BRITISH VIOLIN CONCERTOS
These three major British concertos span fully 70 years. Kenneth Leightons Concerto is a work of tensile urgency, scored with great imagination, and ending in an arch-like Epilogue of impassioned intensity. Written for soloist and string orchestra, the Concerto by Gordon Jacob contains at its heart a threnodic slow movement cast in long, moving paragraphs and accompanied by poetic effects. Written for (and premiered by) the soloist in this recording, Paul Pattersons Violin Concerto No. 2 (Serenade) is rich in high spirits; songlike, wistful and exuberantly sparkling. Grant Llewellyn conducts Clare Howick (violin) and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
PROKOFIEV VIOLIN CONCERTOS 1 & 2
Released on the Orchid Classics label, Matthew Trusler (violin) joins the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Grant Llewellyn for Prokofiev’s Violin Concertos 1 & 2
MARK BOWDEN – SUDDEN LIGHT
“Sudden Light” traces Bowden’s works between 2005 and 2015 during which time he was a resident composer for four years with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Grant Llewellyn conducts the orchestra with soloists Oliver Coates (cello) and Julian Warburton (percussion).
BRITTEN – CELLO SYMPHONY & CELLO SONATA
Zuill Bailey (cello) with Grant Llewellyn and the North Carolina Symphony.
Discovering the orchestral works of Lowell Liebermann, Grant Llewellyn conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Revelry, Nocturne and Concerto for Orchestra.
Includes works by Michael Daugherty, John Williams, Ned Rorem and Christopher Rouse with Branford Marsalis and the Branford Marsalis Quartet and North Carolina Symphony conducted by Grant Llewellyn.
RACHMANINOV 4 and MEDTNER 2
Yevgeny Sudbin (piano) with North Carolina Symphony conducted by Grant Llewellyn.
JOHN HARDY – BLUE LETTERS FROM TANGANYIKA
Hardy’s Symphonic Poem inspired by descriptions of the African landscape. BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Grant Llewellyn.
FFIN RECORDS (2009)
METCALF – IN TIME OF DAFFODILS
Metcalf’s orchestraL works IN TIME OF DAFFODILS, PARADISE HAUNTS and THREE MOBILES with BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Grant Llewellyn.
ALL IS BRIGHT
Includes music by Eric Whitacre, Charles Ives, Daniel Pinkham and Herbert Howells etc. with the Handel & Haydn Society conducted by Grant Llewellyn.
RYELANDT – AGNUS DEI
Joseph Ryelandt’s oratorio in five parts Op. 56 with the Royal Flanders Philharmonic and the Audite Nova Vocal Ensemble conducted by Grant Llewellyn.
MARCO POLO (2004)
A choral album for our times – works by Schoenberg, Rachmaninov, Thompson, Barber, Tavener etc. with the Handel & Haydn Society Chorus conducted by Grant Llewellyn.
MATHIAS – SYMPHONY NO. 3
Includes William Mathias Symphony No. 3, Helios Op. 76, Requiescat Op. 79 and the Oboe Concerto with David Cowley (oboe) , conducted by Grant Llewellyn with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra.
STERNEFELD – MATER DOLOROSA
Daniel Sternefeld’s opera in four tableaux with the Flemish Radio Choir and the Royal Flanders Philharmonic conducted by Grant Llewellyn.
MARCO POLO (1999)