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ARNOLD, M.: Return of Odysseus (The) / MILHAUD, D.: Suite Francaise / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Toward the Unknown Region (Taylor)

ARNOLD, M.: Return of Odysseus (The) / MILHAUD, D.: Suite Francaise / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Toward the Unknown Region (Taylor)

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Scottish Opera Orchestra

Orchestra

Graham Taylor

Conductor

Bratislava City Chorus

Choir

Uppsala Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra

Ann Taylor

Soloist

City of Glasgow Chorus

Choral

Venue:

Scottish Opera Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Venue

Record Label
Divine Art

Genre:

Choir


Classical

Total Time - 57:34
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ARNOLD, M.: Return of Odysseus (The) / MILHAUD, D.: Suite Francaise / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Toward the Unknown Region (Taylor)

     
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MALCOLM ARNOLD

1 

The Return of Odysseus, Op. 119

28:20
 Ann Taylor Soloist
     
 

DARIUS MILHAUD

 

Suite francaise, Op. 248 (version for orchestra)

 
2 I. Normandie 1:46
3 II. Bretagne 3:42
4 III. Ile de France 2:07
5 IV. Alsace-Lorraine 5:10
6 V. Provence 3:12
 Uppsala Chamber Orchestra Orchestra
     
 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

7 

Toward the Unknown Region

13:17
 Bratislava City Chorus Choir
     
 Graham Taylor Conductor

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Arnold: Return of Odysseus; Milhaud: Suite française; Vaughan Williams: Towards the Unknown Region – City of Glasgow Chorus, Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Graham Taylor

‘Commissioned by the Schools’ Music Association, the 1976 cantata The Return of Odysseus constitutes (and this does come as something of a surprise) Sir Malcolm Arnold’s sole composition for chorus and orchestra. It’s an approachable and lusty affair, whose pleasures are enhanced by Patric Dickinson’s skilful and witty condensation of Homer’s epic poem (the entire setting clocks in at well under half an hour). Although chronologically flanked by the Seventh and Eighth Symphonies, the piece conveys little of their troubled demeanour; indeed, the music radiates a healthy, unaffected vigour, and there’s plenty of catchy, dramatic, and touching inspiration along the way (it must have been a terrific “sing” for the children’s chorus who first performed it under Sir David Willcocks). Graham Taylor secures a lively, spirited account of this enjoyable discovery...

‘Milhaud’s bracing Suite française may seem a curious choice of coupling but there is a link of sorts with the Arnold in that the work grew out of a request from a publisher for a work suitable “for a school band”. Even better, Taylor and his Scottish Opera forces enterprisingly give us Milhaud’s rarely heard version for full orchestra. Why we don’t encounter this delectably tuneful and tangy gem more often remains a mystery...’

Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone



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