EDWARD HARPER (b.1941): Symphony No. 2 for Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra, 3 folk settings for String Quartet, Scena for Cello, Scena II for Flute, Cello and Piano.
Catalogue Number: 01K008
Description: Harper's symphony is a bold, colorful score in a warmly Romantic tonal idiom, carrying a message of hope for reconciliation and harmony despite the irrational violence of the modern world. The work falls firmly into the British symphonic tradition, including a strong folk influence, especially in the gentler second and fourth movements. Vigorous and aggressive depictions of intolerance and violence in the prologue and central movement give way to heartfelt prayers for peace. The Folk Settings incorporate familiar tunes in scene-setting music which expands the harmonic scope of the folksongs while retaining its essential character. The two Scenas are related to the music of Harper's opera The Spire (after William Golding's novel), illustrating characters and key events from the story. David Wilson-Johnson (baritone), Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus; Garry Walker, Edinburgh String Quartet.