CECIL COLES (1888-1918): Overture: The Comedy of Errors, Scherzo in A Minor, Fra Giacomo for Baritone and Large Orchestra, 4 Verlaine Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, From the Scottish Highlands for Orchestra, Behind the Lines for Small Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 07Q073
Reference: CDH 55464
Description: This was the first commercial recording of any of the works of this composer killed in World War I. His concert overture (1911) runs through a broad spectrum of emotions with echoes of Mahler and Richard Strauss while his scherzo of 1910 may have been intended as part of a symphony. The finest work here is Fra Giacomo, a powerfully dramatic scena from 1914 which tells a grim tale of a cuckolded husband's revenge. Behind the Lines was Coles' final work - only one of its four movements survives in full score (conductor Brabbins orchestrated a second one - a poignant Cortège which inevitable foreshadows the composer's own) and a color photo of the blood- and mud-stained manuscript brings home the conditions under which it was composed. Texts included. Sarah Fox (soprano), Paul Whelan (baritone), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins. Original 2002 Hyperion release (07E055).