ALAN BUSH (1900-1995): Ballades of the Sea, Op. 50: The Cruel Sea Captain, Suite, Op. 54: Galliard and Air, Corentyne Kwe-Kwe, Op. 75 (Alan Bush [piano]. Original 1970 LP release), 3 Concert Studies for Piano Trio, Op. 31, LENNOX BERKELEY (1903-1989): Sonatina for Violin and Piano, Op. 17, Sextet for Clarinet, Horn and String Quartet, Op. 47 (The Music Group of London), ALAN RAWSTHORNE (1905-1971): Clarinet Quartet (Thea King [clarinet], members of the Aeolian Quartet).

Catalogue Number: 06J062

Label: Lyrita

Reference: SRCD.256

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: Both Berkeley pieces, the 1943 Sonatina and the 1955 sextet, have the distinctive Gallic clarity, grace and elegance which stem from his studies with Nadia Boulanger and general affinity to French culture. The Rawsthorne, from 1946, is a lyrical work, strong in melody, but with an underlying toughness too. The Bush pieces are short, approachable, often attractively melodic and atmospheric (the Concert Studies appeared in December 2002 on Meridian), miles from his serious music which is still generally neglected, but good to have on disc all the same. Original 1974 LP releases.

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