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CHAN 10627
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CHAN 10627

Gregson: Trombone and Cello Concertos etc.

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2010


BBC Concert Orchestra

Bramwell Tovey

Guy Johnston


Peter Moore



Watford Colosseum


Brian Pidgeon


Ralph Couzens

Jonathan Cooper


Record Label



Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 69:50
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(b. 1945)
  premiere recordings (except 'Stepping Out')  

Music for Chamber Orchestra (1968)

  To Alan Bush  
1 I Lento maestoso - Doppio movimento - L'istesso tempo (tranquillo) - 9:22
2 II Allegro scherzando - Poco meno mosso - 4:21
3 III Adagio mesto e sostenuto - Poco più mosso - 5:35
4 IV Allegro vivace 4:00

Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra (1979)

  For Michael Hext  
  Lento non troppo e molto tranquillo -  
  Allegro giusto - Allegretto - Allegro molto ritmico -  
  Molto andante e cantabile -  
  Trombone cadenza - Allegro - [ ] - Allegro -  
  Allegro giocoso (sempre leggiero) -  
  Come prima. Lento non troppo - Allegro ritmico  
 Peter Moore trombone

Two Pictures for String Orchestra (2009)

6 I Goddess (2008) - 9:40
  In memoriam Dorothy Bradford  
  Timothy Welch viola  
  Quite slowly and mysteriously  
7 II Stepping Out (1996) 3:13
  Very lively and rhythmic - A little faster (Tempestuous!)  

A Song for Chris (2007)

  Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra  
  In memory of Christopher Rowland  
8 Meditation. Slow and thoughtful - A little faster - 6:34
9 Intermezzo. Not too fast, menacing - 3:39
10 Toccata-Scherzo. Fast and rhythmic - A little faster, with energy - 4:45
11 Song. Tempo I. Quite slowly, peacefully - A little faster - 3:00
 Guy Johnston cello

Edward Gregson is one of Britain’s most versatile composers, whose music has been performed, broadcast, and recorded worldwide. This is the third volume in Chandos’ series devoted to concertos by Gregson, of whom International Record Review said: ‘He [Gregson] speaks to a large audience, without sacrificing integrity. With superb performances and sound… this [CHAN 10105] is a release of vital, attractive and immensely likeable music.’
The life-long fascination which Gregson has had with the concerto form began early but as he was brought up in a Salvationist family it was inevitable that the brilliant sound of the British brass band should play an important role in the early years of his composing career. This led to a parallel universe of musical experiences: ‘On the one hand I was playing music by some fine brass band composers and on the other being absorbed in the music of Bartók, Prokofiev, Hindemith, Webern, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Tippett, and others.’ It is a musical environment that has greatly influenced his compositional style to this day.

One of the key works on this release is the Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra. The solo part is here performed by Peter Moore, who at the age of twelve years was the youngest contestant ever to win BBC’s Young Musician of the Year award in 2008. Gregson describes the writing for the soloist as ‘virtuosic, encompassing the whole range of the instrument [trombone], but it also exploits the rather beautiful lyrical sound of which the instrument is capable’. Gregson’s most recent commission – A Song for Chris, a concerto for cello and chamber orchestra for Manchester Camerata – was premiered at the 2007 Royal Northern College of Music International Cello Festival.

Here, the solo part is played by Guy Johnston who was voted BBC’s Young Musician of the Year in 2000 and went on to receive numerous awards, including the BRIT award for Best British Newcomer, the SHELL / LSO Gerald MacDonald Prize, and the Musiciens Bénévoles Fund Award. Since making an extraordinary debut at the BBC Proms performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, he has become a fast-rising star on the international stage and enjoyed successes with major symphony orchestras across Europe and in Japan.

                        ***** - Exceptional

Luca Rossetto Casel - Musica magazine - September 2012

“…Bramwell Tovey encourages the hard-working BBC Concert orchestra to put in very fine performances. Recording quality is state of the art…” *****

Peter Joelsohn – – August 2012 


“…He [Peter Moore] seems to have it all: consistently full yet clear tone quality, fine technical skill and easy high register. He sports a variety of articulation, and he plays with musical understanding and heartfelt expression… Fine recorded sound alloaws us to hear details of cellist Johnston’s tone, which sounds especially vibrant in the unaccompanied moments …”

Barry Kilpatrick – American Record Guide – 30 September 2011

“…most absorbing and enjoyable …performed, recorded and engineered at the usual top-grade Chandos standards.”

Bret Johnson – Tempo magazine – July/August 2011


"...This fine cross-section of orchestral works by Edward Gregson is equally finely executed by that hard-working group, the BBC Concert Orchestra, in really excellent form here under Bramwell Tovey. Chandos’s recording quality is superb, the Watford Colosseum, its comfortable acoustic much-loved by recording engineers and listeners for many years, allowing the sound to expand comfortably... All very highly recommended."

Peter Joelson  -

“…Tovey, conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra, does Gregson proud.”  ***

Andrew Clark - Financial Times – 5-6 March 2011                                               

“…This is a formidable release, excellently presented.”  *****

Norman Jacobs

MUSO - February/March 2011

“…A splendid showcase not only for the composer and the two excellent soloists but also the BBC Concert Orchestra, excelling itself under Canadian conductor Bramwell Tovey. Brilliant, cleanly focused Chandos sound too.”

Edward Greenfield

Gramophone - March 2011

“Gregson is something of a UK treasure: his approachable music now enjoys worldwide currency, and this volume in the composer’s series of concerto recordings for Chandos is another attractive collection. A key piece on this disc is the Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra, played here by trombonist Peter Moore (at 12, winner of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year in 2008). It’s an engaging piece, as is Gregson’s most recent commission, A Song for Chris, a concerto for cello and chamber orchestra for Manchester Camerata – premiered at the 2007 Royal Northern College of Music. This is proving to be a highly collectable series.”

Barry Forshaw

18 January 2011

J Mcgill

T Hitchin

Excellent debut disc from an extremely talented young man.
I MacGregor