RUTH GIPPS (1921-1999): Wind Sinfonietta, Op. 73, Seascape, Op. 53, GEORGE ENESCU (1881-1955): Dixtuor, Op. 14.
Catalogue Number: 03P085
Label: Mark Records
Description: Gipps' compositional idiom was established early, during her studies with Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob, and she held steadfastly to it despite the progressive trends of the twentieth century, even as late as the late 1950s and late 1980s, the dates of these two works. Thus both are beautifully crafted, thoroughly engaging and characterful pieces, sounding like the products of a previous era. The little tone-poem Seascape is picturesque and descriptive, with wave-like rippling motifs and a gentle melodiousness. The Sinfonietta is a charming, attractive chamber symphony in the traditional four movements, classically proportioned, gently pastoral in mood and full of felicitous details of wind writing - the composer did, after all, pursue one of several parallel careers as an orchestral oboist, and her evident pleasure in writing for winds is infectious. Erie County Chamber Winds; Rick Fleming.