Havergal Brian - Symphonies Nos 22-24, English Suite No.1
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Cat No: 8572833
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 29th April 2013
WorksEnglish Suite no.1
Symphony no.22 'Symphonia brevis'
Symphony no.24 in D major
ArtistsNew Russia State Symphony Orchestra
During the remarkable and prolific period between his 72nd and 92nd birthdays, Havergal Brian wrote no fewer than 27 symphonies. Some seem to fall into groups, such as Nos 22-24, all written within a nine-month period between 1964 and 1965. They all share a concern for march-rhythms, changeable moods and developing variation.
No.22 is Brianís shortest symphony and exemplifies his art in its most compressed, nocturnal form, whereas No.23 offers a more extrovertly scored and expansive scale. No.24 provides the triumphant rejoicing that ends the trilogy.
Influenced by Tchaikovsky, the 1906 English Suite No.1 nevertheless hints at Brianís sonic experiments to come.
Havergal Brian is one of the twentieth centuryís more remarkable composers and, specifically, symphonists. He has tenacious admirers - indeed, there is a society devoted to his name. His most famous work is the Gothic Symphony but Naxos has recorded a number of Brian works, including a number of the symphonies. They all have a keen interest for the many followers of British symphonies. The current disc gathers three works that represent his later symphonies very well.
Alexander Walker works regularly as a guest conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Russian Philharmonic, and the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra.
World premiere recordings of Symphonies Nos 23 and 24.
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