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Van Dieren: Chinese Symphony

Van Dieren: Chinese Symphony


Dieren:

Symphony No. 1, Op. 6 'Chinese Symphony'

Rebecca Evans (soprano), Catherine Wyn Rogers (contralto), Nathan Vale (tenor), Morgan Pearse (baritone) & David Soar (bass)

Topers' Tropes: 'Les Propos des Beuveurs'

Elegie

Raphael Wallfisch (cello)


BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC National Chorus of Wales, William Boughton

Bernard van Dieren was an Anglo-Dutch composer whose name was well-known in London musical circles in the 1920s and 1930s. Though born and raised in the Netherlands his music was little known there and he spent most of his adult life in London where his music was more discussed than played. He was praised extravagantly by some, and condemned equally fiercely by others. For various practical reasons, his music was more elusive than his personality, and the great achievement of these recordings is that for the first time we will be able to become familiar with a representative selection of his orchestral music in fine modern performances.

The so-called ‘Chinese’ Symphony is one of van Dieren’s most impressive early works. Entitled just Symphony Op. 6 by the composer, it was written between 1912 and 1914, and is scored for five soloists, chorus and orchestra. It was based on German translations of ancient Chinese poetry. These were taken from Die Chinesische Flöte, a popular volume of translations by Hans Bethge (1876-1946) published in 1907. Poems from this book were also set by Schönberg, Webern, Wellesz, Strauss and most famously by Mahler (Das Lied von der Erde). Though van Dieren was familiar with the work of some of these composers, we do not know if he had encountered Mahler’s masterpiece before writing his symphony. Only one poem appeared in both works – Der Trinker im Frühling. (Alastair Chisholm)

“William Boughton secures commendable results from a strong line-up of singers and his assembled BBC NOW forces; Raphael Wallfisch is at his customarily eloquent, self-effacing best in the Elegie. Excellently recorded in Cardiff’s Hoddinott Hall, and knowledgeably annotated by Alastair Chisholm, this is a most enterprising and fascinating release.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

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Popular Operatic Overtures

Popular Operatic Overtures


Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Hérold:

Zampa - Overture

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

The Bartered Bride: Furiant

The Bartered Bride: Polka

Strauss, J, II:

Die Fledermaus Overture

Suppe:

Dichter und Bauer Overture

Verdi:

La forza del destino Overture

Weber:

Der Freischütz Overture


There is nothing quite like the thrill of tense anticipation which runs through an opera house as the lights dim, the tuning-up and chattering stops abruptly, applause greets the conductor, and the first notes of the overture sound from the orche stra pit. Many of the greatest operatic composers have taken full advantage of this magnificent opportunity to mesmerize an audience and to set the musical scene before the curtain actually goes up.

Nimbus - NI7097

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John Joubert: The Instant Moment

John Joubert: The Instant Moment


Joubert:

The Instant Moment: Song cycle for Baritone and String Orchestra - to words by D.H. Lawrence, Op. 110

Henry Herford (baritone)

Temps Perdu: Variations for String Orchestra, Op. 99

Christopher Hirons & Pierre Joubert (solo violins)

Sinfonietta, Op. 38

Paul Arden-Taylor & Anna Evans (oboes), Keith Rubach & Christine Predota (bassoons), Stephen Roberts & James Buck (french horns)


English String Orchestra, William Boughton

Born in Cape Town, John Joubert won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, his successful career as a university lecturer and composer keeping him in England thereafter. Based on a short piece composed during the composer’s late teens and inspired by Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way (from Remembrance of Things Past), Temps Perdu is an inventive set of variations ‘each of which sets out to explore some aspect of the memories evoked by the original’. The finely crafted Sinfonietta is notable for the imaginative writing for solo woodwinds, while the song-cycle The Instant Moment indelibly expresses widely contrasting reactions to the experience of love.

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British Cello Concertos

British Cello Concertos

All Premiere Recordings


Joubert:

Concerto in Two Movements for Cello and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 171

Simpson, R:

Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

Wright, C:

Concerto for Cello and Orchestra


Among the most versatile of contemporary performers, cellist Raphael Wallfisch is especially celebrated as a passionate advocate of British music.

Concertos by Elgar, Finzi and Walton lie at the heart of his repertoire, which also includes concertante works by Arnold, Bax, Bliss, Havergal Brian, Britten, Alan Bush, Geoffrey Bush, William Busch, Delius, Dyson, Foulds, Holbrooke, Ireland, Maw, Moeran, Andrjez Panufnik, Rawsthorne, Rubbra, Lionel Sainsbury and Hugh Wood. He has expanded this genre by commissioning and premiering an impressive and eclectic array of new pieces by, among others, Richard Rodney Bennett, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Kenneth Leighton, James MacMillan, Robert Saxton, Giles Swayne, John Tavener and Adrian Williams. All three items presented on this disc were written especially for Wallfisch.

“[Wallfisch's] characteristically assured and deeply felt advocacy is matched by a lively and committed response from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales...The disc's substantial centrepiece comprises Robert Simpson's exceptionally powerful 1991 concerto...the sublimely organic, typically questing and effortlessly inevitable way that Simpson handles his nourishing material makes for riveting listening.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2015

“[Wallfisch] performs these pieces with the utmost musicianship.” MusicWeb International

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Walton: Symphony No. 2 & Viola Concerto

Walton: Symphony No. 2 & Viola Concerto


Walton:

Symphony No. 2

Viola Concerto

Roberto Diaz (viola)

Spitfire Prelude & Fugue

Crown Imperial


New Haven Symphony Orchestra, William Boughton

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) and the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library are pleased to collaborate on the William Walton Project. The Frederick R. Koch Collection, housed at the Beinecke Library, contains the world’s largest archive of Walton’s original manuscripts. This project presents a unique opportunity for Walton’s music to be “brought to life” using these manuscripts as the source of preparation for performances.

“The Second Symphony is a wonderfully crafted work in which Waltonian electricity is not of such a high voltage as in the First. Nonetheless, William Boughton draws from the New Haven orchestra a comparably magnetic performance...When it comes to the Viola Concerto, we have a triumphant performance, thanks to the stunning playing of the soloist...another winner among Walton disc.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2015

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A Portrait of Augusta Read Thomas

A Portrait of Augusta Read Thomas


Thomas, Augusta:

Absolute Ocean for soprano, harp obbligato and orchestra

Tony Arnold (soprano) & Jennifer Hoult (harp)

E E Cummings Songs (2) for girls chorus

Elm City Girls' Choir, Rebecca Rosenbaum

Hemke Concerto 'Prisms of Light' for alto saxophone and orchestra

Fred Hemke (alto saxophone)

Of Paradise and Light for string orchestra

Prayer and Celebration for chamber orchestra

Silent Moon for violin and cello

Katie Hyun (violin) & Mihai Marica (cello)

Spells for chorus

The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum


New Haven Symphony Orchestra, William Boughton

Bold, passionate, urgent—Augusta Read Thomas writes music that is wholly and completely alive. In many of her own program notes, she includes this sentence: “I like music that is alive and jumps off the page and out of the instrument as if something big is at stake.” The first two volumes of this Augusta Read Thomas recording series focused on orchestral and chamber/piano music respectively, collecting performances by various ensembles. This third volume is something a bit different: a recording of a live 50th birthday concert presented by the New Haven (Connecticut) Symphony Orchestra under the direction of William Boughton. One of the two largescale works on the recording is also one of Thomas’s most recent (and was premiered on the concert), the dramatic Hemke Concerto, “Prisms of Light” (2014). This concerto was commissioned as a retirement gift for legendary saxophonist and pedagogue Frederick L. Hemke by many of his students past and present. This concerto is music that almost requires the listener to wear sunglasses—exploring fully the saxophone’s capacity for both lyrical, human expression and glorious, otherworldly color. The other large-scale composition is Absolute Ocean (2008), a song-cycle for soprano and orchestra with a significant obbligato harp part. Absolute Ocean is especially spare and atmospheric in texture. The ringing, resonant pluck of the harp is clearly the dominant musical image, inspiring the orchestral texture that surrounds it.

Despite using a medium size symphony scoring, the instruments are never all heard together—the result gives an audible sense of the orchestra as one large, graceful extension of the harp.

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Birds, Beats & Flowers - A Programme of Poetry, Prose and Music

Birds, Beats & Flowers - A Programme of Poetry, Prose and Music


Princess Grace of Monaco, Richard Pasco, The Wallace Collection, Michel Swierczewski, Vlado Perlemuter, William Boughton

The Gulbenkian Orchstra, English String Orchestra, Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra, BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, John Carroll, John Wallace, Simon Wright, William Boughton, Adam Fischer, Tadaaaki Otaka

Nimbus - NI7727

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The Spirit of Christmas Present

The Spirit of Christmas Present


Various Artists, Kansas City Chorale, Huw Tregelles Williams, Fanfare Trumpeters of the Welsh Guards, BBC Welsh Chorus, Kevin Bowyer, Chris Stock, Mark Walker, The Gulbenkian Orchestra, James Higdon, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, English String Orchestra, Pamela Williamson, Lyra Pringle Pherigo, Welsey Kelly

Charles Bruffy, John Hugh Thomas, Michel Swierczewski, Stephen Darlington, William Boughton

Nimbus - NI7034

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Wilde: The Happy Prince

Wilde: The Happy Prince


 

The Happy Prince

The Rose and the Nightingale

The Selfish Giant

The Devoted Friend

The Remarkable Rocket

Granados:

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 2 'Orientale'

Youra Guller (piano)

Ravel:

Ma Mère L'Oye: Laideronnette, Imperatrice des Pagodes

Vlado Perlemuter & Adrian Farmer (pianos)

Shostakovich:

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 9 in E major

Mara Deyanova (piano)

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 10 in C sharp minor

Mara Deyanova (piano)

Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on Greensleeves

English String Orchestra, William Boughton

Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra: Sarabande

English String Orchestra, William Boughton


John Gielgud (narrator)

English String Orchestra, William Boughton

Nimbus - NI1797

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Walton - Violin Concerto & Symphony No. 1

Walton - Violin Concerto & Symphony No. 1


Walton:

Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor

Violin Concerto

Kurt Nikkanen (violin)


New Haven Symphony Orchestra, William Boughton

As founder and music director of the English Symphony Orchestra William Boughton built a significant discography of internationally acclaimed recordings of English music with Nimbus Records. In July 2007 he became the tenth Music Director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. This release is their first recording together.

Kurt Nikkanen has appeared internationally on the concert stage for more than two decades. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he began his violin studies at the age of three and at twelve he made his Carnegie Hall debut, performing Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo capriccioso with the New York Symphony. An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, he has performed the John Adams Violin Concerto (under the composer’s direction), Aaron Jay Kernis’s Concerto for Violin and Guitar, and H.K. Gruber’s violin concerto Nebelsteinmusik, also under the composer’s direction.

He gave the world premiere of John Zorn’s Contes des Fées for violin and chamber orchestra and has recorded Steven R. Gerber’s Violin Concerto, written especially for him.

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra first rehearsed in 1894 and gave its inaugural concert in January 1895 under the direction of Horatio Parker at Yale University. It is the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra to have performed continuously in America, after the New York Philharmonic (1842), the Boston Symphony (1881), and the Chicago Symphony (1891).

“These are splendidly idiomatic performances, displaying a natural understanding of the flexibility needed in interpreting Walton's jazzy syncopated writing...it adds to the attractions of the disc that this ideal coupling of two pre-war masterpieces is a rare, if not unique pairing.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

“...this is a performance that - especially in the slow movement - gets to the heart of the music...Boughton is excellent at revealing the solidity and underlying power of the work without at any time causing the music to overheat or run away with itself.” International Record Review, July/August 2010

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