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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Felix Woyrsch (1860-1944): Symphony No. 3; Drei Böcklin-Phantasien / Thomas Dorsh
Matthew Martin (b. 1976): Jubilate Deo - Sacred Choral Works / Stephen Farr, organ; Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford; Hyde
Elgar: String Quartet; Malcolm Arnold: Sonata for Strings; Robert Simpson: Allegro Deciso / Orch. of St. Paul's / Palmer
Carl Czerny: Bel Canto Concertante - Virtuoso Variations for Piano & Orchestra / Rosemary Tuck, piano; English CO; Bonynge
Lee Actor (b.1952): Piano Concerto; Symphony No. 3; Divertimento / Daniel Glover, piano; Slovak Nat'l SO, Trevor
Fantastique: Premieres for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble - Works by Stephen Paulus, Evan Hause, Jeffrey Holmes & James Stephenson / Umass Wind, Trumpet Ensembles; Miller
John McCabe (b.1939): Composer, Pianist, Conductor - Symphony No. 1; Liszt Fantasy; et al. / John McCabe, piano; London PO; John Snashall. Nat'l Youth Orch. of Scotland; McCabe
Alun Hoddinott (1929-2008): Landscapes; Songcycles and Folksongs / Claire Booth, soprano; Nicky Spence, tenor; Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone; Andrew Matthews-Owen, Michael Pollock, piano
In the Wake of the Great War: Works for piano by Delius, Bax, Vaughan Williams and Bridge / Benjamin Martin, piano