The music of William Wordsworth (1908–88) – a great-great-grandson of the poet’s brother Christopher – lies downstream from that of Vaughan Williams and Sibelius; like that of his contemporary Edmund Rubbra, Wordsworth’s music unfolds spontaneously, as a natural process. This second volume brings two concertos, both major works – though long forgotten, and contrasted in their approach: the gritty and muscular Piano Concerto is cast in a single, tightly argued span, whereas the lyrical Violin Concerto is expansive and unhurried – and deeply touching. They are complemented by the Three Pastoral Sketches, which grow gently from understated autumnal hues to a dignified and moving climax. All three scores show an extraordinary command of orchestral colour.
Arta Arnicane, piano (Tracks 1-5) Kamila Bydlowska, violin (Tracks 9-11) Liepāja Symphony Orchestra John Gibbons
Three Pastoral Sketches, Op. 10 (1937) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0526/Track06.mp3
Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 60 (1955) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0526/Track09.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0526EAN/UPC: 5060113445261Release Date: 01.08.2019Composer: William Wordsworth Artists: Arta Arnicane, John Gibbons, Kamila Bydlowska, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra
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Brian Ferrell :
I am currently listening intently to Volume 2 of your Wordsworth endeavor. This is an absolutely stunning CD of magnificent music! Kudos!! I am no stranger to Wordsworth, having everything commercially available plus a great many old LP and BBC broadcasts converted to CD-R. I have the symphonies (except 6 of course) and the quartets (except 2). The world is an incredibly unfair place that such a fine composer is so under-valued.
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