Posted: 26 February 2014
A new CD of Alan Bush's compositions performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates has been released. Featured on the CD are Africa, Symphonic Movement for solo pianoforte and orchestra (1972); Symphony No. 2 "The Nottingham" (1949) and Fantasia on Soviet Themes (1942). Pianist Peter Donohoe performs the piano solo in Africa.
See here for a detailed description of these works.
Listen to Allegro from Africa.
Listen to 1st Movement: 'Sherwood Forest' from Symphony No. 2 - 'Nottingham'.
Alan Bush's Voices of the Prophets is also included on a new CD featuring Peter Pears and the pianist Noel Mewton-Wood.
Andrew Clements gave the CD a glowing review in the Review Section of the Guardian, 6 February 2014. Clements writes: "It is the pair of song-cycles by Matyas Seiber and Alan Bush that Mewton-Wood recorded with Peter Pears in 1953 that are especially valuable... Bush's cantata is a real discovery, setting texts from Isaiah, Milton, Blake and Peter Blackman in a style that recalls Tippett... The work has tremendous energy, and Pears and Mewton-Wood revel in its technical challenges".