Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Alwyn
Elizabethan Dances
The Innumerable Dance – An English Overture
Concerto for Oboe, Harp and Strings
Aphrodite in Aulis – An Eclogue for Small Orchestra after George Moore
Symphonic Prelude “The Magic Island”
Festival March
Jonathan Small (oboe)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra [Eleanor Hudson (harp)]
David Lloyd-Jones

Recorded 19-22 January 2006 in Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
CD No: NAXOS 8.570144
Duration: 71 minutes
Reviewed: December 2006
David Lloyd-Jones’s William Alwyn odyssey continues. The colourful, suave Elizabethan Dances (1956-57) and the swinging, stirring Festival March (1951) both reflect post-war Britain leaving austerity behind. From earlier, The Innumerable Dance is radiant and undulating, the (war-time) Oboe Concerto charged and expressive, and both Aphrodite in Aulis and The Magic Island are eloquent and atmospheric. Very sympathetic performances vividly recorded.

 

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