Rawsthorne: Concerto for String Orchestra, etc.

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Rawsthorne: Concerto for String Orchestra, etc.



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Concerto for String Orchestra

Concertante pastorale for Flute, Horn and Strings

Light Music for Strings

Suite for Recorder and String Orchestra

Elegiac Rhapsody for String Orchestra

Divertimento for Chamber Orchestra

Rebecca Goldberg (horn), Conrad Marshall (flute), John Turner (recorder)

Northern Chamber Orchestra, David Lloyd-Jones



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Alan Rawsthorne: Concerto for Strings

Largo maestoso - Molto allegro

Lento e mesto

Allegro piacevole

Alan Rawsthorne: Concertante pastorale

Concertante pastorale for Flute, Horn and Strings

Alan Rawsthorne: Light Music

Light Music for Strings

Alan Rawsthorne: Suite for Recorder and String Orchestra (orch. John McCabe)

Sarabande: Maestoso

Fantasia: Andante con moto

Air: Andante grazioso

Jig: Allegro

Alan Rawsthorne: Elegiac Rhapsody

Elegiac Rhapsody for String Orchestra

Alan Rawsthorne: Divertimento

Rondo: Allegro moderato

Lullaby: Allegretto

Jig: Presto

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“The most substantial offering here, the resourceful and magnificently crafted Concertofor String Orchestra, dates from 1949. David Lloyd-Jones and his admirably prepared group give a performance which, in its emotional scope and keen vigour, outshines Boult's 1966 recording with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (nla). Not only does Lloyd-Jones achieve a more thrusting urgency in the outer movements, he also locates an extra sense of slumbering tragedy in the Lento e mesto. He gives a sparkling account of the immensely engaging Divertimento, written for Harry Blech and the London Mozart Players in 1962; the rumbustious concluding 'Jig' is as good a place as any to sample the spick-and-span response of the Northern Chamber Orchestra. The Concertantepastorale, written for the Hampton Court Orangery Concerts, is an atmospheric, beautifully wrought 10-minute essay for solo flute, horn and strings. It's succeeded by the perky Light Music for strings, composed in 1938 for the Workers' Music Association and based on Catalan folk-tunes. Then there's McCabe's expert orchestration of the miniature Suite for recorder and strings, the second of whose four linked movements is a reworking of a ballad from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. But the most exciting discovery has to be the 1963-4 ElegiacRhapsody, a deeply felt threnody for string orchestra written in memory of Rawsthorne's friend, the poet Louis MacNeice. Not only does it pack a wealth of first-rate invention and incident into its 10-minute duration, it attains a pitch of anguished expression possibly unrivalled in this figure's entire output.”

Gramophone Magazine

“Yet another Naxos/British music bull’s eye, comprising an imaginative programme realized with great sympathy by all involved.”

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