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Metcalf: In Time of Daffodils

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

BBC National Orchestra of Wales


Grant Llewellyn


Jeremy Huw Williams

baritone

Gerard McChrystal

saxophone

Thomas Bowes

violin

Venue:

Brangwyn Hall, Swansea



Producer:

Tim Thorne



Engineer:

Mike Hatch



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 66:29
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JOHN METCALF

(b. 1946)
   
1 

Paradise Haunts…

25:13
   
 

Three Mobiles

14:10  
2 Mobile I 2:58
3 Mobile II 8:01
4 Mobile III 3:11
   
 

In Time of Daffodils

27:06  
5 The Lent Lily 4:01
6 Daffodils 5:48
7 White and Green 1:46
8 Interlude 1:42
9 To Daffodils 3:41
10 A Thing of Beauty 7:39
11 To an Early Daffodil 2:29


World renowned Welsh composer, John Metcalf presents his new work, In Time of Daffodils. A song cycle, originally set for voice & piano, Metcalf has extended his own work into an orchestral masterpiece, setting the words of much loved poets to the six concluding songs of the cycle.

Metcalf drew on material from 12 years of creative work to produce the three works which appear on his latest release. Metcalf emphasises the connections in the way the movements were conceived; originating as a whole or in part as works with piano. Metcalf embraced the pan-diatonic or ‘white note’ style when composing Paradise Haunts and Three Mobiles encompassing a sense of minimalism in each, yet the movements are both distinctive; Three Mobiles has a larger rhythmic complexity than the more sublime former.

The BBC National Orchestra perform beautifully with Thomas Bowes and Gerard McChrystal interweaving with leading lines on violin and saxophone. The final movement, In Time of Daffodils is a collection of beautiful songs performed by Jeremy Huw Williams, (baritone). The songs are based on texts from 7 poems by poets including William Wordsworth and Amy Lowell, based around the central theme – and emblem of Wales – the daffodil.

"These performances will not easily be bettered. Everyone sings and plays with conviction and commitment; and the whole is warmly, yet naturally recorded - a real pleasure from first to last."

Hubert Culot
 

MusicWeb International - January 2008

"I have to concede it’s difficult not to be charmed ... The strength of Metcalf’s score lies in its horse-sure sense of shaping over an extended, one-movement span and his creative handling of the orchestra ... The strength of Metcalf’s score lies in its horse-sure sense of shaping over an extended, one-movement span and his creative handling of the orchestra"


Philip Clark

Gramophone - November 2007

The Welsh orchestra' was outstanding from the downbeat
Washington Post




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Delightful, and if you copy the lyrics to the lyrics section in iTunes, the iPhone or iPod touch displays them as the music is played.
B Thomas