Most of us are unfamiliar with the work of English composer John Ireland. But here at Ladue News, one particular oeuvre, A Downland Suite, holds special meaning. The 1932 composition happens to be the accompaniment for the Ladue News Minute, which can be heard regularly on the Radio Arts Foundation-St. Louis (RAF-STL).
Our friends at RAF-STL tell us that every so often, listeners will call to inquire about the piece, which has been described by fans as “full of heart and soul--a veritable lush garden of sounds and textures,” as well as “the lushness of the British countryside on a warm summer's day.” Even those musically in-the-know have hailed it as “one of the most appealing string works in all English music” and have referred to Mr. Ireland as “the English composer to like for people who don't like English composers.”
Well, after all that buildup, I’m sure you’d want to hear it, too. Tune in to the Ladue News Minute twice a day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (7:40 a.m. and 5:20 p.m.) on RAF-STL (107.3 on your radio dial). Give it a listen, and let me know what you think.