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Artist: RNCM String Orchestra

SKU: 25503

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Music for String Orchestra by Martin Ellerby

Written in homage to the golden age of British 'light' music, with particular reference to the miniature, the English composer Martin Ellerby takes a rich quota of past examples to provide the basis for his own series of dances, portraits, a serenade, a suite and more besides, all dressed in the eloquent guise of the string orchestra whose sonorous sound world enhances his various chosen subjects. If you care for the more melodic and lyrical styles of Elgar, Delius, Holst, Walton and Coates then this is the recording for you!

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  Dunham Dances Martin Ellerby RNCM String Orchestra  
1 I. Stephens' Day     2.46
2 II. The Dolls House     2.29
3 III. Dry Bones     2.07
4 IV. A 'March' Fugue     2.31
5 V. Blue Mercedes     3.42
6 VI. Patrick's Day     3.09
7 'For Valour' Martin Ellerby RNCM String Orchestra 4.59
  St. Mark's Suite Martin Ellerby RNCM String Orchestra  
8 I. The Parachuting Priest     3.01
9 II. The Old School House, 1759     2.54
10 III. Lady Stamford's Waltz     2.39
11 IV. Ad Astra     2.25
12 V. Machine Man     3.08
  Four Bowden Portraits Martin Ellerby RNCM String Orchestra  
13 I. Inglewood     3.35
14 II. Lesser Thorns     3.52
15 III. Laurel Mount     5.45
16 IV. The Firs     3.28
  A Bridgewater Serenade Martin Ellerby RNCM String Orchestra  
17 I. Caprice     2.30
18 II. Barcarolle     2.05
19 III. Fughette     1.51
20 IV. Tristesse     3.01
21 V. Aquerelle     2.10
22 VI. Vignette     2.18
23 V. Caravelle     2.34
  Two Altrincham Threnodies Martin Ellerby RNCM String Orchestra  
24 I. Oakfield Road     4.08
25 II. Chapel Street     3.45
  1. '...this CD with string orchestra is an absolute revelation.' review by Steven Mead on 26/09/2017

    What an incredibly beautiful surprise this CD was. I’ve enjoyed Martin Ellerby’s music for many years, and of course had great pleasure playing his famous Euphonium Concerto, but this CD with string orchestra is an absolute revelation.
    I confess to having it on repeat in the house for several days, enjoying the lush harmonies, gorgeous romantic sounds, and fine stylistic contrasts. Such great music, and so well played by the RNCM String Orchestra

  2. '...a superbly produced recording...intensely moving!' review by Joseph Horovitz on 21/09/2017

    '...a superbly produced recording...intensely moving, and I confess to having shed a few tears as I listened!'

  3. ' absolute triumph...just lovely!' review by Philip Sparke on 21/09/2017

    ' absolute triumph...the raison d'etre is completely justified... just lovely!'

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