Ruth Gipps: Orchestral Works, Volume 2

Ruth Gipps: Orchestral Works, Volume 2

CHAN 20161 (Chandos Records, CD)

FIRST RELEASE (14 October 2022)

Playing time: 75'57"
Tracks: 9
Booklet pages: 42
℗ 2022 Chandos Records Ltd
© 2022 Chandos Records Ltd
Main country of recording: United Kingdom
Reviewer: Geoff Pearce
Review of Ruth Gipps: Orchestral Works, Volume 2 published on 13 September 2022

Juliana Koch, oboe (tracks 1-4)
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Midori Sugiyama, leader (tracks 6-9)
Yuri Torchinsky, leader (tracks 1-5)
Rumon Gamba, conductor

Ruth Gipps (1921-1999):

1 Chanticleer Overture, Op 28 (1944)

Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra in D minor, Op 20 (1941)
2 Allegro moderato – [ ] – Tempo I
3 Andante
4 Allegro vivace – Meno mosso – Tempo I – Meno mosso – Cadenza – Tempo I – Meno mosso – Tempo I

5 Death on the Pale Horse, tone poem, Op 25 (1943)

Symphony No 3, Op 57 (1965)
6 Moderato – Allegro moderato – Poco meno mosso –
Allegro moderato – Meno mosso –
Allegro moderato – Meno mosso
7 [Theme and Variations] Theme. Con moto – Variation I. L'istesso tempo – Variation II. Andante espressivo – Variation III. Allegro –
Variation IV. Andante con moto – Variation V. Allegretto –
Variation VI. Con moto – Coda. Moderato (Tempo of the Theme, but beaten in 4) – Poco meno
8 [Scherzo.] Allegretto – Poco largamente – Trio. Andante sostenuto –
Allegretto da capo – Coda –
9 [Finale.] Andante – Allegro ritmico – Andante maestoso – Allegro ritmico – Poco meno mosso – Meno mosso – Andante maestoso

Ruth Gipps (1921-1999) was born in the English seaside resort of Bexhill-on-Sea. Encouraged as a child by an ambitious pianist mother, she appeared locally as a prodigy pianist. She was accepted by the Royal College of Music in 1937, at the age of sixteen, having won the Caird Scholarship. She quickly matured, both as composer and pianist. She studied with Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob, and later the oboe with Leon Goossens. During the Second World War she gained a position as oboist with the City of Birmingham Orchestra and devoted a great deal of her time to composing. Three of the works on this album were composed during the war: the Oboe Concerto, the tone poem Death on the Pale Horse, and the overture Chanticleer - derived from an opera which, sadly, she never completed. The manuscript of the Third Symphony is dated 1 November 1965 and the work was first heard when Gipps introduced it with her London Repertoire Orchestra, on 19 March 1966. Its first professional performance took place on 29 October 1969, Gipps directing the BBC Scottish Orchestra, but it has since gone largely unheard, until now.

Recorded 19 December 2019 (Symphony No 3) and 6 January 2022 (other works) at MediaCityUK, Salford, Manchester, UK.