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Overtures from the British Isles - works by Bantock, Gardiner, Mackenzie, Coleridge-Taylor, Stanford, Sullivan / Gamba

Audio Samples

>Austin, Frederic : The Sea Venturers, concert overture for orchestra
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Oedipus tyrannus, Op. 29
>     Prelude
>Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel : The Song of Hiawatha, Op. 30
>     3. Overture
>Cowen, Frederic H. : Butterfly's Ball, concert overture for orchestra
>Bantock, Granville : The Frogs
>     Overture
>Mackenzie, Alexander : The Little Minister
>     Overture
>Sullivan, Arthur : Macbeth
>     Overture
>Gardiner, Henry Balfour : Overture to a Comedy, for orchestra

Album Summary

>Austin, Frederic : The Sea Venturers, concert overture for orchestra
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Oedipus tyrannus, Op. 29
>Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel : The Song of Hiawatha, Op. 30
>Cowen, Frederic H. : Butterfly's Ball, concert overture for orchestra
>Bantock, Granville : The Frogs
>Mackenzie, Alexander : The Little Minister
>Sullivan, Arthur : Macbeth
>Gardiner, Henry Balfour : Overture to a Comedy, for orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

  • This collection of rarely heard overtures by British composers includes music by Coleridge-Taylor, Sullivan, Bantock and others.
  • Performed by Rumon Gamba and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the disc shines a light on some rarely heard pieces, many of which were favourites in their day but have since fallen unjustly into neglect.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
Half-forgotten overtures show the vigour of Britain's musical revivial throughout the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

The Guardian, 23rd January 2014
As Rumon Gamba's nicely slick performances with BBCNOW show, these are all nicely proportioned pieces; if never especially memorable, they don't deserve the total neglect they've suffered for the last three-quarters of a century.

Sunday Times, 26th January 2014
This lively sequence shakes the archive dust from eight overtures by British composers, mainly knights, who lived from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries...Austin's The Sea Venturers [has] a genuine maritime evocativeness: blustery on the outside, wistful in the middle.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (04/24/2013-04/26/2014).



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Works Details

>Austin, Frederic : The Sea Venturers, concert overture for orchestra
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (04/24/2013-04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1934

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Oedipus tyrannus, Op. 29 :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (04/24/2013-04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel : The Song of Hiawatha, Op. 30 :: 3. Overture
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (04/24/2013-04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1900

>Cowen, Frederic H. : Butterfly's Ball, concert overture for orchestra
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (04/24/2013-04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bantock, Granville : The Frogs :: Overture
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (04/24/2013-04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Mackenzie, Alexander : The Little Minister :: Overture
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (04/24/2013-04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1897

>Sullivan, Arthur : Macbeth :: Overture
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (04/24/2013-04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Gardiner, Henry Balfour : Overture to a Comedy, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (04/24/2013-04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906