A Fine Programme
Vaughan Williams and
MacMillan oboe concertos -
'... superb performances ideally recorded.'
Few countries have been as uncomfortable with their folk traditions as England. On the contrary, European and American nations embrace their indigenous 'song' and dance as part of a distinctive musical psyche, frequently celebrated.
Radical British composers often wrote in an anti-pastoral, folk-based style typical of the English National School. English composer Elisabeth Lutyens (dubbed 'Twelve Tone Lizzie') famously dismissed music such as that of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Arnold Bax, John Ireland and George Butterworth as 'Cowpat music — folky-wolky modal melodies on the cor anglais'...
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