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listen  1. Ulalume (poem for orchestra No. 4): Ulalume, Op. 35 (Poem For Orchestra No. 4)13:35Album Only
listen  2. Bronwen: Bronwen, Overture, Op. 75 9:36Album Only
listen  3. The Bells, Prelude, Op. 5010:44Album Only
listen  4. The Raven, Op. 25 (Poem For Orchestra No. 1)19:01Album Only
listen  5. Byron (Poem for Orchestra and Chorus): Byron, Op. 39 (Poem For Orchestra And Chorus)16:22Album Only

Product Details

  • Performer: J. Holbrooke
  • Audio CD (July 20, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B0000045YI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,622 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Farrington on March 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Joseph Holbrooke was an exact contemporary of Vaughan Williams, although his output is much more related to his youthful years. Whereas his more famous contemporary was fired by English folk music and the church music tradition, Holbrooke was stimulated by three areas. He was impressed by the Wagnerian Music Drama with its use of legends for sources with its opulent orchestral style. He was also interested in the ancient Welsh legends as a source for his own operas as Wagner took the mediaeval Germanic legends for his. Finally, Holbrooke was interested in the writings of Edgar Allan Poe as a source of material for his own fantastic musical imagination. Thus Holbrooke's orchestral music is either based on Welsh legend as, for example, the Bronwen overture which is taken from Holbrooke's operatic trilogy 'The Cauldron of Annwn'. This is a serious and atmospheric work of 9 minutes which shows that also shows some cross-fertilisation of ideas has occurred between the Welsh works and the Poe. 'The Raven' is based on Poe's weak and weary...' The music is full of sadness and despair and this is a much more substantial piece with unique orchestral effects and daring harmonies. 'The Bells' is again Poe inspired and the British Musical Establishment studiously ignored this work and yet played the Rachmaninov version based on the same material. I personally ask you to read the work and then play both versions and decide for yourself which is the most impressive! It would be fruitless to argue that Holbrooke was a composer of the first magnitude, he was not. He had a unique voice though and a orchestral style that commands attention from lovers of late romantic music.Read more ›
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Here is a collection of relatively unknown music. The hightlight of this disc is the work The Bells. Very captivating music. The orchestral execution isnt always spot on but this music is worh a listen.Good sound. There is a newer recording of Holbrookes music on CPO which includes The Three Blind Mice worth checking out. Some of the other works do not really take off but worh a listen.
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