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ALWYN, W.: Violin Concerto / Miss Julie Suite / Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion (McAslan, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Lloyd-Jones)

Composer(s):Alwyn, William
Artist(s) Lloyd-Jones, David, Conductor • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic OrchestraMcAslan, Lorraine, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570705
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Naxos’s many highly-praised recordings of William Alwyn’s music have done much to revive excitement among today’s listeners for this British composer who is best known for his 200 or so film scores. His bravura Violin Concerto, the second and most substantial of his six concertos, is romantic and rhapsodic in nature. The Miss Julie Suite takes episodes from his last completed opera based on Strindberg’s tragic play, while the Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion pays tribute to the late percussionist James Blades. Juilliard School-trained violinist Lorraine McAslan has been praised by The Strad as ‘one of the most distinguished British violinists of her generation’.


   




Review By Robert R. Reilly,Catholic News Agency,July 2011

The Naxos label always does things thoroughly—and now, after having recorded his complete symphonies and a good deal of his chamber music, it gives us two more CDs of the music of British composer William Alwyn (1905–1985). Alwyn was also a great film composer (for some 200 movies, the most recent of which I have seen is Carve Her Name with Pride, which has a magnificent score), whose music is rich, lyrical, and colorful. Such is the case with his early Violin Concerto, which apparently did not enjoy success during his life. It is never too late, as you will hear in this rhapsodic piece, beautifully played by violinist Lorraine McAslan with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, under David Lloyd-Jones. It is accompanied by an attractive suite from the Alwyn

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Review By Record Geijutsu,July 2011


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Review By James Inverne,Gramophone,June 2011

Having never heard Alwyn’s opera of Strindberg’s Miss Julie, I can’t comment on how representative the suite that appears on this recording is—but it’s certainly a compelling work in its own right. Here it’s coupled with the little-known Violin Concerto in fine performances from David Lloyd-Jones and eloquent violinist Lorraine McAslan. Music to explore.



Review By Jeremy Dibble ,Gramophone,June 2011

The ‘serious’ music of a film composer reveals some compelling rarities

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