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Bromhead: Orchestral Music / Pearce, RTE National Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 05/19/2017 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 0422  
Composer:  Jerome de Bromhead
Performer:  Alan Smale
Conductor:  Colman Pearce
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The vitality of these three works by the Irish composer Jerome de Bromhead point to the sheer pleasure that their creator takes in writing music. The swirling ebullience of the tone-poem A Lay for a Light Year suggests the scale and energy of the cosmos. The edgy, elegiac lyricism of the Violin Concerto inhabits textures that are brittle and clear like Stravinsky's. The more chromatic Second Symphony suggests a vast sense of space behind a glittering foreground of kaleidoscopic orchestral colors. A member of his family, Lt. Gonville Bromhead, who fought in the Battle of Rorke's Drift, was made famous when Michael Caine played the part of Lt. Bromhead in the 1964 film Zulu. Alan Smale studied at the Royal Academy of Music, moving to Dublin Read more in 1977 as co-leader of the then RTE Symphony Orchestra. Coleman Pearce is a composer and pianist as well as a conductor. He has conducted most of Ireland's orchestras, among them the RTE Light Orchestra and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, with which he performed many works by contemporary international and Irish composers. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A Lay for a Light Year by Jerome de Bromhead
Conductor:  Colman Pearce
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; Ireland 
2.
Concerto for Violin by Jerome de Bromhead
Performer:  Alan Smale (Violin)
Conductor:  Colman Pearce
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2008; Ireland 
3.
Symphony No. 2 by Jerome de Bromhead
Conductor:  Colman Pearce
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1994; Ireland 

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