GEOFFREY BUSH (1920-1998): Concerto for light orchestra, Natus est Immanuel for String Orchestra, Sinfonietta Concertante for Cello and Small Orchestra, 2 Miniatures for String Orchestra, Finale for a Concert, MATTHEW LOCKE (1621-1677): Suite - Psyche (arr. Bush and Francis Harvey), JOHN IRELAND (1879-1962): The Holy Boy (arr. cello and strings Christopher Palmer [1946-1995]).
Catalogue Number: 08R011
Description: Bush’s own words “my music is lyrical, rhythmic, economical, clear cut in texture and, as far as I can make it, direct of utterance” perfectly describe the 61 minutes of music on offer here, especially the two longest pieces: the 1958 Concerto for light orchestra, a BBC commission for its annual light music festival, whose six movements, lasting 17 minutes, use songs by Arne as their starting points for adaptations which offer solo turns for oboe, cor anglais, flute, clarinet, horn and bassoon, while the 1943 Sinfonietta (same length) is a three-movment work of original themes treated with a Classical style and grace. Raphael Wallfisch (cello), Northern Chamber Orchestra; Nicholas Ward.