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Benjamin: Overture, Cotillon, Symphony / Fredman, et al

Album Summary

>Benjamin, Arthur : Overture To an Italian Comedy
>Benjamin, Arthur : Cotillion Suite, for orchestra
>Benjamin, Arthur : North American Square Dance, for orchestra
>Benjamin, Arthur : Symphony no 1
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Much of the music is dark-hued and Benjamin's orchestration is often weighted towards the bass end of the orchestra. There's a telling use of percussion and the writing for brass consistently compels attention - the horn parts in particular become increasingly important and, I suspect, challenging to play as the symphony unfolds... After hearing this deeply felt, resourcefully scored symphony several times I'm left wondering, above all, why we haven't heard much more of it over the years... the neglect of a strong, eloquent work such as this is not just a mystery, it's a scandal... This is an absolutely superb issue and I count the symphony as a major discovery. This disc will certainly feature on my shortlist of recordings of the year." -MusicWeb



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Works Details

>Benjamin, Arthur : Overture To an Italian Comedy
  • Conductor: Myer Fredman
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Benjamin, Arthur : Cotillion Suite, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Nicholas Braithwaite
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Benjamin, Arthur : North American Square Dance, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Benjamin, Arthur : Symphony no 1
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 43 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1944-1945