GEORGE LLOYD (1913-1998): Prelude to Act II of The Serf, In Memoriam, Le Pont Du Gard, HMS Trinidad March, JUDITH BAILEY (b.1941): Havas - A Period of Summer, Op. 44, Concerto for Orchestra, Op. 55 (All World Premiere Recordings)
Catalogue Number: 11Q005
Label: EM Records
Reference: EMR CD026
Description: Bailey, Cornish like Lloyd, a clarinettist and conductor, is a really pleasant discovery. Havas of 1991 (a Cornish word for a time during summer) is a three-movement tone-poem whose subjects are a neolithic megalith, a stone circle and a former lake, all in Cornwall, which she depicts in evocative, moody and colorful music in conservative neo-romantic style (Gwavas Lake sounds like a combination of Debussy and Bax's November Woods) and her 17-minute Concerto (1996) is a bright, mostly festive piece with solos for flute, clarinet, oboe, horn, trumpet, trombone and cello. Lloyd's pieces are an atmospheric prelude from his 1938 opera The Serf, a short memorial piece for the victims of an IRA bombing of a Royal Marine Band unit in Regent's Park in 1982, an 11-minute tone-poem inspired by the huge Roman aqueduct in the south of France, and the original orchestral version of the march the 29-year-old composer wrote for his Royal Navy cruiser (whose sinking, his injuries and resulting post-traumatic stress disorder was the major event of his life).