Rob Keeley: Orchestral Music

The music of Rob Keeley – born in south Wales in 1960 but immersed in London musical life since boyhood – embraces a wide range of influences. Stravinsky’s angular melodies and Tippett’s buoyant rhythms can be heard in the spiky but bucolic Second Symphony. Keeley readily confesses to an allegiance to Gallic Neo-Classicism in his Flute Concerto and, more surprisingly, reveals a taste for Telemann as the inspiration behind his Triple Concerto, with the ‘Enigma’ Variations of ‘my beloved Elgar’ acting as a model for Keeley’s own recent set of orchestral variations. Among the factors unifying these eclectic stimuli into an individual musical language are a concern for textural clarity and lightness of touch, a fondness for dance and a hint of good humour.

Sarah Desbruslais, flute (Tracks 5 – 6)
James Turnbull, oboe (Tracks 7 – 9)
Michael Sluman, oboe (Tracks 7 – 9)
Patrick Flanaghan, cor anglais (Tracks 7 – 9)
Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra (Tracks 1 – 9)
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (Tracks 10 – 24)
Paul Mann, conductor

FIRST RECORDINGS

Listen To This Recording:

    Symphony No. 2 (1996)

  1. I Allegro molto
  2. II Scherzo: Allegro con brio
  3. III Adagio molto
  4. IV Allegro molto
  5. Flute Concerto (2017)

  6. I Andantino
  7. II Adagio – Allegro molto
  8. Triple Concerto for two oboes, cor anglais and strings (2014)

  9. I Allegro molto
  10. II Scherzo: Presto
  11. III Andante con moto, misurato – Andante, quasi una sarabanda – Presto
  12. Variations for Orchestra (2019)

  13. Theme: Andante moderato
  14. Variation 1: Allegro
  15. Variation 2: Stesso tempo
  16. Variation 3: Lo stesso tempo
  17. Variation 4: Meno mosso
  18. Variation 5: Allegro
  19. Variation 6: crotchet = 144
  20. Variation 7: Slower
  21. Variation 8: Allegro vivace
  22. Variation 9: Allegro
  23. Variation 10: Andantino
  24. Variation 11: Vivace
  25. Variation 12: Adagio
  26. Variation 13: Presto
  27. Passacaglia-Finale

This item will be released on 5 June 2020.
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