(an album of Early-Eighties recordings, featuring two people close to Robin Milford himself : his relative Marion Milford, as soprano ; while these London-based, church-recordings were conducted by Christopher Finzi - a close relation of Gerald Finzi, Robin's late friend and supporter, whose death in the Mid-Fifties so rocked the composer's world)
Robin Milford (1903-59) was one of the most prolific English composers of the first-half of the 20C. In a way, it may seem surprising to some scholars of classical music, that this man should have so suffered from depression (- not to mention self-doubt, and in-escapable feelings that his music had already become passé in his lifetime -), given his well-supported-, and traditionally Home-Counties-upbringing ...
He was Oxfordshire-born, to upper-middle-class parentage, with the family moving to Surrey when Robin was aged three. He and his brother were later educated at Rugby public school, before Robin gained acceptance at The Royal College of Music ; among his tutors, were such prestigious names, as Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Gustav Holst.
Perhaps the biggest contributor to Milford's depressions was the death, in an accident, of his dearly-loved six-year-old son, Barnaby, in 1941 (Barnaby was the product of the loving marriage, between Robin and the soprano, Kirstie Newsom).
Robin Milford's greatest gift, as evidenced by this small sample of his large catalogue of works, was the melodies that he created.
Side One : Two pieces by Milford :-
1) "Fishing by Moonlight" op.96a.
Suite for Oboe & Strings in D minor op.8 :-
2) I Overture 3) II Gavotte 4) III Minuet & Musette 5) IV Air.
Side Two : Six more pieces by Milford :-
1) "Elegiac Meditation" for Viola & Strings op.83.
2) "Love on my Heart" op.36/4 (based on a Robert Bridges poem).
3) "Whither, O Whither art thou fled, my Lord?" (extract from Milford's dramatic oratorio "Prophet in the Land" op.21).
4) "Tolerance" op.48 (based on a Thomas Hardy poem).
5) Elegy for James Scott.
6) "Duke of Monmouth & Buccleugh" for Strings op.50.
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) VG+/VG+.