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Gregson: Dream Songs etc.

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

BBC Philharmonic


Bramwell Tovey


Wissam Boustany

flute

Richard Watkins

horn

Venue:

MediaCity UK, Salford



Producer:

Brian Pidgeon


Ralph Couzens

(Executive)

Engineer:

Stephen Rinker


Chris Hardman

(Assistant)

Mike Smith

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 74:11
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EDWARD GREGSON

(b. 1945)
   
 

Dream Song (2010)

20:47  
  for Orchestra  
1 Quite slow and dramatically - Agitated - A little faster 5:33
  gracefully - Agitated - Dream-like - A tempo  
2 Scherzo. Not too fast, menacingly - Faster, with energy - 3:34
  Tempo I - Agitated  
3 Trio. Like a pastorale ('altväterisch') A tempo - Agitated - 3:39
  A tempo - Slowly - A little faster - A tempo - A little faster, slowing  
4 Scherzo. Faster, but still menacing - Faster, with energy - 1:51
  With elation! - Agitated  
5 Tempo I, reflective, dream-like - Liebeslied, always moving - 6:08
  Flowing - Tempo I - Slower still  
 

Horn Concerto (1971, orchestrated 2013)

17:21  
  for solo horn and orchestra  
  In memory of Ifor James  
6 I Allegro non troppo - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I - 5:05
7 II Andante cantabile - Molto tranquillo - Gradually move the 7:26
  tempo forward - Molto sostenuto - Tempo I  
8 III Allegro brioso - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I 4:45
 Richard Watkins horn
 

Aztec Dances (2013)

17:34  
  Concerto for flute and ensemble  
9 1 Ritual/Pastorale. Dramatically, with a sense of 3:17
  improvisation -  
10 2 Fertility Dance. Not too fast - Faster with energy - 3:29
  A little steadier - L'istesso tempo (playfully) - Tempo I - With energy - Faster  
11 3 Ghost Song. Senza tempo - Tempo (with an air of 7:45
  suspense) - Freely - A tempo - Senza tempo (quasi cadenza) - Always moving - Tempo I  
12 4 Sacrifical Dance. L'istesso tempo - A little faster - Tempo I - 2:58
  Tempo II - Faster - Faster still - Much slower - A tempo  
 Wissam Boustany flute
 

Concerto for Orchestra (1983, revised 1989, 2001)

18:47  
13 1 Intrada. Majestically - Senza tempo (but fast) - A tempo 6:55
  with energy - Much slower, tranquil - Slowly - Tempo I  
14 II Elegy. Slow and thoughtful - A little faster - A little 7:13
  faster - Joyfully  
15 III Toccata. Fast and rhythmic - Steadier - Tempo I, but 4:33
  a little (mysteriously) - A tempo - Steadier - Tempo I -  
  TT 74:55      
   
 Bramwell Tovey
  17 and 18 December 2013  

Gregson: Dream Song

Edward Gregson is one of Britain’s most versatile and prolific composers, his approachable and engaging music having gained recognition worldwide. With the BBC Philharmonic, Bramwell Tovey conducts works that take inspiration from an array of musical and extra-musical sources, revealing the breadth of Gregson’s musical imagination.

The Horn Concerto, originally written in 1971 for soloist with brass band, is here heard in a recent orchestral arrangement, played by Richard Watkins, a leading horn player of his generation. Each of the Concerto’s three movements displays a different facet of the French horn’s character: serious, lyrical, and playful. Aztec Dances began as a substantial piece for recorder and piano; it was reworked for flute and piano at the request of Wissam Boustany, who here performs the final version, for flute and ensemble. Its vivid colours and ritualistic character were inspired by a British Museum exhibition exploring Aztec culture. Like Aztec Dances, the Concerto for Orchestra was revised twice. Its interim title, ‘Contrasts’, conveys the essence of the work, varieties of character and orchestral colour being key to it. Dream Song was commissioned to share a concert programme with Mahler’s Symphony No. 6. The essence of Mahler pervades the whole of this work which aims to create a parallel musical world to that of the Symphony.



 “…Wissam Boustany and Richard Watkins play with superlative technique and verve in the two concertos but the same must be averred for the BBC Philharmonic, well marshalled by Bramwell Tovey and caught in sumptuous Chandos sound. There really is something for everyone in this disc – glorious Arnoldesque tunes, stimulatingly serious expression, brilliant orchestration:  very Gregsonian cocktail. Enjoy!”

 
Guy Rickards – Gramophone magazine – September 2014

 “This latest volume in the ongoing series of Edward Gregson’s music is, like its predecessors, distinguished by outstanding orchestral playing and recording quality which is, quite literally, state-of-the-art…”

Robert Matthew-Walker – International Record Review – September 2014


                       CD of the Month

Programme *****          Performance *****          Recording *****       Presentation *****

“… this is a fascinating exploration of Gregson’s music over a 40-year period and not to be missed.”

Christopher Thomas – Brass Band Wold magazine – July/August 2014

 



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