Thursday, March 30, 2017

Leigh, Walter. (1905-1942) Orchestral Works.

From my collection.
Bought in 2010.
First listen: 4-4-2010.
Second listen: 30-3-2017.
Label Lyrita. (Warning: This is a CD-R. A burned copy, not pressed)
Recording dates: August 1975 & March 1980.
Recording venue: Walthamstow Assembly Town Hall, London & Kingsway Hall, London, England.
Digital remastering engineer: Simon Gibson.
Running time: 51:33.
Classical relevance to me: Well worth having.

Works performed:
Overture: Agincourt. (1937)
Concertino for Harpsichord and String orchestra. (1934)
Music for String orchestra. (1931-32)
A Midsummer Night's dream, Suite for small orchestra. (1936)
The Frogs. (1936)
Jolly Roger-Overture. (1933)

Performed by:
Trevor Pinnock, Harpsichord.
London PO & New Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Braithwaite.

Walter Leigh was unfortunately killed in action near Tobruk in 1942, so we will never know how he might have turned out in the end. I am curious after a sketch he made of a symphony but never got the finish it. What he left us are mainly pieces written for amateurs, in which he shows great versatility and remarkable powers of adaption to any given challenge posed by amateur musicians. They called him not for nothing a craftsman composer. He was however not hampered by this fact, thus his creativity knew no bounds, and although he did not go for self expression, he made a mark in musical history, be it a small one, but enough to remember him, and what he might have become, would he had lived a full life.
What we have in essence is light weight pastoral jolly music, composed to please musicians and listeners alike. Nothing earth shattering but pleasant any day, and prone to boost your mood in a jiffy. It is well performed by all, and the recording is top notch.


Graupner, Christoph. (1683-1760. Partitas for Harpsichord, Volume 4.

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