Frank Bridge - Dance Rhapsody • Allegro Moderato for string orchestra • Dance Poem • Two Poems • Overture 'Rebus'

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Braithwaite, conductor

Label: Lyrita
Copyright: 2007 Lyrita Recorded Edition, England
Catalogue number: SRCD.243
UPC/EAN: 5020926024329
Format: CD
Analogue / Digital recording: ADD
Number of discs: 1
Total playing time: 71.38
Price: £ 14.99 (+ postage & packing)

Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6: Recorded at Kingsway Hall, 2 - 5 August 1978, Producer: Andrew Cornall, Engineer: James Lock
Track 3, 4: Recorded at Kingsway Hall, 18 November 1975, Producer: James Walker, Engineers: John Dunkerley, Simon Eadon

"Nicholas Braithwaite's 1970s Bridge orchestral revivals have been well worth waiting for ... There’s some thoughtful work going into the Lyrita-Wyastone Estates reissue programme as the open-handed playing durations of most of these new CDs goes to prove ... this disc still makes a signally attractive coupling. It presents the early Tchaikovskian-sumptuous Bridge (the two Dance works), the transitional Bridge (Two Poems) and the subtle and finely dissonant post-Great War Bridge (Rebus) ..." Rob Barnett, Click here to read the full review

"Lyrita’s Bridge recordings of 1979, with the LPO and Nicholas Braithwaite on rhythmically vital form, return to the current of things in this first class restoration ... The Dance Rhapsody will surprise those who think they know “early” Bridge. The keyword is “sumptuous” and the big arcing sweep of the writing is saturated with deeply etched romanticism. Yes, certainly, the elements of Tchaikovskian terpsichorean writing are strong, vivid and unignorable – the Swan Lake echoes are very much to the fore – but there is so much grace and character to the music that these possible indiscretions are easily forgiven ..." Jonathan Woolf, Click here to read the full review

1 Dance Rhapsody (1908) Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941) 18.22
2 Dance Poem (1913) Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941) 15.38
Two Poems (1916) Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941) 12.09
3 1 The Open Air 7.44
4 2 The Story of my Heart 4.25
5 Overture 'Rebus' (1940) Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941) 10.38
6 Allegro Moderato for string orchestra (1941) Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941) 14.47