Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012):
Orchestral Works, Vol. 2
Concerto for Stan Getz*, Symphony No. 2, Serenade for Small Orchestra Partita
Howard McGill, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, John Wilson
Chandos SACD CHSA5212 @ £11 plus P&P
The Sunday Times “….. the gritty Symphony, amiable Serenade and tuneful Partita are worth rediscovering in Wilson’s empathetic performances.”
About the CD ….
The recent partnership of John Wilson and BBC SSO on record reaches this second volume in their invigorating exploration of fascinating orchestral works by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.
Less well known than his widely famous film music (Murder on the Orient Express, Four Weddings and a Funeral, etc.), the orchestral works featured here display the versatility with which Bennett contradicted the dogma of musical modernism at the time of their creation (60s-70s), as well as an evolution of his compositional style towards a musical language that spoke to audiences everywhere in the world.
From the glittering Symphony No. 2 – generating subtle yet engaging musical contrasts on a large scale – to the jazzy Concerto for Stan Getz – featuring the saxophonist Howard McGill who has established himself as one of the greats of London’s jazz scene – this album features works that break down the false walls between two musical worlds and will appeal to anyone willing to explore, discover, or simply enjoy great music.
Also available— Volume 1 inc Marimba Concerto, Celebration, Symphony No.3, Summer Music, Sinfonietta. Colin Currie, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Wilson. Chandos SACD 5202 @ £11 + P&P
Classical Source “This Chandos series will be one of the most significant in British music for quite a few years.”