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Harty, H.: Irish Symphony (An) / A Comedy Overture
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Harty, H.: Irish Symphony (An) / A Comedy Overture

1 Jan 1981 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 1981
  • Label: Chandos
  • Copyright: (C) 1981 Chandos
  • Total Length: 48:10
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  • ASIN: B003H2KSGE

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This Version Works for Me 8 Nov 2012
By J. R. Trtek - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I had been familiar with Hamilton Harty's arrangements of Handel, but it wasn't until maybe three decades ago that I first heard the Irish Symphony on the radio. Lush and evocative, it has enough atmosphere to give CPR to several other pieces, one after the other. This recording, with the cherished pairing of the Ulster Orchestra and the late Bryden Thomson, is a real gem in my view. There is a more recent recording on Naxos that has garnered some praise, but I've not heard it and so can't compare the two. All I can say is that this rendition seems so right that I don't have much desire to look elsewhere for any other that might be superior.
Astounding 16 Nov 2008
By David Saemann - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Bryden Thomson was one of my favorite conductors. He could generate electricty and lyricism in some of the most obscure works in the repertoire. This CD contains some of his best recordings. It is an early digital recording from 1980, but the sound is excellent, except for some slight whiteness to the violins. I have the Naxos recording of An Irish Symphony, too. The orchestra on Naxos is better, but Thomson's interpretation is just stunning, real compulsive listening. The work has much to recommend it, as it offers color and melody in a seamless manner. It is highly Romantic in its genre, but the orchestration is perfect and there is not a wasted note. Thomson's performance of it is edge of your seat Romanticism. A Comedy Overture is a pleasant diversion, agreeably performed. If you never have experienced the Art of Bryden Thomson, this CD is a great place to start.
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