- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 14.2 x 12.7 x 0.99 cm; 85.9 g
- メーカー : Naxos
- EAN : 0636943476321
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 2001
- レーベル : Naxos
- ASIN : B000050XA3
- ディスク枚数 : 1
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The composer Alan Rawsthorne (1905-1971) trained as a dentist before he turned to music, and there is something in his output which reminds me of surgery. Anguish, sorrow and relief infuse his works of which three are represented here. The best of them is the Symphonic Studies of 1939 which was his first big international success. Here the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under David Lloyd-Jones grinds out its whining, drooping, chromatic theme in a one-movement sequence of variations which are almost filmic in their abruptness and colour. The Oboe Concerto of 1947 is a more modest work exploiting the plaintive and moody tone of the instrument until the last movement which is as improbably light-hearted as a dose of laughing-gas. Soloist Stéphane Rancourt plays with prominent exuberance. The Cello Concerto of 1966 is the least appealing work although it is given star billing on the CD cover. Gloom pervades the first movement, a sinister ticking motif the second and a somewhat ponderous and elderly tread the finale. Soloist Alexander Baillie does his best against heavy odds. His cadenza is poetic until the triangle enters ringing like a quiz show bell telling him he has run out of time. --Rick Jones
When you hear the "Symphonic Studies" you're surely left scratching your head as to why this neglect has come about. Some compare this to a concerto for orchestra but to me it sounds like a concerto for composer and orchestra. It was Rawsthorne's first full scale orchestral work but is incredibly accomplished showing not just a command of orchestral forces but of symphonic form. It variation based form sounds more like a thoroughly convincing one movement symphony, containing five broad sections. Perhaps the title "Symphonic Studies" sounds a bit dry and daunting. The work itself has plenty of bravura but also includes just as much gentle lyricism.
This gentle lyricism infuses both the other two works: the concertos for Oboe and the Cello. The Cello Concerto has a distinct melancholic vein whilst the Concerto for Oboe and Strings is more classically restrained.
What is striking, and may be part of the reason for Rawsthorne's neglect, is that the later works hardly build on the remarkable "Symphonic Studies". Overall there's a sense of English pastorale mixed with chromatic Hindemith like harmonies. A number of quite conservative minded English composers of the time were strongly influenced by Hindemith and their collective lack of an original voice has led to their neglect. In Rawsthorne's case this is very unfortunate because his music is highly accomplished and always a pleasure to hear.
The performances by the RSNO under David Lloyd Jones are first rate and the soloists; Alexander Baillie and Stephen Rancourt are fine advocates for the concertos. This is an excellent disc, well worth having for the Symphonic Studies alone. If you've not heard them before then make sure you do.
This is good mid-twentieth century stuff, with a brief backward glance to Brahms, not Schoenberg. Tuneful and quite dramatic, "Symphonic Studies" comes from 1939, and was first performed, according to the excellent booklet, in Warsaw, four months before disaster befell Poland.
The Oboe Concerto comes from 1947, and the sombre Cello Concerto from 1966, four years before Rawsthorne's death.
This Naxos CD would be a very good introduction to Rawsthorne, then move onto his symphonies and chamber music.
Rawsthorne has been an interesting discovery for me, and I recommend that you give this overlooked composer a try.