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Music Of Edward Joseph Collins / Alsop, Et Al


Release Date: 05/25/2004 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 657   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edward Joseph Collins
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Boy is this sexy! The ballet suite The Masque of the Red Death gives Strauss' Salome a very good run for its money in the decadence department. I mean, just look at the five movement titles (which naturally are in French): Invocation Profane; Propos subtil et mysterieux; Valse seduisante; Chez le Sultan; and Orgie (of course!). If this isn't self recommending to all lovers of over-the-top late-Romantic extravagance then nothing ever will be. Collins' music is wonderfully lush and beautifully scored, and the contrast between this late work and the earlier, simpler Irish Rhapsody establishes him
Read more as something of a stylistic chameleon. Collins in fact wrote several "Irish" works and they run like a thread through his musical career, the present example being far more straightforwardly tuneful though no less well crafted than his later output.


Set of Four is a group of three miniatures (Prelude, To Her, and Passcaglia) surrounding a large, gorgeous second movement evocatively titled Moonlight and Dance. Like the ballet suite, this is harmonically rich, opulent, sophisticated music composed by an artist with a sure sense of style and (what's even better) a good sense of timing. All of these works deserve to be played and savored by music lovers. As with previous entries in this series, Marin Alsop gets very impressive results from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with whom she also is working on Naxos' Barber series. They seem to have a very good working relationship, and the players vividly characterize music that sometimes risks becoming harmonically elusive (think Delius with rhythm). Certainly these performances do the composer proud, and they are extremely well recorded. You may very well find this to be one of the most enjoyable novelties to come along in quite a while. [7/15/2004]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Masque of Red Death by Edward Joseph Collins
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
2.
Hibernia "Irish Rhapsody" by Edward Joseph Collins
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USA 
3.
Set of Four by Edward Joseph Collins
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 

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