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John Ireland (1879-1962): Music for String Orchestra / Raphael Wallfisch, cello; Orchestra of the Swan, David Curtis

Album Summary

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sonata for cello & piano in G minor
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Summer Evening, for piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sarnia
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Soliloquy, for piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Bagatelle, for violin & piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Berceuse, for violin & piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Cavatina, for violin & piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : A Downland Suite, arrangement for orchestra (completed by G. Bush)
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

John Ireland's music is often a response to landscape and romantic sensitivities, and with its significant musical clues, broad, songlike melodies and turbulent finale, the Sonata in G minor is one of his most expressive and passionate works. A Downland Suite is one of Ireland's most attractive compositions, especially for its exquisite Elegy and popular Minuet made familiar through its use in radio and television. Ireland's evocative piano works lend themselves well to string orchestra arrangement, including the poetic Soliloquy, and In a May Morning inspired by spring on Guernsey.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2016
[A Downland Suite is] felicitously served on this latest anthology from Warwickshire's Orchestra of the Swan under David Curtis... I love the thrusting vigour of Curtis's Prelude... and his shapely and infectiously spirited account overall is a most winning one... that tireless champion of British music Raphael Wallfisch plays with full-throated eloquence.

The Observer, 10th April 2016
[The Sonata is] played here with arresting vigour by Raphael Wallfisch in an arrangement for strings by Matthew Forbes...but it is perhaps the wistful Soliloquy, a piano piece from 1922 arranged for cello and strings by Graham Parlett, that most intrigues in a collection that charms but rarely excites.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Townsend Hall, Shipston-on-Stour (06/26/2015); Townsend Hall, Shipston-on-Stour (07/05/2015).



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Works Details

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sonata for cello & piano in G minor
  • Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Swan
  • Running Time: 20 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Summer Evening, for piano
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sarnia :: In a May Morning
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1940

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Soliloquy, for piano
  • Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1922

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Bagatelle, for violin & piano
  • Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Berceuse, for violin & piano
  • Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Cavatina, for violin & piano
  • Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Ireland, John [Composer] : A Downland Suite, arrangement for orchestra (completed by G. Bush)
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Running Time: 17 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1932-1978