Henry Cotter Nixon: Orchestral Music, Volume Three

Catalogue No: TOCC0374
EAN/UPC: 5060113443748
Release Date: 2020-06-05
Composer: Henry Cotter Nixon
Artists: Ana Török, Kodály Philharmonic, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, Paul Mann

The English composer-conductor Henry Cotter Nixon (1842–1907) had entirely disappeared from music history until this series – presenting all his surviving orchestral music in its first recordings – revealed him to have been one of the most accomplished English composers of his generation, with a style that takes in elements of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Weber, Brahms and Sullivan. This third and final volume mixes music for the concert hall and the stage and adds the Coronation March for Edward VII that turned out to be Nixon’s last composition. Most of the pieces here were left incomplete, but thanks to Paul Mann’s orchestrations they now confirm Nixon’s position as one of the superior tunesmiths of Victorian England.

Ana Török, violin (Track 2)
Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra (Tracks 1 – 5, 7)
Ferenc Nagy, euphonium (Track 5)
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (Track 6)
Paul Mann, conductor


Listen To This Recording:

    Aslauga: Dramatic Cantata (1890–93)

  1. Overture
  2. Fantasia No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra (undated)

  3. Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra
  4. Concert Overture No. 1 (1880)

  5. Titania
  6. Gavotte in E flat (undated)

  7. Gavotte in E flat
  8. The Gay Typewriters: Operatic Farce in Two Acts (1895)

  9. Prelude
  10. Act Two: No. 18, Ballet Music
  11. Coronation March (1902)

  12. Coronation March

1 review for Henry Cotter Nixon: Orchestral Music, Volume Three

  1. :

    ‘This is a series that has done the very best it could for Henry Cotter Nixon. The fine booklet notes are by David J Brown and Mann himself and the performers sound to have done more than merely sight-read their way through these scores; they bring their very best to them – predominantly the Kodály Philharmonic but, in the case of the Ballet Music from The Gay Typewriters (only), the Liepāja Symphony.’

    —Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International

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