HAROLD DARKE (1888-1976): Fantasy in E for String Orchestra, Op. 39 (orch. Clive Jenkins [b.1938]), CLIVE JENKINS (b.1938): Sinfonietta for Strings, GILES FARNABY (c.1563-1640): 7 Pieces for String Orchestra (arr. Granville Bantock [1868-1946]), MALCOLM ARNOLD (1921-2006): Concerto for 2 Violins and String Orchestra, Op. 77 (Peter Fisher, Maya Iwabuchi [violins]), PETER FISHER (b.1962): Variations on "Widecombe Fair" in the style of Paganini for Violin and Strings (Fisher [violin]), EDWARD ELGAR (1857-1934): Elegy for Strings, Op. 58, JOHN IRELAND (1879-1962): The Holy Boy for Cello and Strings (arr. Christopher Palmer [1946-1995]), HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695): Overture and Rondeau from Abdelazer.
Catalogue Number: 04P061
Label: EM Records
Reference: EMR CD 017
Description: A traditional "English Music for Strings" sort of release but with mostly unusual repertoire: Darke's organ Fantasy once existed in a version for strings, prompting this reconstruction; Bantock updated Farnaby but the conductor of this recording has added a discreet theorbo continuo for color; Fisher's only composition to date is a virtuoso take on a West Country folk-song in the style of Paganini and Jenkins' Sinfonietta, from 2007 and the longest work here (besides the Arnold) at 15:26 is an "in old style" four-movement symphony with folk elements in its fugal scherzo. One of his least-known works, Arnold's concerto dates from 1962 and has a lively and rhythmically energetic first movement, a slow movement with a beautiful yet intense melody (the work was in memory of his two brothers who died the year before) and a bravura finale. Chamber Ensemble of London; Peter Fisher.