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Bennett: Orchestral Works Vol 1 / Hickox, et al

Album Summary

>Bennett, Richard R. : Partita for orchestra
>Bennett, Richard R. : Reflections on a 16th Century Tune, for string orchestra
>Bennett, Richard R. : Songs Before Sleep, for solo voice & piano
>Bennett, Richard R. : Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song, for cello & string orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"It's hard to imagine a more beguiling start to this series or a more appealing introduction to Richard Rodney Bennett than this CD. It begins with a Partita that has a spring in its step and the breeze of the countryside blowing through it. Bennett's way with fashioning long strands of melody is a special feature of his lyrical writing. It's a gift he may owe, in part, to the songwriters he admires, like Kern and Arlen - listen to the gorgeous, fluid second subject, the groundwork for which begins at 0' 58". In the Lullaby second movement there's a glorious outpouring of instrumental song ravishingly realized by the Philharmonia under Hickox's fervent direction. The finale has players paired off in the manner of a concerto for orchestra. A chanson by Josquin provides the theme for the Reflections on a Sixteenth Century Tune, which enshrines a homage to Peter Warlock, whose Capriol Suite similarly drew on Renaissance music. The scoring is breathtaking, with soloists highlighted against the muted string ensemble Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song ("Ca' the yowes") was written in memory of the Queen Mother. It's the most substantial piece here, with a formidable cello part played with great feeling by Paul Watkins. There is a Scottish lilt in some of the variations, a beautiful Interlude, and a brilliant finale that concludes pianissimo, like a Scottish mist enclosing by stealth. I can't imagine anyone not being enraptured by this CD." -Gramophone (Editor's Choice selection)



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Works Details

>Bennett, Richard R. : Partita for orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Watford Colosseum (05/27/2006-05/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Bennett, Richard R. : Reflections on a 16th Century Tune, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Watford Colosseum (05/27/2006-05/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Bennett, Richard R. : Songs Before Sleep, for solo voice & piano
  • Performer: Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Watford Colosseum (05/27/2006-05/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002-2003

>Bennett, Richard R. : Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song, for cello & string orchestra
  • Performer: Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Watford Colosseum (05/27/2006-05/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004