Orchestral tone poems
by Boughton and Bainton -
'... performed with conviction and sensitivity ...'
Almost exact contemporaries and good friends, these two composers were knocked into shape by Stanford, who was suitably gratified when their works (Boughton's Immortal Hour and the 'Before Sunrise' symphony by Bainton) were selected for publication from a vast list by the Carnegie Trust. Boughton earned a place at the Leeds Festival when under Stanford's baton; by contrast Bainton earned a characteristic reprimand for the Paracelsus tone-poem: 'Has the boy taken leave of his senses?' Both men began academically, disappeared from view after the Second World War, and are ready for revival. The six tone-poems predate 1914.
It is a strange fact that Boughton's Troilus and Cressida, though written in 1902, here receives its first performance, as the composer considered it too private and personal a work for the public...
Copyright © 2 February 2011