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COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Symphony in A, Hiawatha's Wedding Feast - Bostock, Sargeant (DIGITAL DOWNLOAD)

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Symphony in A, Hiawatha's Wedding Feast - Bostock, Sargeant (DIGITAL DOWNLOAD)



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Douglas Bostock
Aaarhus Symphony Orchestra
Sir Malcolm Sargent
Philharmonia Orchestra
& Royal Choral Society

“(His) Symphony is a very likeable discovery. Both middle movements display a disarming melodic felicity and assurance, and admiring glances towards Dvořák, although Stanford (his teacher) was never happy with the finale. It was first played by RCM students in 1896 (including Holst and Vaughan Williams !). Although it went down well, it gathered dust for over a century. Bostock’s alert and affectionate lead enjoy making its acquaintance … crisp and clear sound for this world premiere recording. In every respect, a solid thumbs-up” [Gramophone] “The much-loved Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast recalls the extraordinary excitement of its first performance. Coleridge-Taylor was then 23 and the work an immediate and wild success. Parry suggested that because of the composer’s West African father, “he loved plenty of sound, plenty of colour, simple and definite rhythms and, above all, plenty of tune”. All these qualities kept it popular, and are admirably captured here: the Philharmonia provide the orchestral colour, and Sir Malcolm keeps the admirable Royal Choral Society on their rhythmic toes. Richard Lewis gives a suitably romantic Onaway! Awake, beloved ! Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast has been done proud in every way” [Gramophone]

Symphony in A minor, Op.8 (1896) [36:23]
[1] I. Allegro appassionato 11.26
[2] II. Lament: Larghetto affettuoso 7.26
[3] III. Scherzo: Allegro ma non troppo 7.21
[4] IV. Allegro maestoso ed energico 10.09
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra / Douglas Bostock (2006)

Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, Op.30 No.1 (1898) [31:36]
[5] You shall hear how Pau-Puk-Keewis 6.49
[6] Then the handsome Pau-Puk-Keewis 1.53
[7] He was dress’d in shirt of doe-skin 2.24
[8] First he danc’d a solemn measure 3.23
[9] Then said they to Chibiabos 2.52
[10] Onaway! Awake, beloved* 5.36
[11] Thus the gentle Chibiabos 1.31
[12] Very boastful was Iagoo 5.18
[13] Such was Hiawatha’s wedding 1.42
Royal Choral Society / Philharmonia Orchestra / Malcolm Sargent
Richard Lewis (tenor)* (1962)

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