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Andrew Downes - Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Ondrej Vrabec

AS 744-2 (3 discs)

FIRST RELEASE

Playing time: 62'40"/58'31"/18'08" - TT 139'19"
Tracks/Chapters: 8 + 11 + 4
Booklet pages: 40
© 2015 ArteSmon
Reviewer: Roderic Dunnett
Review of Andrew Downes - Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Ondrej Vrabec published on 22 May 2018

Listen: Andrew Downes: In the Cotswolds (CD1 track 8, 4:38-5:36)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Ondřej Vrabec, conductor

Andrew Downes (born 1950):

CD1

Symphony No 1, for organ, brass, percussion and strings, Op 27 (1982)
1 Prelude and Fanfare - Andante
2 Ricercare - Andantino con moto
3 Scherzo - Vivace
4 Postlude - Adagio e molto legato

Symphony No 2, for chamber orchestra, Op 30 (1984)
5 Lento molto
6 Vivace: lightly
7 Largo

8 Concert Overture: In the Cotswolds, for symphony orchestra, Op 36 (1986)

CD2

Symphony No 3, 'Spirits of the Earth', for extended symphony orchestra, Op 45 (1992)
1 Allegro ma non troppo
2 Very slow, spatial, reflective: simple, African folk style
3 Molto vivace
4 'Belas Knap' - Andante molto
5 Allegro molto

Symphony No 4 for concert wind band, Op 59 (1996)
6 'City' - Adagio
7 'Mountains' - Allegro vivace
8 'Sky City' - Andante e molto espressivo
9 'Desert' - Adagio
10 'Rio Grande' - Allegro moderato: flowing

11 Concert Overture: Towards a New Age, for symphony orchestra, Op 60 (1996)

DVD

1 Andrew Downes - Music, Pleasure, Hope - a documentary on the Czech Philharmonic recording of Andrew Downes' orchestral works (English version)

2 Andrew Downes - Hudba, Radost, Naděje - (Czech version of documentary film)

3 Bonus - Česká verze (rozhovory Andrew a Cynthie)

4 Bonus - English version (interviews with Andrew and Cynthia)

Recorded March-May 2015 at Dvořák Hall, the Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic

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