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Bennett: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Bennett: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1

...a wonderful collection
CHAN10389 (Chandos)
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1
Partita - I. Intrada: Allegro giocoso

Partita - I. Intrada: Allegro giocoso

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
05:00 Play $3.40
2
Partita - II. Lullaby: Andante con moto - Poco meno mosso

Partita - II. Lullaby: Andante con moto - Poco meno mosso

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
07:38 Play $3.40
3
Partita - III. Finale: Vivo e giocoso

Partita - III. Finale: Vivo e giocoso

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
04:57 Play $1.70
4
Reflections on a 16th Century Tune - Prelude: Lento

Reflections on a 16th Century Tune - Prelude: Lento

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
02:07 Play $1.70
5
Reflections on a 16th Century Tune - Variation 1: Allegretto - Con moto - Come prima

Reflections on a 16th Century Tune - Variation 1: Allegretto - Con moto - Come prima

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
01:55 Play $1.70
6
Reflections on a 16th Century Tune - Variation 2: Allegro vivo - Non troppo allegro - Poco a poco rilassando

Reflections on a 16th Century Tune - Variation 2: Allegro vivo - Non troppo allegro - Poco a poco rilassando

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
02:34 Play $1.70
7
Reflections on a 16th Century Tune - Variation 3, "Homage to Peter Warlock": Andante - Pochissimo piu mosso

Reflections on a 16th Century Tune - Variation 3, "Homage to Peter Warlock": Andante - Pochissimo piu mosso

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
02:42 Play $1.70
8
Reflections on a 16th Century Tune - Variation 4: Con brio e ritmico - Sempre piu animato - Molto vivo e ritmico

Reflections on a 16th Century Tune - Variation 4: Con brio e ritmico - Sempre piu animato - Molto vivo e ritmico

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
02:24 Play $1.70
9
Reflections on a 16th Century Tune - Finale: ( - ) - Tranquillo - Sempre piu moderato - Sostenuto

Reflections on a 16th Century Tune - Finale: ( - ) - Tranquillo - Sempre piu moderato - Sostenuto

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
03:31 Play $1.70
10
Songs before Sleep (version for baritone and strings) - No. 1. The Mouse and the Bumble-bee

Songs before Sleep (version for baritone and strings) - No. 1. The Mouse and the Bumble-bee

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
William Miller
Jane Taylor
Traditional
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Jonathan Lemalu
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
01:23 Play $1.70
11
Songs before Sleep (version for baritone and strings) - No. 2. Wee Willie Winkie

Songs before Sleep (version for baritone and strings) - No. 2. Wee Willie Winkie

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
William Miller
Jane Taylor
Traditional
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Jonathan Lemalu
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
03:50 Play $1.70
12
Songs before Sleep (version for baritone and strings) - No. 3. Twinkle, twinkle, little star

Songs before Sleep (version for baritone and strings) - No. 3. Twinkle, twinkle, little star

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
William Miller
Jane Taylor
Traditional
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Jonathan Lemalu
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
04:01 Play $1.70
13
Songs before Sleep (version for baritone and strings) - No. 4. Baby, baby, naughty baby

Songs before Sleep (version for baritone and strings) - No. 4. Baby, baby, naughty baby

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
William Miller
Jane Taylor
Traditional
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Jonathan Lemalu
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
01:43 Play $1.70
14
Songs before Sleep (version for baritone and strings) - No. 5. As I walked by myself

Songs before Sleep (version for baritone and strings) - No. 5. As I walked by myself

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
William Miller
Jane Taylor
Traditional
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Jonathan Lemalu
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
03:01 Play $1.70
15
Songs before Sleep (version for baritone and strings) - No. 6. There was an old woman

Songs before Sleep (version for baritone and strings) - No. 6. There was an old woman

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
William Miller
Jane Taylor
Traditional
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Jonathan Lemalu
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
03:25 Play $1.70
16
Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song - Andante lento

Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song - Andante lento

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Paul Watkins
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
01:55 Play $1.70
17
Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song - Arioso

Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song - Arioso

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Paul Watkins
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
04:25 Play $1.70
18
Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song - Vivo - Grazioso - Come prima (Vivo) - Con fuoco - Largamente appassionato

Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song - Vivo - Grazioso - Come prima (Vivo) - Con fuoco - Largamente appassionato

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Paul Watkins
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
04:23 Play $1.70
19
Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song - Interlude: Dolce semplice

Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song - Interlude: Dolce semplice

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Paul Watkins
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
03:38 Play $1.70
20
Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song - Con brio - Con fuoco, sempre allegro - A tempo, non troppo vivo - A tempo, con brio - Cadenza: Maestoso - Rapsodico - Flessibile, comodo

Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song - Con brio - Con fuoco, sempre allegro - A tempo, non troppo vivo - A tempo, con brio - Cadenza: Maestoso - Rapsodico - Flessibile, comodo

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Paul Watkins
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
06:31 Play $3.40
21
Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song - Alla sarabanda - Poco piu sostenuto

Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song - Alla sarabanda - Poco piu sostenuto

Composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Paul Watkins
Band Philharmonia Orchestra
04:53 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 76 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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This album contains the world premiere recording of Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song, a fantasy for cello and string orchestra by the legendary Richard Rodney Bennett. Coupled with this premiere are three other works of a melodic approachable style, with Bennett's characteristic harmonic and rhythmic fluidity.

This album is licensed for download from Chandos.

Download includes - cover art, booklet
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

The BBC Philharmonic is acknowledged as one of the UK's finest orchestras. It is part of the BBC's family of six performing groups, and from its new home in Salford it tours widely in the UK and internationally. Most concerts are broadcast live or recorded for BBC Radio 3.
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Paul Watkins

Paul Watkins

An accomplished Welsh cellist distinguished as both a solo and chamber musician and conductor, Paul Watkins has toured worldwide and peforms regularly with all of the prominent British orchestras.
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Richard Hickox

Richard Hickox

Richard Sidney Hickox was an English conductor of choral, orchestral and operatic music. He won a Grammy as well as a number of Gramophone awards for his work and was also named Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen for his contribution to music.
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Richard Rodney Bennett

Richard Rodney Bennett

Richard Rodney Bennett is a musician who is equally renowned in the worlds of jazz, film and classical music.
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‘Blindfolded you might easily guess some newly discovered score by Bernstein or Copland, as Sir Richard Rodney Bennett's 1995 Partita shoots off the blocks and into busy action. That's meant as no disservice to the piece - it's strongly individual, and undoubtedly reflects Bennett's year of US residence and his extensive work in film music. He wanted the Partita to be ‘full of tunes' and it is, Richard Hickox and the Philharmonia producing a punchy generously lyrical performance... An auspicious start to what could be a very interesting series.' BBC Music Magazine

‘No hint here of Bennett the Boulez pupil of the 1950s: this first volume in an orchestral survey concentrates on his more recent music, cushioned with tunes and English lyricism. The Partita bubbles with warmth, Songs before Sleep (featuring Jonathan Lemalu) sets nursery rhymes with respect, and the two Reflections for strings glory in idiomatic writing. All easy fare for Richard Hickox and the Philharmonia.' Gramophone


‘With the impeccable Richard Hickox conducting the Philharmonia, these nuanced and authoritative interpretations are everything one could wish and expect... In both departments of his musical activities, as composer or performer, Chandos has done Bennett proud. Further volumes in either series will be something to look forward to.' Fanfare

Reflecting the Queen Mother's Scottish background, Bennett uses a Scottish folk song as the basis for the work, ‘Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song'. ‘Ca' the yowes to the knowes' is presented at the start of the work, then treated freely in a continuous sequence of self-contained musical paragraphs, with virtuosic solo part writing including two short cadenzas, for the cellist. These passages are performed with authority by Paul Watkins. This beautiful orchestral string writing together with rhapsodic writing for the soloist; has a very approachable style and is a fitting memory of the Queen Mother.

Reflections on a Sixteenth Century Tune uses a theme adapted from the top line of a three-part chanson by Josquin des Pres. Its shapely curves and modal inflections evoke affinities with two earlier British works for strings, Vaughan Williams's Tallis Fantasia and Tippett's Concerto for Double String Orchestra. Partita symbolizes Bennett's move to introduce elements of his more approachable film style, and of jazz idioms, into his concert music.

The programme concludes with Bennett's reworking of his cycle Songs before Sleep for baritone and strings,
performed by Jonathan Lemalu, once again demonstrates his masterly handling of the string orchestra.
This is a highly engaging album, masterly conducted by Richard Hickox, and should be enjoyed by many.

 

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