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Frederic Austin: Overture - Richard II; Symphony in E major; Overture - The Sea Venturers; Rhapsody - Spring

Audio Samples

>Austin, Frederic : The Sea Ventures, overture
>Austin, Frederic : Symphonic Rhapsody ("Spring")
>Austin, Frederic : Richard II, concert overture for orchestra
>Austin, Frederic : Symphony in E major

Album Summary

>Austin, Frederic : The Sea Ventures, overture
>Austin, Frederic : Symphonic Rhapsody ("Spring")
>Austin, Frederic : Richard II, concert overture for orchestra
>Austin, Frederic : Symphony in E major
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

As a coupling for their new recording of Frederic Austin's romantic overture Richard the Second with Ronald Corp and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Dutton have reissued tracks from three different earlier recordings, all brilliantly remastered, to assemble a remarkable survey of Austin's orchestral music. Austin's big-boned Symphony of 1913 almost certainly influenced the young Arnold Bax, while the colorful orchestral tone painting in his overture The Sea Venturers adds yet another vibrant musical sea picture to the repertoire. Both are vividly played by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Douglas Bostock.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The Symphony in E is the gem here. He completed it in 1913 after returning from Ireland. It is in one movement in four sections and is written for a large orchestra. The Symphony is romantic, impressionist, colorful, powerful, and filled with whole-tone scales and parallel harmonies. There is some Delius and Arnold Bax, but with more whole tones and less froth and sparkle. The atmospheric and dramatic first movement opens like an ocean awakening and has a strong feeling for the sea. The faster section is lighter and Baxian with a bit of militarism. An interlude is warmed by thick string writing that is gorgeous. The militant aspect picks up near the end, which sounds grand and cinematic. II begins with clarinets flitting about before a march steps in. After an interruption of carefree breeziness, the march returns. There is some Bax here (and in the prominent tambourine), but Austin is more straightforward and less complex, save for his whole tones. III is like a warm summer day. After a noble climax and some celebratory horns, it drifts luxuriously into the twilight. (The last three words fittingly invoke a Bax tone poem.) A Holst-like passage leads cleverly into IV, which starts grandly, then settles into a warm bucolic and summery trance. Some of the Russian warmth here may have been picked up from Bax, who visited that country in 1910.



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Works Details

>Austin, Frederic : The Sea Ventures, overture
  • Conductor: Douglas Bostock
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Austin, Frederic : Symphonic Rhapsody ("Spring")
  • Conductor: Douglas Bostock
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Brown Shipley Concert Hall, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England (12/15/2001-12/16/2001)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Austin, Frederic : Richard II, concert overture for orchestra
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Running Time: 12 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1900

>Austin, Frederic : Symphony in E major
  • Conductor: Douglas Bostock
  • Running Time: 29 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1913
  • Studio/Live: Live