Parry premieres cd out now


To commemorate the centenary of Parry’s death, Rumon Gamba and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales offer this rare album of major works never recorded before, at the centre of which stands the original version of Symphony No. 4.

These works highlight Parry’s skills as an orchestrator to supreme effect, the music full of attractive thematic invention, the scores wonderfully expansive, the canvas more intellectual, the many ideas more bold and passionate. The works prove to be a much severer challenge for the musicians but are here masterfully tackled thanks to both orchestra and conductor’s experience performing forgotten or unpublished British repertoire.

The Suite moderne was written for the Three Choirs Festival. Despite its popularity, the work remained unpublished at Parry’s death and is performed here in a new edition by Jeremy Dibble.

The album is completed by Parry’s one and only ballet score, Proserpine. A triptych in miniature, the colourful score is full of great delicacy.

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]