Albion Magazine

Although born in England, Moeran was strongly drawn to Ireland, and its influence features heavily in his music, both in the Irish folk-melodies that we can hear appearing occasionally, and also in the almost pictorial wildness and freedom of his writing. This is brought out strongly in this disc of remastered releases of old recordings. The record opens with the String Trio in G Major , recorded in 1941, in which Jean Pougnet, Frederick Riddle and Anthony Pini capture a great sense of freedom and eloquence in the first movement, and vast bleakness in the second movement. It is a rhapsodic and radiant performance. Tying in well with the recent Goss release reviewed above, there follow 1942 and 1945 recordings of Goss singing three Moeran songs in his wonderfully expressive style Two 1925 songs with Heddle Nash ensue, Diaphenia , sung superbly, and the lovely The Sweet o’ the Year . The main, and concluding, work in the disc is Moeran’s Symphony in G Minor . Leslie Heward conducts the Halle Orchestra in a 1926 performance of passion, fire, and ferocity. Throughout Heward invests the work with a great sense of menace, with snarling brass, howling woodwind and shrieking strings. Although the ending rather lacks the punch of the more modern recordings, this is, on the whole, a splendidly harrowing version. This is an extremely valuable disc, both historically and for the incredible performances on it.

—Em Marshall