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English Music for Strings - Wilson

English Music for Strings - Wilson

Chandos  CHSA 5264

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
Bridge: Lament
Berkeley: Serenade for Strings
Bliss: Music for Strings

Sinfonia of London
John Wilson, conductor

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Comment by Marcus DiBenedetto - March 12, 2021 (1 of 1)

The reviewers here at HR Audio have certainly dedicated a lot of time reviewing conductor John Wilson and "his" orchestra's, Sinfonia Of London, recordings. I would ask that they listen to this newest disc and offer their opinion. Over the last several weeks, I have collected John Wilson's other fine recordings. They were, as the reviewers noted, excellent performances and recordings. Why not try this one too? I was not at all disappointed. Wilson revived the Sinfonia of London expressly for recording and they certainly are doing just that with four superb releases in just three years. This particular release, in multichannel surround, is excellent. Instruments are positioned well along the soundstage. I was very pleased with the use of bass notes driving along the melody and providing depth. The bass and other instruments are blended very well. I have the Britten piece, "Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge" on 2L's excellent recording "Reflections". In my mind, both are excellent. This version sounds more "orchestral". I was not familiar with the other composers. But, the music is superb. The liner notes provide good background as they were written during wartime which had quite an effect on what the composers were trying to communicate. All in all, I am pleased with my decision to download the music (24 bit, 5.0, FLAC). If you want great quality music that communicates and creates an emotional connection, you can't go wrong here.

Marcus DiBenedetto
Las Vegas, NV