Edward GERMAN – orchestral music conducted by John Wilson


March Rhapsody on Original Themes, Symphonic Suite in D minor (The Leeds’ Suite), First complete recording Howard McGill (solo saxophone), Symphony No.2 in A minor (The Norwich’) (1893)

BBC Concert Orchestra, John Wilson 

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“The music of Edward German continues to enjoy a renaissance on CD, for which the only response should be a hearty ‘Hurrah!” Fanfare

Who was Sir Edward German? He was a 19th century English musician and composer of Welsh descent, best remembered for his extensive output of incidental music for the stage and as a successor to Arthur Sullivan in the field of English comic opera

CD news …

Dutton Epoch’s series of Edward German Symphonies is now completed by this disc, which features The Norwich ‘ Symphony coupled with the quasi-symphonic Leeds ‘ Suite and the ebullient March Rhapsody. Only one movement of the Leeds ‘ Suite has previously been recorded; here Dutton Epoch is delighted to present all four movements including the Elgarian Elegy’ featuring a solo saxophone. This is tuneful music of some stature, and the BBC Concert Orchestra and their conductor John Wilson make a terrific case for scores that were once popular favourites. The first volume of Dutton Epoch’s Edward German series featured the First Symphony, and here in the later Second Symphony, Edward German has grown in stature. In this definitive score, which dates from 1893, we find one of the most engaging British symphonies before Elgar.

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