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Chisholm: Symphony no 2; Hold, Fogg / Yates, et al

Album Summary

>Chisholm, Erik : Symphony no 2 ("Ossian")
>Hold, Trevor : The Unreturning Spring, song cycle to poems by James Farrar
>Fogg, Eric : Sea-Sheen, an idyll for orchestra, Op. 17
>Fogg, Eric : Merok, for orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

The Scottish composer Erik Chisholm was one of those who, because he went to live abroad at a crucial phase in his career, have tended to be forgotten in the country of their birth. His Second Symphony (subtitled Ossian) dates from 1939 but was never performed as such. Instead it was quarried by the composer for his wartime ballet 'The Earth-Shapers' ('a symphonic ballet in a prologue and one act'). It would be easy to relate this music to the times in which it was composed, as a metaphor for the struggle with Nazism. But Chisholm has left us no such allusion. In contrast, Trevor Hold's song cycle, The Unreturning Spring, though written between 1961 and 1963 very much reflects issues of the war in setting the airman James Farrar's poems.



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>Chisholm, Erik : Symphony no 2 ("Ossian")
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Running Time: 33 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hold, Trevor : The Unreturning Spring, song cycle to poems by James Farrar
  • Performers: Ailish Tynan (Soprano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Notes: The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, Hertfordshire, England (06/05/2007-06/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fogg, Eric : Sea-Sheen, an idyll for orchestra, Op. 17
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Fogg, Eric : Merok, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern