HUGO PIERSON (1815-1873): Macbeth, Op. 54, ALAN RAWSTHORNE (1905-1971): Fantasy Overture - Cortèges (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Barry Wordsworth. Both not previously issued), DAVID MORGAN (b.1933): Contrasts (RPO; Vernon Handley. Rec. 1976), FRANCIS CHAGRIN (1905-1972): Concert Overture - Helter Skelter (London Philharmonic Orchestra; John Pritchard. Rec. 1976), PETER WARLOCK (1894-1930): Serenade for Strings (LPO; Nicholas Braithwaite. Rec. 1978), MALCOLM ARNOLD (1921-2006): Beckus the Dandipratt (London Symphony Orchestra; Braithwaite. Rec. 1978).
Catalogue Number: 03J064
Description: Pierson's Macbeth (1859) is a 21-minute tone poem, much more substantial than his concert overture Romeo and Juliet on Hyperion or Helios. Morgan's 1974 Contrasts is a very interesting two-movement tribute to the late Shostakovich which uses the D-S-C-H theme as well as others in a vividly scored combination symphony/concerto for orchestra. Chagrin, known for his film scores (Chandos did a disc of them), is represented by a piece in the "comedy overture" genre. 1978, 1979 and 1985 LP releases.