Owain Arwel Hughes Conducts Much Loved Music / Halle Orchestra

Release Date: 12/29/2011
Catalog Number: EMI 62008
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

CD
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$17.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Well I suppose you either like compilations or you don’t, but with Christmas coming up, this well recorded and good quality CD might be just what you need, or at any time for that matter.

Some tend to be a ‘bit sniffy’ about discs like this. The classic syndrome, how can people listen to Classic FM and support the advertisers if they are listening to their 3 hour long Relaxing Classics compilation of only slow movements? This one at any rate mixes styles and it mixes tempo, genre and interest. Therefore it never grates, it can be put on and listened to right through, and, I’m sorry to admit you might well wash up to it or eat or… well whatever.

The performances are generally unproblematic. One could complain that the ‘Greensleeves Fantasia' is really too slow, and that it is a pity that a disc with just a few choral items could only rustle up one verse of ‘Jesu Joy’. However one could also say that it is a joy to hear ‘Let the bright seraphim’ done so well by Pamela Coburn and an anonymous trumpeter with its final choral section ‘Let their celestial concerts’ sung so cleanly even if the ensemble between the strings and the men is not always spot on.

The ‘March of the Little Lead Soldiers’ by Gabriel Pierné was, for me anyway, a pleasantly surprising feature and it is played most sensitively and delicately.

-- Gary Higginson, MusicWeb International
Works on This Recording
1. English Dances (4), Op. 33: no 1, Allegro non troppo by Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1951 ; England
2. Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Jean Bell (Harp ), Roger Rostron (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; England
3. Il trovatore: Vedi! le fosche notturne "Anvil Chorus" by Giuseppe Verdi
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
4. Solomon, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1749 ; London, England
5. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: 1723 ; Leipzig, Germany
6. Cavalleria Rusticana: Ineggiamo, il Signor "Easter Hymn" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer: Pamela Coburn (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; Italy
7. Samson, HWV 57: Let the bright Seraphim by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Pamela Coburn (Soprano), John [trumpet] Dickinson (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1743 ; London, England
8. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1729-1731 ; Leipzig, Germany
9. Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: Romance by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Martin Milner (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1955 ; USSR
10. Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Italy
11. Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 1 - no 2, Baïlèro by Joseph Canteloube
Performer: Pamela Coburn (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923-1930 ; France
12. Petite Messe solennelle: Cum sancto spiritu by Gioachino Rossini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1863 ; Italy
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