Drawing on American folk idioms and the spirit of dance and movement, Montgomery’s appealing work Strum, is fun and superbly crafted. Barber’s much-loved and evocative Adagio, filled with solemnity and sadness, has featured in many movie soundtracks. Bernard Hermann brought a malicious relish to his work on Hitchcock’s thrillers, demonstrated in his Psycho Suite, which features all the familiar ICO dramatic thrills and shrill chills!
Dvořák’s Nocturne, a slow, stately work of harmonic adventure reveals his radical streak. Josef Suk was Dvořák’s favourite pupil and eventual son-in-law. Suk’s celebrated and prodigious Serenade brims with charm and lyrical appeal.