℗ 2010 Chandos
 

Geoffrey Burgon: Viola Concerto - Merciless Beauty - Cello Concerto

Philip Dukes, Josephine Knight, Sarah Connolly, City of London Sinfonia, Rumon Gamba

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Viola Concerto, "Ghosts of the Dance"  
1
I. First Dance. Moderato - Presto - Meno mosso -
Geoffrey Burgon; Philip Dukes; City of London Sinfonia; Rumon Gamba
5:18
2
II. Second Dance. Lento, quasi tango
Geoffrey Burgon; Philip Dukes; City of London Sinfonia; Rumon Gamba
8:03
3
III. Third Dance. Vivo - Più mosso - Tempo I - Più mosso - Tempo I - Più mosso - Moderato - Meno moss
Geoffrey Burgon; Philip Dukes; City of London Sinfonia; Rumon Gamba
7:11
Merciless Beauty  
4
No. 1. Western Wind
Geoffrey Burgon; Sarah Connolly; City of London Sinfonia; Rumon Gamba
1:29
5
No. 2. Letter to Anna, pregnant
Geoffrey Burgon; Sarah Connolly; City of London Sinfonia; Rumon Gamba
4:25
6
No. 3. The Sick Rose
Geoffrey Burgon; Sarah Connolly; City of London Sinfonia; Rumon Gamba
1:56
7
No. 4. Tune for an Ice Cream Van
Geoffrey Burgon; Sarah Connolly; City of London Sinfonia; Rumon Gamba
2:53
8
No. 5. Merciless Beauty
Geoffrey Burgon; Sarah Connolly; City of London Sinfonia; Rumon Gamba
3:09
9
No. 6. Iron City Love Song
Geoffrey Burgon; Sarah Connolly; City of London Sinfonia; Rumon Gamba
2:24
10
No. 7. Campionesque for Anna
Geoffrey Burgon; Sarah Connolly; City of London Sinfonia; Rumon Gamba
3:46
Cello Concerto  
11
I. Con moto - Più mosso - Più mosso - Meno mosso -
Geoffrey Burgon; Josephine Knight; City of London Sinfonia; Rumon Gamba
5:29
12
II. Lento e calmo - Più mosso - A tempo I - Meno mosso
Geoffrey Burgon; Josephine Knight; City of London Sinfonia; Rumon Gamba
7:30
13
III. Vivo - Meno mosso - Lento - Meno mosso - Più mosso - Meno mosso
Geoffrey Burgon; Josephine Knight; City of London Sinfonia; Rumon Gamba
8:59
Total Playing Time    62:32
“Burgon's tightly focused style generates some truly arresting moments...”
- Pwyll ap Sion, Gramophone Magazine

“The superb Philip Dukes is the dedicatee and soloist in Ghosts of the Dance... a colourful and exhilarating listening experience... The City of London Sinfonia under Rumon Gamba seems to relish this music, as it should.”
- Robert Levett, International Record Review

“[The Viola Concerto] is expertly written, and must be gratifying to play: Philip Dukes appears to enjoy himself, and never puts a foot wrong.”
- Martin Cotton, BBC Music Magazine

Award-winning British composer Geoffrey Burgon was renowned for his remarkable work for film and television, which included scores for Brideshead Revisited (1981), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), and Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979). This release from the City of London Sinfonia and conductor Rumon Gamba takes a different approach to Burgon, focusing on his concert music, including the Viola Concerto, “Ghosts of the Dance” with soloist Philip Dukes, the song cycle Merciless Beauty with mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, and the Cello Concerto with Josephine Knight, showing Burgon to be a diverse and multifaceted composer.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recorded at Blackheath Halls, London
Produced by Brian Pidgeon
Engineer: Ralph Couzens
Engineer Assistant: Jonathan Cooper

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