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  • Conductor: George Lloyd
  • Composer: George Lloyd
  • Audio CD (1 Jun. 1991)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Albany Records
  • ASIN: B0000049LY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Con Brio
  2. Largo
  3. Alla Marcia
  4. Andante, Con Malinconico
  5. Allegro Con Delicatezza
  6. Largo
  7. Allegro Con Brio

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At the age of 67, I've only just discovered George Lloyd.

It's interesting that, in the mid to late twentieth century, a `serious' composer can still find something enjoyable and interesting to say in a tonal idiom, and Lloyd does this very successfully. In his sleeve notes Lloyd explains that he solved the problem of writing "another ninth symphony" by treating it light heartedly.

Unlike Trancredi I won't give the time of day to composers like Tippett or Messiaen. To me life's too short (Ars longa, vita brevis). I would though urge Trancredi to listen to Lloyd's second symphony if you have not yet done so. (I'm sure you must have).

I find Lloyd's orchestration is imaginative, and under his baton these performances are very full of life. Lloyd is a very happy composer. Even in the fourth movement of the second (marked "con malinconico") he can't bring himself to be much less than happy. Listening to these symphonies is like dipping into a large bag of goodies. I agree bits of his ninth are a bit brass-band like, but one can enjoy them for all that.

So far these are the only two Lloyd symphonies that I've listened to, but I certainly intend to remedy the deficiency.
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By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Sept. 2007
Very British music, but without the rather cloying textures that seem to prevail among some English composers. Lloyd's symphonies here are fresh, vibrant, colourful and tuneful; from the often jaunty melodies of the 1st movement of symphony no 2 and the last movement of the ninth symphony, to the majestic march-like 3rd movement of the second symphony and the expansive slow movements. Lively performances by the BBC Philharmonic under the direction of the composer combined with superbly rich sound quality complete a most rewarding listening experience.
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I usually only buy , and review, music to which I am sympathetic. Some composers such as Delius are clearly significant but I have little feeling for them or perhaps I have not yet tried hard enough.

This CD was a gift to my wife and having seen the Symphonies of Lloyd being praised oin the Radio 3 messageboard I have played the 9th a number of times. I may be missing the point but it is a mystery to me why any one can give this music the time of day. My favourite composers of the 1970s are Messiaen Tippett and Carter but I also enjoy more conservative music by Walton and Finzi so I am not prejudiced against a tonal composer per se

The Symphony is in 3 movements quick slow quick and lasts 26 minutes. The themes recall to me amongst other the Nutcracker of Tchaikovsky and Crown Imperial of Walton but without the melodic gift of either of those masters. The harmony and orchestration is redolent of film music of the 60s. The main theme of the finale has a striking resemblance to "I do want to be by the sea side!" I know that masterpieces have been created out of poor themes, but Lloyd just repeats this banal material.

Perhaps the Symphony is meant to be an ironic or quirky comment on the great 9ths of the past. Irony is not easy to display in music, goodness people still argue about Shostakovitch Symphony 5, but music has to be judged on its content and the material and its use seem to me to be totally woeful

The playing of the BBC Philharmonic is fine,(hence the 2 stars) indeed rather better than they often produce in concert in unfamiliar music. So if you are a fan of the likes of Karl Jenkins or are an afficando of Lloyd and can hear something below the surface I am missing don't stand back. I have not steeled myself to listen to the 2nd Symphony yet!
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HASH(0xa150960c) out of 5 stars Lloyd: the accessible 20th century symphonist !! 14 July 2015
By J. Bevan - Published on Amazon.com
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I have dabbled in the symphonies of George Lloyd for 20 or more years. It seems like I took a flyer on the 7th early in the CD era (which would be the mid-80's) but the fact is I've found them easy to take. As English symphonies go they are more accessible than Elgar and even maybe a bit more so than Vaughn-Williams. What's not to like? They are post-romantic compositions, easy on the ear, with an actual melody here and there. They are well orchestrated and invariably well performed by the BBC Philharmonic and other orchestras. So now I find myself closing in on collecting the whole lot (all 12 symphonies) and I believe I shall be listening to them a bit more often. Sometimes I find myself looking for music of this nature to play as a diversion to the central (usually germanic) repertoire. Try it...you may like it...
HASH(0xa1542084) out of 5 stars A Happy Find 20 Sept. 2015
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The 4 stars are for the music. Very good, old-fashioned style symphonies by a most gifted throwback composer. I would give 5 stars for the service. As described, quickly shipped (carefully done) and received sooner than expected. A good buy!
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