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Boult conducts Ireland: Legend, Piano Concerto, These Things Shall Be

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  • Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Composer: John Ireland
  • Audio CD (5 Feb 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lyrita
  • ASIN: B000N8UVRG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Legend for piano & orchestra12:43Album Only
Listen  2. Overture 'Satyricon' 8:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Concerto: I. In tempo moderato 9:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Concerto: II. Lento espressivo 7:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Piano Concerto: III. Allegro - Allegretto giocoso 7:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. These Things Shall Be: I. Say, heart, what will the future... 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. These Things Shall Be: II. Interlude - These things shall be! 7:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. These Things Shall Be: III. Nation with nation... 9:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Two Symphonic Studies: I. Fugue 5:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Two Symphonic Studies: II. Toccata 5:180.99  Buy MP3 


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Eric Parkin - John Carol Case - London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ireland on a big scale 24 Jan 2014
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These Lyrita recordings were first issued on LP between 1966 and 1971 and were reissued on CD in 2007. They have come up as fresh as a daisy and, although not technically equal to the best modern recordings, are really pretty good.

Whereas many of his contemporaries have enjoyed a revival of interest in their music over the past few decades, John Ireland does not, in my opinion, seem to be as well regarded today as he should be. He is sometimes dismissed as a miniaturist. It is true that his output is heavily tilted to piano pieces, songs and chamber music, but most of it is of the highest quality and originality, often suffused with the feeling of place. His orchestral output is limited but what exists shows a fine grasp of the orchestra, and his piano concerto and longer chamber pieces reveal he could control musical architecture over long spans.

This CD contains his piano concerto of 1930, a work that used to be popular at the Proms. In the traditional three movements and around 25 minutes long, it is Ireland's biggest symphonic work and is a delight from start to finish. Eric Parkin, who studied the concerto with the composer, gives a fully idiomatic performance.

These Things Shall Be (1937) for baritone, chorus and orchestra is Ireland's only large scale choral piece. At about twenty minutes in length, it is a compact and memorable work which makes a considerable impact on the listener. I suspect the reason it is not much heard nowadays is two fold: its brevity might make for programming difficulties, and the words express a 'facile idealism'- a grossly over-optimistic view for the future - a criticism related in the insert notes by the composer and friend of Ireland, the late Geoffrey Bush.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential for British music lovers 26 Jun 2007
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This is one of two outstanding Lyrita discs of John Ireland's orchestral music, both of which are called "Boult Conducts Ireland." If you aren't familiar with Ireland's music I would start with this disc which includes extended works for piano ("Legend" for piano & orchestra, and the Piano Concerto) as well as a big choral work, "These Things Shall Be." The "Legend" is not a virtuoso showpiece, but rather an atmospheric orchestral work that prominently features piano. The concerto, on the other hand, reflects John Ireland's background as an accomplished pianist - it's an immensely likable work with a modern feel, full of color and with plenty of opportunities for the soloist to shine (Rubinstein, Curzon, and Bachauer among others played it).

The other extended work here is "These Things Shall Be," a three movement choral work that premiered in 1937 under the baton of Adrian Boult. I am not typically fond of big choral pieces, however, "These Things Shall Be" contains some of Ireland's most dynamic writing; you would swear that Vaughan Williams had a hand in it. The short pieces on the disc are also substantial: the "Satyricon" overture and "Symphonic Studies."

With the exception of "These Things Hall Be," I've owned these recordings on vinyl for more than 30 years and am thrilled that Lyrita has finally reissued them on cd. There are other fine recordings of most of this music (I own the Bryden Thomson and Hickox recordings on Chandos, also featuring Eric Parkin on piano), but these earlier performances by Adrian Boult with Eric Parkin and the LPO are really definitive. The stereo sound is also excellent.

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