Randall recording project
In autumn of 2021, ConcertArt Trio begin work on their premiere CD, Hiraeth: The Trios of Anthony Randall. This project will see them record three prominent trios by the Welsh composer: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night for Soprano, Horn and Piano, which is a setting of the Dylan Thomas poem of the same name; Three Poems for Tenor, Horn and Piano, which are settings of 3 poems by the virtually unknown Welsh 2 nd World War poet Geraint Jones and the Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano. These works have not appeared on disc before,
and the trio are excited and honoured to be the first ensemble to record them.
First, a little information about the composer.
The Welsh composer Anthony Randall began his career as a professional Horn player, working with the major London orchestras and solo performances in London, Aldeburgh, Edinburgh and Lucerne. As a conductor he has worked with the Royal Philharmonic, the National
Philharmonic and the English Chamber Orchestras, the London Mozart Players and made more than two hundred broadcasts for the BBC, some of which included his own compositions and arrangements. From 1983 to 1996 he was Professor of Horn and Head of Brass at the London College of Music, and in 2001 retired from the Royal Military School of Music Kneller Hall where he was Professor of Horn for eleven years.
His works cover many different orchestrations and his extensive compositions for Horn, as both a solo and ensemble instrument, have added greatly to the instrument’s repertoire.
However, many of his works remain unknown to a wider audience outside of the brass playing world. This project intends to offer these great trios, which combine Horn and Piano with voice and Violin, to far reaching audiences.
Two of the trios are settings of poems by Welsh poets, one famous – Dylan Thomas – and the other, practically unknown – Geraint Jones. The Thomas poem, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night is an English language masterpiece that has been translated into many languages
and is well-known worldwide. It was inspired by the death of Thomas’ father and explores their difficult relationship.
The trio featuring the poems of Geraint Jones is a work tainted by tragedy. The poems are beautiful descriptions of loss and longing, made all the more poignant as they were written only a few short months before the poet’s untimely death in Normandy. The melodies and
harmonies that accompany these words only add to the sadness and emotion of this moving piece.
The final trio, for violin, horn and piano, takes and expands the model set out by Brahms in his trio, which remains a masterpiece to this day, and follows the same 4 movement structure: an introductory Andante Pastorale, followed by a Scherzo and Trio, then the slow, contemplative 3 rd movement, and concluded by an intense and lively Allegro.