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Arthur Benjamin: Violin Concerto; Romantic Fantasy; Elegy, Waltz & Toccata - Lorraine McAslan (violin); Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola); Royal Scottish National Orchestra; John Gibbons (conductor)
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  1. Violin Concerto
  2. Romantic Fantasy, for violin, viola & orchestra
  3. Elegy, Waltz and Toccata, for viola & orchestra (Viola Concerto)

British composer Arthur Benjamin is best known for a light piece called Jamaican Rhumba that became a hit for Canadian-American orchestra leader Percy Faith, among others. Some of his full-scale orchestral music, notably the Romantic Fantasy for violin, viola, and orchestra heard here, is performed from time to time in Britain. But the other two works here receive their first recordings. The basic vocabulary is close to that of Arnold Bax, but there is no extramusical content. There doesn't seem to be a strong thread ...

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Arthur Benjamin: Violin Concerto; Romantic Fantasy; Elegy, Waltz & Toccata 2012, Dutton Laboratories

UPC: 765387727925

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