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O'Brien: Complete Orchestral Music, Vol. 3 / Mann, Liepaja Symphony


Release Date: 02/03/2017 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 0299  
Composer:  Charles O'Brien
Conductor:  Paul Mann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liepaja Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The rediscovery of the music of the Edinburgh composer Charles O'Brien (1882-1968) continues with this third and final album of his orchestral music. The explicitly Scottish Ellangowan Overture contrasts splendid vistas with some wonderfully catchy tunes, in a manner reminiscent of the well-known overture Land of the Mountain and the Flood, by Hamish McCunn - O'Brien's teacher. The two suites show O'Brien skillfully combining a naturally symphonic voice with an unexpected sense of fun. The first two releases in this series were very well received. The reviewers for MusicWeb International described volume one as "beautifully played and paced, and finely recorded as well" and wrote of volume two "The booklet notes by Paul Mann Read more are fascinating. His essay-length discussion of these works requires to b eread. The Latvian orchestra plays with enthusiasm and seem to have a definite flair for evoking the mists and sceneries of Scotland." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concert Overture, Op. 10 "Ellangowan" by Charles O'Brien
Conductor:  Paul Mann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liepaja Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Scotland 
2.
Waltzes (4) for piano, Op. 26 by Charles O'Brien
Conductor:  Paul Mann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liepaja Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Scotland 
3.
Suite Humoristique, Op. 8 by Charles O'Brien
Conductor:  Paul Mann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liepaja Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Scotland 

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