Songs for Strings: Arrangements by Donald Fraser

September 14, 2018, 9:00 am

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In the 1990s, Donald Fraser scored a hit with his orchestral arrangement of Marin Marais’ Baroque classic The Bells of St. Genevieve, which  remains a radio evergreen to this day. Numerous commissions for arrangements followed for musicians such as The King’s Singers, Yehudi Menuhin and the English Chamber Orchestra. Fraser returns to the art of arranging smaller scale, classic works by John Dowland, Henry Purcell, Antonio Vivaldi and others, including new versions of his own “Amen” from A Christmas Symphony and orchestrations of four Elgar art songs that evoke the album’s title, Songs for Strings.