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  • Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra
  • Conductor: Bryden Thomson
  • Composer: Harty
  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000000AB3
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Children Of Lir: Poem For Orchestra: Introduction
2. The Children Of Lir: Poem For Orchestra: Allegro brioso ed animato
3. The Children Of Lir: Poem For Orchestra: The Swan Children
4. The Children Of Lir: Poem For Orchestra: Calm Seas And Blue Skies
5. The Children Of Lir: Poem For Orchestra: Approach Of Evening
6. The Children Of Lir: Poem For Orchestra: Allegro brio ed animato
7. The Children Of Lir: Poem For Orchestra: Transformation, Baptism And Death
8. Variations on a Dublin Air: Introduction And Theme
9. Variations on a Dublin Air: Variation I
10. Variations on a Dublin Air: Variation II
11. Variations on a Dublin Air: Variation III
12. Variations on a Dublin Air: Variation IV
13. Variations on a Dublin Air: Variation V
14. Variations on a Dublin Air: Variation VI
15. Variations on a Dublin Air: Variation VII
16. The Londonberry Air
17. Ode: Introduction
18. Ode to a Nightingale: 'My Heart Aches'
19. Ode to a Nightingale: 'O For A Draught'
20. Ode to a Nightingale: 'And Quite Forget'
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CHA 7033 FC; CHANDOS - Inghilterra;

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By someonewhocares2 on 22 Mar. 2011
Sir (Herbert) Hamilton Harty (1879-1941) was one of the most important musicians that Northern Ireland has produced. He was highly regarded not only as a conductor and pianist (especially as an accompanist) but also as a composer. Though his output was not large it is of consistently high quality. As David Greer says in the notes which accompany this disc, Harty's music is characterized by a warm-heartedness and, above all, an extraordinary spontaneity which is completely irresistible. It is not harmonically innovatory in any way being essentially diatonic. Chromatic harmonies and melodic lines are used only occasionally and, as a result, they are that much more effective when they do occur. The melodies are strong, the orchestration colourful and beautifully judged and structures are clear. One of Harty's favourite devices and one which helps to give his music its distinctive flavour is to write active bass lines and to double them with the lower brass. He was also capable of that Puccinian device of instantly changing mood by the manipulation of textures and harmonies at climaxes. The effect can be quite breathtaking. Try the entry of the wordless soprano towards the end of Track 6 in "The Children of Lir" if you need convincing.

Perhaps the best piece here is the setting of Keats' poem "Ode to a Nightingale". Premiered in Cardiff in 1907, it is simply exquisite. Harty's music beautifully reflects the passing moods of the poem. It is lyrical, passionate and rapturous yet it never sprawls. On the contrary, it is also tightly written. There is, for example, a clear ternary structure underpinning the whole piece with the "recapitulation" (Track 22) coinciding with the nightingale regaining its song.
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Some stirring music, superbly played and recorded 7 Dec. 2008
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
I have this disc as part of the 3 disc set of Harty orchestral works (also reviewed), but if you just want a one disc taste of Harty, this should surely be the one. Hamilton Harty might have had a greater career as a conductor than as a composer, but this set of orchestral works is nothing if not interesting. The style is derivative - to the extent that there is hard to recognize anything like a personal voice at all; where one work might come straight out of Dvorak, the next a Rachmaninov pastiche. But there is never any doubt about the skillfulness of the composer and his excellent orchestration. Harty certainly knew how to keep the compositional reins tight, and none of the pieces are prone to the meandering often associated with minor composers. In short, while (mostly) not very profound, the music is always enjoyable and entertaining.

The Children of Lir is a late work, and probably the work where Harty came closest to writing a masterpiece. While it is somewhat derivative, this is actually a splendid work which would deserve a place at the fringes of the standard repertoire. The variations on a Dublin air and the London Air are lightweights which could have been written by a different composer altogether. They are slight, but never less than enjoyable. The Ode to a Nightingale is another splendid work, a poetic and deeply romantic setting which would grace any concert programme.

The performances are outstanding, and particular praise should go to Heather Harper. And while the recording is some years old, it is still demonstration class - Chandos is usually excellent, but this disc stands out even in the Chandos catalogue for the sound quality. In short, absolute top score to performance and sound.
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