Jacob Symphony No. 2 classcd204
classcd204 -Gordon Jacob - Symphony No. 2 - Little Symphony -Festival Overture*Munich Symphony Orchestra Douglas Bostock, conductor
The British Symphonic Collection
For reasons not easy to understand Gordon Jacob has been left out of the recording and concert repertoire for some considerable time so this CD is more than welcome. Both symphonies on this disc are unmistakably English in character and well worth getting to know. The CD booklet comes with an excellent set of notes on the music and includes the composer's own comments on his music.
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
"….Douglas Bostock directs the first in a new series of British music from this very enterprising Danish label. The playing of the Munich orchestra is absolutely splendid…"
David Denton - Yorkshire Post, Nov. 1998
"Jacob was an immensely skilful composer and in these two symphonic works not a note sounds out of place..."
Terry Barfoot - BBC Music Magazine, Nov. 1998
"Bostock and the Munich Orchestra greatly at ease in the idiom…..very warmly recommended……the disc comprises a set of recording premieres."
Rob Barnett - Classical Music on the Web, January 1999
Douglas Bostock and the Münich Symphony Orchestra (vols 1-7)
Originally planned as a 10 Volume Series which we believe to be one of the most significant musical journeys through British music of the 20th Century, the series has now become "open ended" and will stand as an important milestone ranking with the great recordings of British music to be found in the catalogues of EMI, Decca, Lyrita, Hyperion and Chandos.
World premiere recordings will feature in every volume - An exciting musical adventure not to be missed!
Douglas Bostock conducts the Munich Symphony Orchestra throughout the first seven volumes of this series, after which other orchestras enetr the picture. Bostock was a pupil of both Adrian Boult and Bryden Thomson and, as one of the most outstanding British conductors of his generation, has the perfect background for this important musical project. He has recorded extensively for the Classico label specialising in French, Czech and British repertoire. Classico has recently signed a recording contract with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for Bostock to record, new authorised versions of the Carl Nielsen Symphonies. He has been Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra and regular Guest Conductor of the Chamber Philharmonic of Bohemia since 1991 and enjoys an international conducting career on three continents.
DOUGLAS BOSTOCK was born in Cheshire in 1955. He was educated at Sheffield University and in London with Sir Adrian Boult. Bostock names his mentors as Sir Charles Groves, James Loughran and Bryden Thomson who was also his friend and teacher.
He was one of the last private pupils of Boult during his final years. In addition to teaching technique Adrian Boult was a wonderful source of first hand information about music by Holst, Vaughan Williams, Elgar - the British composers.
The inspiration for the British Symphonic Collection sprang initially from a desire by Douglas Bostock to record something by Gordon Jacob with whom he corresponded towards the end of Jacob's life. A conversation with Peter Olufsen, President of the Danish company Classico, resulted in the recording on the Classico label of three works by Gordon Jacob and the subsequent launch of the ten volume British Symphonic Collection project. Bostock talks passionately about this series. His commitment and enthusiasm for the musical works which he has spent time and energy researching raises this series beyond a mere commercial venture to a personal journey through British music of the 20th century. Bostock is as enthusiastic about discovering the new in the familiar as he is when he unearths some long forgotten and previously unrecorded work. Bostock says that "…it is important to let each score speak for itself, to paint its own picture and to let the score lead the way." Bostock's musical integrity is indisputable.