Overtures from the British Isles, Vol. 2

ALEXANDER CAMPBELL MACKENZIE (1847-1935): Britannia, Op. 52, HUBERT PARRY (1848-1918): Overture to an Unwritten Tragedy, ETHEL SMYTHE (1858-1944): Overture to The Boatswain’s Mate, JOHN ANSELL (1874-1948): Plymouth Hoe, ROGER QUILTER (1877-1953): A Children’s Overture, Op. 17, JOHN FOULDS (1880-1939): Le Cabaret, Op. 72a, YORK BOWEN (1884-1961): Fantasy Overture, Op. 115 (World Premiere Recording), ERIC COATES (1886-1957): The Merrymakers, WALTER LEIGH (1905-1942): Agincourt, WILLIAM WALTON (1902-1983): Portsmouth Point.

Catalogue Number: 06R002

Label: Chandos

Reference: CHAN 10898

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: Although only one of these ten overtures is a first recording - Bowen’s 1945 piece which uses a late 18th century tune by Charles Dibdin - it’s not likely that you’ll be familiar with the others, except for the Walton, Parry and, possibly, Leigh’s 1935 BBC commission for the Silver Jubilee of King George V. Ansell’s and Mackenzie’s (from 1914 and 1894 respectively) are “maritime overtures” which draw from the same musical elements as Bowen; most striking is Quilter’s 1911-19 overture, the longest here at 12:29 and which treats a dozen nursery songs (including two Christmas carols) to remarkably colorful and inventive orchestration. BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Rumon Gamba.

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