Started by tjguitar, May 07, 2007, 01:50:39 PM
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Quote from: kyjo on February 13, 2022, 08:55:41 PMWell, he didn't really have any need to! He was perfectly talented at writing in most other forms, plus so many of his British colleagues were churning out symphonies like nobody's business anyways.
Quote from: Spotted Horses on February 15, 2022, 08:06:40 AMTo my mind Ireland had a unique way of putting music together so that it has the seemingly contradictory characteristics of being free and rhapsodic, but still having a strong underlying structure. This is especially true of his chamber music. That is at odds with the formal structure of a symphony, with discrete movements which follow a traditional format. Even something like RVW's A London Symphony follows a fairly traditional four movement format, despite the fact that each of the movements verges on being a free fantasia. It seems to me that a "Symphony" does not line up with Ireland's artistic inclinations. I take Ireland any day over someone like Stanford, who in my humble opinion, needs the scaffolding of a symphony to support his rather prosaic musical ideas.
Quote from: Spotted Horses on February 15, 2022, 08:06:40 AMI take Ireland any day over someone like Stanford, who in my humble opinion, needs the scaffolding of a symphony to support his rather prosaic musical ideas.
Quote from: vandermolen on August 03, 2022, 12:11:59 AMAnother excellent review Fergus. I've been enjoying the new Chandos release of Ireland's orchestral music which my daughter gave me for my birthday. One review was very sniffy about 'Satyricon' but I rather liked it.
Quote from: aligreto on August 04, 2022, 01:59:58 AMCheers, Jeffrey. I have very little exposure to Ireland's music but, as mentioned above, I like what I hear and I will definitely come back for more.
Quote from: vandermolen on August 04, 2022, 02:32:31 AMI've been enjoying 'Sarnia - an Island Sequence for Orchestra' (1940-41). Sarnia is apparently the Latin name for Guernsey, from where Ireland had to make a hasty departure (on one of the last boats) just before the Germans invaded. It was originally for piano and orchestrated later by Rodney Newton.
Quote from: Roasted Swan on August 04, 2022, 06:57:36 AMSarnia is a Martin Yates orchestration.... on this disc Rodney Newton did the Moeran Overture for a Festival.
Quote from: kyjo on August 07, 2022, 07:56:01 PMI've seen quite a bit of discussion of Ireland on GMG recently, but hardly any mention of his two magnificent, substantial violin sonatas, which are full of passion, lyricism, and an occasional Irish folk influence (especially in the finales of both works). Lydia Mordkovitch and Ian Brown have recorded them as part of this excellent Chandos set:I have problems with Mordkovitch's intonation in some other recordings of hers, but not so here - she's in top form. Any admirer of Ireland's music must hear these violin sonatas (and his Cello Sonata, too, for that matter)!
Quote from: vandermolen on August 07, 2022, 10:22:21 PMMust investigate!
Quote from: kyjo on August 08, 2022, 09:07:09 AMI have no doubt that you'd enjoy Ireland's violin and cello sonatas, Jeffrey. Fine as his atmospheric orchestral works are, these chamber pieces may very well represent some of Ireland's finest work.
Quote from: Maestro267 on August 08, 2022, 10:37:34 AMListening to Violin Sonata No. 1 now. From a later reissue of that same set which also includes The Holy Boy and the Phantasie Trio (assuming this is Trio No. 1)
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