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Bridge: Orchestral Works Vol 2 - The Sea, Dance Poem, Etc / Hickox, Bbc Wales


Release Date: 10/22/2002 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10012   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Volume 2 of Chandos' enterprising Bridge edition makes a better overall impression than did Volume 1, though on the whole it has similar virtues and vices. First, let's say categorically that it's wonderful to have this music (especially the Dance Poem and Dance Rhapsody, which are both terrific pieces) readily available in what are basically very good performances. Richard Hickox elicits some beautiful playing from the orchestra (the opening chord of The Sea positively glows with inner light), but his casual approach to rhythm and accent robs the music of some of its vibrancy. For example, in The Sea he's a minute slower than Groves' classic EMI account in the first movement, though he whips up a satisfyingly stormy finale, and the BBC Read more National Orchestra of Wales has greater polish (if perhaps less timbral character) than Groves' Liverpool band. Also, both "dance" works benefit from plenty of natural momentum that keeps them buoyant, which is more than can be said for the early tone poems included in this series' first release. Chandos' sonics, which are lovely but soft-edged, add to the overall smooth impression; more prominent percussion would have injected a welcome touch of extra energy. But these are not serious faults, and the music is so attractive that on this basis alone many will find this disc to be self-recommending. [11/1/2002]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Sea, H 100 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910-1911; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Brandwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2.
Dance Rhapsody by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Brandwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Norse Legend, H 60 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Brandwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4.
Dance Poem by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Brandwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5.
Entr'actes (5) by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Brandwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 8 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Dance Rhapsody
5 Entr'actes, "The 2 Hunchbacks": No. 1. Act I: Prelude: Allegretto moderato - Lento
5 Entr'actes, "The 2 Hunchbacks": No. 2. Act II: Intermezzo: Andantino
5 Entr'actes, "The 2 Hunchbacks": No. 3. Act III: Intermezzo: Allegretto [marziale]
5 Entr'actes, "The 2 Hunchbacks": No. 4. Act III: Prelude: Lento
5 Entr'actes, "The 2 Hunchbacks": No. 5. Entr'acte between Act II and Act III: Moderato
Dance Poem
Norse Legend
The Sea: I. Seascape: Allegro ben moderato
The Sea: II. Sea-Foam: Allegro vivo
The Sea: III. Moonlight: Adagio ma non troppo
The Sea: IV. Storm: Allegro energico - Allegro moderato e largamente

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