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York Bowen

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CDLX 7169

York Bowen: Piano & Violin Concertos - BBC Concert Orchestra, Lorraine McAslan & Michael Dussek

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Edgar Bainton SYMPHONY NO.3

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A revelation for all lovers of the English symphony: Vernon Handley conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra works his magic on two tremendous but until now unknown scores, in an unexpected coupling. Edgar Bainton’s glorious Third Symphony, his last work, from 1956, was written when he was living in Australia, and Rutland Boughton’s First Symphony, from 1905, a swaggering Edwardian celebration of Oliver Cromwell, is crowned by baritone Roderick Williams’s fervent projection of Cromwell’s prayer at the end. We perhaps do not link the names of Edgar Bainton and Rutland Boughton, yet they were friends and contemporaries when Boughton was trying to launch his opera scheme at Glastonbury at the beginning of WWI, and their music, early and late, makes a uniquely rewarding programme.

"... another substaintial coupling from Dutton, on which Vernon Handley and the BBC Concert Orchestra resuscitate two symphonies by Edgar Bainton and Rutland Boughton. The latter's First (a red-blooded, somewhat Lisztian character portrait of Oliver Cromwell) dates from 1905 and its finale incorporates a sincerely felt setting for baritone (here the eloquent Roderick Williams) of Cromwell's last prayer. Bainton's Third Symphony (1956) ... strikes me as a find: a 42-minute journey of frequently piercing beauty and slumbering power, waymarked by a haunting pentatonic motif. With first rate orchestral playing and Handley in his element, Anglophiles and adventurous collectors alike needn't tarry."
Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone, June 2007

CDLX 7185

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York Bowen

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"The indefatigable champion of British music, Vernon Handley, here presents a strong case for one of the 20th century's semi-forgotten figures, enhanced by the pianistic panache of Michael Dussek."
"Its [the music on this disc's] combination of succulence, brilliance and strong melodic threads, coupled with the sensitivity and spirit of these performances, ought to win new admirers for two imaginative concertos and a Symphonic Fantasia of Straussian lyricism and verve."
Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph, 7 August 2007

"This is high-Victorian musical rhetoric, full of good breeding and good taste…the Lisztian piano writing sparkles, the orchestration is transparent…The BBC Concert Orchestra plays as if it believes in this stuff; Michael Dussek plays with energy but also a light touch – a good idea, for heaviness in this self-important music would be fatal."
Sullivan, American Record Review

CDLX 7187

York Bowen: Piano Concerto Nos 2 & 3 - BBC Concert Orchestra
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Erik Chisholm, Trevor Hold & Eric Fogg
Erik Chisholm, Trevor Hold & Eric Fogg

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This CD features three different works by three very different 20th century British composers, while two orchestras who have established strong links to the Dutton Epoch label – the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra – are on hand to interpret the scores with all their customary panache and virtuosity. The Scottish composer Erik Chisholm was one of those who, because he went to live abroad at a crucial phase in his career, have tended to be forgotten in the country of their birth. His Second Symphony (subtitled Ossian) dates from 1939 but was never performed as such. Instead it was quarried by the composer for his wartime ballet ‘The Earth-Shapers’ (‘a symphonic ballet in a prologue and one act’). It would be easy to relate this music to the times in which it was composed, as a metaphor for the struggle with Nazism. But Chisholm has left us no such allusion. In contrast, Trevor Hold’s song cycle, The Unreturning Spring, though written between 1961 and 1963 very much reflects issues of the war in setting the airman James Farrar’s poems. Eric Fogg, the son of the organist to the Hallé Orchestra, was a child prodigy composer whose youthful output was considerable. Known for his work as an accompanist for the BBC in Manchester during the ’20s/’30s and later as BBC Empire Director of Music in London, much of Fogg’s orchestral output is now lost. His evocative musical picture of the sea at dusk, Sea-Sheen, was published when Fogg was only seventeen. Eric Fogg’s orchestral evocation Merok is dated June 1929, and was published in 1934. Merok is a tiny village in Norway, situated at the head of the Geiranger Fjord, and Fogg’s musical picture takes the form of variations on a Norwegian folk song.

CDLX 7196

Erik Chisholm, Trevor Hold & Eric Fogg - Royal National Scottish Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra & Martin Yates
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John Ireland, Frank Bridge & William WaltonMUSIC FOR PIANO & ORCHESTRA
John Ireland, Frank Bridge & William Walton

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Dutton Epoch’s tribute to the late Vernon Handley comes with this reissue of a programme that was one of his triumphs from the 1980s, but has long been unavailable. Kathryn Stott’s ringing performances and Handley’s inspired direction of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra remind us piquantly of Handley’s all too brief association with Dutton Epoch.


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Now we are well over one-hundred releases in, at Dutton Epoch we though it was high time we compiled a ‘sampler’ disc containing some of the many highlights in the series. And so ‘The World of Epoch’ was born. This release contains twenty recordings of some of the highlights in 20th century British classical and light music repertoire – much of it recorded for the first time by Dutton Epoch. Composers represented include Richard Arnell, Elgar, York Bowen, Julius Harrison, Alan Rawsthorne, Robert Farnon, Eric Coates, Cecilia McDowall, Ronald Corp and Joseph Horovitz. The disc showcases many of the UK ’s eminent conductors, orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists and choirs who record for us – a starry role call including names such as Vernon Handley CBE, David Lloyd-Jones, Martin Yates, John Wilson, Roderick Williams, Sir Thomas Allen, David Owen Norris , the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and many others… ‘The World of Epoch’ – a compelling reminder that Dutton Epoch is at the forefront of British classical music.

"Within a few years, the Dutton Epoch label's new release programme has become the first stop for collectors anxious to increase their knowledge of unjustly neglected British music."
Robert Matthew-Walker, International Record Review, January 2008

"This is a series which comprehensively rights a number of artistic wrongs."
Robert Matthew-Walker, International Record Review, June 2007

"The torrent of enterprising offerings from Dutton Epoch shows no sign of abating."
Andrew Achenbach, The Gramophone, June 2007

"... an extraordinarily valuable series."
Rob Cowan, The Gramophone, March 2002

CDSPA 2008

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