Christopher Wright/Nicholas Barton: Orchestral Music

Catalogue No: TOCC0466
EAN/UPC: 5060113444660
Release Date: 2022-05-06
Composer: Christopher Wright, Nicholas Barton
Artists: John Andrews, Richard Watkins

This album brings together orchestral music by two English composers who are also good friends – and both born in East Anglia: Nicholas Barton in Norfolk in 1950 and Christopher Wright in Suffolk in 1954. Moreover, they share a similar musical language: largely tonal, if loosely so, rhythmically alert, transparently but dramatically scored and with a natural feeling for symphonic argument and growth, and a powerful sense of scale.

Richard Watkins, horn (Tracks 2–4)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
John Andrews, conductor

Listen To This Recording:

    NICHOLAS BARTON (b. 1950)

  1. Accord: Symphony in One Movement

    Horn Concerto (2011)

  3. I Austere: Allegro deciso con bravura
  4. II Lyric: Andante sostenuto
  5. III Jazzy: Presto molto
  6. Symphony (2015)

  7. I Andante
  8. II Molto presto
  9. III Sempre lento e sostenuto –
  10. IV Allegro moderato e deciso

2 reviews for Christopher Wright/Nicholas Barton: Orchestral Music

  1. :

    ‘A disc of definite interest and value to those keen to explore British composers of substance and stature but relatively little national fame. The quality of Toccata’s recording and presentation is genuinely first-class so hard to imagine a finer case for this music being made.’

    —Nick Barnard, MusicWeb International

  2. :

    ‘John Andrews conducts superbly committed performances of these very fine, often gripping works and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra are their very best throughout. Excellent recording.’

    —Hubert Culot, MusicWeb International

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