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Cecil Coles (1888-1918): Comedy of Errors overture; Fra Giacomo; Scherzo; Four Verlaine Songs; From the Scottish Highlands; Behind the Lines / BBC Scottish SO, Martyn Brabbins, Sarah Fox (sop), Paul Whelan (bar)

Album Summary

>Coles, Cecil : The Comedy of Errors Overture for orchestra
>Coles, Cecil : Fra Giacomo, scena for baritone & large orchestra
>Coles, Cecil : Scherzo for large orchestra in A minor
>Coles, Cecil : Verlaine Songs (4) for soprano & orchestra
>Coles, Cecil : From the Scottish Highlands, for orchestra
>Coles, Cecil : Behind the Lines
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This Helios series mid-priced reissue features works by Scottish composer Cecil Coles performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra led by Martyn Brabbins. Following the outbreak of the First World War, Coles was sent to the trenches in France. He continued to compose, including the particularly poignant work Behind the Lines. Coles was killed in April of 1918 during a heroic attempt to rescue some wounded comrades. Thanks to the persistence and research of his daughter, his manuscripts, some still embedded with shrapnel, have been painstakingly pieced together to create this first recording of his compositions.

Gramophone Magazine
A fascinating and rewarding discovery … performances, production and presentation are all past praise, and this is a disc already earmarked for my Critics’ Choice come the year’s end.

BBC Music Magazine
Excellent singing and committed playing on this disc.

Fanfare Magazine
My reactions to the music, even after listening to the disc for some weeks, still oscillate between amazement, melancholy, and gratitude, although they are gradually melding into a fusion of all three. I don’t doubt that it will affect you too.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (12/12/2001-12/13/2001).



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Works Details

>Coles, Cecil : The Comedy of Errors Overture for orchestra
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (12/12/2001-12/13/2001)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Coles, Cecil : Fra Giacomo, scena for baritone & large orchestra
  • Performer: Paul Whelan (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (12/12/2001-12/13/2001)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 05/23/1914

>Coles, Cecil : Scherzo for large orchestra in A minor
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (12/12/2001-12/13/2001)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Coles, Cecil : Verlaine Songs (4) for soprano & orchestra
  • Performer: Sarah Vocal] (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (12/12/2001-12/13/2001)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Coles, Cecil : From the Scottish Highlands, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (12/12/2001-12/13/2001)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1907

>Coles, Cecil : Behind the Lines :: the surviving movements of a suite for small orchestra
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (12/12/2001-12/13/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918