Lionel Sainsbury & John Foulds: Cello Concertos
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Lionel Sainsbury & John Foulds: Cello Concertos

5 Mar 2012

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  Song Title Artist
Cello Concerto Op.27: I. Allegro assai Lionel Sainsbury
Cello Concerto Op. 27: II. Adagio Lionel Sainsbury
Cello Concerto Op. 27: III. Allegro Lionel Sainsbury
Cello Concerto in G Major Op. 17: I. Allegretto piacevole John Foulds
Cello Concerto in G Major Op. 17: II. Adagio molto John Foulds
Cello Concerto in G Major Op. 17: III. Impetuoso John Foulds

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  • Label: Dutton Epoch
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Vocalion Ltd
  • Total Length: 1:09:48
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  • ASIN: B007IUH3S2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Lionel Sainsbury's Violin Concerto caused something of a sensation when it was issued by Dutton in 2010 and this 'Cello Concerto dating from 1999, if not quite as fine, is also enormously attractive and rewarding. Sainsbury's style is highly melodic and tonal, very much in the tradition of Walton and Barber. Syncopated rhythms are a particular feature. What makes this concerto so impressive is the way in which it grows organically. Structural divisions are blurred and the music has a wonderful lyrical impulse. There is no trace of academicism even though every phrase derives from what has gone before, not only within movements but between them. You will enjoy this concerto even at a first hearing and will want to return to it often.

The first movement begins in D minor with a strongly syncopated main theme. This movement nods towards sonata form, including a central "development" section which makes great play of an expressive motif clearly derived from earlier material.

After a short introduction derived from material from the first movement, the oboe sings the slow movement's main theme. There are two other important ideas, a rocking theme which is to flower later in the movement and a fine tune first heard in the orchestra at 3 mins 30 secs. However, as in the first movement, what impresses most is the music's inevitability and avoidance of obvious structural signposts.

As in the Violin Concerto, the finale begins with a long tutti introducing the movement's main melodies, one after the other. After a cadenza the soloist restates them and then comes a surprise. Sainsbury introduces a tune (at 6 mins 12 secs) clearly derived, as always, from earlier material but not well integrated, I feel, into the surrounding music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic cello & orchestra program 23 May 2012
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Probably you've never heard of composer Lionel Sainsbury? I did'nt. He didn't compose many works for orchestra - there's a wonderful violin concerto available on Dutton too - but he's still young and I only can encourage him to compose more. His music is so romantic and beautiful it even sounds like Dvorak has returned! Yes, it's easy on the ear and to understand, but who cares considering there're not so many cello concertos to be played in concert halls if you compare this with piano concertos.
Never heard of John Foulds? Pity on you, serious classical music guys and girls know him. There're some wonderful orchestral and vocal music CD's to be had from Amazon and the like. I really hope you'd buy some of his music. It's tonal and modern when placed in it's properly understanded time line. This cello concerto too deserves to be heard very often. It's as good and great as the Finzi, or the Walton, or any other much played cello concerto. Who said there're no fine `British' cello concertos except Walton do have to look at this pair. Wonderful! And recording, presentation, interpretation etc. are at the normal high Dutton standard! Bravo!
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