Celtic Twilight - CC5003

CD coverCeltic Twilight

The music of Christopher Ball

  • Violin Concerto
  • From The Hebrides
  • 5 Bagatelles
  • Thomas Gould - violin
  • Lesile Craven - clarinet
  • Emerald Concert Orchestra
  • conducted by Christopher Ball

The music of Christopher Ball has been welcomed as being the continuing traditional English style of Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Finzi but with its own individual voice and orchestral sound.

The Violin Concerto clearly displays these characteristics of mood and melody with its range of emotions from the poetic to the passionate. The two orchestral items: Celtic Twilight and From the Hebrides reveal a strong Celtic influence and the ability to produce a stream of memorable melody.

The 5 Bagatelles for wind trio are in a contrasting style described by MusicWeb International as 'affable and swaggeringly cheery music… witty and utterly attractive'.

"exquisite music ... much melodic and rhythmic variety... hauntingly mellifluous... tonal and well crafted... an individual voice... worthy of the highest praise"
Classic FM Magazine

"sheer joy throughout... superbly crafted... beautifully lyrical... highly attractive and entertaining music"
MusicWeb International

"Gould's dazzling solo violin"
The Times

"Gould's playing is full of breathtaking shifts of perspective and colour"
London Evening Standard

"The English violinist Thomas Gould played with faultless beauty"
Kleine Zeitung, Austria