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Howard Mcgill|Bennett : Orchestral Works, Vol. 2

Bennett : Orchestral Works, Vol. 2

Howard Mcgill, BBC Scottish Symphony Orch., John Wilson

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British composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett has been revived lately by several labels, with Chandos here providing fine sound from the Glasgow City Halls in this idiomatic performance by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under John Wilson. Bennett was a student of Boulez but in later life wrote in an accessible neoclassic idiom prefigured even in the 1967 Symphony No. 2 heard here. That work also contains a characteristic nocturne section, here with a distinctly unsettling quality. Another common trait in Bennett's music is the presence of jazz influences, sometimes slyly sneaking in and sometimes coming into full bloom as with the 1990 Concerto for Stan Getz, ably handled by tenor saxophonist Howard McGill. Getz commissioned this work but did not live to perform it, which is a shame: the work is unlike other jazz-classical fusions in that the orchestra does not simply enhance the jazz lines but takes a somewhat tense position vis-à-vis jazz. It is not exactly adversarial, but it does justice to the idea that two quite distinct traditions are being merged. The Serenade (1976, written for the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II) and the Partita of 1995 are unfailingly enjoyable, and the album can be recommended for anyone wishing to hear more of the composer who inspired a good deal of the neoclassic revival in British music.
© TiVo

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Concerto for Stan Getz (for tenor saxophone, timpani & strings) (Sir Richard Rodney Bennett)

1
I. Con fuoco
Howard Mcgill
00:08:07

Howard Mcgill, Tenor Saxophone - Gordon Rigby, Timpani - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - John Wilson, Conductor - Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

2
II. Elegy (Lento)
Howard Mcgill
00:07:53

Howard Mcgill, Tenor Saxophone - Gordon Rigby, Timpani - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - John Wilson, Conductor - Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

3
III. Con brio
Howard Mcgill
00:05:44

Howard Mcgill, Tenor Saxophone - Gordon Rigby, Timpani - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - John Wilson, Conductor - Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

Symphony No. 2 (Sir Richard Rodney Bennett)

4
Allegro - Appena meno mosso - Tempo I
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
00:06:54

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - John Wilson, Conductor - Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

5
Moderato - Pochino più mosso - Tempo I
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
00:03:30

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - John Wilson, Conductor - Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

6
Vivace - Moderato, ma con moto - Subito meno mosso - Vivace - Moderato - Vivace
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
00:05:42

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - John Wilson, Conductor - Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

7
Non troppo allegro - Come prima - Lento - Molto vivace
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
00:02:23

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - John Wilson, Conductor - Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

Sérénade (Sir Richard Rodney Bennett)

8
I. Aubade (Allegro)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
00:04:00

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - John Wilson, Conductor - Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

9
II. Siesta (Lento)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
00:04:55

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - John Wilson, Conductor - Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

10
III. Nocturne (Molto vivace)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
00:03:47

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - John Wilson, Conductor - Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

Partita (Sir Richard Rodney Bennett)

11
I. Intrada (Allegro giocoso)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
00:04:46

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - John Wilson, Conductor - Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

12
II. Lullaby (Andante con moto - Poco meno mosso)
Scott Dickinson
00:06:36

Scott Dickinson, Viola - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - John Wilson, Conductor - Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

13
III. Finale (Vivo e giocoso)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
00:05:05

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - John Wilson, Conductor - Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

Album Description

British composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett has been revived lately by several labels, with Chandos here providing fine sound from the Glasgow City Halls in this idiomatic performance by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under John Wilson. Bennett was a student of Boulez but in later life wrote in an accessible neoclassic idiom prefigured even in the 1967 Symphony No. 2 heard here. That work also contains a characteristic nocturne section, here with a distinctly unsettling quality. Another common trait in Bennett's music is the presence of jazz influences, sometimes slyly sneaking in and sometimes coming into full bloom as with the 1990 Concerto for Stan Getz, ably handled by tenor saxophonist Howard McGill. Getz commissioned this work but did not live to perform it, which is a shame: the work is unlike other jazz-classical fusions in that the orchestra does not simply enhance the jazz lines but takes a somewhat tense position vis-à-vis jazz. It is not exactly adversarial, but it does justice to the idea that two quite distinct traditions are being merged. The Serenade (1976, written for the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II) and the Partita of 1995 are unfailingly enjoyable, and the album can be recommended for anyone wishing to hear more of the composer who inspired a good deal of the neoclassic revival in British music.
© TiVo

Details of original recording : Recording venue : City Halls, Glasgow; 21-23 November 2017

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