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Ernest John Moeran: Cello Concerto; Serenade in G; Lonely Waters; Whythorne's Shadow / Guy Johnston, cello; Rebekah Coffey, soprano

> Cello Concerto - I. Moderato
> Cello Concerto - II. Adagio
> Cello Concerto - III. Allegretto deciso, alla marcia
> Serenade in G Major (original version) - I. Prologue: Allegro
> Serenade in G Major (original version) - II. Air: Lento, ma non troppo
> Serenade in G Major (original version) - III. Intermezzo: Allegretto
> Serenade in G Major (original version) - IV. Galop: Presto
> Serenade in G Major (original version) - V. Minuet: Tempo di minuetto
> Serenade in G Major (original version) - VI. Rigadoon: Con brio, ma tempo moderato
> Serenade in G Major (original version) - VII. Forlana: Andante con moto
> Serenade in G Major (original version) - VIII. Epilogue: Allegro un poco maestoso
> Lonely Waters - Lonely Waters
> Whythorne's Shadow - Whythorne's Shadow

Album Summary

>Moeran, Ernest John : Concerto for cello & orchestra in B minor
>Moeran, Ernest John : Serenade for orchestra in G major
>Moeran, Ernest John : Lonely Waters, for orchestra (& soprano ad lib)
>Moeran, Ernest John : Whythorne's Shadow, for orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

The Cello Concerto is one of Anglo-Irish composer E. J. Moeran's most important works. Composed in 1945, its deft scoring and memorable melodic material mark it as a work of his maturity. At its heart is the raptly lyrical and profoundly felt slow movement but the whole concerto reflects the singing qualities of the solo instrument. The much-admired Serenade is heard in the 1996 edition of the original 1948 version with eight movements. Lonely Waters is a brief but evocative orchestral rhapsody, and Whythorne's Shadow a touching fantasy based on an Elizabethan madrigal.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
In Guy Johnston [the Concerto] has a soloist entirely sensitive to its swift and sometimes paradoxical changes of mood: this is an effective performance of a little-heard and underrated work...The Ulster Orchestra is in fine form, and JoAnn Falletta seems to have the measure of Moeran's elusive and eclectic idiom.

The Guardian, 25th April 2013
Recognising that it's not a work in which soloist and orchestra confront each other, they combine to give a perfect sense of shape and purpose to the endless song of the first movement, with its fiercely combative central development, and locate the emotional heart of the work in the introspective central Adagio, which Johnston shades very beautifully.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
[The Cello Concerto is] full of the most heart-stoppingly beautiful inspiration...Johnston responds with heaps of poetry and selfless dedication...The Ulster Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta are certainly on their toes both here and in the three remaining items.

MusicWeb International, 10th June 2013
To my ear cellist Guy Johnston is the most impressive of the three players to have recorded the principal work...Johnston plays with just the right musing rhapsodic freedom and with a beautifully unforced tone...this is a good place for a Moeran newcomer to start a collection and a compulsory purchase for all other acolytes.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Moeran's Cello Concerto (1945) is ruminative in character. The opening theme has a dotted rhythmic twist - possibly a subtle nod to Dvorak's great work. Moeran's lucid scoring means the soloist's line is always distinct. The music is gentle, even wistful. The Serenade (1948) is the complete version, with all eight movements. I has some good updated Elizabethan work and II, a rigadoon, has a lively counter-melody. The two orchestral miniatures (1935) are brief tone poems competently working. Lonely Waters, with its plaintive soprano role, could be a precis of Vaughan Williams's Pastoral Symphony. Whythorne's Shadow is a fantasia on one of that master's madrigals, its harmonies becoming increasingly modern. It may be a tribute to Peter Warlock, who discovered and published the Whythorne original. The recording is good, with fine performances all round. Lyrita's recorded sound is still strong. That Falletta's conducting and Johnston's playing can more than hold their own, and on a budget label, is a tribute to their musicianship.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland.



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>Moeran, Ernest John : Concerto for cello & orchestra in B minor
  • Performer: Guy Johnston (Cello)
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Running Time: 28 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1945

>Moeran, Ernest John : Serenade for orchestra in G major
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Running Time: 22 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Moeran, Ernest John : Lonely Waters, for orchestra (& soprano ad lib)
  • Performer: Rebekah Coffey
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moeran, Ernest John : Whythorne's Shadow, for orchestra
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931