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CHAN 10168 - Moeran: Violin Concerto/ Lonely Waters/Whythorne's Shadow/Cello Concerto
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Available From: 12 January 2004
Moeran was strongly influenced by landscape, and in his later life Ireland had a great pull, to the extent that he could only write music while he was there. Though his Violin Concerto (1942) is not in the least programmatic, Kenmare, where he would later die, inspired the outer movements: the first reflects the calm of Kenmare Bay in fine weather; the last, autumn along the Kenmare river. The middle movement features a succession of Irish dancing rhythms, and might almost be called ‘scenes at the fair’.

The atmosphere of Lonely Waters (1931) takes us back to Moeran’s Norfolk boyhood, as well as his folksong collecting in East Anglia during the 1920s. In an introductory note the composer tells us that this work is ‘based on a fragment of song still frequently heard on Saturday nights at certain inns in the Broads district of East Norfolk’.

Whythorne’s Shadow is based on an Elizabethan tune, written while Moeran was living in a village with his friend, Peter Warlock. Warlock was at the time transcribing sixteenth- and seventeenth-century songs, and no doubt trying out his latest discoveries on his friend. The music of Thomas Whythorne was completely unknown before Peter Warlock discovered it, yet Whythorne is of particular interest as the composer of the earliest surviving book of English secular songs. Among these is ‘As Thy Shadow Itself Apply’th’, which forms the basis of Moeran’s piece.

The Cello Concerto was one of Moeran’s last big works. In conventional sonata form, it is one continuous paean in which the cello sings through the expert orchestration, and it has been described as the ultimate expression of all that Moeran had strived to say throughout his life.
Reviews

'The Cello Concerto was written for Peers Coetmore who was to become his wife. Raphael Wallfisch's playing makes the neglect of this glorious piece all the more astonishing.'
Gramophone

Lydia Mordkovitch is a superb violinist who merely lacks the name recognition of a superstar.
American Record Guide

The Cello Concerto was written for Peers Coetmore who was to become his wife. Raphael Wallfischs playing makes the neglect of this glorious piece all the more astonishing.
Gramophone

 

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