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The Road from Arras to Bapaume (1917) by Christopher Richard Wayne Nevinson (1889-1946)
Imperial War Museum, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67293
Recording details: December 2001
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by John Timperley
Release date: June 2002
Total duration: 8 minutes 14 seconds

Scherzo in A minor
1909/10; Scherzo in a-Moll für grosses Orchester; written under the pseudonym of Naxos

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Such was the scale of Coles’s Scherzo in A minor ‘for large orchestra’, that the composer may well have intended it to form part of a symphony. Whatever its purpose was, it was conceived as an ambitious canvas, full of humour and burles­que, an essay clearly designed to show off the composer’s flair for instrumentation. An introduction for brass and wind, with a satirical edge, introduces a fragment of the movement’s main thematic idea, which is later heard complete on the cor anglais and bassoon. A secondary, descending chromatic fragment, played by clarinets and violas, injects a more demonic, mena­cing flavour, and it is between this more mercurial world and one of sardonic comedy that the Scherzo fluctuates during the extended first group. A more lyrical ‘dance’ idea, initiated by the strings, dominates the second group, and it is this material, often infused with Walküre-inspired augmented triads, that occupies much of the development. As tension mounts towards the development’s conclusion, however, it is the first-group material that reasserts itself with a new dynamism and it is this new outpouring of energy and colour, embodied in Coles’s intense re-orchestration, that reaches its apogee in the virtuoso writing of the riotous coda.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble © 2002

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'Coles: Music from Behind the lines' (CDH55464)
Coles: Music from Behind the lines
CDH55464  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — To be issued soon July 2014 Release  
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