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English String Miniatures, Vol. 6

Gavin Sutherland , Royal Ballet Sinfonia Audio CD
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listen  1. A Moorside Suite (arr. P. Lane): I. Scherzo 3:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. A Moorside Suite (arr. P. Lane): II. Nocturne 6:30$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. A Moorside Suite (arr. P. Lane): III. March 4:23$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Chacony in G minor, Z. 730 (arr. B. Britten) 7:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rosa Mundi 3:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Winton Suite: I. Prelude 2:16$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Winton Suite: II. Air 2:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Winton Suite: III. Dance 1:33$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Winton Suite: IV. Song 3:39$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Winton Suite: V. Finale 2:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Bethlehem Down (arr. P. Lane) 4:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. A Very English Music: I. Cuckmere Haven 2:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. A Very English Music: II. Cornish Air 3:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. A Very English Music: III. The Hunt Gathering 2:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Waltz in E minor 4:35$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. 2 Nocturnes: No. 1. Molto lento 2:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. 2 Nocturnes: No. 2. Mesto e semplice 2:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. From across La manche: I. Overture 4:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. From across La manche: II. Ballade 5:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. From across La manche: III. Dance-finale 5:37$0.89  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000H4VZAI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Volume 6 of the Naxos series of English String Miniatures continues with music by composers ranging from Purcell, Holst and William Lloyd Webber, whose name may be more familiar through the achievements of his two sons, to Adam Carse, best known for numer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet More Wonderful English String Orchestra Music September 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
In a review of a previous issue in this ongoing series of releases from Naxos of 'English String Miniatures' -- this one is Vol. 6 -- I wrote, "If there was ever any doubt that the English have been masters of writing for the string orchestra, there shouldn't be any now." I can't think of another nation's composers who have done so much for the genre.

In this CD we get music of Holst, Purcell, Peter Warlock, William Lloyd Webber, Paul Lewis (b.1943), Adam Carse (1878-1958), Paul Carr (b.1961), Lionel Sainsbury (b.1958) and Malcolm Lipkin (b.1932). And a wonderful lot it is. Probably the most familiar work here is Purcell's 'Chacony in G Minor' in its arrangement for strings by Benjamin Britten. It is essentially a passacaglia on an interesting and relatively complex ground bass. Why oh why don't we more often hear this one in place of the ubiquitous (misnamed) Canon of Pachelbel? The Royal Ballet Sinfonia (of Birmingham) under Gavin Sutherland play with crisp, clean articulation combined with suavely lush string sound, as in all the other works presented here. Lovely.

Holst is represented by his 'A Moorside Suite', a three-movement work arranged by Philip Lane (who also arranged Warlock's 'Bethlehem Down.') It is typical modal Holst with catchy rhythms and tunes. Adam Carse is best known for his pedagogical works for young string players but his 'Winton Suite' is for grown-ups. It is a collection of five pieces -- Prelude, Air, Dance, Song, Finale -- which are in a modernized baroque style. 'Song', a kind of concertante for violin, cello and strings, is utterly lovely. Warlock's Christmas carol, 'Bethlehem Down' (1927) is presented here in Philip Lane's more or less straight arrangement. Lovely legato playing throughout; this Royal Ballet Sinfonia is good!
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4.0 out of 5 stars On Average, it's Nice November 5, 2012
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The reviewer who preceded me here has given such a good summary of this disc's contents that it's rather pointless for me to duplicate his remarks, so let me dwell on my own personal reaction to this disc, which is positive though just a bit mixed. First, there's no criticizing the playing of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia under Gavin Sutherland -- it's quite good. My only misgiving about this release has to do with the selections themselves. The Britten arrangement of the Purcell Chacony is absolutely sublime, and Holst's A Moorside Suite is pure Holst -- meaning that it's very good indeed. I quite enjoy Adam Carse's Winton Suite, and as usual I have a positive reaction to Peter Warlock, in this instance the Philip Lane arrangement of his Bethlehem Down. However, the rest of the disc's contents do not, I must admit, thrill me a great deal. Oh, it's all English string music, after all, so there's no way I'd rate this less than three stars, but for me these remaining pieces, though well-crafted and evocative, come off as just a tad bit dull. Still, as I said, it's all English string music, and given the Carse and Warlock, and especially the Holst and Purcell, I can certainly say in honesty that I nonetheless like this release.
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The intimacy and essential musicality of a string quartet with the lush timbres of a larger ensemble. Deeply beautiful and compelling music without the bells and whistles of a large orchestra.
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