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Re: EJ Moeran
« Reply #720 on: February 07, 2022, 01:38:05 PM »
I have had minimal exposure to the music of EJ Moeran until now. I now have four albums which will get me properly initiated into and somewhat familiar with his music. This CD is the first of them.





Overture for a Masque: This is buoyant and somewhat celebratory music. This work also demonstrates to me that the composer had a keen sense of orchestration.

In the Mountain Country: This music is both lyrical and atmospheric. I find it to be quite evocative.

Rhapsody No. 1: Here, again, we have lyrical and atmospheric music [very much traditional or folk based] which is enhanced by very good orchestration. The music and its direction here is broad and expansive.

Rhapsody No. 2: The Irish influence of the folk music and indeed the landscape of Ireland that very much flavours this music is very much apparent. However, it is the quality of his orchestration that makes it particularly atmospheric and evocative for me. It is lush and full sounding without sounding sentimental in any way whatsoever. That aspect is both engaging and appealing.

Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra: The same basic formula of folk based music enhanced by good orchestration is employed here. However, this time the musical language is more adventurous and complex, particularly in the voice of the piano. When compared with the other works on this album, this work has a complexion of its own which is quite engaging and intriguing. The slow movement/section is particularly appealing for me.
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Re: EJ Moeran
« Reply #721 on: February 07, 2022, 03:27:43 PM »
You might also enjoy this CD Fergus:
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Re: EJ Moeran
« Reply #722 on: February 08, 2022, 02:04:27 AM »


My own opinion, for which I provide ample support in my book, is that In the Mountain Country is an assured, original and imaginative work that effectively paints a tone picture of the landscape that inspired it.

Fergus, it was the quote above posted on this thread by the author of a Moeran biography that inspired me to purchase the Falletta CD. Something I have not regretted. I may me mistaken but I seem to recall him of the opinion that "In the Mountain Country" one of his favourite Moeran works. You never know HotFXMan may come out of the shadows to confirm that. ;)
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Re: EJ Moeran
« Reply #723 on: February 08, 2022, 05:40:52 AM »
This thread motivated me to revisit the one and only Moeran CD I own. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. I’m not sure if this particular recording has already been mentioned. Rereading much of the thread, I didn’t see it but could have missed it.

I find the Fantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings” to be the most interesting piece on the CD. Basically, one of the violins of a string quartet is replaced by the oboe, giving the composer a broader timbral palette to work with. The result sounds to me very concerto-like.

I find the difference in mood and compositional style between the String Quartet No. 1 (bright, pastoral, and harmonic) and the Sonata for Violin and Piano (more dissonant and dark) striking for two works composed so closely together in time. The beautiful cello lines starting and ending the first movement of the String Quartet might be seeds of his later cello compositions.
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Re: EJ Moeran
« Reply #724 on: February 08, 2022, 06:06:56 AM »
This thread motivated me to revisit the one and only Moeran CD I own. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. I’m not sure if this particular recording has already been mentioned. Rereading much of the thread, I didn’t see it but could have missed it.

I find the Fantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings” to be the most interesting piece on the CD. Basically, one of the violins of a string quartet is replaced by the oboe, giving the composer a broader timbral palette to work with. The result sounds to me very concerto-like.

I find the difference in mood and compositional style between the String Quartet No. 1 (bright, pastoral, and harmonic) and the Sonata for Violin and Piano (more dissonant and dark) striking for two works composed so closely together in time. The beautiful cello lines starting and ending the first movement of the String Quartet might be seeds of his later cello compositions.
That's a very fine Moeran CD which I have also enjoyed.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: EJ Moeran
« Reply #725 on: February 08, 2022, 07:59:50 AM »
You might also enjoy this CD Fergus:



Thank you for the recommendation, Jeffrey.
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Re: EJ Moeran
« Reply #726 on: February 08, 2022, 08:00:56 AM »
Fergus, it was the quote above posted on this thread by the author of a Moeran biography that inspired me to purchase the Falletta CD. Something I have not regretted. I may me mistaken but I seem to recall him of the opinion that "In the Mountain Country" one of his favourite Moeran works. You never know HotFXMan may come out of the shadows to confirm that. ;)

Interesting. Lol.
Yes, that Falletta CD is excellent.
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