|1. With the Wild Geese|
|2. In Ireland|
|3. An Irish Symphony|
Harty wrote the rhapsodic fantasy In Ireland for flute and piano in 1918, orchestrating it some 17 years later. The instrumental solos are in pleasing focus in this delightfully fresh account and, enlivened by perky rhythms and sensitive instrumental balance, Ó Duinn and his orchestra winningly capture its opposition of cheerfulness and wistfulness.
Predictably, these musicians empathise completely with Harty's An Irish Symphony. They aptly contrast the scherzo's lively Irish humour with subtly nuanced expressiveness in the plaintive slow movement. Idiomatic music-making in the outer movements highlights the composer's clever symphonic development of folk themes.
© BBC Music Magazine 2001
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