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5.0 out of 5 stars Not heard of George Lloyd? Listen to this!, 16 Oct 2001
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Dr. R. G. Bullock "Gavin Bullock" (Winchester, UK) - See all my reviews
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The British specialise in neglected composers. Sometimes, when they are hobbling around on sticks and are hard of hearing, someone finds an old score in the archives and thinks, "This looks good. Why don't we hear it? Are they still alive?" And so their music is rediscovered and the bewildered old chap is dragged out of obscurity. This happened to Havergal Brian and to George Lloyd, though he was not on sticks and looked extraordinarily young and trendy with his silvery mullet. He was 'discovered' by someone working at Radio 3 and a symphony was given a studio performance. Someone else sent a tape to the boss at Albany Records and as a result, all the symphonies and much else were recorded over the following years, a wonderful achievement.
Lloyd wrote an fine cycle of symphonies, the central ones being the greatest. The fifth was written in the hot summer of 1947 in idyllic surroundings by the side of Lake of Neuchâtel. Lasting nearly an hour, it shows Lloyd's mastery of large forms. Most of the five movements omits specific groups of instruments, giving a different palette of colours to each. The opening Pastorale begins with a long-breathed, lyrical melody which he proceeds to develop. This material is never far away and the whole movement shows Lloyd's feel for a memorable tune.
The Corale is for wind, low strings and percussion only. It is pervaded by a rhythmic motif, sinister and benign by turns.
Next comes a Rondo which is light, tuneful, inventive and gloriously orchestrated. There is a particularly fine fast waltz melody.
The Lamento is the emotional heart of the symphony. The full orchestra is used for the first time and the music is elegiac and full of tears - and perhaps anger. Lloyd was in the process of recovering from shell-shock (or post-traumatic syndrome, as we now call it) after dreadful experiences while serving on the Arctic convoys during WW2. Does this music express the mental anguish he had endured? It is heart-rending stuff and very beautiful. The ending,with harp arpeggios followed by string chords, brings this fine movement to a mysterious close.
In the Finale, 'everything is brought in to make an exhilarating a sound as possible' as George Lloyd says in the notes. The music is very rhythmic and great fun.
The recording is excellent. The fine BBC Philharmonic is conducted by the composer, who has also written the notes for the music. The notes themselves are rather brief, as with the rest of Albany's series, but they are sufficient.
A memorable disc and a good introduction to Lloyd's music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joyous work, 13 Oct 2007
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Benjamin (UK) - See all my reviews
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How has this English composer been kept a secret for so long? His fifth symphony was written in 1947 when the composer was staying in Corcelettes on the Lake of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The composer says the five months spent there were probably the happiest of his life; his fifth symphony seems to attest to this, it is a joyous and immediately accessible work which concludes with a thrilling Finale with strong rhythms and typical broad melodies - and perhaps some of the catchiest tunes I've yet encountered from Lloyd.
The recording and sound are of top quality - highly recommended.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good but not excellent, 21 Oct 2007
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Goran Bukan (Zagreb, Croatia) - See all my reviews
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After hearing Lloyd's 4th symphony I ordered this one. Splendid music, very good played and recorded. But, something is missing. That little something that makes difference between very good music and special music. First and second movement are beautiful, but third one is too much like Tchaikovsky. Last one (5th) is the problematic movement. I hope that later symphonies has much more to offer.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthusiasm for George Lloyd, 1 Jun 2008
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I was absolutely delighted to read your reviewers assesment of this recording of Lloyds symphony no. 5. I have had this recording for a couple of years, and listened to it over and over again. The more I listen to it, the more I think Lloyd was a very very great composer. I cannot disagree enough with one reviewers comments on the last movement...to me it is the finest last movement of any symphony I have ever heard...at the end you want to leap to your feet and cheer...the way he keeps piling on the layers of exitement, until that wonderful final brass fanfare. No, I have listened to a lot of Lloyds music, and I am waiting for the time when he is acknowledged as the towering musical giant he was...I hope it is my lifetime.
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