RICHARD MILLS (b.1949): Cello Concerto, Violin Concerto, Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 02I085
Label: ABC Classics
Reference: 462 0162
Description: Written between 1990 and 1994 all three of these concertos are distinguished by an attractive lyricism which makes for beautiful and often cantabile slow movements, a mastery of rich orchestral color (Mills was a percussionist and he uses the resources of tuned percussion, from glockenspiel to marimba, to gorgeous effect) and the primacy of melody. Plainly works of the late 20th century, these pieces remain in an unbroken line from Haydn to the present day in form and inspiration and, after your first hearing, it's likely that you'll be replaying all three before long. Sue-Ellen Paulsen (cello), Barbara Jane Gilby (violin), Janet Rutherford (viola), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; Richard Mills.