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English String Miniatures Vol 6 / Sutherland, Royal Ballet


Release Date: 09/26/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557753   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav HolstHenry PurcellPaul LewisAdam Carse,   ... 
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These things are almost always pleasant--after all, if there's one thing English composers have done well since the beginning of time it is to write appealing, affecting, idiomatic music for strings. Although with Volume 6 in this smartly organized English String Music series the selections may not be uniformly of the first rank, what's not to like here, from Holst's typically well-crafted, traditionalist Moorside Suite (first written for brass) and Purcell's sturdy, stylish Chacony in G minor, to Paul Lewis' melancholy film-score-ish Rosa Mundi and Paul Carr's three-movement A Very English Music (with the "very English" subtitles Cuckmere Haven, Cornish Air, and The Hunt Gathering). Philip Lane's string arrangement of Peter Read more Warlock's beloved Christmas carol Bethlehem Down is a gem, and William Lloyd Webber's Waltz in E minor is a delightfully skittish, meandering take on the traditional dance.


Most sophisticated musically are Lionel Sainsbury's Two Nocturnes and Malcolm Lipkin's From Across La Manche, the latter a substantial (15-plus minutes) work from 1998 that's thoroughly of its idiom, full of good, skillfully developed ideas, and deserving of serious attention by orchestras, listeners, and concert programmers. And thankfully, Gavin Sutherland and his Royal Ballet Sinfonia have chosen to give all of these works their own careful, enthusiastic attention, resulting in one more well-played, eminently listenable addition to this ongoing series (Classicstoday has reviewed three of the earlier releases--see Search Reviews). Highly recommended--and fine sound too!
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A Moorside Suite, H 173 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; England 
Venue:  Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Philip Lane.
Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England (11/10/2003 - 11/11/2003) 
2.
Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Venue:  Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Benjamin Britten.
Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England (11/10/2003 - 11/11/2003) 
3.
Rosa mundi by Paul Lewis
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; England 
Venue:  Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England (11/10/2003 - 11/11/2003) 
4.
The Winton Suite by Adam Carse
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; England 
Venue:  Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England (11/10/2003 - 11/11/2003) 
5.
Bethlehem Down by Peter Warlock
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
Venue:  Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Philip Lane.
Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England (11/10/2003 - 11/11/2003) 
6.
A Very English Music by Paul Carr
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; England 
Venue:  Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England (11/10/2003 - 11/11/2003) 
7.
Waltz in E minor for strings by William Lloyd Webber
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Venue:  Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England (11/10/2003 - 11/11/2003) 
8.
Nocturnes (2) for strings by Lionel Sainsbury
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; England 
Venue:  Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England (11/10/2003 - 11/11/2003) 
9.
From across La manche by Malcolm Lipkin
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; England 
Venue:  Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Phoenix Sound, Wembley, England (11/10/2003 - 11/11/2003) 

Sound Samples

A Moorside Suite (arr. P. Lane): I. Scherzo
A Moorside Suite (arr. P. Lane): II. Nocturne
A Moorside Suite (arr. P. Lane): III. March
Chacony in G minor, Z. 730 (arr. B. Britten)
Rosa Mundi
The Winton Suite: I. Prelude
The Winton Suite: II. Air
The Winton Suite: III. Dance
The Winton Suite: IV. Song
The Winton Suite: V. Finale
Bethlehem Down (arr. P. Lane)
A Very English Music: I. Cuckmere Haven
A Very English Music: II. Cornish Air
A Very English Music: III. The Hunt Gathering
Waltz in E minor
2 Nocturnes: No. 1. Molto lento
2 Nocturnes: No. 2. Mesto e semplice
From across La manche: I. Overture
From across La manche: II. Ballade
From across La manche: III. Dance-finale

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