Moeran - The Collected 78rpm Recordings (rec.1925-42) | Divine Art DDH27808

Moeran - The Collected 78rpm Recordings (rec.1925-42)

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Label: Divine Art

Cat No: DDH27808

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 13th November 2006

Contents

Works

Ernest John Moeran
String Trio in G major (1931); O Sweet fa’s the Eve (Norwegian folk song), R.101; Can’t you dance the Polka (folk song), R.29a; Sheep Shearing (folk song), R.102; Diaphenia (1937), R.72; The Sweet o’ the Year (1931), R.61; Symphony in G minor (1924-37), R.71

Artists

Jean Pougnet (violin)
Frederick Riddle (viola)
Anthony Pini (cello)
John Goss (baritone)
Hubert Voss (piano)
Heddle Nash (tenor)
Gerald Moore (piano)
Hallé Orchestra

Conductor

Leslie Heward

Works

Ernest John Moeran
String Trio in G major (1931); O Sweet fa’s the Eve (Norwegian folk song), R.101; Can’t you dance the Polka (folk song), R.29a; Sheep Shearing (folk song), R.102; Diaphenia (1937), R.72; The Sweet o’ the Year (1931), R.61; Symphony in G minor (1924-37), R.71

Artists

Jean Pougnet (violin)
Frederick Riddle (viola)
Anthony Pini (cello)
John Goss (baritone)
Hubert Voss (piano)
Heddle Nash (tenor)
Gerald Moore (piano)
Hallé Orchestra

Conductor

Leslie Heward

About

Ernest John (Jack) Moeran (1894-1950) was for a while, one of the brightest hopes for English composition. He was a good friend of Peter Warlock until the latter’s untimely death in 1930. 
 
The string trio stands as Moeran’s first mature masterpiece. The folk song arrangements are fascinating and performed by John Goss. Moeran regarded his song writing as his strongest skill and “Diaphenia” and “the Sweet O’The Year” performed by Heddle Nash, accompanied by Gerald Moore, are in fact the only Moeran original songs recorded in the composer’s lifetime. The prize on this disc is the Symphony in G minor – and this first recording, for many remains as the definitive recording – it is without doubt one of the greatest by any British composer. 
 
All tracks have been restored and remastered by Andrew Rose of Pristine Audio (apart from tracks 5 & 6 which were supplied by the British Library Sound Archive). As a collection, they represent all of the commercial recordings of the works of E. J. Moeran made during his lifetime, and as such are of major importance.

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