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Eilean Shona

composer

 
This is a brief tribute to one of the English Revival’s true Mystery Men. The vast output of Josef Holbrooke (1878–1958) has left hardly a wrack behind, but looking at this tiny sketch makes one long to view some of the larger canvases. (Thanks to the promotional industry of the composer’s son Gwydion Brooke—whom Thea King describes as the finest bassoonist she’s ever known, an artist of the first rank—we may sometime soon have the chance to do so.) Eilean Shona is an island off the west coast of Scotland, and this piece is a re-working of what was originally a song to words by Gerald Cumberland. What the text was about need hardly concern us, so immediately atmospheric is the music—a few bars and we are in thrall. That is real Celtic magic.

from notes by Christopher Palmer 1991

Recordings

Clarinet Quintets
CDH55105Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Details

Track 12 on CDH55105 [3'50] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Track-specific metadata for CDH55105 track 12

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-42812
Duration
3'50
Recording date
25 April 1990
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Clarinet Quintets (CDA66428)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: July 1991
    Deletion date: March 2003
    Superseded by CDH55105
  2. Clarinet Quintets (CDH55105)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: March 2003
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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