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  • Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Composer: Frank Bridge
  • Audio CD (November 20, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00005QF3M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,526 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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These performances transport us from the work that marked Frank Bridge's arrival as an orchestral composer in 1904--the symphonic poem Mid of the Night--through to the familiar, fabulous Enter Spring from 1927. The fact that the overextended Mid of the Night receives only its second performance on CD is not especially surprising, but it certainly highlights the ambition of the 25-year-old Bridge. His passion for Tchaikovsky is evident both here and in the altogether more engaging and coherent symphonic poem Isabella--a tale of love, murder, and a ghostly apparition based on Keats/Boccaccio. (Isabella's love theme is a must-hum.) The Two Poems for Orchestra date from the Great War and reveal Bridge exploring a new, more personal musical language, while Enter Spring shows him in mature style, a master orchestrator. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Richard Hickox impress throughout, the performances suggesting none of the rehearse-record qualities that can afflict recordings of less-familiar repertoire. Always there's shape and direction. Enter Spring is especially fine, possessed of drive and passion, the magical quiet moments beautifully caught. No cloying English pastoral, this. Fresh as paint. The detail of Bridge's orchestration is matched by a typically transparent Chandos recording, from Swansea's Brangwyn Hall. A series to watch. --Andrew Green

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Farrington on November 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I love Frank Bridge. I begin this review with this unabashed confession because I already knew that I would love this CD even before I heard a note of it. Richard Hickox delighted us with his Rubbra symphonic cycle over the past few years and now he is going to treat us to Frank Bridges works on Chandos.
Bridge is somewhat of an enigmatic figure to the lover of the 20th century English Musical Renaissance. I recall in the 1960's he was just referred to as 'Benjamin Britten's teacher'but recordings of his music were non existant or out of production. Then to halt this moribund period, in the last days of LPs, in 1976, Charles Groves conducted the Royal Liverpool PO in a LP of Bridge which included 'The Sea' and the masterly 'Enter Spring-rhapsody'. This first foray gave me my first taste of Bridge and I found him uneven but nevertheless compelling. Then Lyrita came out with a few LPs (Dance Rhapsody; Rebus; Phantasm) and I keenly added these to my collection.
Bridge uses the late romantic orchestra with great assurance, never flashy but still clean and brilliant in his orchestral tone. But his whimsical and sad down turns in melodic and harmonic structure give us a unique voice: it sounds like a sad gray Sunday afternoon in late November, and the autumnal colors bring out a brooding and sensitive personality who was genuinely horrified at the 1914-18 conflagration. On the other side of his musical personality, his tuneful and 'easy on the ear' early works matured and he produced magnificent large scale works like 'Oration' and 'Enter-Spring' in the 1920s onwards. He was a true professional for did not sacrifice his aesthetic standards...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rash67 VINE VOICE on July 10, 2002
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I was hoping to write the first review, but I see Keith has beat me to it with another excellent insightful review of an English composer.
What can I add? Classical Music for the last 150 years or so has been dominated by a "Deutchland Uber Alles" attitude. For good reason, I guess, there are a great number of great German composers. But I've heard them. I have their CD's. I used to think, when younger, that there was this vast supply of great classical music out there. More lately I've learned that there are really a limited number of great pieces and a lot of drek and even the Great Masters produced, in addition to their masterpieces, a lot of music that wasn't that good. And in the 20th century, much German music got entirely too dissonant for my taste.
There are a lot of great English/British Isles/Irish composers who were popular in England during their lives, but over shadowed by their German counterparts. There is a lot of great English music that most people, people who KNOW classical music, have never heard! I especially speak of Bax, Stanford, Parry, Bridge, Butterworth and Moeran.
This is the first of a series of the orchestral music of underknown composer. Because of when he lived, Bridge's music can be divided into three periods: Late Romantic, Impressionist, and "I'm really really angry/depressed/bitter about the World War I". The music on this album focuses, thankfully, on the first two periods.
The music is lush and beautiful in places and just MAGICAL in others! Rapsodic. This music, like that of Stanford, contains a deep sense of inner peace, order and beauty.
I especially like the Two Poems.
Repeated listening will allow it's many virtues to unfold.
Excellent performance and recording. Deserves more stars, if it were better known, under my tough grading system!
Now Chandos, where is the overdue Frank Bridge, Volume 2?
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