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Charles O'Brien (1882-1968): Complete Orchestral Music, Vol. 1 / Liepaja SO; Paul Mann

Album Summary

>O'Brien, Charles : Ellangowan, concert overture, Op. 12
>O'Brien, Charles : Symphony in F minor, Op. 23
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In 2014, Toccata Classics released a first CD of piano music by Edinburgh composer Charles O'Brien (1882 - 1968). The O'Brien rediscovery continues with his most important work, his only symphony. Powerful and lyrical by turn, O'Brien's Symphony in f (1922), a full-scale Romantic score in the Mendelssohn and Brahms tradition with an Elgarian awareness, is coupled with his Walter Scott-inspired overture Ellangowan, a resplendent work with a big, memorable Scottish tune. Paul Mann is a regular guest-conductor with many orchestras throughout Europe, the USA, Australia, and the Far East.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
I has a gray, atmospheric opening and some nice tunes. Its technical procedures, especially the transitions, echo Brahms. The movement has about half a dozen endings. II, lighter in texture, has a delicate theme with excellent woodwind scoring. The slow movement is a bit Elgarian, with clear themes and structure. The finale is well put together. Direction and performances sound fine. Toccata has also released a CD of the composer's keyboard work.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Liepaja Latvian Society House, Liepäja, Latvia (12/08/2014-12/12/2014).



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>O'Brien, Charles : Ellangowan, concert overture, Op. 12
  • Conductor: Paul Mann
  • Ensemble: Liepaja Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Liepaja Latvian Society House, Liepäja, Latvia (12/08/2014-12/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1909

>O'Brien, Charles : Symphony in F minor, Op. 23
  • Conductor: Paul Mann
  • Notes: Liepaja Latvian Society House, Liepäja, Latvia (12/08/2014-12/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1922