Holbrooke: Overture to Dylan; Overture to The Children of Don; The Birds of Rhiannon

COMPOSERS: Holbrooke
LABELS: Marco Polo
WORKS: Overture to Dylan; Overture to The Children of Don; The Birds of Rhiannon
PERFORMER: National SO, Ukraine/Andrew Penny
CATALOGUE NO: 8.223721 DDD
Neglected solely – his enthusiasts claim – for the impracticality of his gargantuan forces, Joseph Holbrooke was nevertheless highly regarded during his lifetime (1878-1958). This is the second of Marco Polo’s Holbrooke discs: a selection from the mammoth operatic trilogy The Cauldron of Annwn. But the appeal of the trilogy is here denied by an orchestra that does not possess the technical prowess to do justice to the music. Deborah Calland

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