The Symphonic Euphonium | Chandos CHAN10830

The Symphonic Euphonium

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN10830

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 29th September 2014

Contents

Artists

David Childs (euphonium)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Conductor

Bramwell Tovey

Works

Hoddinott, Alun

The Sunne Rising - The King Will Ride

Horovitz, Joseph

Euphonium Concerto

Jenkins, Karl

Euphonium Concerto

Wilby, Philip

Euphonium Concerto

Artists

David Childs (euphonium)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Conductor

Bramwell Tovey

About

For many years since its invention in 1843, the euphonium was only to be heard in ensembles, but recent decades have seen a dramatic increase in the popularity of the euphonium as a solo instrument. Today, David Childs leads the way as the world’s foremost euphonium soloist, making the case for this once neglected instrument to growing audiences worldwide with his stunning virtuosity and extrovert musicality.

Here he performs four important concertos by British composers with Bramwell Tovey and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Joseph Horovitz’s Concerto for Euphonium, commissioned by the National Brass Band Festival in 1972, was among the first euphonium concertos ever written and set the benchmark for future generations of soloists and composers.

Philip Wilby’s Concerto was composed in 1995 and has remained immensely popular ever since, especially for its fast and furious second movement, entitled ‘Zeibekiko’ after the plate-smashing Greek dance.

The other two works on the disc were commissioned by David Childs and represent a small part of his enormous contribution to the euphonium repertoire. Alun Hoddinott’s The Sunne Rising – The King Will Rise is full of the Welsh composer’s characteristic orchestral colour, while the solo part is dazzling in its virtuosity.

Perhaps the most popular of Childs’ commissions has been Karl Jenkins’s Euphonium Concerto from 2009. It encapsulates the essence of the euphonium in its four character movements.

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