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Bainton: Concerto Fantasia, Golden River / Daniel, Fingerhut


Release Date: 04/29/2008 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10460   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Yuri TorchinksyMargaret Fingerhut
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fasincating music brought back from the groves of oblivion.

Chandos has done well by Bainton. There are already two discs including a splendidly life-enhancing recording of the Second Symphony (CHAN9757). The visionary-rhetorical Third Symphony has been recorded by Dutton and the Genesis movement from the First Symphony is on Classico.

Here we start with two three movement orchestral suites. The Three Pieces reshuffle some music Bainton wrote during his internment at Ruhleben camp: 1914-1918. The end result is three movements of Arden-like pastoral pleasantry. This is the lighter Bainton but not as light as say Coates. This is music both gently magical and bluffly celebratory - a touch of Korngold in the
Read more last piece. The Pavane is Tchaikovskian and balletic yet with a touch of Binge about it. The Idyll is rather Debussian - the faun here being a flaneur rather than a voluptuary. The Bacchanal has the bluff exterior of a Holst suite - Brook Green or St Paul's or indeed of RVW's Concerto Grosso.

The earliest item here is the four movement suite from The Golden River. This is redolent of Massenet's suites and Tchaikovsky's minor tone poems such as Hamlet or The Tempest with a whiff of Elgar's cigar smoke in the Little Gluck movement. A chattering Mendelssohnian King of the Golden River movement flitters and flashes along at speed. A real weight of utterance can however be felt in the lush sway and summery heaviness of The Golden River movement which rises to an almost Baxian climactic at 4:51.

The Concerto-Fantasia - a work of staggering originality in comparison to the other pieces here was begun in Ruhleben camp in 1917 and finished in 1920. It is in four movements and an epilogue. The long first movement is almost half the length of the whole work. It begins with the piano solo in wreathes of smiling cadenza-like flurries of crystalline notes. The redolences are of Bax's contemporaneous and statuesquely static Symphonic Variations and the similarly coeval Scott First Concerto. It also recalls Dukas's sense of fantasy and Scriabin's Piano Concerto yet has plenty of movement including an impudently Elgarian rhythmic grit which carries over into the Scherzo. The finale reminded me a little of John Ireland but with more emotional muscle and virility.

Paul Daniel, Margaret Fingerhut, the BBC Phil and Chandos have literally done the honours here and these four premiere recordings inestimably enhance the Bainton catalogue. The notes are by Michael Jones (who has written an article on Bainton for Musicweb) whose personally costly dedication to the Bainton cause has been as richly rewarded as are the fortunes of the listener who encounters this fascinating music brought back to us from the groves of oblivion.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Pieces (3) for Orchestra by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Yuri Torchinksy (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 10 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2. Pavane, Idyll and Bacchanal by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Margaret Fingerhut (Piano), Yuri Torchinksy (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 9 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3. The Golden River, Op. 16 by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Yuri Torchinksy (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 16 Minutes 37 Secs. 
4. Concerto Fantasia by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Margaret Fingerhut (Piano), Yuri Torchinksy (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 31 Minutes 11 Secs. 

Sound Samples

3 Pieces: I. Elegy: Lento, molto tranquillo
3 Pieces: II. Intermezzo: Vivace, molto leggiero
3 Pieces: III. Humoresque: Vivace con brio
Pavane, Idyll and Bacchanal: I. Pavane: Andante
Pavane, Idyll and Bacchanal: II. Idyll: Moderato, con grazia
Pavane, Idyll and Bacchanal: III. Bacchanal: Allegro, molto vivace, e con fuoco
The Golden River, Op. 16: I. South West Wind Esquire: Molto energico
The Golden River, Op. 16: II. Little Gluck: Allegretto
The Golden River, Op. 16: III. The King of the Golden River: Allegro, alla burla
The Golden River, Op. 16: IV. The Golden River: Andante, molto tranquillo
Concerto fantasia: I. Quasi cadenza - Adagio, molto espressivo
Concerto fantasia: II. Scherzo: Molto vivace -
Concerto fantasia: III. Improvisation: Quasi cadenza - Lento
Concerto fantasia: IV. Finale: Allegro, molto ritmico e risoluto -
Concerto fantasia: IV. Finale: Epilogue: Adagio, molto espressivo

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