7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Bainton Symphony No 3 is very moving.,
This review is from: Bainton: Symphony No. 3 / Boughton: Symphony no.1 "Oliver Cromwell" (Audio CD)
Edgar Bainton (1880-1956)was born in London but lived most of his life in Australia - although he was interned in Germany during the First World War. His valedictory Symphony No 3 was completed only shortly before his death. Work on it had been suspended following the death of Bainton's wife but a friend had gently challenged him to complete it - the result is probably his greatest work. Although it is written in a comparatively conventional idiom it is, in my view at least, a deeply moving work of considerable slumbering power and much depth-it ends on a note of hard-won triumph (or at least acceptance). I suspect that it will appeal to admirers of Parry, Vaughan Williams and Rubbra (although there are also echoes of Sibelius). The work is shot through with poetic moments of great beauty. I admire some works by Rutland Boughton, especially 'The Immortal Hour' and the Oboe Concerto but, I have to say, that I did not make much of his 'Oliver Cromwell symphony'.
Worth having for the Bainton though - a lovely work.