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Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim|British Music for Strings II

British Music for Strings II

Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Douglas Bostock

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When Bantock reached the pinnacle of his fame, the Three Choirs Festival held in Hereford in 1912 ordered a work for string orchestra from him. The result was the four-movement Serenade for Strings, to which he assigned the subtitle “In the Far West.” Bantock’s string movements are distinguished by an impressive tonal richness. After the performance Douglas Bostock remarked: “I am truly amazed – this is anything but a "Serenade", as the innocuous title suggests. The succinct, symphonically developed music is nothing other than a string symphony with a demanding writing style representing a genuine tour de force”. Moreover, extensive recorded material documents the Scottish melodies used by Bantock in his Scenes from the Scottish Highlands. For them he chose the finely managed format of three fast dances separated by two euphonious slow movements.

The six short movements in traditional or dance style forming Christopher Wilson’s Suite for String Orchestra made it something new and fresh when it was premiered in 1901, and it came over very well. It is thought that one of the composer’s goals was to connect with the tradition of Johann Sebastian Bach. © CPO

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Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim

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Suite for string orchestra (Christopher Wilson)

1
I. Prélude. Con spirito
00:04:12

Christopher Wilson, Composer - Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchestra, MainArtist - Douglas Bostock, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

2
II. Air. Andante moderato
00:03:46

Christopher Wilson, Composer - Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchestra, MainArtist - Douglas Bostock, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

3
III. Scherzo. Allegro molto - Trio. Meno mosso
00:04:31

Christopher Wilson, Composer - Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchestra, MainArtist - Douglas Bostock, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

4
IV. Bourrée. Vivace - Trio. Meno mosso
00:03:44

Christopher Wilson, Composer - Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchestra, MainArtist - Douglas Bostock, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

5
V. Romance. Andante moderato
00:05:47

Christopher Wilson, Composer - Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchestra, MainArtist - Douglas Bostock, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

6
V. Rigaudon. Vivace - Trio
00:02:59

Christopher Wilson, Composer - Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchestra, MainArtist - Douglas Bostock, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

Serenade for String Orchestra "In the Far West" (Sir Granville Bantock)

7
I. Lento - Poco allegro - Animato - Cantabile sostenuto
00:11:22

Sir Granville Bantock, Composer - Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchestra, MainArtist - Douglas Bostock, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

8
II. Andante, con espressione
00:05:38

Sir Granville Bantock, Composer - Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchestra, MainArtist - Douglas Bostock, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

9
III. Scherzo. Viva quasi presto - Trio
00:06:32

Sir Granville Bantock, Composer - Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchestra, MainArtist - Douglas Bostock, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

10
IV. Finale. Con brio - Molto lento - Con moto. Cantabile
00:08:51

Sir Granville Bantock, Composer - Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchestra, MainArtist - Douglas Bostock, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

Scenes from the Scottish Highlands (Sir Granville Bantock)

11
I. Strathspey. The Braes o’ Tullymet
00:04:37

Sir Granville Bantock, Composer - Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchestra, MainArtist - Douglas Bostock, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

12
II. Dirge. Dirge of the Isle of Mull
00:03:54

Sir Granville Bantock, Composer - Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchestra, MainArtist - Douglas Bostock, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

13
III. Quickstep. Inverness Gathering
00:03:10

Sir Granville Bantock, Composer - Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchestra, MainArtist - Douglas Bostock, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

14
IV. Gaelic Melody. Baloo, Baloo
00:04:46

Sir Granville Bantock, Composer - Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchestra, MainArtist - Douglas Bostock, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

15
V. Reel. The De'il Among the Tailors
00:02:48

Sir Granville Bantock, Composer - Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchestra, MainArtist - Douglas Bostock, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

Album Description

When Bantock reached the pinnacle of his fame, the Three Choirs Festival held in Hereford in 1912 ordered a work for string orchestra from him. The result was the four-movement Serenade for Strings, to which he assigned the subtitle “In the Far West.” Bantock’s string movements are distinguished by an impressive tonal richness. After the performance Douglas Bostock remarked: “I am truly amazed – this is anything but a "Serenade", as the innocuous title suggests. The succinct, symphonically developed music is nothing other than a string symphony with a demanding writing style representing a genuine tour de force”. Moreover, extensive recorded material documents the Scottish melodies used by Bantock in his Scenes from the Scottish Highlands. For them he chose the finely managed format of three fast dances separated by two euphonious slow movements.

The six short movements in traditional or dance style forming Christopher Wilson’s Suite for String Orchestra made it something new and fresh when it was premiered in 1901, and it came over very well. It is thought that one of the composer’s goals was to connect with the tradition of Johann Sebastian Bach. © CPO

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