Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Chandos.net: "Overtures From The British Isles" includes "Overture to 'The Song of Hiawatha', Op. 30 No. 3 (1899)" of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)

[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com. We are collaborating with the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation of the U.K., www.SCTF.org.uk]

Overtures From The British Isles; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Rumon Gamba, Conductor; Chandos CHAN10797; Release Date January 28, 2014

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor is represented on this
disc by: 

Overture to 'The Song of Hiawatha', Op. 30,
No. 3 (1899) (11:21)

   from Scenes from The Song of Hiawatha
   Larghetto - Allegro ma non troppo -
Animato - Più mosso - Tranquillo

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Rumon Gamba and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales present a collection of rarely heard overtures from the British Isles. Among these is Sir Frederic Cowen’s Overture to The Butterfly’s Ball (1901), illustrating a popular children’s poem by William Roscoe. All is vividly evoked by Cowen’s pleasing melodic lines and delicate instrumental color. 

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor achieved immediate success early in his career with his four-part cantata Scenes from The Song of Hiawatha. The Overture, composed in 1899, was intended as a prelude to the complete cycle but is now rarely heard in this context. Indeed, very little of the material in this Overture comes from the other Hiawatha pieces, the principal theme being the spiritual “Nobody knows the trouble I see, Lord.” 

Perhaps better known as a leading baritone of his generation, Frederic Austin was also a composer of some achievement. In his tuneful and exciting concert overture The Sea Venturers, from 1936, he wanted to evoke “something of the lives and character of English seamen who… took peril and pleasure as it came.”

           Frederic Austin (1872-1952)
1 The Sea Venturers (1934) 11:07

 Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
2 Prelude to 'Oedipus tyrannus', Op. 29 (1887, revised 1888) 8:27

 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)
3 Overture to 'The Song of Hiawatha', Op. 30 No. 3 (1899) 11:21
      from Scenes from The Song of Hiawatha
      Larghetto - Allegro ma non troppo - Animato - Più mosso - Tranquillo -
 Frederic Hymen Cowen (1852-1935)
4 The Butterfly's Ball (1901) 11:48

 Granville Bantock (1868-1946)
5 The Frogs (1935) 8:26

 Alexander Campbell Mackenzie (1847-1935)
6 Overture to 'The Little Minister' (1897) 8:12

 Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
7 Overture to 'Macbeth' (1888) 8:13

 Henry Balfour Gardiner (1877-1950)
8 Overture to a Comedy (1906, revised 1911) 8:29


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