In this radio talk, Arthur Hutchings reviews the importance of Cyril Rootham (CBR) both as a teacher and as a composer.
The talk includes some musical examples of CBR's music:
- at 04'10": from "Evening Service in E minor" (recorded in 1965: Denys Pouncey in Wells Cathedral)
- at 09'03": from "Symphony No 1 in C minor" (recorded in 1936: CBR conducting)
- at 11'40": from "Symphony No 2 in D major" (recorded in 1939: Sir Adrian Boult conducting)
You can download a transcript of the centenary talk "The music of Cyril Rootham" as a PDF file (174Kb).
We are grateful to Sam Wansborough of Samsound Limited for restoration work on this recording. As well as clean-up of the artefacts of the 1975 LP recording, specialised work was carried out on the musical extracts included from 1936 and 1938. Taken from original 78rpm gramophone recordings, the wow and flutter in these historic recordings has been greatly reduced giving a much clearer impression of the original performance.