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New Dutton CDs for May - Vaughan Williams, Braunfels, Arne and Elgar

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« on: May 03, 2019, 03:55:46 am »

In searching the internet to see if I could discover when Sullivan's The Martyr of Antioch might be recorded and released by Dutton (apparently next year), I stumbled upon John Andrew's Twitter account and discovered Arne's The Judgement of Paris has just been released.  This caused me to look at Dutton's web page and, so far as I can see, here are some new releases:

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Richard II - Incidental Music/Songs of Travel/Suite de Ballet/Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes

Walter Braunfels: Vol. 4 - Orchestersuite, Op. 48/Sinfonia Concertante/Hebridentšnze, Op. 70

Thomas Arne - The Judgment of Paris

Edward Elgar: The Spanish Lady/Organ Sonata/Severn Suite/Three Civic Fanfares

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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2019, 01:40:05 pm »

A couple of points:

I wonder whether Dutton were entirely aware that both CPO and Capriccio were embarking upon almost simultaneous explorations of the music of Walter Braunfels when they began their own series. In getting all of Braunfels's purely orchestral music onto disc there are now several duplications. The new Dutton cd does have the advantage of including the first recording of the last previously unrecorded piece: the Orchestral Suite, op.48 (which is why I shall buy the cd).

I am a passionate fan of the music of RVW and will be delighted to finally have the Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes on cd. But I have reservations about Dutton's seeming obsession with resurrecting, orchestrating, completing, revising every piece of incidental music ever written by RVW (and Elgar for that matter) rather than in recording music by other composers. Obviously Elgar and RVW will sell-and that matters a great deal! But my perception is that there is much less new music from less well-known composers from Dutton these days. Economic reality, I suppose.
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