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Coleridge-taylor: Chamber Music / The Coleridge Ensemble


Release Date: 02/09/1999 
Label:  Afka   Catalog #: 543   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Performer:  Hilary WaltherWilliam E. ThomasJohn McLaughlin WilliamsLisa Suslowicz,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coleridge Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor is an intriguing figure. His father, a Sierra Leone native, left England before he was born. He was raised by his mother with the help of a benefactor who recognized his talents and assisted in his early education, eventually bringing him to Charles Groves, who admitted him to the Royal College of Music. There he studied violin, then composition with Charles Villiers Stanford. Coleridge-Taylor flourished, producing a body of work that included a cantata, 'Hiawatha's Wedding Feast,' which won him wide acclaim in England. He died, tragically, of pneumonia at the age of thirty seven.
This CD contains two of his early chamber works and trio arrangements of five of his 'Negro Melodies,' originally for piano, which
Read more reflect his great interest in African and African-American culture. In the 'Fantasiestücke' for string quartet the writing occasionally shows the influence of Dvorák, but for the most part a distinctive personality emerges, marked by a direct yet relaxed manner, radiating ease and confidence with a deceptive simplicity which seems almost prescient in the light of later 20th-century trends. This is an unjustly neglected composer well worth checking out, and the performances by the Coleridge Ensemble of Andover Massachusetts make this disc a winner. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasiestücke (5) for String Quartet, Op. 5 by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Performer:  Hilary Walther (Violin), William E. Thomas (Cello), John McLaughlin Williams (Violin),
Lisa Suslowicz (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coleridge Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; England 
Length: 20 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Negro Melodies (24), Op. 59 no 1: no 22, Sometimes I feel like a motherless child by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Performer:  William E. Thomas (Cello), John McLaughlin Williams (Violin), Fredericka King (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coleridge Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1905; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1906) 
3.
Nonet in F minor, Op. 2 by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Performer:  Eric Thomas (Clarinet), Jane Harrison (Oboe), Ronald Haroutunian (Bassoon),
Christopher Walter (Piano), William E. Thomas (Cello), Pascale Delache-Feldman (Double Bass),
Lisa Suslowicz (Viola), John McLaughlin Williams (Violin), Robin Cavalear (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coleridge Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; England 
Length: 26 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Negro Melodies (24), Op. 59 no 1: no 15, I was way down a-yonder by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Performer:  Fredericka King (Piano), William E. Thomas (Cello), John McLaughlin Williams (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coleridge Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1905; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1906) 
5.
Negro Melodies (24), Op. 59 no 1: no 11, Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Performer:  John McLaughlin Williams (Violin), William E. Thomas (Cello), Fredericka King (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coleridge Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1905; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1906) 
6.
Negro Melodies (24), Op. 59 no 1: no 4, They will not lend me a child by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Performer:  Fredericka King (Piano), William E. Thomas (Cello), John McLaughlin Williams (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coleridge Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1905; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1906) 
7.
Negro Melodies (24), Op. 59 no 1: no 18, My Lord delivered Daniel by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Performer:  Fredericka King (Piano), John McLaughlin Williams (Violin), William E. Thomas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coleridge Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1905; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1906) 

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