Philip Spratley: Music for String Orchestra

This CD reveals a fresh, original and immediately attractive voice in British music. Philip Spratley, born in Nottinghamshire in 1942, has his roots in English folksong and his compositions are strongly evocative of the countryside — though animated by a rhythmic vivacity and drive that recalls Shostakovich, Britten and Tippett. Spratley's music also abounds in memorable melodies, and his ability to write tunes with the ring of folksong about them reveals him as a true heir of Holst and Vaughan Williams.

Philip Spratley, conductor
Linda Merrick, clarinet
John Turner, recorder
Tracey Redfern, trumpet
Eira Lynn Jones, harp
Royal Ballet Sinfonia, orchestra
Barry Wordsworth, conductor
Manchester Sinfonia, orchestra

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    Sinfonietta for Strings and Timpani, Op. 6 (1964, rev. 1988)

  1. I. Pezzo poco serioso
  2. II. Arioso
  3. III. Scherzo
  4. IV. Pezzo meno serioso
  5. Clarinet Concertino, Byard’s Leap, Op. 27 (1983, rev. 2006)

  6. I. Cadenza – Andante pastorale
  7. II. Larghetto et desolato
  8. III. Allegro non troppo
  9. Recorder Concertino, A Gallery of Cats, Op. 26 (1982t83)

  10. I. Alla Giga
  11. II. Alla Pavan
  12. III. Corante
  13. IV. Lamentoso
  14. V. Ostinato
  15. VI. Alla Valsa
  16. VII: Rigadoon
  17. Suite, In Outlaw Country, Op 12b (1970, rev. 1994, 2007)

  18. I. Preludio
  19. II. Notturno
  20. III. Scherzo
  21. IV. Lullaby
  22. V. Finale


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