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Ireland, Bridge: Suites, Etc / Garforth, English Co


Release Date: 09/30/1992 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 8390   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John IrelandFrank Bridge
Conductor:  David Garforth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All these works are small in scale and modest in their emotional range, but they make a highly enjoyable collection. John Ireland's wistful, slightly melancholy romanticism is well brought out by David Garforth, and the orchestra respond with warm, sensitive playing. Though the ECO are not a large ensemble they produce considerable depth of tone and their rich string sound has been well captured by the engineers.

Norman del Mar's performance of the Bridge Suite, also on Chandos, is most sympathetic and there is little to choose between his version and that of Garforth. But Del Mar's original 1978 recording is a little pale in comparison with the new issue, and though the strings of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta play well they
Read more sound fewer in number and less tonally opulent than the ECO players.

-- Gramophone [5/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1. Downland Suite by John Ireland
Conductor:  David Garforth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932/1941; England 
2. Preludes (4) for Piano: no 3, The Holy Boy by John Ireland
Conductor:  David Garforth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
Notes: Orchestrated: John Ireland (1941) 
3. Elegaic Meditation by John Ireland
Conductor:  David Garforth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; England 
Notes: Transcribed: Geoffrey Bush (1982) 
4. Suite for String Orchestra, H 93 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  David Garforth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; England 

Sound Samples

A Downland Suite (version for string orchestra): I. Prelude
A Downland Suite (version for string orchestra): II. Elegy
A Downland Suite (version for string orchestra): III. Minuet
A Downland Suite (version for string orchestra): IV. Rondo
4 Preludes: No. 3. The Holy Boy
Elegiac Meditation (arr. G. Bush for orchestra)
Suite for String Orchestra: I. Prelude
Suite for String Orchestra: II. Intermezzo
Suite for String Orchestra: III. Nocturne
Suite for String Orchestra: IV. Finale

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