I have huge amounts of time for PG too, Anna. I love a lot of his stuff. And if well-performed, his 'easy listening' music can be exhilarating I think! I love the way he chucks an occasional (or sometimes not so occasional) harmonic cluster or hair-raising dissonance into the middle of quite open, diatonic music. I recently invested in the first volume of the PG series conducted by Richard Hickox on Chandos - the Colonial Song was on repeat play for a while - sentimental, twee... maybe, but then as it goes on, pangs of feeling are conveyed by dissonance, and at one point there's a great chromatic glissando upwards for lots of instruments inc. orchestral piano...
Originally Posted by Anna
And I never understand why one of my favourite pieces by him is not better known (I learnt what it was thanks to an old R3 message boarder who brilliantly identified it, after a plea by me and about 10 years of trying to find out what the music used at the end of a BBC drama series was). It's PG's arrangement of John Dowland's song "Now, oh now, I needs must part"... I can play most of it but the bit where the wonderful melody really goes through the harmonic hall of distorting mirrors defeats me!!
Here is a rather good performance of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-dhxIr7oqc
PS: FF, how can one tell whether COTW is a repeat or not? I've looked before where I know for a fact it IS a repeat, and have found no sign of it on the website. Is this PG series a repeat?
"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9