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Music for Strings - Vaughan Williams, Purcell, Britten...

Purcell / Bone / Chamber Orch Of Europe / Boyd
Release Date: 06/26/2012 
Label:  Apex   Catalog #: 660705   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry PurcellBenjamin BrittenArvo PärtRalph Vaughan Williams,   ... 
Performer:  Nicholas BoneNicolas BôneVesna Stankovic MoffatMarieke Blankestijn,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard EgarrWilliam ConwayDouglas Boyd
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Programs of English string orchestra music have been recorded many times—and why not? The music is beautiful, immediately accessible, and, well, so English: replete with images of gently meandering streams, meadows never visited by a stinging insect, inviting, tame woods (no dark German forests here!), festive country celebrations, and pastoral scenes straight from Hardy and Milne and Grahame. Who wouldn’t want to go there? This program—a set of very fine performances recorded in London by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in 2003—is an intelligently chosen collection of mostly 20th-century works modeled on earlier forms or styles—Fantasia; Passacaglia; Lachrymae—or, in the case of the Purcell Chaconne, represent the original Baroque model. Read more Arvo Pärt’s Cantus In Memoriam Benjamin Britten is the only work on the disc by a non-English composer, but its purpose and theme give it a credible reason to be here—and the music itself brings a moving if decidedly minimalist dimension to the proceedings. It’s not difficult to find excellent performances and recordings of most of these works, especially the Purcell, Britten, Vaughan Williams, and Walton, but these are equal to any of them. My only complaint is the annoyingly audible breathing in the Britten Lachrymae (the violist?), and the applause at the disc’s conclusion—who buys a CD to hear applause? Nevertheless, this is one of those reissues whose musical and programmatic value warrants the effort, and your serious attention.

– David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Richard Egarr
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Venue:  St John's Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
Lachrymae for Viola and Strings, Op. 48a by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Nicholas Bone (Viola), Nicolas Bône (Viola)
Conductor:  William Conway
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950/1976; England 
Venue:  St John's Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten by Arvo Pärt
Conductor:  William Conway
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; Estonia 
Venue:  St John's Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4.
Dido and Aeneas: Dido's Lament (When I Am Laid in Earth) by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Richard Egarr
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; United Kingdom 
Venue:  St John's Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
5.
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Douglas Boyd
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
Venue:  St John's Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 16 Secs. 
6.
Pieces (2) for strings (from Henry V) by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Douglas Boyd
Period: Modern 
Written: 1944 
Venue:  St John's Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli by Michael Tippett
Performer:  Vesna Stankovic Moffat (Violin), Marieke Blankestijn (Violin), William Conway (Cello)
Conductor:  Douglas Boyd
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
Venue:  St John's Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 46 Secs. 

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