British Orchestral Premieres (4 CD Set)
Great value 4 CD Set of British Orchestral Premieres.
Previously available as single CDs on Cameo Classics. Cameo Classics is a subsidiary label of Lyrita Recorded Edition Trust.
|Review||" This 4 CD set is an amazing collection of orchestral pieces written by British composers, mostly in the last century, all very attractive and often very pastoral in nature. The total running time is just over 4 hours.There are 10 composers represented, two of whom are women (Dorothy Howell and Lilian Elkington). There are very helpful and detailed notes accompanying the CDs including a biography of the composer, some are written by a relative of the composer as well as notes on the pieces played. Highlights for me included: Arthur Somervell's Symphony in D minor Thalassa with its second movement Elegy referring to Scott's doomed expedition to the South Pole in 1912 with cor anglais. Maurice Blower's Eclogue for Horn and Strings, written for Dennis Brain and the Symphony in C apparently discovered in the composer's loft. Frederick Septimus Kelly's Serenade for Flute, Harp, Horn and Strings written in 1911. An Australian by birth although he lived and studied in England and won a gold medal for rowing in the 1908 Olympics for Britain, fought with Robert Brooke in Gallipoli and then died himself in the Somme in 1916. Walter Gaze Cooper's Concertino for Oboe and Strings (1937) has a great pastoral beauty. Lilian Elkington's Out of the Mist (1921) was discovered in a purchase of manuscripts in a second hand book store in Worthing. Inspired by the return of HMS Verdun emerging out of the thick mists to Dover with the body of the Unknown Warrior. In summary a real joy to discover these works, all played to a high standard by the Malta Philharmonic, Karelia State Philharmonic and the Orion Symphony Orchestra. Recording quality is excellent and all were recorded between 2008 and 2011." - Anonymous|