Matthew Taylor - Symphonies 4 & 5, Romanza
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Label: Nimbus - Alliance
Cat No: NI6406
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 6th November 2020
ArtistsBBC National Orchestra of Wales
English Symphony Orchestra
‘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 .
‘The 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.’
This Romanza is an arrangement of the second movement of Taylor’s Sixthth String Quartet.
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