Patrick Gallois

Patrick Gallois: Overtures

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Product Type: CD
Artist: Patrick Gallois

Title: Overtures
Label: Naxos American
Product Type: COMPACT DISCS

The tunes included in these Overtures almost invariably include “Yankee Doodle” and a large helping of Scottish and Irish tunes, presumably appealing especially to those coming from those countries. Other tunes used include the “Marseillaise”, William Shield’s “The Ploughboy”, “Oh dear, what can the matter be”, and, most surprising of all, the opening tutti from Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor. The results are clearly of considerable historical interest even if musically to describe them even as second rate might seem an exaggeration of their qualities. However unless you insist on nothing but the best, as did a relation of mine whose entire reading of fiction consisted of “Ulysses” and “War and Peace”, there is much to enjoy here. This is due more than a little to the sprightly performances and clear recording but I think is primarily due to the very appealing self-confidence and ingenuous swagger of the music itself. Despite the political messages that their music is apparently intended to send, the three composers represented here were all British in origin – Reinagle from Scotland and Carr and Hewitt from England. These Overtures have much in common with the music of such composers as Michael Kelly, Charles Dibdin and Steven Storace. Hewitt is best known for a wonderfully naïve Sonata describing the Battle of Trenton, and the works by him on this disc are little more advanced musically. However like all the rest they have charm and curiosity value in abundance. Maybe it is overstating the case to describe them as “American Classics” but this is certainly a disc that I find almost always generates a contented smile in this listener at least.

Tracks:
1.1 Medley Overture in D minor-Major By James Hewitt
1.2 Federal Overture By Benjamin Carr
1.3 New Medley Overture in C Major By James Hewitt
1.4 New Federal Overture By James Hewitt
1.5 Miscellaneous Overture in D Major By Alexander Reinagle
1.6 Occasional Overture in D Major By Alexander Reinagle
1.7 Overture in G Major By Alexander Reinagle

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