Bax : On the Sea Shore - Bridge : The Sea - Britten : Four Sea Interludes, Op 33a & Passacaille - Stanford : The Fisherman of Loch Neagh and What He Saw / Ulster Orchestra, dir. Vernon Handley
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This disc unites material from two different releases. All the recordings except for the Stanford were contained in a Chandos album from the 1980s and the Stanford was part of a set of all of that composer's Irish Rhapsodies, released together and also as filler for separate issues of Standford's symphonies. Anyway, I have all these performances in their original editions, and they make for a well-played program of music whose theme is centered on the sea. This is perhaps my favorite recording of Britten's Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes. Or, well, at least tied with the one directed by Andre Previn on EMI. The playing is both stark and smooth, and the sonics delicious. Though I'm personally not quite as fond of Frank Bridge's The Sea, it's still a nice work, once in a great while somewhat reminsicent of Debussy's La Mer, at least to me. On the Sea-Shore by Arnold Bax and the Stanford piece are the two shorter pieces, and both are delights -- the Bax in...
New discoveries from minor composers are always exciting - until after three or four auditions they reveal the way they are made. I refrained from writing this review until familiar with Bridge's work, so emphatically styled "work of genius" by several reviewers, including one who felt astonished that it was written a mere six years after Debussy's "La Mer". Yet neither in style, nor harmony nor orchestration does it show much affinity with Debussy; it is certainly very remote from impressionism. The comparison is misleading and (I suspect) due to an infectious enthusiasm on first hearing strange music, than to considered reflection. On the whole "The Sea" owes more to Rimsky, Sinding and others of that generation; in "Sea Foam" I hear distinct echoes of the Firebird; and how little forward it looks can be ascertained by Bridge's last movement where he introduces a small scattering of strong harmonic clashes that are surely cribbed from Strauss and early Scriabin. Moreover the melodic...
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