Burgess - Mr W.S. Ballet Suite, Marche pour une revolution, Mr Burgessís Almanack | Naxos 8573472

Burgess - Mr W.S. Ballet Suite, Marche pour une revolution, Mr Burgessís Almanack

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573472

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 29th April 2016



Anthony Burgess, celebrated author of A Clockwork Orange, memorably filmed by Stanley Kubrick, once said, ďI wish people would think of me as a musician who writes novels, instead of a novelist who writes music on the side.Ē Initially thwarted in his desire for a professional musical career, Burgess returned to composition in the mid-1970s, writing prolifically in many genres. His music is mostly tonal but sometimes dissonant, a hybrid of Holst and Hindemith. Mr W.S. is an imaginative evocation of the Elizabethan era while Mr Burgessís Almanack is a variegated work of ingenuity and charm with a nod towards modernism. This is the first recording of Burgessís orchestral music.


This disc starts with Mr WS, a jaunty mock-Tudor ballet suite nodding to Waltonís Shakespearian music, and the similarly Waltonesque Marche pour une Rťvolution, both dispatched with spirit if not ideal refinement by [Paul] Phillipsís student orchestra; but keep listening and a more interesting voice emerges in Mr Burgessís Almanack, a sequence of 14 modernist-inflected short movements for chamber ensemble written in 1987.  Erica Jeal
The Guardian 27 May 2016

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