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Sir Eugene Goossens: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 / Andrew Davis

> Kaleidoscope, Op. 18 (version for orchestra) - I. Good Morning
> Kaleidoscope, Op. 18 (version for orchestra) - II. Promenade
> Kaleidoscope, Op. 18 (version for orchestra) - III. The Hurdy Gurdy Man
> Kaleidoscope, Op. 18 (version for orchestra) - IV. The March of the Wooden Soldier
> Kaleidoscope, Op. 18 (version for orchestra) - V. Lament for a Departed Doll
> Kaleidoscope, Op. 18 (version for orchestra) - VI. The Old Musical Box
> Kaleidoscope, Op. 18 (version for orchestra) - VII. The Punch and Judy Show
> Kaleidoscope, Op. 18 (version for orchestra) - VIII. Good Night
> Tam O'Shanter, Op. 17a - Tam O'Shanter, Op. 17a
> 3 Greek Dances, Op. 44 - No. 1. Moderato
> 3 Greek Dances, Op. 44 - No. 2. Andante languido
> 3 Greek Dances, Op. 44 - No. 3. Vivo
> Concert Piece, Op. 65 - I. Fantasia
> Concert Piece, Op. 65 - II. Chorale
> Concert Piece, Op. 65 - III. Perpetuum mobile e burlesca
> 4 Conceits, Op. 20 (version for orchestra) - No. 1. The Gargoyle
> 4 Conceits, Op. 20 (version for orchestra) - No. 2. Dance Memories
> 4 Conceits, Op. 20 (version for orchestra) - No. 3. A Walking Tune
> 4 Conceits, Op. 20 (version for orchestra) - No. 4. The Marionette Show
> Variations on Cadet Rousselle, Op. 40 (arr. A. Bax, F. Bridge and J. Ireland) - Variations on Cadet Rousselle, Op. 40 (arr. A. Bax, F. Bridge and J. Ireland)
> Nature Poems, Op. 52 - No. 1. Pastoral: Andantino grazioso
> Nature Poems, Op. 52 - No. 2. Bacchanal: Molto allegro
> Don Juan de Manara, Op. 54 - Don Juan de Manara, Op. 54: Intermezzo

Album Summary

>Goossens, Eugene : Kaleidoscope, for orchestra (orchestration of 8 movements from the original version for solo piano),
>Goossens, Eugene : Tam O'Shanter, for orchestra, Op. 17a
>Goossens, Eugene : Greek Dances (3), for orchestra, Op. 44
>Goossens, Eugene : Concert Piece, for orchestra, Op. 65
>Goossens, Eugene : Four Conceits, for piano, Op. 20
>Goossens, Eugene : Variations On "Cadet Rousselle", for orchestra
>Goossens, Eugene : Nature Poems (2), for orchestra (orchestration of piano work), Op. 25a
>Goossens, Eugene : Intermezzo for piano (from Don Juan de Manara, Op. 54)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This disc marks the beginning of the partnership between the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and its new Chief Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis. In the pieces performed here, we find Goossens emerging at the end of World War I as a brilliant and innovative orchestrator, a modernist influenced by Debussy, Ravel, and early Stravinsky.

The Arts Desk, 6th April 2013
Listening to this disc is 74 minutes well-spent. Tam O'Shanter's four minutes whizz by in exhilarating fashion; Goossens knew just how much mileage could be extracted from his musical ideas and none of these pieces outstays its welcome. The Three Greek Dances are nicely evocative, and two suites of orchestrated piano pieces leave you wanting more.

MusicWeb International, 18th April 2013
It is almost redundant to praise the excellent sound quality of this CD. The same applies to the enthusiastic, but always sensitive and sympathetic playing by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis...This CD is a tremendously important addition to the catalogues.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2013
Chandos's rich sound is up to the usual high standards and outshines Goossens's own 1922 recording of Tam O'Shanter.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2013
Virtuoso orchestration by a super-skilled composer...Classy performances.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Goossens wrote Concert Piece for oboe doubling English horn and two harps for his brother (1957). This is the program's most complex, modern, and deepest work. The cadenzas for oboe and for harp are impressive. It repays repeated listening. Three Greek Dances (1926, rev. 1927) first appeared as Three Pagan Hymns, written for dancer Margaret Morris. The present title is the result of a Goossens revision. Annotator Lewis Foreman's description of Morris's dancing style as one of making "shapes on stage with arms and flowing robes" suggests Ancient Greece and the stormy third one leans to Bax. They are certainly listenable. George Chadwick (1915) and Malcolm Arnold (1955) wrote major pieces based on the Robert Burns poem, Tam o' Shanter. Chadwick's is big and romantic. Don Juan de Manara (1935) is an opera based on a story by Alexandre Dumas. It begins with melodrama, After some sweet violin musing and menacing brass outbursts, the piece ends restfully. Kaleidoscope: Suite for Children (1918) was originally 12 piano pieces. Goossens orchestrated one movement for Tamara Karsavina of Ballets Russes before Ernest Irving produced an orchestral version for a ballet in 1926. Goossens responded with a suite for orchestra. These are miniatures, light in mood and texture, and quite French in style, recalling Debussy's works in this vein. The first two of Four Conceits (1917) are sprightly. 'Walking Tune' is a curious amble a la Percy Grainger, spiced with French coloring. 'Marionette Show' suggests 'Ballet of the Chicks' from Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. The Two Nature Poems are orchestrations from Three Nature Poems. 'Pastoral' lends a Delian cast for a while, with its strong woodwind coloring. This interesting mix of music is well played and recorded.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne, Au (2010-06-15_2010-06-16&2011-).



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Works Details

>Goossens, Eugene : Kaleidoscope, for orchestra (orchestration of 8 movements from the original version for solo piano),
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (2010-06-15_2010-06-16&2011-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Goossens, Eugene : Tam O'Shanter, for orchestra, Op. 17a
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (2010-06-15_2010-06-16&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Goossens, Eugene : Greek Dances (3), for orchestra, Op. 44
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (2010-06-15_2010-06-16&2011-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Goossens, Eugene : Concert Piece, for orchestra, Op. 65
  • Performers: Alannah Guthrie-Jones (Harp); Marshall Maguire (Harp); Jeff Crellin (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (2010-06-15_2010-06-16&2011-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Goossens, Eugene : Four Conceits, for piano, Op. 20
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (2010-06-15_2010-06-16&2011-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Goossens, Eugene : Variations On "Cadet Rousselle", for orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (2010-06-15_2010-06-16&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Goossens, Eugene : Nature Poems (2), for orchestra (orchestration of piano work), Op. 25a
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (2010-06-15_2010-06-16&2011-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1937-1938

>Goossens, Eugene : Intermezzo for piano (from Don Juan de Mañara, Op. 54)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (2010-06-15_2010-06-16&2011-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern