Philip Spratley - Orchestral Music Vol.2
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Label: Toccata Classics
Cat No: TOCC0194
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 25th November 2013
WorksA Helpston Fantasia
Cargoes: Suite for orchestra after John Masefield
Symphony no.3 'Sinfonia Pascale'
ArtistsSiberian Symphony Orchestra
This is the second Toccata Classics recording of music by Philip Spratley, born in Nottinghamshire in 1942.
Steve Schwartz, reviewing the first disc for Classical Net, wrote that ‘Spratley is a wonder. Each piece is beautifully worked and a delight to ear and spirit, […] light in texture, modest in scope, but emotionally penetrating and mentally stimulating. […] This CD made me light up'. On Classical Source, Colin Anderson reported that ‘there is most certainly beauty, vitality and wit in abundance’.
The new disc opens with the atmospheric orchestral suite Cargoes, inspired by John Masefield’s famous poem, and continues with a sparkling folksong medley based on fiddle tunes by another poet, John Clare. The main work here, Spratley’s 40-minute Third Symphony, which had its initial impulses in visits to North Wales and Jerusalem, traces a path from tension to triumph.
Cargoes, of which this recording was also the first performance, is dedicated to Dmitry Vasiliev and his orchestra in gratitude.
This is the second release to emerge from the association of Toccata Classics and Dmitry Vasiliev and the Siberian Symphony Orchestra in Omsk; the first was a well-received account of Vissarion Shebalin’s first two orchestral suites.
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