CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT (b.1954): Momentum, Violin Concerto “And then there was silence...”, RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958): Symphony No. 5 in D (2008 edition).
Catalogue Number: 05N073
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7286
Description: Written in 2010 in memory of his wife, a violinist who died of cancer the previous year, Wright’s concerto is in three movements headed “Beauty”, “Joy” and “Fading Away”, the final movement containing a setting for tenor of a poem by Christina Rosetti. The theme and its working-out are beautiful, the emotion contained (no heart-on-sleeve anguish here), the concerto ending witihout bitterness but with a keen sense of longing - I’d say this should have a chance at being a repertoire piece. The seven-minute Momentum of 2008 is a concert-opener whose name tells all. By the way, if you’re buying this disc, it’s for Wright, not the Vaughan Williams since the biggest change in the received score is the movement of a timpani stroke by one bar (really!). Fenella Humphreys (violin), Christopher Watson (tenor), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Martin Yates.