JOHN IRELAND (1879-1962): Overture Satyricon, A Downland Suite (transcr. strings Geoffrey Bush [1920-1998]), Mai-Dun, The Forgotten Rite, The Holy Boy, Epic March.

Catalogue Number: 07Y035

Label: Chandos

Reference: CHSA 5293

Format: SACD

Price: $18.98

Description: The Forgotten Rite, from 1913, is one of his earliest orchestral compositions, and was premièred by Sir Henry Wood at the Queen’s Hall. The symphonic rhapsody Mai-Dun was inspired by the Dorset countryside – Thomas Hardy Country – a landscape that exerted a lifelong influence on Ireland. While it was commissioned for the national Brass Band Championships in 1932, Ireland later arranged the central two movements of A Downland Suite for strings. The first and last movements were later arranged by his pupil Geoffrey Bush. The overture Satyricon was one of Ireland’s final large-scale works, and is based upon texts by the Roman writer Gaius (or, in some sources, Titus) Petronius Arbiter, a courtier of Nero. Sinfonia of London; John Wilson.

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