British String Concertos

Release Date: 10/14/2014
Label: Lyrita
Catalog Number: SRCD2346
Number of Discs: 4

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This boxed set reassembles largely analog material from existing Lyrita CDs under a new generic grouping. Dates and locations of recording sessions are not given. Lyrita seem always to have been reticent about those details. The sound is a model of its kind – Lyrita were always able to boast glorious sound.

The freshly written liner-notes are by the authoritative and accessible Paul Conway and run to ten pages. These are not a simple retread of the original notes by other authors.

The String Concertos range far and wide. The Coleridge-Taylor is a treasure - full of Dvo?ákian melody and incident. The Holst Invocation is almost as moody as the Rubbra Soliloquy, the dark-clouded atmosphere of which you could cut with a machete. Finzi's Introit was salvaged from a disowned Violin Concerto, and it's the best thing in it by a long chalk. The two Holst works are from his appealingly chattery neo-classical years although the lovely Lyric Movement for viola has a yearning core. Busch's Cello Concerto is from the other half of the CD that yielded the Piano Concerto on SRCD2345. The Moeran Violin Concerto has been following me around this year. I have heard it three times live and several times recorded. Its touching slow-fast-slow movement scheme is most adroitly handled by Georgiadis and Handley in what was the work's first commercial recording from circa 1979. CDs 3 and 4 require stiffened sinews for the modernistic Violin Concertos by Gerhard, Fricker, Morgan and Banks. Even the Serenata Concertante for violin and orchestra by Maconchy will not let you off the hook lightly. We end with a roar and a flourish in Hoddinott's typically titled and expressed Nocturnes and Cadenzas for cello and orchestra from 1969.

– Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 80 by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Performer: Lorraine McAslan (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912 ; England
2. Double Concerto, Op. 49/H 175 by Gustav Holst
Performer: Kenneth Sillito (Violin), Emanuel Hurwitz (Violin)
Conductor: Imogen Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929 ; England
3. Lyric Movement for Viola and String Orchestra, H 191 by Gustav Holst
Performer: Cecil Aronowitz (Viola)
Conductor: Imogen Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1933 ; England
4. Invocation, Op. 19 no 2/H 75 by Gustav Holst
Performer: Alexander Baillie (Cello)
Conductor: David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911 ; England
5. Introit for Violin and Orchestra in F major, Op. 6 by Gerald Finzi
Performer: Rodney Friend (Violin)
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925/1942 ; England
6. Concerto for Cello by William Busch
Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
Conductor: Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941 ;
7. Concerto for Violin by Ernest John Moeran
Performer: John Georgiadis (Violin)
Conductor: Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; England
8. Soliloquy, Op. 57 by Edmund Rubbra
Performer: Rohan de Saram (Cello)
Conductor: Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944 ; England
9. Concerto for Violin by Roberto Gerhard
Performer: Yfrah Neaman (Violin)
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942-1943 ; England
10. Concerto for Violin, Op. 11 by Peter Racine Fricker
Performer: Yfrah Neaman (Violin)
Conductor: Norman Del Mar
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950 ; England
11. Concerto for Violin by David [British ] Morgan
Performer: Erich Gruenberg (Violin)
Conductor: Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1966 ; Czechoslovakia
12. Concerto for Violin by Don [Composer] Banks
Performer: Yfrah Neaman (Violin)
Conductor: Norman Del Mar
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1968 ; Australia
13. Nocturnes and Cadenzas, Op. 62 by Alun Hoddinott
Performer: Moray Welsh (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1969 ; Wales, UK
14. Serenata Concertante by Dame Elizabeth Maconchy
Performer: Manoug Parikian (Violin)
Conductor: Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1962 ;
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