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Gwydion Brooke explains what happened. 'Of course, that young fellow
who was the engineer should have stuck to music. He insisted that a microphone
for my bassoon should be positioned directly above my head, almost touching
the instrument. He reasoned that the full-tone needed to be caught. I couldn't
agree with that. Mozart clearly intending it as a concerto with orchestra.
When I thought he had returned to the control room, I took three paces to
the right to avoid that 'object' on top of me!
The late Neville Boyling was a fine musician and engineer, as well as
a good friend. I shall not argue.
The CDs mentioned at the start of this appraisal both originate from
Holbrooke's Clarinet Quintet (mono): John McCaw and the Delmé
Quartet, and the Piano Quintet with the London Piano Quartet (Emanuel
Hurwitz, Watson Forbes, Vivian Joseph and James Gibb, piano). Both have
a Brahmsian flavour, while the English, Scottish, and Irish melodies --
Come Lasses and Lads, May-Pole Dance, The Last Rose of
Summer, Strathspeys and Reels, Jigs -- with the Delmés
are typical of the composer's adventurous scoring. British Music
Label BML 040; 73'56".
The Gwydion Brooke CD, with the added support of Raymond Cohen (J C Bach),
Emanuel Hurwitz (Mozart-transcription for bassoon), Delmé Quartet
(Devienne) and Graham Johnson (Reicha) was originally on LP/Cassette and
stems from Wembley and Hornsey Town Halls. Performances are first class.
Ensemble Music Label EML 031; 72'14".
No recording date information is forthcoming, but transfers are by Mike
Skeet 44 Challacombe, Furzton, Milton Keynes KK4 1DP, UK.
Copyright © 5 April 2002
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
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