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Matthews: Music of Dawn, Concerto in Azzurro, etc / Gamba, et al

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> The Music of Dawn, Op. 50 - Very calm and still -
> The Music of Dawn, Op. 50 - A tempo - Presto -
> The Music of Dawn, Op. 50 - Tempo I - Piu mosso - Misterioso -
> The Music of Dawn, Op. 50 - Tempo I, very calm - Presto - Tempo I -
> The Music of Dawn, Op. 50 - Allegro vivace -
> The Music of Dawn, Op. 50 - Sempre molto energico - Piu mosso - Strepitoso - Subito piu sostenuto -
> The Music of Dawn, Op. 50 - Meno mosso - Calmo e maestoso - Poco solenne
> Concerto in Azzurro, Op. 87 - Con moto appassionato - Lontano - L'istesso tempo, molto moderato - Tempo I -
> Concerto in Azzurro, Op. 87 - Molto vivace e sbalzato - Meno mosso -
> Concerto in Azzurro, Op. 87 - half note = 63 - Molto moderato e sostenuto - Poco piu mosso - Poco a poco incalzando - Esultante - Tempo I -
> Concerto in Azzurro, Op. 87 - Poco lento, con calore - Molto sereno
> A Vision and a Journey, Op. 60 - Vivo - Broad, sustained - Poco piu mosso -
> A Vision and a Journey, Op. 60 - Ardente - Flowing - Poco piu mosso - A tempo -
> A Vision and a Journey, Op. 60 - Precipitoso - Andante moderato -
> A Vision and a Journey, Op. 60 - Allegro - Clear, luminous -
> A Vision and a Journey, Op. 60 - (Clear, luminous) - Sostenuto -
> A Vision and a Journey, Op. 60 - Molto tranquillo - Vivo - Allegro - A little broader

Album Summary

>Matthews, David : The Music of Dawn, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 50
>Matthews, David : Concerto in Azzurro, for cello & orchestra, Op. 87
>Matthews, David : A Vision and a Journey, symphonic fantasy for orchestra, Op. 60
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The reputation of David Matthews has risen steadily over the last few years... among his contemporaries he has few rivals in the creating and sustaining of larger forms", wrote International Record Review. Born in 1943, Matthews was first attracted to the idea of becoming a composer in his teens and worked as one of Benjamin Britten's assistants in Aldeburgh. The symphonic poem 'The Music of Dawn' was inspired by the painting of the same name by the British artist Cecil Collins, which is reproduced on the front cover of the CD. 'A Vision and a Journey', another symphonic poem, was commissioned by the BBC and performed by the BBC Philharmonic in 1993. 'Concerto in Azzurro' is a single large-scale movement for cello and orchestra, here performed by Guy Johnston, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2000.

Gramophone Magazine
A welcome disc shines light on David Matthews's rhapsodic, fantastic music. Guy Johnstonis a technically immaculate soloist, while Ruman Gamba with the BBC Philharmonic are excellent throughout in first-rate recordings.

BBC Music Magazine
The music speaks so directly and involving that you're caught up in it from the start. ... A Vision and a Journey lives up to its title impressively: taking Sibelius as an inspiration... was clearly no bad thing. Strong persuasive performances, especially from Guy Johnston in the Concerto, are caught in exemplary sound.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Of these three orchestral works, only one - AVision and a Journey - is termed a 'symphonic fantasy'. Yet The Music of Dawn and Concerto inAzzurro could also be similarly described. They too rely on flexibly organised single-movement structures that display strong and positive links with the great 19th-century tradition of the programme symphony and tone-poem.

The earliest of the three, The Music of Dawn, is a richly scored response to a painting by Cecil Collins that makes no bones about sharing its musical imagery with other representations of sunrise and the sense of new beginnings - by Wagner, Strauss, Ravel, Schoenberg - but in a spirit of homage rather than dependency, creating something distinctive out of the contrasts between dance-like exuberance and soulful lyricism, and always with a personal angle on what in other contexts might be heard as explicit allusions to earlier models.

A Vision and a Journey reinforces the aspirational theme, suggesting a kind of pilgrim's progress, or hero's life, as it travels through well defined stages of fervent, at times rhapsodic questing. There are brief hints of Tippett in the string writing, but the heritage represented by such ultra-Romantic composers as Bax and Bantock is not spurned either, in a dramatic and engaging fantasia which is all the more effective for its imaginative way with some very simple basic ideas.

Concerto in Azzurro - 'concerto in blue' - is another evocation of light, sky, and an underlying sense of the transcendent. Although its insistent rhythmic and melodic patterns risk earnestness now and again, the concerto builds persuasively to a marvellously understated, touchingly poetic ending. Guy Johnston is a technically immaculate soloist, while Rumon Gamba with the BBC Philharmonic are excellent throughout in first-rate recordings.



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Works Details

>Matthews, David : The Music of Dawn, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 50
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/04/2007-12/05/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989-1990

>Matthews, David : Concerto in Azzurro, for cello & orchestra, Op. 87
  • Performer: Guy Johnson (Cello)
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/04/2007-12/05/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000-2002

>Matthews, David : A Vision and a Journey, symphonic fantasy for orchestra, Op. 60
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/04/2007-12/05/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992-1999