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John Foulds (1880-1939)

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Frederic Cowen (1852-1935)

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« on: October 01, 2021, 05:45:56 pm »

An essential playlist:

Orchestral music volume 1 (Dutton CDLX 7252)
Orchestral music volume 2 (Dutton CDLX 7260)
Orchestral music volume 3 (Dutton CDLX 7307)
Orchestral music volume 4 (Dutton CDLX 7311)

Cello Concerto (Dutton CDLX 7284)

Orchestral music volume 1 (Warner 2564 61525-2)
Orchestral music volume 2 (Warner 2564 62999-2)

A World Requiem (Chandos CHSA 5058-2)

What a truly wonderful composer he was! Way ahead of his time in exploring modes and quarter-tones, a great and truly original creator of both "serious" and "light" music (whatever these terms mean to the individual listener). The discs above cover a wide range of his output and are all strongly recommended. Ronald Corp and Martin Yates (Dutton), Sakari Oramo (Warner) and Leon Botstein (Chandos) have the full measure of this stuff. Corp covers virtually all of the "lighter" music, Oramo the major "serious scores" (at least those that are extant) and Botstein does wonders with Foulds' major choral work (in spite of a somewhat wayward soprano soloist). Just one thing, though...



I can still provide a link to the Radio 3 documentary John Foulds: Life, Death and Resurrection for any members who are interested.

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