From my collection.
Bought in 2013.
First listen: 21-1-2014.
Second listen: 16-3-2017.
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.
Friday, March 17, 2017
From my collection. Date of purchase: January 2018. First listen: 6-2-2018. Second rerun: 24-2-2018. Label: Arion. Recording dates: Jun...
A fine disc. This is my second rerun, and I stick to my first review, which was quite a positive one. First review of this disc. ...
From the 206 titles available in the BIS sale, there were not many of interest for me. A lot of new composers, but their modernity was a tad...
Merula, Tarquinio. (c.1595-1665) Madrigali e Altre Musiche Concertate... (Madrigals & instrumental Works)New acquisition. Date of purchase: January 2018. First listen: 6-2-2018. Label: Pierre Verany. Recording dates: September 2000. Venue: ...
Eberl, Anton. (1765-1807) Concerto for 2 pianos and Orchestra opus 45, and Sonatas for four hands, opus 7, No. 1 & 2.New acquisition. Free gift from JPC de. Date of purchase: 6-2-2018 First listen. Recording dates: March 2008 & November 2011. Venue:...
Castello,. Dario. (before 1600-1644) Sonate Concertate in Stile Moderno 1629. (Sonatas Nr. 3-5, 7,9-17 from the second book.)New acquisition. Date of purchase: February 2018. First listen: 12-2-2018. Label: CPO. Recording dates: October 2013. Venue: Dorfkirche...
New acquisition. Date of purchase: January 2018. First listen: 8-2-2018. Label: Arion. Recording dates: October/ November 2002. Venue: ...
Renaissance- Organ music played on a newly build organ after Arp Schnitger in the Lutherse kerk in Groningen, The Netherlands. Top recommendation.New acquisition. Date of purchase: February 2018. First listen: 16-2-2018. (Twice) Label: Not given, Recording dates: September 2017...
New acquisition. Date of purchase: 2017. First listen: 19-2-2018. Label: Ricercar. Recording dates: May 1996. Venue: Blasii Kirche in Z...
The Heritage of Claudio Monteverdi, Castello, Dario. (?1621-?1658) CD 4 In Stil Moderno. Second rerun.New acquisition. Date of purchase: October 2017. First listen: 15-12-2017. Second rerun: 23-2-2018. Label: Ricercar. CD 4 from 7. Reco...
New acquisition. Purchase date: 2017. First listen: 29-1-2018. Label: Ondine. Recording dates are not mentioned. Venue: Tampere Hall an...