Dr Edward Caine is a composer, conductor and pianist who has worked with Jeffrey as Research Assistant for the last 3 years. We asked him to recommend some further listening based on the pieces in our A musical Summer Holiday film.
Here is his first selection of pieces, connected to the piece Summer Holiday itself.
1. Summer Holiday
Summer Holiday was recorded by Cliff Richard and The Shadows in 1963 as part of the musical film Summer Holiday in which he starred. The film was a box office hit and the title song became one of Sir Cliff’s most well-known songs.
2. Ravel: Pavane Pour une infant défunte
There are two sides to summer – the exciting feeling of freedom and adventures, and the slow sleepy days in foreign climbs. Pavane pour une infant défunte, like the orchestral favourite Boléro is an evocation of Spanish custom and follows the work of composers such as Isaac Albéniz.
Further Listening in the playlist:
Ravel: Boléro as recorded by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
3. Rodrigo: Concerto de Aranjuez
I’ve selected Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo as performed by Julian Bream and the CBSO, II. Adagio as played by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and Concierto de Aranjuez from Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis.
Like a large portion of the populous, I first came upon this piece in the 1996 film Brassed Off, played by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Despite my purist tendencies, this is still my favourite recording of the piece. A close second is Miles Davis’s incredible interpretation from Sketches of Spain, another summer favourite for me.
4. Honeggar: Pastorale d’été
I came across this gorgeous tone poem by Arthur Honneggar while researching this list and had to share it. A luscious, shifting summer landscape.