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Songs for Strings / Fraser, English Symphony & English Chamber Orchestras


Release Date: 09/07/2018 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2391  
Composer:  Donald FraserJohn DowlandHenry PurcellAntonio Lotti,   ... 
Performer:  Donald Fraser
Conductor:  Donald Fraser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraEnglish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the 1990s, Donald Fraser scored a hit with his orchestral arrangement of Marin Marais’ baroque classic The Bells of Genevieve which reached the Top 5 of Billboard’s Classical Chart and remains a radio evergreen to this day. Numerous commissions for arrangements followed for musicians such as The King’s Singers, Yehudi Menuhim and the English Chamber Orchestra. In 2016, AVIE released Don’s large-scale orchestration of Edward Elgar’s Piano Quintet and choral version of Sea Pictures, which charted in the Top 10 of the UK Specialist Classical Chart. Don now returns to the art of arranging smaller scale, classic works by John Dowland, Henry Purcell, Antonio Vivaldi and others, including new versions of his own “Amen” from A Christmas Symphony Read more which was written for and premiered by soprano Jessye Norman, a new remix of The Bells of St. Genevieve and orchestrations of four Elgar art songs that evoke the album’s title, Songs for Strings. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Queen's Hall by Donald Fraser
Conductor:  Donald Fraser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
2.
Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 2, Time stands still by John Dowland
Conductor:  Donald Fraser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
3.
Ground for Harpsichord in C minor, Z D221 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Donald Fraser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
4.
Crucifixus by Antonio Lotti
Conductor:  Donald Fraser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
5.
Fugue in G Minor by Nicolo Porpora
Conductor:  Donald Fraser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
6.
Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531: 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Donald Fraser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
7.
Lord Lovat's Lament by David Fraser
Conductor:  Donald Fraser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
8.
Nuages gris for Piano, S 199 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Donald Fraser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
9.
Canon for Piano in D minor by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Donald Fraser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Russia 
10.
A la maničre de Borodine by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Donald Fraser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
11.
Pleading, Op. 48 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Donald Fraser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1908; England 
12.
A child asleep by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Donald Fraser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; England 
13.
Queen Mary's Song by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Donald Fraser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; England 
14.
Epilogue by Donald Fraser
Conductor:  Donald Fraser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
15.
Sonnerie de Sainte-Genevičve du Mont-de-Paris by Marin Marais
Performer:  Donald Fraser (Violin), Donald Fraser (Electronics)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 

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