Edward Gregson - Orchestral Works
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Cat No: CHAN10822
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 30th June 2014
ArtistsWissam Boustany (flute)
Richard Watkins (horn)
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward Gregson is one of Britainís most versatile and prolific composers, his approachable and engaging music having gained recognition worldwide. With the BBC Philharmonic, Bramwell Tovey conducts works that take inspiration from an array of musical and extra-musical sources, revealing the breadth of Gregsonís musical imagination.
The Horn Concerto, originally written in 1971 for soloist with brass band, is here heard in a recent orchestral arrangement, played by Richard Watkins, a leading horn player of his generation. Each of the Concertoís three movements displays a different facet of the French hornís character: serious, lyrical and playful.
Aztec Dances began as a substantial piece for recorder and piano. It was reworked for flute and piano at the request of Wissam Boustany, who here performs the final version, for flute and ensemble. Its vivid colours and ritualistic character were inspired by a British Museum exhibition exploring Aztec culture.
Like Aztec Dances, the Concerto for Orchestra was revised twice. Its interim title, ĎContrastsí, conveys the essence of the work, varieties of character and orchestral colour being key to it. Dream Song was commissioned to share a concert programme with Mahlerís Symphony No.6. The essence of Mahler pervades the whole of this work which aims to create a parallel musical world to the Symphony.
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