Debut Recordings (1967) of British Orchestral Music - Tippett: Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles (Suite in D); Ridout: Concertante Music for Orchestra; Mathias: Sinfonietta; Arnold: Divertiment...
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KHCD-2012-016DL (STEREO) - Debut Recordings (1967) of British Orchestra Music - Michael Tippett: Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles (Suite in D), conducted by the composer; Alan Ridout: Concertante Music for Orchestra, conducted by the composer; William Mathias: Sinfonietta, conducted by the composer; Malcolm Arnold: Divertimento, conducted by Eric Pinkett - Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra - Accessible 20th century British orchestral music, played by a talented orchestra, sounding very much the professional ensemble. The Tippett is perhaps the most recognizable as far as style; it was written originally for the BBC in 1948. (It was Tippett who had put forth that the orchestra was fully capable of making a record.) The other pieces on this album were written for the Leicestershire ensemble. The Ridout was written for the recording, from blank paper to rehearsal, in the space of two weeks; it perhaps is the most astringently modern of the four pieces, but doesn't fail to please in its excitement. The Mathias is perhaps the most serious work, with a brooding, almost noir middle movement. The Arnold is suitable outgoing, full of signature riffs, and some fun is had along the way. A very satisfying collection, and a proper introduction to some unfamiliar British works receiving first recordings in 1967. Derived from a PYE LP transcribed by John Whitmore, digitally remastered by Klassic Haus.