Parry: Symphony No. 4, Proserpine & Suite Moderne
Catalog: CHAN 10994
BBC National Orchestra of Wales; BBC National Chorus of Wales, female section; Gamba, Rumon
To commemorate the centenary of Parry’s death, Rumon Gamba and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales offer this rare album of major works never recorded before, at the center of which stands the original version of Symphony No. 4. These works highlight Parry’s skills as an orchestrator to supreme effect, the music full of attractive thematic invention, the scores wonderfully expansive, the canvas more intellectual, the many ideas more bold and passionate. The works prove to be a much severer challenge for the musicians but are here masterfully tackled thanks to both orchestra and conductor’s experience performing forgotten or unpublished British repertoire. The Suite modern was written for the Three Choirs Festival. Despite its popularity, the work remained unpublished at Parry’s death and is performed here in a new edition by Jeremy Dribble. The album is completed by Parry’s one and only ballet score, Proserpine. A triptych in miniature, the colorful scene is full of great delicacy.