LABELS: Chandos Collect
WORKS: John Field Suite; Londonderry Air; Handel (arr. Harty): Water Music Suite; In Ireland
PERFORMER: Ulster Orchestra/Bryden Thomson
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 6583 ADD/DDD (1979-83)
All these performances have been highly acclaimed and the refurbished sound is very successful. These popular arrangements are an ideal introduction to Hamilton Harty’s music, particularly the charming rhythms and tunes of the John Field Suite. I would buy the album just for Harty’s own enchanting composition In Ireland, a fantasy for flute, harp and orchestra which seems to evoke the essential spirit of Eire.