CHRISTOPHER BALL (b.1936): Violin Concerto (Thomas Gould [violin]), From the Hebrides for Oboe, Cor Anglais, Recorder and Orchestra (Paul Arden-Taylor [oboe, cor anglais, recorder]), Celtic Twilight for Orchestra, 5 Bagatelles for Wind Trio (Arden-Taylor [oboe], Leslie Craven [clarinet], Celia Birkenshaw [bassoon]).
Catalogue Number: 08L104
Label: Omnibus Classics
Description: Collectors who enjoy Mark O'Connor's violin concertos will also find this large-scale, three-movement work of 36 minutes very appealing. Weaving in and out of a lush orchestral background dominated by strings, the soloist presents several nostalgic, melancholy Celtic themes and rhapsodizes on them in unhurried fashion, developing a spell of comforting enchantment. The five Hebrides melodies are Ball's own and, like the shorter Celtic Twilight, are of a piece with the concerto while the wind trio Bagatelles, placed after the concerto, bracingly clear the palate for the rest of this sumptuous aural feast. Emerald Concert Orchestra; Christopher Ball.