Matthew Taylor - Symphonies 4 & 5, Romanza | Nimbus - Alliance NI6406

Matthew Taylor - Symphonies 4 & 5, Romanza


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Label: Nimbus - Alliance

Cat No: NI6406

Barcode: 0710357640629

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 6th November 2020



BBC National Orchestra of Wales
English Symphony Orchestra


Kenneth Woods


Taylor, Matthew

Romanza for strings, op.36a
Symphony no.4, op.54
Symphony no.5, op.59


BBC National Orchestra of Wales
English Symphony Orchestra


Kenneth Woods


‘Matthew and I met not long after the ESO announced the 21st Century Symphony Project, and the work he told me he wanted to write sounded like a thrilling addition to the Project.

‘Hearing these two powerful new symphonies side by side, one can’t help but be struck by the ways in which they complement and contrast one another. They are clearly songs from the same voice, and speak the same musical language. Although the two works are fundamentally different in structure and emotional impact, one can still see interesting similarities in how Taylor approaches symphonic form, particularly in his telling, but very selective, use of cyclic structures .

Fourth Symphony was written for a very large orchestra, the Fifth for a much smaller ensemble, using the same forces as Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the other symphony heard at the concert in Cadogan Hall, London, where it was premiered by the English Symphony Orchestra in 2019. Stripped of percussion, harp and keyboards, the soundworld of the Fifth Symphony is more austere than that of the Fourth, but no less intense. And though the Fifth uses a string section about half the size of the Fourth, it is, in many ways, the more explosive, even violent, work.’
– Kenneth Woods

This Romanza is an arrangement of the second movement of Taylor’s Sixthth String Quartet.

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