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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Bantock disc..., 27 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Bantock: Thalaba the Destroyer (Audio CD)
I have been a fan of Granville Bantock for some years now and hence have been slowly exploring (but with great pleasure)the back-catalogue of Hyperion recordings, a series that do great justice to the name of this most under rated of British composers. If you enjoy the orchestral works of composers like Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Strauss(Richard) then Bantock will perhaps well worth getting to know. His music has a powerful surging melodic quality -where musical incident, drama and beguilingly vivid orchestration are ever present along with more atmospheric and languidly romantic interludes. In short, this music is big hearted and full of life and though some of the great man's influences do occasionally peek through, Bantok still has an original voice and character, that sets him apart from his peers.

I would recommend starting with Bantock's 'Hebridean Symphony' before getting this disc, though there is much to enjoy here. The CD features great performances of some of Bantock's less performed (although entirely worthwhile)works, the sound quality as usual with Hyperion is excellent as are the informative sleevenotes. Overall, a nice addition to anyone's Bantock collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bantock tone poems, including Thalaba the Destroyer, 17 Oct 2012
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Dr. H. A. Jones "Howard Jones" (Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bantock: Thalaba the Destroyer (Audio CD)
Granville tone poems, including Thalaba the DestroyerBantock was a London-born English composer and conductor whose life bridged the 19th and 20th centuries. The dates of his birth and death (1868-1946) and just over a decade later than those of the much better known Edward Elgar. His music is tuneful and highly melodic and very often dramatic. There are six works on this Hyperion CD. We open with the Prelude to a choral work with text taken verbatim from the `Song of Songs' in the Bible. Though the composition was begun in 1912 it was not completed until 1926. Bantock was intrigued by the culture of ancient Greece and by those of the Middle and Far East. The second work on the CD is the prelude to another literary setting - the poetry of Edward Fitzgerald's translation of the Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam. The third track is the only choral piece, partly wordless, for the Camel Caravan from the same work. This is followed by the first of Two Hebridean Sea Poems and the first of Two Orchestral Scenes. The final work on the disc is the longest at 26 minutes: it is Thalaba the Destroyer. This is the first of six orchestral tone poems composed by Bantock. It was inspired by a long narrative poem of the same name by one of the English Romantic `lake poets' of Cumbria, Robert Southey. All of Bantock's music is easy to enjoy on a first hearing and its depth emerges with repeated hearing. The music is played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vernon Handley, recorded in 2001.
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