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Orchestral works by David Ellis (b.1933): Concert Music - Vale Royal Suite; Diversions; September Threnody; Celebration; Solus

Notes & Reviews:

David Ellis is an important figure in British music both as a composer and conductor, and was also head of music for BBC North for many years. This album contains his music for string orchestra which is rich, in an range from the gently pastoral to the more dense and complex. His work deserves to stand along the 'big names' of modern orchestral music.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The Vale Royal Suite (2007) was written for an amateur string orchestra and the writing is intelligent and evocative. The music is superb. Diversions (1974) and Concert Music (1959) are more serious in mood. Vale Royal Suite interests me more. Celebration, from the 1980s, resembles Hindemith a lot. Ellis composed it in 2011; like Celebration, it is angular. Solus is a commission from 1973, and it is darker and tauter than the other pieces. The playing and sound are satisfactory.


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