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Ireland: A Downland Suite, etc / Hickox, City of London Sinf

Album Summary

>Ireland, John [Composer] : A Downland Suite, arrangement for orchestra (completed by G. Bush)
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Orchestral Poem, for orchestra in A minor
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Concertino Pastorale (Threnody), for string orchestra
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Symphonic Studies (2), music from "The Overlanders" arr. by Geoffrey Bush for orchestra
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"...This kind of fare must be second nature to the indefatigable Hickox, who gives us a particularly sustained and perceptive reading of the great (and not so often encountered) 'Concertino Pastorale' (which exists currently in only one CD alternative, not heard by this reviewer). It - and it alone - provides sufficient reason to acquire this disc." -Fanfare

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Hickox gives a sensitive account of the Downland Suite and extracts great expressive intensity from the glorious second movement 'Elegy'. The Concertinopastorale is another fine work, boasting a most eloquent opening 'Eclogue' and tenderly poignant 'Threnody', towards the end of which Ireland seems to allow himself a momentary recollection of the haunting opening phrase of his earlier orchestral prelude, The Forgotten Rite. In 1969 Ireland's pupil, Geoffrey Bush, arranged two sections of the score for the 1946 film The Overlanders which were not incorporated into the 1971 concert suite compiled by Sir Charles Mackerras. The resulting, finely wrought Two Symphonic Studies were recorded many years ago by Sir Adrian Boult for Lyrita and Hickox proves just as sympathetic an interpreter, whereas the Orchestral Poem in A minor is here receiving its recorded début. This is a youthful essay, completed in 1904, some three years after Ireland's studies with Stanford.

It's a worthy rather than especially inspiring effort, with hardly a glimpse of the mature manner to come, save for some particularly beautiful string writing.



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>Ireland, John [Composer] : A Downland Suite, arrangement for orchestra (completed by G. Bush)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, London NW11 (10/01/1994-11/01/1994)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1978

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Orchestral Poem, for orchestra in A minor
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, London NW11 (10/01/1994-11/01/1994)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Concertino Pastorale (Threnody), for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, London NW11 (10/01/1994-11/01/1994)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Symphonic Studies (2), music from "The Overlanders" arr. by Geoffrey Bush for orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, London NW11 (10/01/1994-11/01/1994)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern