Gerhard: Symphony ‘Homenaje a Pedrell’; Harpsichord Concerto

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COMPOSERS: Gerhard
LABELS: Chandos
WORKS: Symphony ‘Homenaje a Pedrell’; Harpsichord Concerto
PERFORMER: Geoffrey Tozer (harpsichord); BBC SO/Matthias Bamert
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 9693
Music of refined energy, redolent as much of Sibelius as of Iberian folk scene or wartime film set, informs Gerhard’s first completed symphony (1941). A contrasted marriage of acerbic serialism, montage and Spanish danse macabre layers the Harpsichord Concerto (1955-6) commissioned by Thurston Dart. Stunning craftsmanship, unmissable premiere recordings. Ates Orga

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