Magazine article Gramophone

Foulds: 'Orchestral Music, Vol 3'

Magazine article Gramophone

Foulds: 'Orchestral Music, Vol 3'

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Foulds

'Orchestral Music, Vol 3' Undine, Op 3. Kashmiri Boat Song. Chinese Suite, Op 95. A Gaelic Dream-Song, Op 68. Basque Serenade. Kashmiri Wedding Procession. Miniature Suite, Op 38. Scene picaresque (Spanish Serenade). Gipsy Czardas (Tzigeuner). Kashmiri Boat Song on Jhelum River BBC Concert Orchestra / Ronald Corp Dutton Epoch [M] CDLX7307 (78' * DDD)

Both previous instalments in this valuable series (reviewed by Edward Greenfield in 11/10 and 4/11) boasted more than their fair share of gems, and much the same applies to this newcomer. The programme begins with the three-movement orchestral suite Undine that Foulds wrote in 1898 when he was just 17, and I for one can certainly endorse annotator Malcolm MacDonald's shrewd observation that the teenager 'handles the orchestra with instinctive flair, alive to the properties of every timbre ... there are already characteristic gestures that would recur in Foulds's later music'. The mood of piquant, fairy-tale charm extends to the Miniature Suite of 1913, whose four movements derive from Foulds's sizeable incidental score to Harold Chapin's Christmas play for children entitled Wonderful Grandmama and the Wand of Youth (premiered at Manchester's Gaiety Theatre on Boxing Day 1912). …

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