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CHAN 10729 - Bridge: Orchestral Works, The Collector's Edition
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Available From: 15 June 2012
Bridge: Orchestral Works, The Collector's Edition

The complete orchestral works by Frank Bridge are here released in an attractive six-disc box for the first time, as part of the new Hickox Legacy commemorative series on Chandos Records, leading up to (and continuing beyond) the fifth anniversary, in Nov 2013, of the conductor’s untimely death.
 
A couple of orchestral works aside, the repertoire of Frank Bridge was largely ignored until Hickox embarked on the complete cycle of his orchestral music, which revealed to the world what a remarkably varied and imaginative composer he was.
 
All of Bridge’s orchestral music is about something: there are nature-inspired tone poems, such as The Sea and Enter Spring; there are war-inspired works such as Oration and the Overture Rebus; and there are those pieces with a more ambiguous or elusive ‘emotional’ programme, such as Dance Poem and Phantasm.
 
The Guardian wrote of Vol. 4: ’ Richard Hickox’s invaluable survey of Frank Bridges orchestral music for Chandos [is] one of the most important contributions to British music on disc in the last decade”

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"...Despite this being a six-disc compilation, there’s little filler. The lighter pieces charm. The performances are consistently inspired, and the recorded sound is refulgent."
Graham Rickson - The Arts Desk.com - 29 September 2012

“...It may seem a huge leap of faith to consider buying six CDs – but it’s worth it. This is music that moves, consoles and stirs the imagination. This Bridge collection is one of Hickox’s finest achievements and includes singers Sarah Connolly, Roderick Williams, the late great Philip Langridge, cellist Alban Gerhardt and the pianist Howard Shelley.Sound and production are exemplary. “ *****
Colin Anderson – Time Out (UK) – 6 August 2012

"..,This ‘Bridge Box’ contains sensitive and nuanced performances by the much-missed Richard Hickox, making the best possible case for the neglected music of Frank Bridge, and hearing them altogether courtesy of this Chandos reissue is a reminder of how the under-regarded Bridge was one of the great glories of English music. The set, crammed with such delectable items as the orchestral suite The Sea ... An unmissable set."

Barry Forshaw - CDChoice.co.uk - 5 July 2012

 

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