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on 3 June 2014
This collection makes a wonderful concert. The CD is stunningly recorded and beautifully performed by the BBC Philharmonic and Tasmin Little. Her solos are lovely. The whole of this CD is greater than the sum of its parts. What an inspiring combination - Elgar, Delius,Vaughan Williams, Holst and Moeran! The Elgar works are lovingly arranged by Roger Turner (2013). There is grace and elegance in the Delius 'Legende' and the Holst 'A Song of the Night.' The Vaughan Williams 'The Lark Ascending' is breath stopping - probably the greatest musical birdsong ever. And then there is the Moeran Violin Concerto from 1942. The sustained view of the English and Irish countryside is nostalgic in a good sense. I love the second movement scherzo in rondo form which ' expresses the spirit of the summer fairs of Kerrry and particularly of the famous Puck's Fair of Killorglin'. The final movement is slow throughout, reflecting the calm of Autumn in Southern Ireland. There are tranquil moments for the clarinet and for the horn amid string murmurings. The works here recorded contain the gentle secret of English and Irish great music.
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