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Moeran: Sketches For Symphony No 2, Overture For A Festival; Ireland: Sarnia

Moeran / Yates
Release Date: 01/10/2012 
Label:  Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog #: 7281  
Composer:  Ernest John MoeranJohn Ireland
Conductor:  Martin Yates
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

World Premiere Recordings
Recorded at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 21-22 June & 2 August 2011

This is a remarkable coupling of tuneful music. E. J. Moeran, who died in 1950, has a considerable following for his fine Symphony in G minor, and concertos for violin and cello. It has long been known that he left sketches for an unfinished Second Symphony, which have rivalled those of Elgar’s Third Symphony as a tantalising musical ‘might-have-been’ among British symphonic scores. Now in a remarkable parallel with Anthony Payne’s performing edition of the sketches of Elgar’s Third Symphony, conductor Martin Yates has realised and completed the sketches of Moeran’s Second Symphony to reveal a glorious work given wing by
Read more this idiomatic performing edition, brilliantly played by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Yates’s baton. This is an exciting discovery, which all lovers of British music, especially of the period of Bax and Vaughan Williams, will want to hear. The themes and orchestration are Moeran at his most persuasive, and thanks to Martin Yates’s efforts we now have a completed symphonic work of art to lay beside Moeran’s G minor Symphony. It is accompanied on this CD by Moeran’s Overture for a Festival, which survives only as an undated piano score. In a work thematically linked to the G minor Symphony, this idiomatic orchestration was made by Rodney Newton for its first performance at the 1994 Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and here receives its premiere recording. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of John Ireland, The John Ireland Trust have commissioned Martin Yates to orchestrate the piano suite Sarnia: an island sequence (1940-41), which provides a charming companion to the Moeran works. In these three movements – Le Catioroc, In a May Morning and Song of the Springtides – we have, if not quite an English La Mer, certainly a distinctive and colourful score. “Ireland surely had the orchestra in mind when writing this evocative music,” remarked Martin Yates during the recording. In the finale those sparkling climaxes – at the brilliant cadenza-like culmination of the opening section and the thrilling closing bars – acquire a new dimension in their orchestral dress.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in E flat major [sketches; completed by Martin Yates] by Ernest John Moeran
Conductor:  Martin Yates
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1939-1950 
2.
Overture for a Festival by Ernest John Moeran
Conductor:  Martin Yates
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994 
Notes: Orchestrated by Rodney Newton. 
3.
Sarnia by John Ireland
Conductor:  Martin Yates
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940-1941; England 

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