«Hoddinott: Orchestral Works»
Night Music for Orchestra, Op. 48,
Sinfonietta No. 1, Op. 56,
The Sun, The Great Luminary of the Universe, Op. 76,
Variants for Orchestra, Op. 47.
London Symphony Orchestra – David Atherton, Norman Del Mar,
New Philharmonia Orchestra – David Atherton.
This disc presents some key examples from the composer’s cogently argued, purely abstract works and from his series of pieces inspired by literary or visual images. All five pieces demonstrate his acute ear for orchestral and instrumental sonority, especially in their imaginative use of percussion; they also serve as a reminder of his love for Baroque forms such as passacaglia and ritornello and interest in contemporary procedures such as palindromic and aleatory methods.