very moving. And contrary to most choral works, I liked this very much, for the singing never overshadows the orchestral parts, the message is unified.
The most successful disc from this box, and state of the Art recording. The performance cannot be faulted.


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