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The Children of Lir
An Irish symphony
Water Music
Music of the 4 countries
Irish fantasy
An Irish symphony
The art of...
Music for oboe
The romantic cello
A John Field suite
British light classics vol. 2

There are not many recordings available at the moment, but there are some. Here I will tell you more about those I have myself:

bulletThe collected orchestral works. Chandos  CHAN 7053 (3) or as three single CDs (CHAN 7032/7033/7034), at mid price.

The performers on these recordings are: 

bulletHeather Harper, soprano
bulletRalph Holmes, violin
bulletMalcolm Binns, piano
bulletThe Ulster orchestra is conducted by Bryden Thomson

All recordings are from the period 1979-1983. All recordings are digital.

This box includes the following works: 

bulletAn Irish symphony
bulletA comedy overture
bulletOde to a Nightingale
bulletViolin concerto in D minor
bulletWith the wild geese
bulletVariations on a Dublin air
bulletPiano concerto in B minor
bulletIn Ireland (the orchestrated version)
bulletThe Children of Lir

This is THE ultimate Harty recordings. This box includes all of his orchestral works, and therefore it is a must for everyone who like his music. My favourite work from this box is his orchestral poem (with wordless soprano) The Children of Lir, also his last composition (finished 1938). I am no musical expert, so I can't discuss his music in details. But there are some real gems in this set, no doubt. His Irish symphony is very good, and the same is his Piano concerto in B minor. These works, and his Irish fantasy and the Lir are the ones I like best. All works are very good, and I recommend you highly to listen to some of his works.

bulletWater music etc. Chandos Collect CHAN 6583, mid price. More info.

Harty made several arrangements during his lifetime, and here we have three of them: A John Field suite, Suite from Händel's Water music and The Londonderry air. A John Field suite is made from piano pieces and the Water music suite is a rearrangement from Händel's original suite. Both suites are very good, and are highly recommended. He has not done anything drastic with the music, just another orchestration and arrangement. The Londonderry air is also included on this CD, a piece with strings and harp, with solo violin. It's based on the famous melody with the same name. It's a very beautiful piece of music, and it does full justice to the wonderful melody. As a filler, Chandos has included In Ireland, it's the same recording as used in the 3CD box mentioned above.

bulletMusic of the four countries. EMI Classics for Pleasure CDCPF 4635, budget price. More info

This CD is a very good collection of British orchestral works. It's one from each of the British nations + Ireland. It's Maccunn from Scotland, German from Wales, Smyth from England and Harty from Ireland. All of these four works are very good. Only of them is not a separate work and that is the Smyth overture. It's the overture from the opera The Wreckers (a complete recording is available on Conifer records CDCF 250/1, 2CD), a highly recommended opera. Harty's With the Wild Geese are probably his most known work, and it's indeed a very good one. This CD is highly recommended for anyone who likes British music.

bulletIrish fantasy. Continuum records CCD 1051, full price. More info

This CD includes one Harty work, Irish fantasy, a work from 1912. It's the title work, and it's for violin and piano. It is folk inspired, and it's a fun piece to listen to. I like this piece very much, and it's one of my favourite Harty work. It's the only one of Harty's chamber works that I have heard myself. More recordings please!! Other composers represented on this CD are Stanford, Ferguson, Esposito and several traditional pieces. I like this CD very much, and I have enjoyed it immensely. I can highly recommend this CD to everyone who likes beautiful music!

Not rewied yet:
bulletAn Irish symphony on Naxos
bulletThe art of Sir Herbert Hamilton Harty on Dutton
bulletMusic for oboe on Hyperion
bulletThe Romantic Cello on Dutton
bulletA John Field suite on EMI
bulletBritish light classics vol. 2 on Warner
 


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05.06.2005