Notes & Reviews:
Alongside their British Isles Overtures series, the BBC NOW and the conductor Rumon Gamba launch a project to bring often neglected symphonic poems by British composers to wider attention and fame. This first volume presents some of the most individual, yet rarely heard, British tone poems written in the early twentieth century, by composers ranging from the long-established Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Alwyn to Balfour Gardiner and Granville Bantock, giants in their time. Works include Bantock's atmospheric The Witch of Atlas, based on a poem by Shelley, Frederic Austin's symphonic rhapsody Spring, Gardiner's evocation of summer A Berkshire Idyll, recorded here for the first time, and Gurney's mysterious A Gloucestershire Rhapsody, never performed before 2010.
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Enrique Soro (1884-1954): Sinfonia Romantica; Danza Fantastica; Tres Aires Chilenos; Andante Appassionato / José Luis Domínguez, Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile
László Lajtha (1892-1963): Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 "Spring"; Suite No. 2 / Nicolás Pasquet; Pécs Symphony Orchestra
Leopold Koeluch (1747-1818): Symphonies, Vol. 1 / Marek etilec, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Johan Wenzel Kalliwoda (1801-1866): Orchestral Works / Daniel Sepec, violin; Pierre-Andre Taillard, clarinet; Frieder Bernius, Hofkapelle Stuttgart
Can Atilla (b.1969): Symphony No. 2 'Gallipoli - The 57th Regiment' / Onur Senler; Angela Ahiskal; Burak Tüzün, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Ferenc Farkas (1905-2000): Music for Wind Ensemble / László Marosi, Budapest Wind Ensemble
Holst: The Planets; Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra / Edward Gardner, City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus; National Yough Orchestra of Great Britain
Vaughan Williams: Job; Symphony No. 9 / Andrew Davis, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Ives: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Symphony Nos. 3 & 4; Orchestral Set No. 2 / Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano; Sir Andrew Davis, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra