New CD out – British Overtures Vol.2

Following on from the success of ‘Overtures from the British Isles’, here comes Volume 2!

UK sales links: amazon • mdt

Recorded in Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff with the wonderful BBC National Orchestra of Wales, this very generous CD contains over 81 minutes of fantastic music and includes one of my favourite overtures, Walton’s Portsmouth Point.  A few of the pieces on the disc share this nautical theme and one, the York Bowen Overture, has its first recording here (and indeed only its second performance ever).

The CD is already Record of the Month on Musicweb-International

Track listing CHAN 10898:

Sir William WALTON (1902-1983) Portsmouth Point (1924-25) [5.33]

Walter LEIGH (1905-1942) Agincourt (1935) [12.29]

York BOWEN (1884-1961) Fantasy Overture ‘Tom Bowling’ [premiere recording] (1945) [8.27]

Dame Ethel SMYTH (1858-1944) Overture to The Boatswain’s Mate (1913-14) [6.05]

John ANSELL (1874-1918) Plymouth Hoe (1914) [7.57]

Sir Alexander Campbell MACKENZIE (1847-1935) Britannia (1894) [7.37]

Eric COATES (1886-1957) The Merrymakers (1923) [4.54]

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings PARRY (1848-1918) Overture to an Unwritten Tragedy (1893 rev. 1894, 1905) [12.29]

Roger QUILTER (1877-1953) A Children’s Overture (1911-19) [10.50]

John FOULDS (1880-1939) Le Cabaret (c. 1921 rev. 1934) [3.43]

Elektra DVD/Bluray released

The film of last year’s NorrlandsOperan Elektra by La Fura Dels Baus which I conducted is now available on DVD and Bluray. Part of the European Capital of Culture – Umeå 2014, this huge open-air production was a massive undertaking (and enormous fun!) and this release captures the action in amazing sound and vision. Great cast, fantastic orchestra – certainly very unique!

Elektra DVD

Available to buy here (UK)

See trailer below