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Boughton: Symphony 3, Oboe Concerto Import


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  • Performer: Sarah Francis
  • Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Composer: Rutland Boughton
  • Audio CD (August 10, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B00000JPZ9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony, No 3 in B minor: Movement 1
2. Symphony, No 3 in B minor: Movement 2
3. Symphony, No 3 in B minor: Movement 3
4. Symphony, No 3 in B minor: Movement 4
5. Concerto for oboe, No 1 in C: Movement 1
6. Concerto for oboe, No 1 in C: Movement 2
7. Concerto for oboe, No 1 in C: Movement 3

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The modest revival of the music of Rutland Boughton (1878-1960) has primarily been due to the effort of Hyperion. It would indeed be nice to hear his best works somewhat more frequently, although I do suspect that they will always remain a fringe repertoire - the music is atmospheric and well-crafted and contains some very attractive material, but it is always a little inhibited; there is nothing bold or very striking in it (even though e.g. his opera The Immortal Hour is gorgeous).

As for the music featured here, the third symphony is a lovely work of Celtic fairytale atmosphere - akin to Bax but more diffuse and mannered at the same time; the end result sounds rather like Elgar, but with water added. It is well-crafted, imaginatively scored and - again - contains some really good and attractive melodies (although they fail to linger in the memory once the performance is over). As you'd expect Handley leads a very compelling performance even though the strings of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra sound a little thin at times.

The coupling is the first oboe concerto (with strings), a fine work as well which never quite takes off. The language is slightly more dissonant and complex than the purely opulently late-romantic symphony (both works date from the late 1930s). Its virtuosic solo part is impressively handled by Sarah Francis, however, especially in the lyrical slow movement. The sound quality is very good, and this is overall a very recommendable release, and a must for lovers of the English late-romanticism of Elgar, Delius and Bantock, say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones on February 13, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Rutland Boughton (1878-1960) is not a familiar name among British composers of the 20th century - even within Britain! I think this is a pity, because his orchestral music is certainly well worth hearing much more often. He was known primarily as a composer of vocal music, and that in the first decades of the century. There are two works on this Hyperion CD, played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vernon Handley. The first is the last of Boughton's three symphonies - this one in b minor. It's a lyrical work and reminiscent of Parry and Elgar in its sonority rather than Vaughan Williams and Tippett, but Boughton has a musical voice all his own. Particular striking and individual is the use of the brass, and the adagio introduction to the fourth movement is particularly beautiful. The other work on the CD is his Concerto for Oboe and Strings No.1 in C Major with Sarah Francis as the soloist. It was for his daughter Joy Boughton that it was composed, as was Benjamin Britten's Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, though this piece is easier to listen to than the Britten work because of the orchestral texture.
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