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Cat. No. CHAN 10105 Price: £10.5 No. of discs: 1
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CHAN 10105 - Gregson: Blazon/ Violin Concerto/Clarinet Concerto/Stepping Out
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Available From: 18 August 2003
"Gregson was taught never to write notes that were not absolutely necessary. 'I can't stand the sentimental in music', he has said. He learned much from the structural clarity of Bartók and Hindemith, the economy and incisiveness of Stravinsky, the rhythmic flair of Walton and the simple modality of Vaughan Williams. To that list of influences one could also add Tippett, Lutoslawski, Messiaen and John Adams. This is a consciously eclectic mix, informing an approach to writing which is rigorous, disciplined and rooted firmly within the symphonic mainstream, and amply demonstrated in the four works recorded here.

A vivid and energetic work, Blazon was first performed in 1992. Gregson divides his large orchestra into concertante groups, each given its own music.The Clarinet Concerto was commissioned by the BBC for the musicians who have recorded it here.They gave the first performance in Manchester in 1994.

Gregson describes Stepping Out, composed in 1996 for the String Orchestra of the Royal Northern College of Music, as a short, 'up-front' kind of piece in an internationally eclectic style: 'John Adams meets Shostakovich, with a bit of Gregson thrown in.' The Violin Concerto is Gregson's Millennium piece, first performed in 2000. It is his most overtly neoromantic work to date. 'I find it impossible to resist the temptation to look back and give some respectful nods in certain musical directions', says Gregson. Concerto 'spotters' may hear echoes of works by Prokofiev,Walton, Elgar and even Szymanowski, but the underlying musical argument is very much Gregson's own.

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Reviews

Martyn Brabbins directs a set of performances as crisply polished as they are infectious, and Chandoss sound is characteristically sumptuous to match.
Gramophone on CHAN 9879 (Bax)

They are beautifully played by Michael Collins and Olivier Charlier, and would make a Christmas offering to treasure throughout 2004.
Gramophone

Ivan March They are beautifully played by Michael Collins and Olivier Charlier, and would make a Christmas offering to treasure throughout 2004.'
Gramophone

'He [Gregson] speaks to a large audience, without sacrificing integrity. With superb performances and sound… this is a release of vital, attractive and immensely likeable music.'
International Record Review

'The recordings are vivid and warmly atmospheric; if you care about contemporary British orchestral music, I cannot recommend this CD too highly.'
Gramophone Editor's Choice

If you care about contemporary British orchestral music, I cannot recommend this CD too highly.
Gramophone ‘Editors Choice’ and ‘Critics’ Choice 2003’

The recordings are vivid and warmly atmospheric; if you care about contemporary British orchestral music, I cannot recommend this CD too highly.
Gramophone (Editor's Choice)

What a remarkably adaptable conductor is Martyn Brabbins – able to sound keen and in intelligent control in British music from Arnold Bax to Harrison Birtwistle.
BBC Music Magazine on CHAN 9879 (Bax)

'Brabbins and his intrepid band seem to be having the time of their lives playing this challengingly expert music, and so will you. Recommendations is immediate and automatic.'
Fanfare

…Martyn Brabbins… secures a splendidly secure and committed response from the BBC Philharmonic, and the disc as a whole certainly merits the investigation of any reader who enjoys venturing off the beaten track.
Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’ on CHAN 10019 (Clifford/Bainton)

He [Gregson] speaks to a large audience, without sacrificing integrity. With superb performances and sound… this is a release of vital, attractive and immensely likeable music.
International Record Review

 

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