The Art-Music Forum
November 20, 2018, 07:33:03 pm
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News: Here you may discover hundreds of little-known composers, hear thousands of long-forgotten compositions, contribute your own rare (non-copyright) recordings, and discuss all the Arts in an erudite and decorous atmosphere full of freedom and delight. To participate, simply log in or register.
 
  Home Help Search Gallery Staff List Login Register  

Unrecorded 20th Century British Violin Concertos: an updated list


Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Unrecorded 20th Century British Violin Concertos: an updated list  (Read 134 times)
Dundonnell
Level 8
********

Times thanked: 125
Offline Offline

Posts: 4049


View Profile WWW
« on: June 24, 2018, 11:34:06 pm »

There are twenty-three concertos on my list. That is a substantial number and many listed do deserve to be recorded commercially. Very fortunately more than half are available in off-air broadcast recordings for download. Sound quality is variable.

Sir Eugene Goossens (1893-1962): Phantasy Concerto (1948) *
Grace Williams (1906-1977): Violin Concerto (1950)  *
Arnold Cooke (1906-2005): Violin Concerto (1958)  *
William Wordsworth (1908-1988): Violin Concerto (1955)  *
Robert Still (1910-1971): Violin Concerto (1969)  *
Stanley Bate (1911-1959): Violin Concerto No.1 (1936-37)
                                                  Violin Concerto No.2 (1943)
                                                  Violin Concerto No.3 (1947-50)
Franz Reizenstein (1911-1968): Violin Concerto (1952)  *
Daniel Jones (1912-1993): Violin Concerto (1966)  *
Peter Racine Fricker (1920-1990): Violin Concerto No.2 "Rhapsodia Concertante) (1953-54)  *
Ruth Gipps (1921-1999): Violin Concerto (1943)
Robert Simpson (1921-1997): Violin Concerto (1959) (withdrawn)  *
Iain Hamilton (1922-2000): Violin Concerto No.2 "Amphion" (1972)  *
Arthur Butterworth (1923-2014): Violin Concerto (1978)  *
Wilfred Josephs (1927-1997): Violin Concerto (1992)
Alun Hoddinott (1929-2008): Violin Concerto No.1 (1961)
                                                      Violin Concerto No.2 "Mistral" (1995)  *
Hugh Wood (1932-): Violin Concerto No.2 (2003-04)  *
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016): Violin Concerto No.2 "Fiddler on the Shore" (2009)  *
William Mathias (1934-1992): Violin Concerto (1992)  *
John McCabe (1939-2015): Violin Concerto No.1 "Sinfonia Concertante" (1959)
                                                  Violin Concerto No. 2 (1980)  *


The violin concertos which are "missing" are the three of Stanley Bate, the very early concertos by Ruth Gipps and John McCabe and the Hoddinott No.1 and the Wilfred Josephs
There was a time when one might have hoped for at least one of the Bate concertos from Dutton but their enthusiasm for the composer's music has waned.
It is perhaps a little surprising that the premiere of the Hoddinott played by Manoug Parikian in Birmingham in 1961 has never appeared. The concert may not have been broadcast by the BBC but I find it hard to credit that the work was not performed again in Wales. The Josephs, on the other hand, has never been performed.
Report Spam   Logged

mjkFendrich
Level 3
***

Times thanked: 15
Offline Offline

Posts: 160


View Profile
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2018, 08:47:08 am »

Hello Colin,

there is a serious omission from your list, of which I haven't been able to trace any off-air recording:

    Ronald Stevenson (1928-2015): Violin Concerto "The Gypsy" (1977-79)

Report Spam   Logged
Dundonnell
Level 8
********

Times thanked: 125
Offline Offline

Posts: 4049


View Profile WWW
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2018, 01:21:18 pm »

As a matter of fact the Stevenson was on my original list. That list was split into two groups and the second of these had a few concertos by more obscure figures like Richard Hall, Malcolm Lipkin and David Ellis. I decided to drop the Stevenson into the second group and then not to include any of these because the main list was already too long.

Ultimately a selection will reflect the perceptions of the compiler of such a list. I am sure that there will be other concertos written perhaps more recently that some people would see as more deserving of a commercial recording.
Report Spam   Logged
Greg K
Level 4
****

Times thanked: 81
Offline Offline

Posts: 303


View Profile
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2018, 05:18:57 pm »

A more serious omission:

   Kenneth Leighton
Report Spam   Logged
Dundonnell
Level 8
********

Times thanked: 125
Offline Offline

Posts: 4049


View Profile WWW
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2018, 06:32:51 pm »

A more serious omission:

   Kenneth Leighton

It would be if it was........but it isn't Grin

Leighton's Violin Concerto was recorded by Naxos, coupled with the Gordon Jacob and Paul Patterson's 2nd and issued in December of last year.

https://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/classical/works/305671--leighton-concerto-for-violin-and-small-orchestra-op-12/browse
Report Spam   Logged
Greg K
Level 4
****

Times thanked: 81
Offline Offline

Posts: 303


View Profile
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2018, 10:33:38 pm »

Oh.  I had no idea, and can't recall any mention of it here at the time.

Having to choose only 3 from your list for commercial issue I might well go with the trio of Welsh composed VC's by Jones, Matthias, & Grace Williams, - all very strong works in my judgment.
Report Spam   Logged
Dundonnell
Level 8
********

Times thanked: 125
Offline Offline

Posts: 4049


View Profile WWW
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2018, 11:11:15 pm »

Oh.  I had no idea, and can't recall any mention of it here at the time.

Having to choose only 3 from your list for commercial issue I might well go with the trio of Welsh composed VC's by Jones, Matthias, & Grace Williams, - all very strong works in my judgment.

Oh I think that I posted about that cd at the time Grin

I quite agree about the three Welsh concertos you mention. At 17, 34 and 24 minutes (in the order you gave) they could (just) fit onto one disc. No doubt an enterprising violinist would be happy to record them. Only problem....try selling the idea to a record company Roll Eyes
Report Spam   Logged

Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by EzPortal
Bookmark this site! | Upgrade This Forum
SMF For Free - Create your own Forum

Buy traffic for your forum/website
Powered by SMF | SMF © 2016, Simple Machines
Privacy Policy