Five-star review of John Foulds CD in the Mail on Sunday
Amazing five-star review of the new John Foulds CD
by David Mellor
in the Mail on Sunday
(30 April 2006):
'Last week was the first UK Music Week, when the country's commercial radio stations came together to celebrate the best of British from hip-hop to classical.
Doing my bit for the cause, I have been listening to new CDs of British music, especially some off-the-beaten-track issues that continue to appear despite the alleged sorry state of the classical recording industry.
Take John Foulds
, for instance. Few people will have heard of this eccentric Englishman, who died of cholera, aged 58, in 1939 in India, where he lived in pursuit of an obsession with Indian music.
Foulds is often dismissed as a mere purveyor of salon music, but thanks to Warner Classics
' indefatigable Matthew Cosgrove, we now know better.
The main work on Warner's excellent new CD, with Sakari Oramo
and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
, is an extended three-movement piano concerto of real substance, brilliantly despatched by Peter Donohoe
. Foulds' decision to call it the Dynamic Triptych For Piano and Orchestra
added materially to its prospects of near-total neglect. But it's a fine piece that would be great as a novelty at the Proms.
Also delightful is the little tone poem April-England
, a marvellous evocation of what an English spring should be like, and maybe was in Foulds' day, plus two salon pieces of real melodic distinction; the Song of Ram Dass
and Keltic Lament
. Recommended with all possible enthusiasm