Thursday, April 6, 2017

German, Edward. (1862-1936) Orchestral Works

From my collection.
Bought in 2010.
First listen: 24-9-2010.
Second listen: 6-5-2014.
Third listen: 6-4-2017.
Label: Marco Polo.
Recording dates:1994.
Recording venue: Taney Parish Centre, Dublin, Ireland.
Recording engineer: Simon Rhodes.
Running time: 65:26.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.

Works:

Richard III-Overture.
Theme and Six Diversions.
The Seasons.

Performers: 

RTE Concert Orchestra, Andrew Penny.

Most people make a huge mistake when noticing this name, to relegate his music to second class, "wallpaper" compositions. They could not be further from the truth. Edward German belongs to the very top of British composers. He was many times accused of writing light music, as if that would be a crime, but they forget that if writing quality music of the light genre, you have to be an even better composer as the rest. Be it as it may, I have listen to the small amount of music that is recorded of this composer, and came to the conclusion that it is a utter shame that he is forgotten. I know that many a composer is lost in the past, which should not have happen, but since the British are rightly proud on their musical tradition, this is something of a  strange occurrence that a genius among them is left in the shadows. German is a fine orchestrator. He has the natural gift to weave such fine musical lines together that I keep wondering about the enormous creativity that flows out of his mind. Whether it is Richard III or say the hugely satisfying the Seasons, he gives you something to chew on. In the last work Elgar springs to mind, who by the way enjoyed German's music enormously. Harmonious, melodically gorgeous music, that has all the qualities to satisfy a honest musical mind. Its a no brainer actually, it should be in your collection.

What a fortunate choice to take this orchestra, and the hugely experienced Andrew Penny, to record these works, for they do fine in every aspect, huge kuddos. And even more fortunate that they have Simon Rhodes as a sound engineer, for this guy seldom delivers bad quality. Well with Chris Craker as producer in the background, good sound is to be expected. The recording is top notch.
Investigate the music, its worth doing that.




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