Vandermolen really has got me going!
It's been Roothmania for the last few days here. After having his glorious First Symphony on repeat for hours on end,I downloaded some of the emi recordings,to make up a cdr of mainly orchestral works,although I 'threw' in 'The Stolen Child',for good measure. This,'The Psalm of Adonis' & the 'Miniature Suite' are all wonderfully compact. No note spinning here. This is one composer who knew when to stop! 'The Stolen Child' sounds particularly effective heard immeadiately after the Second. It sort of steals (geddit?!
) in on you! And his orchestration is always so clean,so transparent. No one could ever have accused him of over scoring.
The Second is more ambitious in scope,more sombre in tone.......and I'm impressed!
But I need another listen,so after the current (afore mentioned) cdr ends,I will 'bung it on'!
After that,thanks to a musical friend,I have a big,ambitious choral blockbuster lined up!!!
Looking at the essay on Musicweb & the list of unrecorded works,it is hard to understand why a composer of this quality remains ignored by even the most imaginative of small cd labels!