|1||The Entry of the King|
|2||Passacaglia in C Minor|
|A Wartime Sketchbook|
|5||ii. Bicycle Chase|
|7||iv. Scherzo: Young Seigfrieds|
|8||v. Romance: The Young Lovers|
|11||A Carmen Fantasy|
|12||The Long Day Closes|
Brighouse and Rastrick brings together a cultured selection of concert items and a brace of fine soloists in a noteworthy new CD release.
The perhaps unexpected highlight of the disc comes in the form of William Walton’s A Wartime Sketchbook. The six short movements are extracts from the composer’s 1941-42 film soundtracks and form a delightfully well-crafted collection of different musical styles. Paul Hindmarsh’s expert arrangement and a fine performance here from Brighouse create a charming historical snapshot, effortlessly, holding the attention of the listener from start to finish.
The audio is expertly balanced throughout the CD and the simple, yet striking visual design adds to the air of overall quality. This disc is an outstanding offering from Brighouse and Rastrick, combining an exquisite balance of serious, yet accessible repertoire with a performance standard of true excellence.