Magazine article Gramophone

Crosse: Elegy, Op 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Crosse: Elegy, Op 1

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Crosse

Elegy, Op 1 (a). Concerto for Chamber Orchestra, Op 8 (b). Concertino, Op 15 (c). Violin Concerto No 2, Op 26 (d) (d) Manoug Parikian vn (c) Melos Ensemble; (ad) BBC Symphony Orchestra / (d) Colin Davis, (a) Norman Del Mar; (b) Budapest Symphony Orchestra / Gyorgy Lehel Lyrita Itter Broadcast Collection mono (F) REAM1133 (68' * ADD)

BBC Broadcast performances, (a) September 9, (c) October 26, 1965; (b) July 3, 1968; (d) September 7, 1970

Lyrita's mining of the Richard Itter archive continues with a further disc of Gordon Crosse, whose belated return to composing continues as he nears 80. Fifty years ago Crosse was at the forefront of his generation and this judicious overview of his 1960s output affirms why.

While the serial thinking behind Elegy (1960) sounds just a little inhibited, the control Crosse exerts over the emotional ebb and flow of his material is impressive. This is no less evident in the Concerto for chamber orchestra (1962), an astringent yet never arid take on the concerto grosso model that packs a great deal of incident into its tensile outer movements and has real lyrical intensity in its central Lento. …

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