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Joseph Holbrooke from CPO

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« Reply #105 on: April 11, 2019, 01:13:33 pm »

Clive I'm going to be doing the same. I'm rather amazed, having put together a playlist of all the Holbrooke I have on record, that I have ten hours (and that's of different works, not duplicating versions). I have to say I always enjoy him and I'm glad there is so much more out there than there was. When I was a teenager, hearing a single note of Holbrooke was still an impossible dream.

Regarding symphonic argument, I remember Trevor Bray's biography of Bannock saying of Corder "he was not the type of teacher to instil great critical awareness in his pupils, and his three most gifted pupils, Josef [sic] Holbrooke, Bantock and Arnold Bao, all show a tendency towards the unrestrained. Their compositions tend to be too long".

I'm not sure it's completely accurate: Bax knew what he was doing with a symphony, but there is perhaps a meandering quality to the orchestral works of both Bantock and Holbrooke. But they do make some lovely orchestral sounds.
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