Cliffe - Symphony no.1, Cloud and Sunshine | Sterling CDS1055

Cliffe - Symphony no.1, Cloud and Sunshine


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Label: Sterling

Cat No: CDS1055

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral



Malmo Opera Orchestra


Christopher Fifield


Cliffe, Frederic

Cloud and Sunshine: orchestral picture
Symphony no.1 in C minor, op.1


Malmo Opera Orchestra


Christopher Fifield


First English romantic on the Sterling label. Cliffe, who wrote very few works, was an intensely Bruckner-inspired composer with the same fondness of beautifully crafted theme work. The third movement is truly heaven. Cloud and Sunshine is also a quite interesting work - the beginning really sounds as if it could be played by an organ!

"The opening two-note motif that forms the symphony's rhythmic underpinning recalls Beethoven's Fifth; the jocular scherzo brims with Mendelssohnian exuberance, and the slow Ballade resounds with Wagnerian overtones. Grand Brucknerian brass chorales make startling appearances in the outer movements - really, something for everyone." -


The symphony is indeed an astonishing achievement for a young composer and gives absolutely no impression of inexperience. It is readily comparable in warmth and constructional skill with, for instance, the First Symphony of Gounod, but it has a much greater affinity with the early symphonies of Dvořk. ... The orchestral picture of Cloud and Sunshine is equally confident in its pictorial evocation... Both are played with zest, warmth and spontaneity by the fine Malm orchestra, inder their dedicated and understanding conductor, Christopher Fifield.
Penguin Guide 2010

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