PETER CROSSLEY-HOLLAND (1916-2001): Symphony in D, EUGENE GOOSSENS (1893-1962): Variations on "Cadet Rousselle", JOHN IRELAND (1879-1962): Merry Andrew (orch. George Howard Clutsam [1866-1951], Bagatelle and Two Salon Pieces (orch. Leslie Bridgewater [1894-1974]), Cavatina (orch. Graham Parlett), Elegiac Meditation (orch. Geoffrey Bush [1920-1998]), The Holy Boy (orch. Christopher Palmer [1946-1995].
Catalogue Number: 01K002
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7215
Description: Crossley-Holland is in encyclopedias as an ethnomusicologist with work published on Tibetan, pre-Columbian and other eastern music but he was also a fairly well-known composer in England until around 1960. A pupil of Ireland and Maytás Seiber, he soon abandoned the latter's investigations into serialism. The work recorded here was written between 1988-94, it's a four-movement work with programmatic titles ("Vision", "Pilgrimage", "In the Stream of Life" and "Offering") which incorporates enough "oriental"-sounding material to make you think briefly of Hovhaness (especially in the long final movement) but which has Sibelian echoes in the second movement and is an English pastoral idyll in its first. The other half of this disc is made up of world premiere recordings (except for Elegiac Meditation) of Ireland piano pieces of a light nature - several by light-music composers themselves who remain underappreciated (Clutsam and Bridgewater), meaning that this disc will appeal both to British symphony and light music collectors). Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Martin Yates.