Ballet Suite No.1 (3) Dmitri Shostakovich Download 'Ballet Suite No.1 (3)' on iTunes
The BBC Concert Orchestra plays with impressive spirit and precision under John Wilson on this collection of English orchestral writing
Composer: Alwyn, Parry, Bowen, Vaughan Williams
Artists: BBC Concert Orchestra/John Wilson
Label: Dutton CDLX 7237
It’s great to see a certain kind of approachable style of English orchestral writing, after its many years in the critical wilderness, coming back into the limelight. The beautifully crafted music of William Alwyn (1905-85) for example – which tempers high spirits with a delicate sense of nostalgia and melancholy – is a delight, and his Overture, Peter Pan Suite and tone-poem Blackdown all deserve a more frequent place in the concert hall. There are further ear-grabbing world-premiere recordings of works by Vaughan Williams and York Bowen, too.