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Moeran: Violin Concerto; Lonely Waters; Whythorne's Shadow; Cello Concerto

Lydia Mordkovitch Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra^Bournemouth Sinfonietta
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley^Norman Del Mar
  • Composer: E J Moeran
  • Audio CD (15 Jan 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos Classics
  • ASIN: B00013BOF6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Violin Concerto: I. Allegro moderatoLydia Mordkovitch13:35Album Only
Listen  2. Violin Concerto: II. Rondo: Vivace - Alla valse burlescaLydia Mordkovitch 9:43Album Only
Listen  3. Violin Concerto: III. LentoLydia Mordkovitch10:05Album Only
Listen  4. Lonely WatersUlster Orchestra 9:22Album Only
Listen  5. Whythorne's ShadowUlster Orchestra 6:340.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Cello Concerto: I. ModeratoRaphael Wallfisch11:17Album Only
Listen  7. Cello Concerto: II. AdagioRaphael Wallfisch 7:220.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cello Concerto: III. Allegretto deciso, alla marciaRaphael Wallfisch10:04Album Only

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moeran Concertos 12 Feb 2011
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The works on this disc constitute a budget-price reissue on the Chandos Enchant label, and include both of Moeran's evocative string concertos. The Violin Concerto, arguably the composer's finest orchestral work, is played by the Ulster Orchestra under the masterful baton of the late Vernon Handley, a noted Moeran enthusiast, with Lydia Mordkovitch as soloist. Unusually, the two outer movements are comparatively slow, framing a lively middle movement. The concerto has a rhapsodic, autumnal feel, and Moeran reveals that it was inspired by his love for the landscape and people of County Kerry in the west of Ireland. The jig-like vivace conjures up visions of the Puck Fairs that took place in that part of the world. There are moments of heart-rending beauty, especially in the final movement, before soloist and orchestra meander to a gentle and resigned close. It has been noted by Stephen Banfield that the opening phase of that movement resembles the opening of the last of Moeran's Seven Poems of James Joyce ("Now, O now in this brown land..."), and it is certainly true that the mood of these poems coincides exactly with that of Moeran's music.

The Cello Concerto was written in 1945 for Peers Coetmore who was soon to become Moeran's wife, and there is a Lyrita recording of her performing it. Here, however, Raphael Wallfisch is the soloist, with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta conducted by Norman Del Mar. Although there are some vigorous, dance-like moments, the cello generally sings throughout the three movements with a sad lyricism, and the Kerry landscape is never far away. The mood, in fact is very much that of the Violin Concerto.

The two shorter pieces on this disc were conceived in the late twenties and early thirties.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moeran Concertos 18 Mar 2011
By Mr. A. R. Boyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I agree 100% with SH Smith's excellent review so I'll not repeat what is said there. Why haven't I given five stars? Chandos were famed for their excellent sound - spacious and bright. In this recording that is just taken a little too far: when are you ever likely to hear this music sound so bright, yet distant and resonant in a concert hall? They've gone a bit too far. That said, you can't complain when you can hear every note an dyou can appreciate the fine musicianship throughout.

SH Smith said that the violin concerto is Moeran's finest work. I'm surprised to say that I agree 100% with that too. His symphony in G Minor is one of the greatest of all English symphonies, full of the nostalgia and love of landscape that you find in this concerto. It has the added ingredient of the pain and bitterness that troubled the alcoholic composer. It is very powerful in its impact. The concerto has none of that pain. The nostalgia, landscape and fairs of Ireland are all prominent along with autumnal shades of brown in the orchestration and harmonies.

However in spite of its rhapsodic nature and a slow-fast-slow layout, almost guaranteed to disappoint in the concert hall, this is a remarkably assured and confident piece of writing and to carry off this form with such assurance of technique is a great achievement. It's pastoral nostalgia might not win many friends beyond these shores but make no mistake; this is one of the finest violin concertos of the twentieth century. The finale opens with the sounds of regret but Moeran's skilful command of harmony leads the music almost imperceptibly into a warmer and mellower place with the most satisfying, yet understated, conclusion. Fantastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars should be heard more 23 April 2013
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Great English music sensitively performed ,not heard these before but i will be playing them often, lovely recording . I cant comment on the performances except with these soloists and orchestra it vsouds great to me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music 1 Mar 2013
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This composer is one I had not come across before and I am very glad to have made his acquaintance, as it were!
Lovely evocative music, one of my favourite discs now.
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