William Wordsworth: Orchestral Music, Vol. 2

Piano Concerto in D minor, Op. 28; Three Pastoral Sketches, Op. 10; Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 60

August 01, 2019

  • Discography
  • Piano Concerto in D minor, Op. 28 (1946)
  • Three Pastoral Sketches, Op. 10 (1937)
  • Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 60 (1955)

Arta Arnicane, piano (Tracks 1-5)
Kamila Bydlowska, violin (Tracks 9-11)
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
John Gibbons

  • Release Date: 1st August 2021
  • Catalogue No: TOCC 0526
  • Label: Toccata Classics

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The music of William Wordsworth (1908–88) – a great-great-grandson of the poet’s brother Christopher – lies downstream from that of Vaughan Williams and Sibelius; like that of his contemporary Edmund Rubbra, Wordsworth’s music unfolds spontaneously, as a natural process. This second volume brings two concertos, both major works – though long forgotten, and contrasted in their approach: the gritty and muscular Piano Concerto is cast in a single, tightly argued span, whereas the lyrical Violin Concerto is expansive and unhurried – and deeply touching. They are complemented by the Three Pastoral Sketches, which grow gently from understated autumnal hues to a dignified and moving climax. All three scores show an extraordinary command of orchestral colour.




William Wordsworth: Orchestral Music, Vol. 1

Divertimento in D, Op. 58; Symphony No. 4 in E flat, Op. 54; Variations on a Scottish Theme, Op. 72; Symphony No. 8 Pax Hominibus, Op. 117