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GOOSSENS, Eugene - Composers

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Composer: GOOSSENS, Eugene ((1893-1962))
His/her life:
Sir Eugene Goossens by David Stybr
British composer and conductor Sir Eugene Goossens (1893-1962) was one of the great conductors of the early 20th Century. Born in London and from a very musical family [brother to Leon (oboist), Sidonie and Marie (harpists)], he made many recordings with many orchestras over a period of nearly 40 years. His career was noted for its numerous unusual twists and turns. Early in his career he worked with the Carl Rosa Opera Company, where his father and grandfather had been leading conductors in their own times. Goossens also conducted for Sir Thomas Beecham's British National Opera Company and for Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. He became a fixture in London musical scene, along with Beecham and Sir Henry Wood. Goossens also promoted new works by British composers and those from the continent.
In 1923 Goossens accepted an invitation by George Eastman (the founder of Kodak) to come to the United States as the first chief conductor of the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra in New York State. Goossens then conducted the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Ohio from 1931 to 1946. There he was noted for his adventurous programs, elegant demeanor on the podium, and public eloquence. In 1942 Goossens commissioned a series of 10 fanfares from American composers as a patriotic gesture during wartime. The composers included Henry Cowell, Morton Gould, Roy Harris, Howard Hanson, Walter Piston and Virgil Thomson. The most famous of these, and perhaps the most popular fanfare ever composed, was Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland.
After more than 20 years in the United States, Goossens embarked on a new phase of his career in Australia. From 1946 to 1957 he served as Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Director of the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music. He greatly changed both repertoire and teaching standards, and he worked toward the eventual construction of the Sydney Opera House. Through a combination of inventive concert programmes and charisma, Goossens greatly increased the size and sophistication of audiences for concert music in Sydney. He encouraged Australian composers, and gave the first performance of the ballet Corroboree by John Antill in 1950. However his tenure came to an abrupt end due to an Australian legal scandal. Goossens returned to his native London.
In the final years of his life, Goossens made the recordings for which he is best known. Fortunately for him (and for us listeners) Everest Records in the late 1950s made a series of impressive stereo recordings on specially-designed 35mm magnetic film which were issued on LPs. Many have been reissued on CDs and the results are still impressive. Goossens' return to the United Kingdom at this time gave him better access to orchestras as a guest conductor, excellent recording technology, and celebrity status.
As well as his work as a conductor, Goossens composed throughout his career. His music included piano works, chamber music, 2 symphonies, ballets, tone poems, concerti and 2 operas. In the 1920s Goossens was regarded as one of the foremost British composers along with Walton and Bax, but much of his music has been forgotten. The expressive nature of his music fell out of fashion in the 1950s and 1960s.

Though Lovers be Lost -Music shadowing the two World Wars

Though Lovers be Lost -Music shadowing the two World Wars
ID: CC2008
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Oboe

The CD booklet contains a 2,000-word essay by Emily Pailthorpe on the music and the times in English, French and German. The photos include more of the performers, composers and the recording session.

The period between the two World Wars was one of violence, conflict, loss, nostalgia, yet great creative energy - qualities which are reflected in this collection of works for oboe and piano. These pieces conjure up a time in which loss was familiar, change seemed relentless, and yet a frenzy of exuberant artistic work was taking place. In her book 'Testament of Youth' (1933) Vera Brittain writes of the time: "Only gradually did I realize that the War had condemned me to live to the end of my days in a world without confidence and security, a world in which every dear personal relationship would be fearfully cherished under the shadow of apprehension."

The five composers represented in this disc were each directly affected by the extraordinary circumstances of the inter-war period, and their reactions were personal and diverse. Together, these pieces create not only a varied recital programme but also a window into this highly charged time. Living in the shadow of such desolation it is awe-inspiring and affirming that these men chose still to express themselves through the universal language of music. They speak clearly to us across the gulf of time in a way that is best expressed by these words of Dylan Thomas:

Though Lovers be lost, love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

copyright 2003 Emily Pailthorpe
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Masters of the Piano Roll - Strauss plays Strauss: Fauré plays Fauré

Masters of the Piano Roll - Strauss plays Strauss: Fauré plays  Fauré
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

All works performed by the composers on piano
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English Romanticism - H. Ferguson, E. Goossens, J. Ireland - O. Lewis, violin / J. Filsell, piano • Music by Ferguson • Goossens • Ireland

English Romanticism - H. Ferguson, E. Goossens, J. Ireland - O. Lewis, violin / J. Filsell, piano
• Music by Ferguson • Goossens • Ireland
ID: GMCD7120
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Piano

Recorded at: The Arts Centre of the London Oratory School, Fulham, London by kind permission of the Headmaster and Bursar, January 4th & 5th 1996
The Belfast-born composer Howard Ferguson has enjoyed an enviable reputation amongst those who really know their British music of the 20th century: his music is not great in output, but is distinguished at all times by a fastidious craftsmanship and an inspired abundance of melody. Dame Myra Hess recorded his Piano Sonata and Bagatelles, and Denis Brain his Octet - all on 78rpm discs - so this outstanding composer has not been without distinguished advocates. His Second Violin Sonata of 1948 is in three cogent movements.
The First Violin Sonata by Eugène Goossens is an outstanding work, the neglect of which - as with all of this supremely-gifted composer’s music - is quite inexplicable. The slow movement was recorded on a 78rpm disc by Andre Mangeot and the composer himself over 70 years ago - this new recording marks the first time this work has appeared complete in the British record catalogues!
The sensational success of the Second Violin Sonata by John Ireland in 1917 - it was performed nine times in the following season - may well have inspired Goossens to write his Sonata. It is surely true to say that no other English chamber work of the 20th century was ever received with greater enthusiasm than this. It remains one of Ireland’s greatest masterpieces, and should be known by all lovers of English music.
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English Romanticism II. Music by Elgar, Goossens - J. Filsell, piano / O. Lewis, violin

English Romanticism II.  Music by Elgar,  Goossens - J. Filsell, piano  / O. Lewis, violin
ID: GMCD7124
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

Recorded at: Hillesden Church, Buckinghamshire, England - 1996

A Few months ago Guild Music issued “English Romanticism”, a collection of Violin Sonatas by Howard Ferguson, Eugene Goossens and John Ireland played by Oliver Lewis, violin, and Jeremy Filsell, piano (Guild GMCD 7120). The impact of the largely unknown First Violin Sonata by Eugene Goossens showed it to be a very great work. The success of this issue - critically and in terms of sales - was so marked that release plans for 1996 were changed in order to accommodate a follow-up album. This second CD, our new release this month, was recorded in May and is released in June!
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English Romanticism III -Eugène Goossens - Piano Works - Jeremy Filsell, piano

English Romanticism III -Eugène Goossens - Piano Works - Jeremy Filsell, piano
ID: GMCD7133
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Romantic Music
Subcollection: Piano

Recorded at Hillesden Church, Hillesden 1997
The music of the great English conductor and composer Eugène Goossens - who died in 1962 at the age of 69 - has been unjustly neglected for far too long, and one of the most surprisingly successful of all Guild releases in 1996 was the CD English Romanticism, with Violin Sonatas by Ireland, Ferguson and Goossens played by Oliver Lewis and Jeremy Filsell. Indeed, so marked was the impact of this album that we immediately asked these artists to record Goossens’s other Sonata - and his complete music for violin and piano - with the Elgar Sonata.
Now we come with the first album devoted entirely to all of Goossens’s solo piano music - a truly significant body of work which certainly demands virtuoso playing from the pianist. In the late 1910s and 1920s Goossens was regarded as the most important English composer of his generation, and some of the dedicatees of his piano music - including Benno Moiseiwitsch - arrest to the regard in which his music was held.
Not only does this CD include all of Goossens’s music specifically written for solo piano - as he composed two operas, premiered at Covent Garden, the vocal scores of which he compiled himself, the orchestral extracts of these operas themselves constitute authentic transcriptions for solo piano by the composer - and these are also included. Much of this music is being recorded for the first time.
The result is a fabulous CD, of the greatest musical significance, which is sure to appeal to all lovers of English music of the first half of the 20th century, and to those keen to seek out the little-known byways of our musical heritage.
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The Aeolian Company - Original compositions and arrangements for pianola

The Aeolian Company - Original compositions and arrangements for pianola
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

For over thirty years Rex Lawson has been at the forefront of pianola music throughout the world. This recording features new music and arrangements for pianola commissioned by the Aeolian Company of London in 1921, with music from JS Bach, Arnold Bax, Frederic Cowen, Percy Grainger, Herbert Howells, Maurice Ravel, Alfredo Casella, Hubert Parry, Igor Stravinsky and others.
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