British Tone Poems Vol.2 | Chandos CHAN10981

British Tone Poems Vol.2


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN10981

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 30th August 2019



This is the eagerly anticipated second volume of Rumon Gambaís fascinating survey of lesser-known British musical gems. Two works (Cowenís RÍverie and Hadleyís Kinder Scout) are world premiere recordings, and the entire repertoire is very rarely heard. Dating from 1903 to 1932, these works show the remarkable variety of compositional styles in Britain during that period. Owing to its strong rhythmic elements, MÍlťe fantasque pre-echoes Blissís later ballet scores. Vaughan Williamsís Harnham Down, inspired by the Wiltshire countryside, is one of many works reflecting the British landscape (along with Goossensís By the Tarn, Fouldsís April-England, and Hadleyís Kinder Scout). Not every composerís inspiration was local or nationalistic though: Dorothy Howellís Lamia, based on the eponymous poem by Keats, retelling Greek myth, caused such a sensation at its premiere at the Proms that it was repeated three days later! Eric Foggís Merok is based on a Norwegian folk tune, and named after a village at the head of the Geiranger Fjord.

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