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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Violin Concerto in D Minor: I. Allegro decisoRalph Holmes12:29Album Only
listen  2. Violin Concerto in D Minor: II. Molto lentoRalph Holmes11:10Album Only
listen  3. Violin Concerto in D Minor: III. Allegro con brioRalph Holmes 9:44Album Only
listen  4. Piano Concerto in B Minor: I. Allegro risolutoMalcolm Binns14:10Album Only
listen  5. Piano Concerto in B Minor: II. Tranquillo e calmoMalcolm Binns 9:46Album Only
listen  6. Piano Concerto in B Minor: III. Con brio e vivaceMalcolm Binns13:47Album Only


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listen  1. The Children of Lir: Introduction -Heather Harper 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Children of Lir: Allegro brioso ed animato -Heather Harper 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Children of Lir: The swan-children -Heather Harper 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Children of Lir: Calm seas and blue skies -Heather Harper 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Children of Lir: Approach of evening -Heather Harper 6:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Children of Lir: Allegro brio ed animato -Heather Harper 6:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Children of Lir: Transformation, baptism and deathHeather Harper 5:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Variations on a Dublin Air: Introduction and Theme -Ralph Holmes 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Variation 1 -Ralph Holmes 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Variation 2 -Ralph Holmes 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Variation 3 -Ralph Holmes 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Variation 4 -Ralph Holmes0:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Variation 5 -Ralph Holmes 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Variation 6 -Ralph Holmes 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Variation 7Ralph Holmes 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Londonderry AirPan Hon Lee 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Ode to a Nightingale: [Orchestral introduction] -Heather Harper 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Ode to a Nightingale: My heart aches -Heather Harper 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Ode to a Nightingale: O, for a draught of vintage! -Heather Harper 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Ode to a Nightingale: ? and quite forget -Heather Harper 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Ode to a Nightingale: Already with thee! -Heather Harper 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Ode to a Nightingale: Darkling I listen -Heather Harper 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Ode to a Nightingale: Forlorn! -Heather Harper0:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Ode to a Nightingale: Adieu! adieu!Heather Harper 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. A Comedy OvertureUlster Orchestra14:21Album Only
listen  2. An Irish Symphony: I. On the Shores of Lough Neagh: Allegro moltoUlster Orchestra13:13Album Only
listen  3. An Irish Symphony: II. The Fair Day: Vivace ma non troppo prestoUlster Orchestra 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. An Irish Symphony: III. In the Antrim Hills: Lento ma non troppoUlster Orchestra 7:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. An Irish Symphony: IV. The Twelfth of July: Con molto brioUlster Orchestra10:18Album Only
listen  6. In IrelandColin Fleming 9:21Album Only
listen  7. With the Wild Geese: Introduction -Ulster Orchestra 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. With the Wild Geese: Soldiers' life abroad -Ulster Orchestra 6:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. With the Wild Geese: The night before the battle -Ulster Orchestra 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. With the Wild Geese: Battle -Ulster Orchestra 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. With the Wild Geese: Return homeUlster Orchestra 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 25, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0001XLVKO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 7, 2008
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Hamilton Harty might have had a greater career as a conductor than as a composer, but this set of orchestral works is nothing if not interesting. The style is derivative - to the extent that there is hard to recognize anything like a personal voice at all; where one work might come straight out of Dvorak, the next is a Rachmaninov pastiche (and Tchaikovsky is a recurring presence). But there is never any doubt about the skillfulness of the composer and his orchestrating abilities. Harty certainly knew how to keep the compositional reins tight, and none of the pieces are really prone to the meandering often associated with minor composers. In short, while (mostly) not very profound, the music is always enjoyable and entertaining.

The first disc couples his concertos for violin and piano. The obvious model for the violin concerto is Tchaikovsky, and while it is fun to hear once, it is not a particularly memorable piece. The piano concerto is indebted to Rachmaninov, or perhaps even more some of the lesser-known piano concertos of the same period (Bortkiewicz, Glazunov and Blumenfeld). It is a worthwhile piece, which deserves a hearing, but by no means a great one.

The second disc contains overall more interesting music. The Children of Lir is a much later work than anything else on this disc, and probably the work where Harty came closest to writing a masterpiece. While it is, again, derivative, this is actually a splendid work which would deserve a place at the fringes of the standard repertoire. The variations on a Dublin air and the London Air are lightweights which could have been written by a different composer altogether. They are slight, but never less than enjoyable.
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I was listening to one of the classical stations on XM radio on my way home from work, when I heard a very nice piano concerto but, to my consternation, could not identify it. I started wondering if it was possible that there was a piano concerto out there by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff or Dvorak that I didn't know about, an idea I dismissed pretty quickly as I pressed the "information" button on my car radio. The name "Hamilton Harty" popped up, which sent me scurrying to the Web when I got home. With the names "Ireland" and "O'Riley" strongly represented in my family tree, I was delighted to learn that Sir (Herbert) Hamilton Harty was an Irish composer who was born in 1879 and died in 1941. He had a long and varied musical career, primarily in London, but fell into relative obscurity after his death. I liked the piano concerto enough that I wanted more and went directly to Amazon and ordered CHANDOS's "In Ireland," which contains much of Harty's orchestral output. Now, I am not a musician nor a musicologist, so if you are looking for a technical analysis, there is a very fine one at the top of this review chain. But, if you are like me, an audiophile with a passion for classical music, you owe it to yourself to buy this CD and experience some wonderful, beautiful and enchanting music; and if you have a little Irish in you, it will stir your Irish soul. The piano and violin concertos are very nice, but the "Children of Lir" knocked my socks off, and I don't have anything bad to say about the other selections. They are all wonderful. Don't cheat yourself out of some very excellent music just because you haven't ever heard of Sir (Herbert) Hamilton Harty or the Ulster Orchestra which performed beautifully on this CD.
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By Susan A. Farrell on May 14, 2013
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After hearing Variations on a Dublin Air on the radio, we ordered the entire cd from Amazon. All of the music by this composer is delighful and well-done.
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