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English String Miniatures - Rutter, Cordell, Melachrino, Etc


Release Date: 03/14/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554186   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George MelachrinoPeter DoddFrank CordellDavid Lyon,   ... 
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD of light music for string orchestra seems just right to usher in the summer. It starts with a suite by John Rutter based on folk tunes, its four movements devoted to "A-Roving," "I have a bonnet trimmed with blue,""O, Waly, Waly," and "Dashing away with the smoothing iron." Those familiar with Rutter's Christmas discs will know what a clever arranger he is, and not be a bit surprised that he manages to work in several other folk songs in counterpoint to the featured ones. Orr's pastoral piece smacks, in a good way, of Delius, and Melachrino's composition is idiomatically written for strings, as one would expect from the creator-conductor of the "Melachrino Strings." Two of the works, by Cordell and Gibbs, are compositions of a type Read more that English composers do so well: tributes to earlier times. The Gibbs is reminiscent of Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite in its harmonic "modernization" of consonant tunes set to old-fashioned dance rhythms, such as the Minuet and Sarabande. The Royal Ballet Sinfonia plays all this music with confidence and charm, not to mention good tone. David Lloyd-Jones, one of my favorite underrated English conductors, paces performances that are just right and beautifully phrased, and the recorded sound is generally excellent, if a bit bass shy and remote.

--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Les jeux by George Melachrino
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
2. Irish Idyll by Peter Dodd
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
3. King Charles's Galliard by Frank Cordell
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
4. Short Suite by David Lyon
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; England 
5. Cantilena by Roy Douglas
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
6. Pantomime by Philip Lane
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
7. Suite for Strings by John Rutter
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; England 
8. Cotswold Hill Tune by Charles Wilifrid Orr
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
9. Miniature Dance Suite, Op. 124 by Cecil Armstrong Gibbs
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1951; England 

Sound Samples

Suite: A-Roving
Suite: I Have a Bonnet Trimmed with Blue
Suite: O, Waly Waly
Suite: Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron
A Cotswold Hill Tune
Les jeux
Irish Idyll
Miniature Dance Suite, Op. 124: March
Miniature Dance Suite, Op. 124: Quick Minuet
Miniature Dance Suite, Op. 124: Graceful Dance
Miniature Dance Suite, Op. 124: Sarabande
Miniature Dance Suite, Op. 124: Jig
King Charles's Galliard
Short Suite: Rustic Dance
Short Suite: Gavotte
Short Suite: Aria
Short Suite: Moto perpetuo
Cantilena
Pantomime: Alla marcia
Pantomime: Andante
Pantomime: Vivace

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