Curtis: Ireland - Music for String Orchestra (24/44 FLAC)
Curtis: Ireland – Music for String Orchestra (24/44 FLAC)

Composer: John Ireland
Performer: Raphael Wallfisch
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Swan
Conductor: David Curtis
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Naxos
Size: 603 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Cello Sonata in G Minor (Arr. for Cello & String Orchestra)
01. I. Moderato e sostenuto
02. II. Poco largamente
03. III. Con moto e marcato

04. Summer Evening (arr. G. Parlett for string orchestra)
05. Sarnia: II. In a May Morning (arr. G. Parlett for string orchestra)
06. Soliloquy (arr. G. Parlett for cello and string orchestra)
07. Bagatelle (arr. G. Parlett for cello and string orchestra)
08. Berceuse (arr. G. Parlett for cello and string orchestra)
09. Cavatina (arr. G. Parlett for cello and string orchestra)

A Downland Suite (Arr. for String Orchestra)
10. I. Prelude: Allegro energico (arr. G. Bush)
11. II. Elegy: Lento espressivo (arr. J. Ireland)
12. III. Minuet: Allegretto grazioso (arr. J. Ireland)
13. IV. Rondo: Poco allegro (arr. G. Bush)

Orchestra of the Swan
David Curtis
Recorded: 2015
Recording Venue: Townsend Hall, Shipston-on-Stour, England, UK

John Ireland’s music is often a response to landscape and romantic sensitivities.

With its significant musical clues, broad, songlike melodies and turbulent finale, the Sonata in G minor is one of his most expressive and passionate works. A Downland Suite is one of Ireland’s most attractive compositions, especially its exquisite Elegy and popular Minuet made familiar through its use in radio and television. Ireland’s evocative piano works lend themselves well to string orchestra arrangements. They include the exquisite miniature Soliloquy and In a May Morning, the second movement of Sarnia, inspired by spring on Guernsey.

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