I wonder if anyone else heard this piece by Sir Anthony Hopkins on R3 this morning?
It was on at about 8.10a.m and I have to say I was underwhelmed. Not that I could do any better, but then I wouldn't have put it forward for publication either.
The presenter told us that Sir A.H was a skilled musician and composer; I don't know which instrument(s) he plays.
There was a good deal of percussiveness and swirling woodwind in the opening sequence and then it gave way to a choral part with orchestral harmony, and this was much better - a little suggestive of Holst, I thought, but then back came the percussion.
If the CBSO made it sound like a Junior school concert then I think it must be the arrangement at fault.
I wonder if I am being hyper-critical? Would this orchestra have performed and recorded the piece (now in the R3 charts!) if anyone less celebrated had composed it?