ARNOLD BAX (1883-1953): Variations on the name GABRIEL FAURÉ for String Orchestra and Harp, Symphonic Serenade for String Orchestra (realised Graham Parlett), RICHARD ARNELL (1917-2009): Classical Variations for Strings in C, Op. 1, NORMAN DEL MAR (1919-1994): Allegro Concertante for Horn and String Orchestra, Op. 15, STEPHEN DODGSON (b.1924): Essay No. 7.
Catalogue Number: 05L005
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7244
Description: Another half hour's worth of Bax world premieres: the FAURE variations were written for piano in 1945 and orchestrated four years later. The theme is followed by Idyll, Barcarolle, Polka, Storm (a Bax specialty) and Quodlibet. Parlett orchestrates a c.1911 Symphonietta Finale whose other movements are unknown and which has a bit of Elgar in it. Conductor Del Mar was an orchestral horn-player and he wrote this piece in 1944 while in the RAF for his fellow RAF band member Dennis Brain. Arnell's piece dates from 1939 and he says that it sums up his teacher John Ireland's teaching up to that point. Dodgson's Essay is for strings only (see farther on this month for his full orchestral first six), as tonal as all the rest of his fine music and dates from 1992. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Stephen Bell (horn), BBC Concert Orchestra (Del Mar); Martin Yates.