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Alwyn:Concerto Grosso Nos.2 and 3 [CD]

David Lloyd-Jones Audio CD
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  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Composer: William Alwyn
  • Audio CD (1 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0058JDC8A
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dramatic Overture: The Moor of Venice
2. Concerto Grosso No. 2
3. Serenade
4. Seven Irish Tunes, Suite for Small Orchestra
5. Concerto Grosso No. 3

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The final volume of Alwyn's orchestral music in this landmark Naxos series. William Alwyn's prolific output included descriptive scores, and The Moor of Venice Dramatic Overture examines the turbulent central character in Shakespeares Othello. The Serenade and the orchestral version of Seven Irish Tunes receive première recordings here, both covering a wide range of moods. Following the previous recording of Concerto Grosso No. 1, this collection includes Concerto Grosso No. 2, scored for strings only and Concerto Grosso No. 3, a tribute to Sir Henry Wood.

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Concerti Grossi n°2 et n°3 - The Moor of Venice - Sérénade - 7 Irish Tunes / Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - David Lloyd-Jones, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars More Alwyn discoveries 24 Aug 2011
By Mondoro TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A programme of works, several of them small-scale, and drawn from different stages of Alwyn's long compositional career. Most substantial are the two Concerti Grossi, No.2 very much in the tradition of British music for strings written in tne last century; and following the example of Elgar and Vaughan Williams, providing contrasts between tutti strings and a quartet of soloists. The contribution of the (unnamed) RLPO quartet is particularly eloquent in the second, slow, movement. The Concerto Grosso No. 3 is bolder and more epic in its proportions. The finale, an elegiac movement celebrating the memory of the Proms founder Sir Henry Wood, harks back to the music of his heyday in passages of great beauty and intensity that make a fitting end to the programme.

The Moor of Venice Overture, at the start, is a dramatic piece with sharply charcterised themes representing the characters in Shakespeare's play in a vivid score with its echoes of Tchaikovsky. The complement is made up by lighter works from earlier in Alwyn's output, the Serenade and Seven Irish Tunes, both skilfully orchestrated and attractive.

Another clear recording, and excellent playing from the RLPO, together with the detailed notes that have become a hallmark of Naxos releases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars alwyn concerti grossi 2 & 3 21 Aug 2011
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Naxos's latest instalment in the William Alwyn series consists of a selection of the composer's shorter orchestral works, including the Concerti Grossi Nos. 2 & 3. Also included is the Overture "The Moor of Venice", the Serenade, and Seven Irish Tunes. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by the admirable David Lloyd-Jones.

The "Moor of Venice" Overture, after Shakespeare's Othello, was composed at the time of the Third Symphony (1956). After a slow, brooding introduction, full of foreboding, Alwyn makes use of the traditional Willow Song to identify the hapless Desdemona, while the insanely jealous Othello is represented by stormy, brassy music, and the wiles of Iago by a fugal section. A suitably solemn coda concludes the work.

Alwyn wrote three Concerti Grossi, the second of which is scored for strings alone, and is very much in the English string tradition fostered by the likes of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Howells, Britten, Walton and Tippett. The first movement is vigorous and up-beat, with a more subdued middle section. The central adagio is tender and rather muted, with much interplay between string quartet and tutti. The finale returns to the vigorous mood of the opening. A brief lull in the fast tempo signals an abrupt, decisive close.

The Serenade of 1932 consists of four short movements: Prelude, Bacchanal, Air and Finale. Alwyn's masterly orchestration is evident throughout, and much of the music is tender and restrained, although there are some more robust moments, especially in the Bacchanal and Finale.

The Seven Irish Tunes (1936) are effectively arrangements of traditional melodies taken from the Petrie Collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Concerti Grossi 15 April 2013
By Philip Chadwick VINE VOICE
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Buy this for the Concerti Grossi - wonderful pieces particularly No. 3
The 7 Irish tunes are charming but the Moor of Venice is a little too symphonic poem for my taste - not quite "film music" as one reviewer suggests, but I see what he means.
Beautifully played, conducted and recorded - shame Naxos didn't use an Alwyn painting as they've done on previous releases in this excellent series.
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