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Joseph Holbrooke from CPO

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« Reply #105 on: June 20, 2019, 07:04:27 pm »

And here's a satisfied customer!! Grin I received the new Holbrooke cd,yesterday! I'm afraid,I,really,enjoyed everything on it! Shocked Grin Particularly,the symphony! It took more than one,or two,listens to assimilate what I was hearing;but I liked it! Again,for me,it's Holbrooke's flair for orchestration,that really does it for me. The second movement (Hospitalships) opens mysteriously and has to have some of his most evocative music. I think it might just be one of my favourite Holbrooke movements,now! And it was great to be able to hear the final movement in it's entirety,at long last!! I found the whole work wholly intriguing and absorbing! Yes,it's more like a suite;but it's all the wonderful sounds that keep me listening. I never know quite what to expect,really! There's an eccentricity about Holbrooke's imagination,to my ears,that,really,marks him out from some of his more conventional,contemporary,late romantic,wannabees!
As to the other works on the cd. I actually didn't think I knew,"The girl I left behind me"! Of course,I knew the tune immediately!  Again! If you're expecting something like the Enigma Variations,you might be disappointed! But,oh,what gorgeous orchestration! Yes,it rambles a bit;but in a wholly delightful,entertaining,idiosyncratic way,that keeps me listening! I think this might be my favourite Holbrooke variations,after "Auld Lang Syne,on the earlier Cpo cd!
All in all,the only disappointment,as far as I'm concerned,is that there isn't going to follow up cd from Cpo,with another symphony,concerto or ballet! Sad A wonderful cd! Smiley And Gareth Vaughan, definitely,has quite a career opening up as a booklet note,writer!!
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