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English String Miniatures Vol 6 / Sutherland, Royal Ballet

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> A Moorside Suite (arr. P. Lane) - I. Scherzo
> A Moorside Suite (arr. P. Lane) - II. Nocturne
> A Moorside Suite (arr. P. Lane) - III. March
> Chacony in G minor, Z. 730 (arr. B. Britten) - Chacony in G minor, Z. 730 (arr. B. Britten)
> Rosa Mundi - Rosa Mundi
> The Winton Suite - I. Prelude
> The Winton Suite - II. Air
> The Winton Suite - III. Dance
> The Winton Suite - IV. Song
> The Winton Suite - V. Finale
> Bethlehem Down (arr. P. Lane) - Bethlehem Down (arr. P. Lane)
> A Very English Music - I. Cuckmere Haven
> A Very English Music - II. Cornish Air
> A Very English Music - III. The Hunt Gathering
> Waltz in E minor - Waltz in E minor
> 2 Nocturnes - No. 1. Molto lento
> 2 Nocturnes - No. 2. Mesto e semplice
> From across La manche - I. Overture
> From across La manche - II. Ballade
> From across La manche - III. Dance-finale

Album Summary

>Holst, Gustav : A Moorside Suite, for brass band, H. 173
>Purcell, Henry : Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730
>Lewis, Paul [Composer] : Rosa Mundi, for orchestra
>Carse, Adam : The Winton Suite, for orchestra
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Bethlehem Down, carol for chorus & organ
>Carr, Paul : A Very English Music, for orchestra
>Lloyd Webber, William : Waltz in E minor for strings
>Sainsbury, Lionel : Two Nocturnes, for orchestra
>Lipkin, Malcolm : From Across La Manche, for orchestra
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"This is a real honey of an album! In the hands of Gavin Sutherland the strings of the Birmingham Royal Ballet are lithe beyond telling. They have depth and pace and a lilt that makes you feel as if they're speaking the lines. Their articulation, tone color, atmosphere, and incisiveness compel you to keep listening from one work to the next. The only exception is Purcell's Chacony in G-minor, where Sutherland, rather than drawing out inner lines, merely lets them speak for themselves. I've long believed that everyone is born with a given set of tempos. Many conductors seem able to conduct only at their inner tempos. Some have more than others. Sutherland is gifted with the widest variety I remember encountering. As a result, he brings an extraordinary freshness to the 20 varied movements heard here. His biography in the liner notes makes him sound like a lightweight conductor of ballets, pops concerts, and musicals; but he seems far more than that. The works themselves are gems, all in the tradition of English string serenades or suites- as glorious and mellow a tradition as the sound of English boys' choirs. The Holst, an arrangement by Philip Lane (who wrote the splendid, informative, succinct liner notes) of a suite originally for band, sets the tone for the album, which meanders from traditional suites (Adam Carse), rich moody nocturnes (Paul Carr and Lionel Sainsbury), and a Christmas carol (Peter Warlock) to a very late-romantic and lushly performed waltz by William, the father of two more-famous Lloyd Webbers, and a modern three-movement suite by Malcolm Lipkin that remains firmly in that English string serenade tradition and allows the program to end with a strong finish. (How often "collection" albums like this save the weakest for last.) The weakest work is Paul Lewis's 'Rosa Mundi', a short motif given four minutes of constant modulations in the same style as a "song" in Carse's work but without the inventiveness to stretch it into a tune. Still, it's beautifully performed. The producers have laid out the works so that the key or mood of one selection flows naturally into the next, making listening even more pleasant. Engineering is peerless, and the strings are nicely tuned. At bargain price, you simply can't afford to miss it." -ARG



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Works Details

>Holst, Gustav : A Moorside Suite, for brass band, H. 173
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  • Notes: Phoenix Sound, Wembley, London, England (11/10/2003-11/11/2003)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Purcell, Henry : Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  • Notes: Phoenix Sound, Wembley, London, England (11/10/2003-11/11/2003)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1678

>Lewis, Paul [Composer] : Rosa Mundi, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  • Notes: Phoenix Sound, Wembley, London, England (11/10/2003-11/11/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Carse, Adam : The Winton Suite, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  • Notes: Phoenix Sound, Wembley, London, England (11/10/2003-11/11/2003)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Bethlehem Down, carol for chorus & organ
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  • Notes: Phoenix Sound, Wembley, London, England (11/10/2003-11/11/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1927

>Carr, Paul : A Very English Music, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  • Notes: Phoenix Sound, Wembley, London, England (11/10/2003-11/11/2003)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lloyd Webber, William : Waltz in E minor for strings
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  • Notes: Phoenix Sound, Wembley, London, England (11/10/2003-11/11/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Sainsbury, Lionel : Two Nocturnes, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  • Notes: Phoenix Sound, Wembley, London, England (11/10/2003-11/11/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lipkin, Malcolm : From Across La Manche, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 15 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary