The music of James Francis Brown (b1969) is one of Britain’s well-kept secrets. Too well kept for my liking. This new release from Resonus is the first of any of his orchestral works, and what a disc it is!
The Trio concertante (2006) is a glorious single-movement triple concerto for violin, viola [Rachel Roberts] and cello that belongs in the topmost rank of British string-orchestral music.
The musical style may be rooted in Vaughan Williams, early Tippett and Britten, yet on closer acquaintance one realises that Brown’s music is truly all his own. A glorious listen….
Orchestra Nova’s performances are thoroughly committed and winning, proving themselves real partners to the four excellent soloists ….
The sound is terrific, too. A must-buy disc!