British String Concertos

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This boxed set reassembles largely analog material from existing Lyrita CDs under a new generic grouping. Dates and locations of recording sessions are not given....
This boxed set reassembles largely analog material from existing Lyrita CDs under a new generic grouping. Dates and locations of recording sessions are not given. Lyrita seem always to have been reticent about those details. The sound is a model of its kind – Lyrita were always able to boast glorious sound.

The freshly written liner-notes are by the authoritative and accessible Paul Conway and run to ten pages. These are not a simple retread of the original notes by other authors.

The String Concertos range far and wide. The Coleridge-Taylor is a treasure - full of Dvo?ákian melody and incident. The Holst Invocation is almost as moody as the Rubbra Soliloquy, the dark-clouded atmosphere of which you could cut with a machete. Finzi's Introit was salvaged from a disowned Violin Concerto, and it's the best thing in it by a long chalk. The two Holst works are from his appealingly chattery neo-classical years although the lovely Lyric Movement for viola has a yearning core. Busch's Cello Concerto is from the other half of the CD that yielded the Piano Concerto on SRCD2345. The Moeran Violin Concerto has been following me around this year. I have heard it three times live and several times recorded. Its touching slow-fast-slow movement scheme is most adroitly handled by Georgiadis and Handley in what was the work's first commercial recording from circa 1979. CDs 3 and 4 require stiffened sinews for the modernistic Violin Concertos by Gerhard, Fricker, Morgan and Banks. Even the Serenata Concertante for violin and orchestra by Maconchy will not let you off the hook lightly. We end with a roar and a flourish in Hoddinott's typically titled and expressed Nocturnes and Cadenzas for cello and orchestra from 1969.

– Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International


Product Description:


  • Release Date: September 01, 2014


  • UPC: 5020926234629


  • Catalog Number: SRCD2346


  • Label: Lyrita


  • Number of Discs: 4


  • Period: ""


  • Composer: Alun Hoddinott, Dame Elizabeth Maconchy, David Morgan, Don Banks, Edmund Rubbra, Ernest John Moeran, Gerald Finzi, Gustav Holst, Peter Racine Fricker, Roberto Gerhard, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, William Busch


  • Conductor: David Atherton, Imogen Holst, Nicholas Braithwaite, Norman Del Mar, Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Charles Groves, Sir Colin Davis, Vernon Handley


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


  • Performer: Alexander Baillie, Cecil Aronowitz, Emanuel Hurwitz, Erich Gruenberg, John Georgiadis, Kenneth Sillito, Lorraine McAslan, Manoug Parikian, Moray Welsh, Raphael Wallfisch, Rodney Friend, Rohan de Saram, Yfrah Neaman



Works:


  1. Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 80

    Composer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Lorraine McAslan (Violin)

    Conductor: Nicholas Braithwaite


  2. Double Concerto, Op. 49/H 175

    Composer: Gustav Holst

    Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Emanuel Hurwitz (Violin), Kenneth Sillito (Violin)

    Conductor: Imogen Holst


  3. Lyric Movement for Viola and String Orchestra, H 191

    Composer: Gustav Holst

    Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Cecil Aronowitz (Viola)

    Conductor: Imogen Holst


  4. Invocation, Op. 19 no 2/H 75

    Composer: Gustav Holst

    Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Alexander Baillie (Cello)

    Conductor: David Atherton


  5. Introit for Violin and Orchestra in F major, Op. 6

    Composer: Gerald Finzi

    Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Rodney Friend (Violin)

    Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult


  6. Concerto for Cello

    Composer: William Busch

    Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)

    Conductor: Vernon Handley


  7. Concerto for Violin

    Composer: Ernest John Moeran

    Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: John Georgiadis (Violin)

    Conductor: Vernon Handley


  8. Soliloquy, Op. 57

    Composer: Edmund Rubbra

    Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Rohan de Saram (Cello)

    Conductor: Vernon Handley


  9. Concerto for Violin

    Composer: Roberto Gerhard

    Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Yfrah Neaman (Violin)

    Conductor: Sir Colin Davis


  10. Concerto for Violin, Op. 11

    Composer: Peter Racine Fricker

    Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Yfrah Neaman (Violin)

    Conductor: Norman Del Mar


  11. Concerto for Violin

    Composer: David Morgan

    Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Erich Gruenberg (Violin)

    Conductor: Vernon Handley


  12. Concerto for Violin

    Composer: Don Banks

    Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Yfrah Neaman (Violin)

    Conductor: Norman Del Mar


  13. Nocturnes and Cadenzas, Op. 62

    Composer: Alun Hoddinott

    Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

    Performer: Moray Welsh (Cello)

    Conductor: Sir Charles Groves


  14. Serenata Concertante

    Composer: Dame Elizabeth Maconchy

    Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Manoug Parikian (Violin)

    Conductor: Vernon Handley