Bantock: Thalaba the Destroyer & other orchestral works
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Hyperion's mini-series of Granville Bantock's orchestral music has won innumerable plaudits from press and public alike since the 'Hebridean' and 'Celtic' symphonies appeared on CDA66450 in 1991. This fifth CD will add weight to the growing feeling that the rich and romantic music of this composer should be heard more often than it is. All six of the pieces on this disc are first recordings. The major work is 'Thalaba the Destroyer', based on a poem by Victorian Poet Laureate, Robert Southey. This is the work's first performance since 1901—and only its fourth performance ever.

As before, all six works are dashingly conducted by Vernon Handley and resplendently recorded by Tony Faulkner.

CDA67250  75 minutes 39 seconds
‘Another exemplary addition to Handley's absorbing Bantock series … hearty thanks to all involved in this enterprising labour of love’ (Gramophone)
‘The heady soundscapes and chromatic opulence all make for a good wallow … gorgeous from start to finish’ (The Guardian)
‘His orchestration is fabulously colourful, his melodies strong and memorable, and his sense of drama would make Hollywood composers envious … Caristiona is hauntingly beautiful, Omar Khayyam is ...