The Fire that Breaks from Thee - Violin Concertos by Milford and Stanford
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Label: EM Records
Cat No: EMRCD023
Number of Discs: 1
WorksWalt Whitman Overture, op.7
Violin Concerto in G minor, op.47
Violin Concerto no.2 in G minor, op.162
ArtistsRupert Marshall-Luck (violin)
BBC Concert Orchestra
ConductorOwain Arwel Hughes
The Violin Concerto by Robin Milford was composed in 1937 and received two radio broadcasts, but was laid aside and forgotten following the early death of its composer. Possibly it was a victim of the trend then prevalent towards the programming of fiercely avant-garde compositions, both in concert halls and on the BBC, but its strongly melodic basis, its heady lyricism, and its passionate declamations make it a work undeserving of its neglect.
Although more evidently rooted in the Austro-Germanic tradition of Bruch and Brahms, the Violin Concerto no.2 of Charles Villiers Stanford is no less a fascinating work. Composed in 1918, yet left only in a short-score form upon the composer's death in 1924, it was finally completed in 2011 by the noted Stanford scholar Jeremy Dibble, who used his expert knowledge of Stanford's compositional methods to realise the orchestration and thus to make the work performable in its intended context.
The Concerto is especially memorable for the warmly glowing second movement, which seems to recall an Irish folk melody, whilst the inspired dialogue between solo violin and clarinet that characterises the central section provides a movingly effective complement.
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