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Geoffrey Bush Small Pieces for Orchestra



This CD for Lyrita includes the first-ever recording of Geoffrey Bush's Sinfonietta Concertante for Cello, with Raphael Wallfisch. Though composition was foremost among his many skills, Bush was something of an all-rounder. He performed as both pianist and organist, made regular broadcasts for the BBC and was also a successful writer.The works included on this disc provide a representative selection of Bush’s writing for chamber orchestra.

Geoffrey Bush Small Pieces for Orchestra


'The Sinfonietta Concertante's needlepoint technical skill offers Wallfisch and the Northern Chamber Orchestra an opportunity which they seize in classy style' BBC Music Magazine, July 2015

'A winning release, recorded with presence and warmth.' Gramophone, April 2015

'Looking to have your spirits raised and musical taste-buds enlivened? The music of Englishman Geoffrey Bush (1920-98) could be your prescription. The six-movement Concerto for light orchestra is a joy from beginning to end. Don’t be put off by the severe (Stravinskian) opening, for what follows would perfectly adorn an Ealing Comedy (Malcolm Arnold in the mix). Its remaining movements offer heartfelt poetics, and whimsy: all feel-good. Natus est Immanuel (A Christmas piece) is equally expressive and other miniatures are exquisite or rollicking in nature, with sterling craftsmanship. Finale for a Concert moves apace, chuckling with Shostakovich-like wryness, and the Sinfonia Concertante for cello and orchestra is lively and persuasive, totally enjoyable. Raphael Wallfisch plays with commendable conviction. He also essays Christopher Palmer’s arrangement of John Ireland’s poignant The Holy Boy. Performances and recorded sound are splendid throughout. This lovely Lyrita anthology is recommended without reservation: yours to derive pleasure from.' Classical Ear, March 2015

“With some vivid playing and recording, and well researched notes, this fills a welcome gap in Bush’s representation on disc.” Jonathan Woolf,