ARNOLD COOKE (1906-2005): Symphony No. 1, Concerto in D for String Orchestra (recorded 1988-9, both never released in any format), Suite from the Ballet Jabez and the Devil (1975 LP release).

Catalogue Number: 07J063

Label: Lyrita

Reference: SRCD.203

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: Cooke was Hindemith's only English student and the latter's influence is evident in the big, four-movement, 37-minute first symphony from 1947 with its polyphonic writing and sense of emotional objectivity, while certain reminiscences of Walton's big first symphony are also present in Cooke's first movement. From a year later, the string concerto is a taut, three-movement piece of 16 minutes whose Continental parallels are, rather, Bartók and Stravinsky. London Philharmonic Orchestra; Nicholas Braithwaite.

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