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This review is from: Moeran: Cello Concerto, Serenade, Lonely Waters, Whythorne's Shadow (Audio CD)
A very enjoyable disc as piece of music to relax to but this music is just as enjoyable as it is forgettable. The cello concerto in particular is full of colour but is simply another very will written work in the pastoral English tradition. The Adagio could almost be mistaken as a re orchestration for the Lark Ascending. The Serenade strays a away a little more from the Vaughan Williams pastiche but instead falls comfortably into another pastiche of Walton.
This being said, I know little about Moeran and these works may have been fallen into a context in which 'pastiche' is a term which is hardly fair. The music is certainly well written, I remain to be convinced whether Moeran is an unsung hero or a deserving footnote in English Music.
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Initial post: 27 May 2013 00:18:58 BDT
Roasted Swan says:
ignorance is bliss
Posted on 15 Aug 2013 14:01:12 BDT
Dr. R. G. Bullock says:
Moeran's music is certainly not pastiche. He is a significant English composer (he also, like Bax, had a strong love of Ireland) who was considerably influenced by folk song. He is neither an unsung hero nor a footnote but deserves recognition for his real talent. You do need to know his music well to appreciate his individuality, as with any composer, and his symphony is the piece to hear to assess your sympathy with his idiom. His alcoholism and a disastrous marriage to the cellist, Peers Coetmore (for whom he wrote the cello concerto), led to a decline in his creativity and untimely death in 1950.
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