Bryan Kelly: Orchestral Music Volume II
Royal Ballet Sinfonia; Manchester Sinfonia; RTE Concert Orchestra; Raphaele Orchestra;
Ronald Corp, Gavin Sutherland, Bryan Kelly; Philip Spratley, Erwin Rondell (conductors).
HTGCD 180 – 5060332662067
BRYAN KELLY was born in Oxford in 1934. At the age of nine he became a chorister at Worcester College – an experience that gradually opened his eyes to a real musical world comprising works from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Eight years later he went to the Royal College of Music where he studied with Norman Greenwood (piano) and Herbert Howells and Gordon Jacob (composition). He was awarded several prizes including one for travel which resulted in his going to Paris, briefly, as a pupil of Nadia Boulanger. This collection brings together orchestral works which trace the composer’s compositional life and complements an earlier Heritage album ‘Bryan Kelly: Orchestral Works Volume I’ (HTGCD 285).
Fantasy Overture: San Francisco (1975); Calypso’s Isle (1999); Concerto da camera (1972);
Four Realms Suite (1972); Capricorn (2000); A Christmas Dance (Sir Roger de Coverley) (2010);
Concerto for Two Trumpets (1982); Comedy Film for orchestra (1963)
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‘This is a splendid CD. It is full of interesting music that provides the listener with pleasure and delight rather than major challenges. Several soloists, orchestras and conductors (they are detailed above) contribute to the success of this new release. The recording is bright and clear, and the playing second to none. The liner notes give all the necessary particulars about the music.’ John France Music Web International