Sir Richard Rodney Bennett: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 (SACD)

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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, John Wilson

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
John Wilson

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and its Associate Guest Conductor John Wilson record for the first time together on Chandos, embarking on a new series devoted to the brilliant orchestral works of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.

While internationally famous for his dances, jazz creations, and film and TV scores, Bennett wrote sumptuous works of ‘concert music’, as he called it. This first volume reveals him as one of the most brilliant natural talents to emerge in post-war British music. Influenced by both the American Songbook and his teacher Pierre Boulez, he also always strove to place melody – and emotional honesty – at the centre of his music.

These traits are coupled in the epic Marimba Concerto, an innovative piece for the composer, moving from a colourful and lyrical first movement to highly virtuosic passages and strikingly athletic cadenzas. The demanding solo part is tackled here by the multi-award-winning Colin Currie, nowadays seen as the world’s finest and most daring percussionist, as well as a champion of contemporary music.

Recorded: 31 May - 2 June 2017
Recording Venue: City Halls, Glasgow, Scotland

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  1. Celebration 4:36

    Marimba Concerto 16:29
    Colin Currie (marimba)
  2. I. Con moto - A tempo, grazioso - A tempo, tranquillo 9:47
  3. II. Con brio (Molto ritmico) - Cadenza, con gran energia, molto ritmico 6:42

    Symphony No. 3 21:33
  4. I. Andante - Vivo 7:32
  5. II. Allegretto 5:17
  6. III. Adagio 8:44

    Summer Music (Version for Small Orchestra) 10:22
  7. I. Allegro tranquillo 3:16
  8. II. Siesta. Lento e dolce 3:37
  9. III. Games. Vivo - Sempre con molto moto 3:29

  10. Sinfonietta 9:17

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"Wilson is the ideal interpreter of this fine retrospective of five symphonic works by a genuine “crossover” composer, famous for his film and television scores."
The Sunday Times
(November 5, 2017)

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