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Welsh Dances / Groves, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, et al

Album Summary

>Hoddinott, Alun : Welsh Dances (4), Op. 15
>Hoddinott, Alun : Jack Straw Overture, Op. 35
>Hoddinott, Alun : Concerto Grosso no 2, Op. 46
>Hoddinott, Alun : Investiture Dances, for orchestra, Op. 66
>Hoddinott, Alun : Welsh Dances, Set 2, Op. 64
>Mathias, William : Celtic Dances, for orchestra, Op. 60
>Jones, Daniel : Dance Fantasy for orchestra
Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"This is not Hoddinott the dour and dissonant; this is Hoddinott the dance celebrant, whether in virile Chaucerian exuberance or in liquid poetry... Mathias was a brilliant orchestral magician. His Celtic Dances chime and tinkle much as we would expect from our knowledge of his dazzling Dance Overture and his orchestral psychological studies... The Daniel Jones Dance Fantasy is the most recent work here. Written for the 1976 North Wales Music Festival it has the glorious, uninterrupted, mercurial-optimistic clangour and flow of the Grace Williams Ballads for Orchestra. There's also a touch of Copland and even Iberia about this dynamic yet bardic music." -Musicweb-International

"This is a significant CD that seems to me to tidy up a lot of loose ends. I do not mean to imply that somehow these works are scraps or inconsequential. A brief look at the CD catalogue shows that there are a fair number of major works by Mathias, Hoddinott and Jones. These are by and large from the Lyrita and Nimbus stables and more often than not represent a serous diet of concertos, quartets, sonatas and symphonies. However there is a definite shortfall in the lighter and more approachable works from these three composers. Lyrita have presented here a series of Welsh or Celtic inspired dances alongside an Overture and Concerto Grosso by three of the most important composers from the Principality. Each and every one of these works is worthy of their composer and all deserve to be represented in the CD catalogues...

Finally, the CD liner notes are good, the quality of the sound is excellent and the playing seems to me to be both accurate and enthusiastic. Altogether, this is a great CD that is packed with interesting, if not absolutely essential, works. That said, every enthusiast of British music will insist that this CD is in their collection." -MusicWeb International



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Works Details

>Hoddinott, Alun : Welsh Dances (4), Op. 15
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Hoddinott, Alun : Jack Straw Overture, Op. 35
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964/1980

>Hoddinott, Alun : Concerto Grosso no 2, Op. 46
  • Conductor: Arthur Davison
  • Ensemble: National Youth Orchestra of Wales
  • Running Time: 12 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Hoddinott, Alun : Investiture Dances, for orchestra, Op. 66
  • Conductor: Arthur Davison
  • Ensemble: National Youth Orchestra of Wales
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hoddinott, Alun : Welsh Dances, Set 2, Op. 64
  • Conductor: Arthur Davison
  • Ensemble: National Youth Orchestra of Wales
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Mathias, William : Celtic Dances, for orchestra, Op. 60
  • Conductor: Arthur Davison
  • Ensemble: National Youth Orchestra of Wales
  • Running Time: 14 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1972

>Jones, Daniel : Dance Fantasy for orchestra
  • Conductor: Bryden Thompson
  • Ensemble: BBC Welsh Symphony
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976