WILLIAM ALWYN (1905-1985): Overture in the Form of a Serenade for Soprano, Chorus and Orchestra (Micaela Haslam [soprano], The London Chorus), Prelude, Blackdown - A Tone Poem from the Surrey Hills, Peter Pan Suite, Ad Infinitum - A Satire for Orchestra, YORK BOWEN (1884-1961): Eventide, Op. 69, RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958): Heroic Elegy and Triumphal Epilogue for Organ and Orchestra (Roderick Elms [organ]), HUBERT PARRY (1848-1918): Incidental Music from Hypatia.
Catalogue Number: 02L010
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7237
Description: Alwyn's six-minute overture from 1946 is dedicated to Holst and Vaughan Williams, quoting both composers, and is in the neo-classical style of his Concerti grossi; the other four works all come from the 1920s, the earliest being the 18-year-old composer's Peter Pan Suite. None are over seven minutes long and all show the talented young man exploring various influences. Bowen's 13-minute tone poem from 1922, a summer evening reverie with a faster middle section, was inspired by Keats' first sonnet; Parry's contribution to this disc are three of the five pieces which he extracted from his music for an 1892 stage play. The biggest work here is the Vaughan Williams, a pair of pieces lasting 20 minutes which date from 1901 and were originally intended as two of three movements of a Symphonic Rhapsody in Three Parts. Although this music dates from well before the beginnings of his mature style around 1904, it is grandly conceived and executed, drawing high praise from his teacher Stanford, and shows several intimations of what was to come but, after a 1905 performance, it was lost for many years. BBC Concert Orchestra; John Wilson.