I hesitate to use the tired cliche "neglected masterpiece," but Herbert Howells' third string quartet, "In Gloucestershire," truly fits that description. It's an absolutely gorgeous piece of music: pastoral, spirited, elegiac and at times turbulent, all reflecting the best traditions of England's great composers of the twentieth century.
George Dyson's "Three Rhapsodies," which makes up the other half of this disc, is a three movement suite: allegretto, lento, adagio. It's among the composer's earliest works (1905-1912) and while sharing the same sound world of Vaughan Williams and the like, there's practically no use of folk material. The liner notes aptly describe the music as "non-academic, warming and beautiful and sings as music always should." Indeed, while it's not quite as inspired as the Howells quartet, it's still attractive music.
I've owned this disc for a number of years and am still amazed that these recordings, made in 1984, appear to be the only ones currently in the catalog. This lack of attention should not discourage prospective buyers as these are first rate performances of outstanding chamber music works. Chamber music enthusiasts and British music lovers will be thrilled with this find.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 12.07 x 13.97 x 0.64 cm; 90.15 g
- メーカー : Hyperion UK
- EAN : 0034571150451
- レーベル : Hyperion UK
- ASIN : B00005A7LZ
- ディスク枚数 : 1