DAVID MATTHEWS (b.1943): Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 31, Oboe Concerto, Op. 57, Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 74, After Sunrise, Op. 82.
Catalogue Number: 01M009
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7261
Description: The next volume of music by this happily rather prolific composer, conservative, approachable yet harmonically modern enough to hold the interest of 20th century collectors. The first violin concerto (1980-82) was inspired by Dostoyevsky's White Nights and tells the story of a young man who falls in love with a girl waiting for her fiancé to return to her; although not explicitly programmatic, the soloist represents the young man, a flute the girl and a clarinet the other man as the work's two movements range through a variety of emotional moods. The second violin concerto (1997-98) was written in Australia and has several instances of Australian birds' songs woven into its luminous and lyrical course while the five-movement oboe concerto of 1991-92 seems to delight in showing us five widely different moods, from tense and agitated in the first to a bit of English Pastoralism in the finale (which follows on a "Moderate blues" movement). Philippe Graffin (violin), Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Nova (op. 74); George Vass.