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Chadwick: Adonais; Cleopatra; A Pastorale Prelude; Sinfonietta / Keith Lockhart

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George Chadwick (1854-1931) was a leading American composer of his day. On this Dutton Epoch series recording, Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart leads the BBC Concert Orchestra in a selection of world première recordings, ranging from the delightful, affirmative Pastoral Prelude written when Chadwick was 36, to the gorgeous, impressionistic symphonic poem Cleopatra of 1904 with its "lush and amorous" tune for Cleopatra and "big clashing battle scene." Also included are the Sinfonietta in D major of 1904 (effectively the composer's fifth symphony) and the Shelley-inspired 'elegiac overture' Adonais of 1899. This is immediately approachable and lyrical music, containing some of Chadwick's most memorable melodies.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Karl Krueger in his recording of the Sinfonietta (July/Aug 1991) omitted the three trombones (they're marked ad libitum), and his sodden trudge through the music removes his recording from serious consideration. Save for a hardness at full volume, the recording reflects favorably on the Colosseum at Watford Town Hall where these performances were set down, and overall this new Dutton handily earns high marks both for conception and ensemble. Both Chadwick and Keith Lockhart deserve better.



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George Chadwick (1854-1931) was a leading American composer of his day. On this
Dutton Epoch series recording, Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart leads the
BBC Concert Orchestra in a selection of world première recordings, ranging from the
delightful, affirmative Pastoral Prelude written when Chadwick was 36, to the gorgeous,
impressionistic symphonic poem Cleopatra of 1904 with its “lush and amorous” tune for
Cleopatra and “big clashing battle scene.” Also included are the Sinfonietta in D major of
1904 (effectively the composer’s fifth symphony) and the Shelley-inspired ‘elegiac overture’
Adonais of 1899. This is immediately approachable and lyrical music, containing some of
Chadwick’s most memorable melodies.
Submitted on 09/09/12 by HB 
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