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Bostock: British Music for Strings I (FLAC)

Bostock: British Music for Strings I (FLAC)

Bostock: British Music for Strings I (FLAC)

Composer: Edward William Elgar, Gordon Jacob, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Orchestra: Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim
Conductor: Douglas Bostock
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: CPO
Catalogue: 555382-2
Release: 2020
Size: 414 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Parry: An English Suite
01. I. Prelude
02. II. In Minuet Style
03. III. Saraband
04. IV. Caprice
05. V. Pastoral
06. VI. Air
07. VII. Frolic

Elgar: Organ Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 28
08. I. Allegro maestoso
09. II. Allegretto
10. III. Andante espressivo
11. IV. Presto

Jacob: A Symphony for Strings
12. I. Andante maestoso
13. II. Andante espressivo
14. III. Allegro molto vivace

Our first release featuring music for string orchestra by British composers presents works by Hubert Parry, Edward Elgar, and Gordon Jacob. The last-mentioned composer wrote a Symphony for Strings with clear contrapuntal textures and a slow introduction beginning with broadly striding octaves and dissonant sixteenth contrasts. Parry demonstrates his sovereign command of a whole range of different techniques and textures in his First Suite for String Orchestra and succeeds in producing a full, one-of-a-kind sound: Very British, indeed!

Edward Elgar’s Organ Sonata represents a special case on this album, where it is heard in the version for string orchestra by Hans Kunstovny. Some authors even earlier spoke of the sonata as a “thwarted symphony” because of its structure and design. The premiere of Kunstovny’s Elgar arrangement was held in Pforzheim in October 2006 under Sebastian Tewinkel before Douglas Bostock included it in his program in January 2020. The present recording was produced following this concert. Kunstovny, who assigned the subtitle “Swinnerton’s Dream” to his arrangement, was also present; it refers to the organist and choral conductor Charles Swinnerton Heap, the sonata’s dedicatee, who lent his support to Elgar’s works during the last decade of the nineteenth century.

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