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John Ireland: Music for String Orchestra

Raphael Wallfisch, Orchestra of the Swan, David Curtis

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Cello Sonata in G Minor (arr. for Cello & String Orchestra)  
1
I. Moderato e sostenuto
John Ireland; Matthew Forbes; Raphael Wallfisch; Orchestra of the Swan; David Curtis
9:12
2
II. Poco largamente
John Ireland; Matthew Forbes; Raphael Wallfisch; Orchestra of the Swan; David Curtis
5:44
3
III. Con moto e marcato
John Ireland; Matthew Forbes; Raphael Wallfisch; Orchestra of the Swan; David Curtis
5:32
4
Summer Evening (arr. by G. Parlett for String Orchestra)
John Ireland; Graham Parlett; Orchestra of the Swan; David Curtis
4:24
Sarnia  
5
II. In a May Morning (arr. by G. Parlett for String Orchestra)
John Ireland; Graham Parlett; Orchestra of the Swan; David Curtis
6:59
6
Soliloquy (arr. by G. Parlett for Cello and String Orchestra)
John Ireland; Graham Parlett; Raphael Wallfisch; Orchestra of the Swan; David Curtis
3:33
7
Bagatelle (arr. by G. Parlett for Cello and String Orchestra)
John Ireland; Graham Parlett; Raphael Wallfisch; Orchestra of the Swan; David Curtis
2:36
8
Berceuse (arr. by G. Parlett for Cello and String Orchestra)
John Ireland; Graham Parlett; Raphael Wallfisch; Orchestra of the Swan; David Curtis
3:06
9
Cavatina (arr. by G. Parlett for Cello and String Orchestra)
John Ireland; Graham Parlett; Raphael Wallfisch; Orchestra of the Swan; David Curtis
5:09
A Downland Suite (arr. for String Orchestra)  
10
I. Prelude. Allegro energico (arr. by G. Bush)
Geoffrey Bush; John Ireland; Orchestra of the Swan; David Curtis
4:01
11
II. Elegy. Lento espressivo (arr. by J. Ireland)
Geoffrey Bush; John Ireland; Orchestra of the Swan; David Curtis
5:30
12
III. Minuet .Allegretto grazioso (arr. by J. Ireland)
Geoffrey Bush; John Ireland; Orchestra of the Swan; David Curtis
4:22
13
IV. Rondo. Poco allegro (arr. by G. Bush)
Geoffrey Bush; John Ireland; Orchestra of the Swan; David Curtis
3:25
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    63:33
“Raphael Wallfisch and David Curtis are on the same page here. The smaller pieces are played with simple beauty. At its best, there is something curiously satisfying about the British approach to emotion in music. Less breast-beating. Much English music—and its nostalgia—seems to go by, instead, at the pace of normal life. Maybe that’s the key to David Curtis’s performance here. He lingers… but not too long. It leaves you thinking nothing beautiful is ever yours until it is taken away."
- Steven Kruger, Fanfare

English composer John Ireland may have been best-known for his piano miniatures, but his pieces for string orchestra, presented on this release, encompass some of his most expressive and passionate works. Also included are a few of Ireland’s evocative piano works arranged for strings, including the exquisite Soliloquy and In a May Morning.
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