Chineke! Orchestra - Coleridge Taylor

Chineke! Orchestra - Coleridge Taylor

485 3322 (Chineke! Records, CD, 2 discs)

FIRST RELEASE (30 September 2022)

Playing time: 75'47"/67'35" - TT 143'22"
Tracks: 15 + 8
Booklet pages: 9
℗ 2022 Chineke! Records, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited
© 2022 Universal Music Operations Ltd
Main country of recording: United Kingdom
Reviewer: Gerald Fenech
Review of Chineke! Orchestra - Coleridge Taylor published on 7 September 2022

Elena Urioste, violin (Violin Concerto; Romance in G)
Chineke! Orchestra (CD1, CD2 tracks 1-4)
Fawzi Haimor, conductor (Othello Suite)
Roderick Cox, conductor (Sussex Landscape)
Kevin John Edusei, conductor (African Suite, Violin Concerto)
Kalena Bovell, conductor (Ballade in A minor)
Anthony Parnther, conductor (Petite suite de concert)
Chineke! Chamber Ensemble (Nonet)


Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912):

'Othello' Orchestral Suite, Op 79
1 Dance
2 Children's Intermezzo
3 Funeral March
4 The Willow Song
5 Military March

Avril Coleridge-Taylor (1903-1998):

6 Sussex Landscape, Op 27 (first recording)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor:

African Suite, Op 35
7 Introduction (orchestrated by Chris Cameron)
8 A Love Song (orchestrated by Chris Cameron)
9 Valse (orchestrated by Chris Cameron)
10 African Dance

11 Ballade in A minor, Op 33

Petite suite de concert, Op 77
12 Le Caprice de Nannette
13 Demande et réponse
14 Un sonnet d'amour
15 La Tarantelle frétillante


Samuel Coleridge-Taylor:

Concerto for violin and orchestra in G minor, Op 80
1 Allegro maestoso
2 Andante semplice
3 Allegro molto

4 Romance in G, Op 39

Nonet in F minor, Op 2
5 Allegro moderato
6 Andante con moto
7 Scherzo: Allegro
8 Finale: Allegro vivace

Coleridge-Taylor is Chineke! Orchestra's first release on Chineke! Records, a new partnership with Decca Records. This two-CD collection of works by the celebrated British composer includes his Violin Concerto (with soloist Elena Urioste), Ballade in A minor and African Suite. 'Chineke! exists to try and redress the balance of who plays and does not play in classical music', says executive producer and double bass player Chi-chi Nwanoku.

Recorded 23 February 2020 (CD 1, tracks 1-5) and 25 February 2022 (CD 1, tracks 12-15) at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London UK; 27-28 September 2020 (CD 1 track 6), 18-19 October 2020 (CD 1, tracks 7-10) and 14-15 November 2020 (CD 1 track 11) at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London UK; 18-19 November 2020 (CD 2, tracks 5-8) at Wigmore Hall, London UK; and 16-18 April 2021 (CD 2, tracks 1–4) at St John's, Smith Square, London UK.

Track numbers shown above are as in the booklet for the digital release of this album, but there is a discrepancy between these track numbers and the actual tracks in the digital release, as follows:

In the digital release, Sussex Landscape is split across three tracks, CD1 tracks 6, 7 and 8, Ballade in A minor is split across two tracks, now CD1 tracks 13 and 14 and Romance in G is split across two tracks, CD2 tracks 4 and 5.