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Overtures From The British Isles

Austin / Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales / Gamba
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10797   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frederic AustinCharles Villiers StanfordSamuel Coleridge-TaylorFrederic H. Cowen,   ... 
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"As Rumon Gamba's nicely slick performances with BBCNOW show, these are all nicely proportioned pieces...they don't deserve the total neglect they've suffered for the last three-quarters of a century." - The Guardian

Rumon Gamba and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales present a collection of rarely heard overtures from the British Isles. Among these is Sir Frederic Cowen’s The Butterfly’s Ball (1901), illustrating a popular children’s poem by William Roscoe. All is vividly evoked by Cowen’s pleasing melodic lines and delicate instrumental colour. It is easy to see why, in its day, the piece was a firm favourite, being played twenty-six times at the Proms between 1900 and 1940. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Read more achieved immediate success early in his career with his four-part cantata cycle collectively known as Scenes from The Song of Hiawatha. The Overture, composed in 1899, was intended as a prelude to the complete cycle but is now rarely heard in this context. Indeed, very little of the material in this Overture comes from the other Hiawatha pieces, the principal theme being the spiritual ‘Nobody knows the trouble I see, Lord’. Perhaps better known as a leading baritone of his generation, Frederic Austin was also a composer of some achievement. In his tuneful and exciting concert overture The Sea Venturers, from 1936, he wanted to evoke ‘something of the lives and character of English seamen who...took peril and pleasure as it came’. - Chandos Read less

Works on This Recording

1. The Sea Venturers, concert overture by Frederic Austin
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1934 
Length: 11 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2. Oedipus Rex Prelude, Op. 29 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; England 
Length: 8 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3. The Song of Hiawatha, Op. 30: 3. Overture by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1898-1900 
Length: 11 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4. Butterfly's Ball, concert overture for orchestra by Frederic H. Cowen
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Period: Modern 
Length: 11 Minutes 48 Secs. 
5. The Frogs: Overture by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Period: Modern 
Length: 8 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6. The Little Minister: Overture by Alexander Mackenzie
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897 
Length: 8 Minutes 12 Secs. 
7. MacBeth: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; England 
Length: 8 Minutes 13 Secs. 
8. Overture to a Comedy, for orchestra by Henry Balfour Gardiner
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Period: Modern 
Written: 1906 
Length: 8 Minutes 29 Secs. 

Sound Samples

The Sea Venturers
Oedipus Tyrannus, Op. 29: Prelude
Scenes from The Song of Hiawatha, Op. 30: No. 3. Overture
The Butterfly's Ball
The Frogs
The Little Minister, Op. 57: Overture
Macbeth *: Macbeth: Overture
Overture to a Comedy

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