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Hanson, Geoffrey / Odyssey, Music Of Geoffrey Hanson
Album:Odyssey, Music Of Geoffrey Hanson Collection:Classical
Artist:Hanson, Geoffrey Added:04/2017
Label: Hog Mob Muzik 

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Add Date:2017-04-27 Pull Date:2017-06-29 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:28 May14 May
Airplays:11

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Album Review
Gary Lemco
Reviewed 2017-04-25 
Geoffrey Hanson (b. 1939) founded the Ripieno Society and the East Finchley Arts Festival, each devoted to choral, especially Baroque Period music, but including music by contemporary composers. He has written organ and church music and large-scale works. Five Nocturnes for Tenor and Chamber Orchestra (2009) sets lyrics by Clare, Herbertson, Lawrence, Flatman, and Henley to songful, playful, somewhat stringent harmonies. The Clarinet Concerto (1988) is in three mvmts, played without a break, alternately energetic and pensive, always mildly dissonant. Orpheus for Chorus and Piano (1984) sets words by Osbert Sitwell, opens quietly, moves to a series of mildly dissonant dancing melodies and closes with the dancers exhausted but content. Jubilate Deo (1983) sets Psalm 100, “Be Joyful in the Lord” for chorus and organ, but sounds more troubled than joyful. Odyssey for Cello and Strings (2012) in 3 continuous mvmts laments, sings of dramatic events, and closes with energetic, dark lyricism. Now Welcom Somer for Unaccompanied Chorus (1978) is a cycle of 5 part songs that evoke an English summer’s day, but the mild dissonance conveys threats of unhappiness, and some actual misfortunes.

Track Listing
1.Five Nocturnes For Tenor And Chamber Orchestra, The Evening Primrose (3:05) 8.Jubilate Deo For Chorus And Organ (3:20)
2.Airman Rfc (2:20) 9.Odyssey: Concerto For Cello And Strings (18:58)
3.Piano (3:45) 10.Now Welcom Somer For Unaccompanied Chorus (1:26)
4.An Appeal To Cats In The Business Of Love (2:44) 11.Winter Is Cold-Hearted (2:27)
5.Margaritae Sorori, I.M. (5:30) 12.Bed In Summer (0:46)
6.Concerto For Clarinet And Strings (18:15) 13.Beside The Idle Summer Sea (2:02)
7.Orpheus For Chorus And Piano (6:34) 14.On The Idle Hill Of Summer (2:14)