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CHAN 10822

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


BBC Philharmonic

Bramwell Tovey

Wissam Boustany


Richard Watkins



MediaCity UK, Salford


Brian Pidgeon

Ralph Couzens



Stephen Rinker

Chris Hardman


Mike Smith


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 74:11
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(b. 1945)

Dream Song (2010)

  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)

  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)

  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)

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.

 “…With predictably superlative performances from the BBC Philharmonic under Bramwell Tovey encased in that flawless Chandos sound, this is an ideal introduction to a gifted and engaging composer (as, for that matter, are Volumes 1 through 3).”
Jim Svejda – Fanfare – January/February 2015

 “…Gregson’s music is impressive … this album has grown on me the more I’ve listened to it, and I look forward to hearing more from him. The musicians are invested in the work, and their playing is clean; the sound is quite complimentary to the orchestra…”

Stephen Estep – American Record Guide – January/February 2015

“Disc four in a series of Gregson’s flinty, sharply imagined music includes excellent solo work in the two concertos, and gritty ensemble playing in the Concerto for Orchestra.”  ****

Terry Blain – BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes Section) – December 2014    


 “…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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