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ABOUT THE MUSIC

A natural rubato is felt throughout this haunting, single-movement work (initially composed in 1984 for string quintet as "Opus 1", and then newly arranged in 2015 for full string orchestra by Anthony Weeden - in collaboration with the composer - as "Opus 15").

The sound is reminiscent of that of ancient church music. Written in the stile antico, it opens with a “Plainsong”, then comes the main central “Anthem”. There is a brief reprise of the opening theme, before the work closes with a more emphatic “Fantasia” (where the sense of rubato becomes almost improvisatory). The work, as a whole, may be said to comprise a poignant “prayer” for strings.

 

REVIEWS [of the original string quintet version]:

* "a beautiful serenade" - American Record Guide (USA), May-June 2012

* "yearningly lovely" - Music OMH (UK), November 2008

* "intensely ethereal" - Tempo (UK), January 2008

* "a work of beauty and sincerity" - conductor Robert Ian Winstin (USA), recording with string soloists of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006

 

Details

Year:
2015
Category:
String Orch. (w/wo solo)
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Recordings:
Minutes:
10
Seconds:
59

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Sacred Prelude, Op.15 [Full string orchestra version]