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Mixed Doubles - Gordon Crosse: Brief Encounter; Viola Concerto; John Manduell: Double Concerto; Flute Concerto / Simpson, oboe; Cox, flute

> Flute Concerto - I. Vivo - lento
> Flute Concerto - II. Quasi adagio
> Flute Concerto - III. Allegro - Allegretto - Languido
> Double Concerto for Oboe, Cor Anglais, Strings and Percussion - I. Quasi adagio - Allegro molto
> Double Concerto for Oboe, Cor Anglais, Strings and Percussion - II. Adagio molto
> Double Concerto for Oboe, Cor Anglais, Strings and Percussion - III. Allegro vivo

Album Summary

>Crosse, Gordon : Brief Encounter, for oboe d'amore, recorder & strings
>Crosse, Gordon : Concerto for viola, horn & strings
>Crosse, Gordon : Fantasia on "Ca' the Yowes," for recorder, harp & strings
>Manduell, Sir John : Concerto for flute, harp, strings & percussion
>Manduell, Sir John : Double Concerto, for oboe, English horn, strings & percussion
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This set presents the premiere recordings of double concertos by two senior and much respected English composers. Sir John Manduell contributes two brilliant pieces for soloists with string orchestra and percussion, while the perhaps better known (intenrationally) Gordon Crosse came out of " retirement" in 2009 to compose his three works, and has since been inspired to take up composition again with a vigor. These are all important works for the modern string orchestra and are fronted by soloists of high caliber, all of whom are orchestral principals or esteemed chamber players.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
John Manduell's Flutes Concerto uses harp, strings, and percussion in the ensemble and is very colorful. Manduell gets fascinating sounds from the whole ensemble, and I'd like to know exactly what kind of bells he used. Anyway, the music is livelier than Crosse. The textures are more detailed and three-dimensional. The musicians play very well and the sound is good; notes in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Thomas's Church, Stockport, England (2012-08-16&2012-08-21&2012-).



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Works Details

>Crosse, Gordon : Brief Encounter, for oboe d'amore, recorder & strings
  • Performers: John Turner (Recorder); Richard Simpson (Oboe d'amore)
  • Conductor: Timothy Reynish
  • Ensemble: Manchester Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2009

>Crosse, Gordon : Concerto for viola, horn & strings
  • Performers: Matthew Jones (Viola); Timothy Jackson (French Horn)
  • Conductor: Timothy Reynish
  • Running Time: 22 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2009

>Crosse, Gordon : Fantasia on "Ca' the Yowes," for recorder, harp & strings
  • Performers: John Turner (Recorder); Anna Christensen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Timothy Reynish
  • Running Time: 9 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Manduell, Sir John : Concerto for flute, harp, strings & percussion
  • Performers: Deian Rowlands (Harp); Michael Cox (Flute)
  • Conductor: Timothy Reynish
  • Running Time: 26 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2000

>Manduell, Sir John : Double Concerto, for oboe, English horn, strings & percussion
  • Performer: Richard Simpson (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Timothy Reynish
  • Running Time: 28 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985