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  • Conductor: Robert Salter
  • Composer: Robin Milford
  • Audio CD (18 Jun. 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0002CH8H4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fishing by Moonlight Op. 96a
2. Miniature Concerto in G Op. 35
3. Elegiac Meditation Op. 83
4. Two Orchestral Interludes Op. 19e
5. Go, little book - Suite Op. 18
6. Elegy for James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and Buccleuch Op. 50
7. Interlude for flute and strings Op. 69a
8. Festival Suite Op. 97

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Davis VINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2010
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This is a lovely CD of gentle, lyrical music. Milford had a sad life (his only child was killed in a road accident just before his sixth birthday) and ultimately committted suicide in 1959, having made several previous attempts.

The music is paradoxically uplifting, but with a gentle melancholy which is very appealing. If you like the music of Finzi, Warlock and the more pastoral by-ways of Vaughan Williams and Holst (Milford's teachers) this should definitely appeal to you. I enjoyed every work here but the lovely 'Go little book - Suite' for flute, soprano and strings is a highlight. I would love to hear Milford's Symphony, which Vaughan Williams apparently thought highly of (Dutton?)

Excellent performances, recording, cover art and notes.

Ideal late night listening. This is one of those CDs I can play regardless of what mood I am in.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. H. Smith on 19 Feb. 2011
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Fishing By Moonlight is a compendium of Robin Milford's works for string orchestra. It is essentially a CD version of Hyperion's LP of 1982 (though using different artists), but with one or two additional pieces, and (sadly) the lovely Suite for Oboe and Strings omitted.

The work that lends the disc its title is quintessential Milford - gently lyrical and unassuming, written in a spare neo-classical style imbibed from Holst.It was inspired by a painting of the same title by the Dutch artist van der Neer which appeared on the sleeve of the original LP but, curiously, has been replaced on the CD case with a painting by Frederick Cayley Robinson (which does, however, reflect Milford's muted outlook on life).

The Miniature Concerto is a good example of Milford's readiness to adapt his music to the occasion. It was written for string quartet and piano in 1933, with an option for string orchestra in mind, and published in an organ arrangement in 1935. It opens with a jogging allegro, followed by a lovely, restrained adagio reminiscent of the Pavane in Warlock's Capriol Suite. The finale consists of two appealing melodies first stated independently, and then in counterpoint.

The Elegiac Meditation for viola and strings does precisely what it says on the tin. It was written a few years after the death of his five-year old son in a road accident, although the "elegy" could also be for friends lost in the war. The sombre mood of the piece is captured in the inscription that appears on the score: "Have I not reason to lament/ What man has made of man?" (Wordsworth). A lament it may be, but there is a quiet dignity, too, rather than any feeling of wallowing self-pity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pike VINE VOICE on 3 Mar. 2013
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Robin Milford's music is written in an idiom that is closest to Gerald Finzi's gently elegaic pastoralism and, as one reviewer wrote, is the perfect music to listen to with a glass of wine on a summer's evening. I wouldn't regard any of the compositions on this CD are undiscovered masterpieces - like Finzi, they never quite reach the heights attained by, say, Moeran, Peter Warlock or Walter Leigh - but they are lyrically and harmonically satisfying and deserve to be heard.

Full marks to everyone involved with this enterprising CD. Both the recording and performance are first rate.
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THIS WONDERFUL CD IS FULL OF GENTLE STRING MUSIC.THE PLAYING OF THE GUILDHALL STRINGS IS SPOT ON.THE MUSIC OF ROBIN MILFORD WILL HAVE U WONDERING WHY SO FEW OF HIS COMPOSITIONS HAVE BEEN RECORDED .HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G Morrison on 12 Nov. 2013
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I was looking for a piece of music that was with a play on Radio 4, the actual music was not on this CD. The composer, Milford, is really good, and the CD is lovely.
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