WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org
Welcome to ArkivMusic, the retail store for CLOFO!

Gunning: Violin & Cello Concertos & Birdflight / Mackenzie, Harwood, Royal Philharmonic


Release Date: 06/19/2020 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 621  
Composer:  Christopher Gunning
Performer:  Harriet Mackenzie
Conductor:  Christopher Gunning
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Christopher Gunning returns with recordings of his Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto and Birdflight. Not composed until 2011, Gunning’s Violin Concerto was composed after inspiration whilst the composer was out hiking in Wales. The violin is supposed to represent ducking and weaving, rather like the insects and animals found in the Welsh hills and valleys. However, despite this positive venture for the composer, the emotions of sadness and melancholy are never far from this music – feelings which never seem far from Gunning’s music. The Cello Concerto is quite different. Although composed hard on the heels of the Violin Concerto, it is generally darker though equally expressive. The third piece, Birdflight, is for the orchestra alone; a kind Read more of tone poem. At the opening and close there is some quiet night music with spacious strings. The birds take flight but encounter a problem; a hawk is on their tail. The birds manage to hide and there is a pause. Then, when danger has passed, they take off and once again enjoy the sheer pleasure of flying. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin by Christopher Gunning
Performer:  Harriet Mackenzie (Violin)
Conductor:  Christopher Gunning
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012; England 
2.
Concerto for Cello by Christopher Gunning
Performer:  Harriet Mackenzie (Violin)
Conductor:  Christopher Gunning
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013; England 
3.
Birdflight by Christopher Gunning
Conductor:  Christopher Gunning
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2016; England 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title