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Overtures from the British Isles, Vol. 2 - Works by Walton, Walter Leigh, York Bowen, Dame Ethel Smith, John Ansell, Eric Coates, Roger Quilter, John Foulds, Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Perry / Gamba, BBC NO Wales

Album Summary

>Walton, William : Portsmouth Point
>Leigh, Walter : Jubilee Overture "Agincour"
>Bowen, York : Fantasy Overture on "Tom Bowling", for orchestra, Op. 115
>Smyth, Ethel : Overture to 'The Boatswain's Mate'
>Ansell, John : Plymouth Hoe (A Nautical Overture), for orchestra
>Mackenzie, Alexander : Britania Overture, Op. 52
>Coates, Eric : The Merrymakers, a miniature overture
>Parry, Charles H. : Overture to an Unwritten Tragedy for orchestra in A minor
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Children's Overture, for orchestra, Op. 17
>Foulds, John : Le Cabaret, Overture to a French comedy, Op.72a
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Rumon Gamba and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales present the second volume in their exploration of rarely heard overtures from the British Isles. Introducing these neglected works, the conductor explains: 'All the overtures on this disc belong to the period between 1890 and 1945. In this present selection, however, we see perhaps even more clearly the evolution of musical style, and in particular the use of harmony, in the armoury of the British composer.'

Gramophone Magazine, June 2016
This most welcome second volume of British overtures serves to accentuate the sheer diversity of works this country produced in the genre between the 1890s and the 1940s and, moreover, where the lines of delineation between 'serious' and 'light' were blurred.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (12/02/2015-12/04/2015).



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Works Details

>Walton, William : Portsmouth Point
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Natoinal Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (12/02/2015-12/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924-1925

>Leigh, Walter : Jubilee Overture "Agincour"
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Natoinal Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (12/02/2015-12/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Bowen, York : Fantasy Overture on "Tom Bowling", for orchestra, Op. 115
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Natoinal Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (12/02/2015-12/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1945

>Smyth, Ethel : Overture to 'The Boatswain's Mate' :: Overture
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Natoinal Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (12/02/2015-12/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1913-1914

>Ansell, John : Plymouth Hoe (A Nautical Overture), for orchestra
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Natoinal Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (12/02/2015-12/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914

>Mackenzie, Alexander : Britania Overture, Op. 52
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Natoinal Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (12/02/2015-12/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1894

>Coates, Eric : The Merrymakers, a miniature overture
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Natoinal Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (12/02/2015-12/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Parry, Charles H. : Overture to an Unwritten Tragedy for orchestra in A minor
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Natoinal Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (12/02/2015-12/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Children's Overture, for orchestra, Op. 17
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Natoinal Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (12/02/2015-12/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Foulds, John : Le Cabaret, Overture to a French comedy, Op.72a
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Natoinal Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (12/02/2015-12/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1921