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BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 17 and 32 / In Memoriam / Festal Dance (Ireland RTE National Symphony, Leaper)

Composer(s):Brian, Havergal
Artist(s) Leaper, Adrian, Conductor • Ireland RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572020
Label Naxos
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Naxos continues its reissue of the Marco Polo recordings of Havergal Brian symphonies, of which the Gothic (Naxos 8.557418–19) is the most famous, with the inventive, fantasia-like Symphony No. 17 and the composer’s last ever work, the alternately dark and affirmative Symphony No. 32, a remarkable achievement for a man of 92. Composed five decades earlier, the extended symphonic poem In Memoriam, notable for the ‘advanced’ nature of its scoring, is contrasted with the exuberant Festal Dance, once intended as the finale to an early work the composer had originally entitled Fantastic Symphony. Brian’s Symphonies Nos. 11 and 15 are also

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Review By Stephen Schwartz,ClassicalCDReview.com,October 2011

Powerful, elusive, idiosyncratic.

British composers labored under a disadvantage in the 20th century because there were simply too many good ones, even great ones, to compete against. In his long life and career, Brian strove for recognition against Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Britten, and Tippett. A country where Gustav Holst becomes an afterthought should indeed count its blessings, but Holst did not suffer alone. I wish I could propose Havergal Brian as The Great Unsung, but I know at least two others. Perhaps one day we will be learn to hold more than one or two great artists in our heads at a time.

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Review By Stephen Schwartz,ClassicalCDReview.com,October 2011

Powerful, elusive, idiosyncratic.

British composers labored under a disadvantage in the 20th century because there were simply too many good ones, even great ones, to compete against. In his long life and career, Brian strove for recognition against Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Britten, and Tippett. A country where Gustav Holst becomes an afterthought should indeed count its blessings, but Holst did not suffer alone. I wish I could propose Havergal Brian as The Great Unsung, but I know at least two others. Perhaps one day we will be learn to hold more than one or two great artists in our heads at a time.

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Review By Stephen Schwartz,ClassicalCDReview.com,October 2011

Powerful, elusive, idiosyncratic.

British composers labored under a disadvantage in the 20th century because there were simply too many good ones, even great ones, to compete against. In his long life and career, Brian strove for recognition against Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Britten, and Tippett. A country where Gustav Holst becomes an afterthought should indeed count its blessings, but Holst did not suffer alone. I wish I could propose Havergal Brian as The Great Unsung, but I know at least two others. Perhaps one day we will be learn to hold more than one or two great artists in our heads at a time.

more....


Review By Stephen Schwartz,ClassicalCDReview.com,October 2011

Powerful, elusive, idiosyncratic.

British composers labored under a disadvantage in the 20th century because there were simply too many good ones, even great ones, to compete against. In his long life and career, Brian strove for recognition against Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Britten, and Tippett. A country where Gustav Holst becomes an afterthought should indeed count its blessings, but Holst did not suffer alone. I wish I could propose Havergal Brian as The Great Unsung, but I know at least two others. Perhaps one day we will be learn to hold more than one or two great artists in our heads at a time.

more....


Review By Stephen Schwartz,ClassicalCDReview.com,October 2011

Powerful, elusive, idiosyncratic.

British composers labored under a disadvantage in the 20th century because there were simply too many good ones, even great ones, to compete against. In his long life and career, Brian strove for recognition against Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Britten, and Tippett. A country where Gustav Holst becomes an afterthought should indeed count its blessings, but Holst did not suffer alone. I wish I could propose Havergal Brian as The Great Unsung, but I know at least two others. Perhaps one day we will be learn to hold more than one or two great artists in our heads at a time.

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