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Gregson: Dream Song, Horn Concerto, Concerto for Orchestra / Tovey

Gregson / Boustany / Watkins / Bbc
Release Date: 07/29/2014 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10822   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edward Gregson
Performer:  Richard WatkinsWissam Boustany
Conductor:  Bramwell Tovey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Edward Gregson is one of Britain’s most versatile and prolific composers, his approachable and engaging music having gained recognition worldwide. With the BBC Philharmonic, Bramwell Tovey conducts works that take inspiration from an array of musical and extra-musical sources, revealing the breadth of Gregson’s musical imagination.

The Horn Concerto, originally written in 1971 for soloist with brass band, is here heard in a recent orchestral arrangement, played by Richard Watkins, a leading horn player of his generation. Each of the Concerto’s three movements displays a different facet of the French horn’s character: serious, lyrical, and playful. Aztec Dances began as a substantial piece for recorder and piano; it was
Read more reworked for flute and piano at the request of Wissam Boustany, who here performs the final version, for flute and ensemble. Its vivid colors and ritualistic character were inspired by a British Museum exhibition exploring Aztec culture. Like Aztec Dances, the Concerto for Orchestra was revised twice. Its interim title, ‘Contrasts’, conveys the essence of the work, varieties of character and orchestral color being key to it. Dream Song was commissioned to share a concert program with Mahler’s Symphony No. 6. The essence of Mahler pervades the whole of this work which aims to create a parallel musical world to that of the Symphony. - Chandos Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Dream Song by Edward Gregson
Conductor:  Bramwell Tovey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
2.
Concerto for Horn and Orchestra by Edward Gregson
Performer:  Richard Watkins (Horn)
Conductor:  Bramwell Tovey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
3.
Concerto for Flute and Ensemble: "Aztec Dances" by Edward Gregson
Performer:  Wissam Boustany (Flute)
Conductor:  Bramwell Tovey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
4.
Concerto for Orchestra by Edward Gregson
Conductor:  Bramwell Tovey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Sound Samples

Dream Song: I. Quite slow and dramatically - Agitated
Dream Song: II. Scherzo: Not too fast, menacingly
Dream Song: III. Trio: Like a pastorale - A tempo
Dream Song: IV. Scherzo: Faster, but still menacing
Dream Song: V. Tempo I, reflective, dream-like - Liebeslied, always moving
Horn Concerto (2013 orchestral version): I. Allegro non troppo
Horn Concerto (2013 orchestral version): II. Andante cantabile
Horn Concerto (2013 orchestral version): III. Allegro brioso
Flute Concerto, "Aztec Dances": I. Ritual / Pastorale
Flute Concerto, "Aztec Dances": II. Fertility Dance
Flute Concerto, "Aztec Dances": III. Ghost Song
Flute Concerto, "Aztec Dances": IV. Sacrificial Dance
Concerto for Orchestra: I. Intrada: Majestically
Concerto for Orchestra: II. Elegy: Slow and thoughtful
Concerto for Orchestra: III. Toccata: Fast and rhythmic

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