EDWARD GREGSON (b.1945): Music for Chamber Orchestra, Trombone Concerto, A Song for Chris for Cello and Orchestra, 2 Pictures for String Orchestra.

Catalogue Number: 02M011

Label: Chandos

Reference: 10627

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: The Music, an early chamber symphony from 1968, is a fine example of the genre, with a dark, brooding first movement reminiscent of works commissioned by Paul Sacher pre-World War II and an equally serious slow movement but a much brighter scherzo and a dance-like finale. The 1979 trombone concerto is a single-movement work of 16 minutes, its background easy enough for a youth orchestra to give the premiere performance with all the virtuosity (and a stress on the lyrical, singing quality the instrument is capable of) given to the soloist. A Song for Chris is in memory of the one-time cellist of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet and, like much of Gregson's œuvre, charts a journey from ambiguity and conflict toward an optimistic ending; there are many hints of Shostakovich works present for the sharp-eared, inspired by the fact that Shostakovich's Third String Quartet was written in the year Christopher Rowland, the dedicatee, was born (remember that the Fitzwilliam was the first non-Russian quartet to record the whole cycle). Peter Moore (trombone), Guy Johnston (cello), BBC Concert Orchestra; Bramwell Tovey.

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