John Ireland - Piano Concerto • These Things Shall Be • Legend • Two symphonic studies • Overture 'Satyricon' etc.

Eric Parkin, piano
John Carol Case, baritone London Philharmonic Orchestra (leader Rodney Friend)
London Philharmonic Choir (chorus master Frederic Jackson)
Sir Adrian Boult, conductor

Label: Lyrita
Copyright: 2007 Lyrita Recorded Edition, England
Catalogue number: SRCD.241
UPC/EAN: 5020926024121
Format: CD
Analogue / Digital recording: ADD
Number of discs: 1
Total playing time: 77.13
Price: £ 14.99 (+ postage & packing)

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"This is the essential John Ireland containing three works that stand among the composer’s finest. Satyricon and the Studies are pleasing makeweights ... Fine and even essential John Ireland in performances as freshly conceived and played as they were when first issued almost four decades ago ..." Rob Barnett, Click here to read the full review

"Hieratic, visceral and gritty - just some of the feelings generated by Ireland’s Legend in this assured performance by two notable exponents of the native music, Parkin and Boult. But the Children’s Dance placates the wildness of the Arthur Machen-derived phantoms and the sunburst romanticism fills the Sussex downland with heroic glory. Further distinction, beyond the architectural surety, is provided by the eloquent richness of the clarinet and oboe principals of the LPO ... The most recent of these performances was recorded over thirty-five years ago now but they sound vibrant still thanks to Lyrita’s technical brilliance ..." Jonathan Woolf, Click here to read the full review

"The Legend for piano and orchestra has Parkin once again in top form, and all of this music benefits from Adrian Boult's authoritative but unobtrusively sensitive podium guidance. So many of these Lyrita discs are true "building a collection titles" - the one disc you must have if you want the best and most representative selection of its respective composer's work. Here is another in that distinguished line ..." David Hurwitz, Click here to read the full review

"Having waited for years for the re-release of the Lyrita catalogue, it is somewhat ironic that the recordings appear again when most of the repertoire has been made available, sometimes in several versions, by other companies in the intervening years. On the other hand, to have this distinguished catalogue back in circulation with some great music performed by some of the artists most closely associated with it makes the ‘return of Lyrita’ more than worthwhile ..." David Wordsworth, Click here to read the full review

1 Legend for piano and orchestra (1933) John Ireland (1879 - 1962) 12.43
2 Overture 'Satyricon' (1946) John Ireland (1879 - 1962) 8.43
Piano Concerto (1930) John Ireland (1879 - 1962) 24.45
3 1. In tempo moderato 9.22
4 2. Lento espressivo 7.34
5 3. Allegro - Allegretto giocoso 7.49
These Things Shall Be (1937) John Ireland (1879 - 1962) 19.44
6 1. Say, heart, what will the future ... 2.31
7 2. Interlude - These things shall be! 7.38
8 3. Nation with nation ... 9.35
Two symphonic studies (arr. Geoffrey Bush) John Ireland (1879 - 1962) 11.13
9 1. Fugue 5.54
10 2. Toccata 5.19