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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performance
An excellent CD with new repertoire. Fabulous conducting by Walker. This belongs on the shelves of anyone who calls themselves a classical music fan.
Published 5 months ago by Blinkam

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3.0 out of 5 stars A concentrated and related group of works
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A concentrated and related group of works, 30 April 2014
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John Abbott (San Francisco, CA) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Brian Symphonies, 13 Sep 2013
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There are quite a few recordings of Brian's huge output of orchestral music and this fine recording from Naxos is a good place to start if you don't know his works.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another bargain, 30 Jun 2013
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Good to have another recording of Brian in modern stereo. He is always interesting and the Russian orchestra as recorded here are superb. Take a chance...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 31 Aug 2014
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More symphonic masterpieces from Havergal Brian
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brian is unfairly neglected as a composer, 14 Aug 2013
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All very enjoyable and a good introduction to his music. I would recommend it for starters, then explore more of his recordings on the Naxos label.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Aug 2014
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a good cd
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