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Brian: Symphonies No. 22-24 [English Suite No. 1] [Alexander Walker] [Naxos: 8.572833]

New Russia State Symphony Orchestra , Havergal Brian , Alexander Walker Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Alexander Walker
  • Composer: Havergal Brian
  • Audio CD (29 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 22, "Symphonia brevis": I. Maestoso e ritmicoMoscow State Symphony Orchestra 4:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No. 22, "Symphonia brevis": II. Tempo di Marcia e RitmicoMoscow State Symphony Orchestra 4:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 23: I. ModeratoNew Russia State Symphony Orchestra 6:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 23: II. Adagio non troppo ma pesanteMoscow State Symphony Orchestra 6:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 24 in D majorMoscow State Symphony Orchestra16:21Album Only
Listen  6. English Suite No. 1, Op. 12: I. Characteristic MarchMoscow State Symphony Orchestra 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. English Suite No. 1, Op. 12: II. ValseNew Russia State Symphony Orchestra 5:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. English Suite No. 1, Op. 12: III. Under the Bench TreeNew Russia State Symphony Orchestra 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. English Suite No. 1, Op. 12: IV. InterludeMoscow State Symphony Orchestra 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. English Suite No. 1, Op. 12: V. HymnMoscow State Symphony Orchestra 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. English Suite No. 1, Op. 12: VI. CarnivalMoscow State Symphony Orchestra 5:59£0.79  Buy MP3 

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"The sound on the present disc has a fullness and perspective that certainly enhances the music making, working as it does to the benefit of Brian's often densely contrapuntal textures, while the notes by Malcolm MacDonald are as authoritative as expected. If future releases maintain this level of conviction, then the series will have been well worth reactivating." --International Record Review, July 2013

'These six scenes of life in and around Brian's native Staffordshire include an 'Interlude' depicting, with ear-mesmerising virtuosity, a distant view of The Wrekin in Shropshire.' --BBC Music Magazine, November 2013

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New Russia State Symphony Orchestra - Alexander Walker, direction

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3.0 out of 5 stars A concentrated and related group of works 30 April 2014
Format:Audio CD
The term “late period” isn’t really appropriate in Brian’s case, given that the composer wrote 26 of his 32 symphonies between the ages of 72 (in 1948) and his death at aged 96 in 1972. The last ten span the final four years of Brian’s composing life, between 1964 and 1968. Within them, numbers 22-24, in particular form a concentrated and related group. Written between December 1964 and August 1965, they all have something of a martial sound and share a concern for march-rhythms, changeable moods and developing variation.

Symphony No 22 "Symphonia Brevis" (1964-5, but first performed in 1971) is Brian’s shortest symphony (at just nine minutes long) and one of the most tightly organized, with the dense polyphony of the opening maestoso, leading to a ghostly, nocturnal march, calm but uneasy.

Symphony No 23 (1965, first performed 1973) is another two movement work, Brian considered calling it “Symphonia grandis”. Like its predecessor, includes martial elements (in the opening allegro and prior to the conclusion). “Eerie, belligerent and seethes with incident” (Rob Barnett).

Symphony No 24 in D major (1965, first performed 1973) has just one movement of 18 minutes length, though it's divided into three sections of widely varying mood. The work closes with a restful, optimistic adagio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performance 5 May 2014
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An excellent CD with new repertoire. Fabulous conducting by Walker. This belongs on the shelves of anyone who calls themselves a classical music fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well worth a listen 15 April 2014
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The composer was new to me, but this a very enjoyable collection. Alex Walker really draws out the atmosphere of the music.
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