CD Spotlight. A Very Joyous Disc - Brahms arranged by Kenneth Woods impresses Alice McVeigh. '... this is an excellent performance representing a useful, joyful and even inspired addition to the orchestral repertoire.'
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Irish composer, singer, violinist and conductor Michael William Balfe was born in Dublin on 15 May 1808, studying with his dancing master and violinist father, and also with William Rooke. He moved to London when his father died, worked as a violinist in the Theatre Royal Orchestra and also as a singer and a composer. Later he moved to Italy, then back to London, and retired to Hertfordshire, where he died at Rowney Abbey on 20 October 1870.
His compositions include twenty-nine or more operas (including The Bohemian Girl and Satanella), a symphony, several cantatas and hundreds of songs.
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