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ALWYN, W.: Concerto for Oboe, Harp and Strings / Elizabethan Dances / The Innumerable Dance (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Lloyd-Jones)

Composer(s):Alwyn, William
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570144
Label Naxos
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This fifth volume in the Naxos cycle of the complete orchestral works of William Alwyn features the popular Elizabethan Dances, which contrast ancient and modern dance rhythms from the courts of Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II. The atmospheric Symphonic Prelude “The Magic Island” was inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest. A perfect evocation of Spring, The Innumerable Dance is a tone poem in all but name. This and the exquisite miniature Aphrodite in Aulis have not been heard for over 70 years, and here receive their first recording. Composed during World War II, the Oboe Concerto expresses the composer’s yearning the peace and beauty of the English countryside.


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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The novelty here is Aphrodite in Aulis, and exquisite miniature creating a delicate vision of its mythological Greek namesake. But there are equally dainty textures in the engaging flimsy Waltz (languidamente) of the Elizabethan Suite (which opens and closes more robustly) and the fragile Poco allegretto fifth movement, a gentle Pavane. Jonathan Small also finds intricate delicacy and charm in the pastorale filigree of the Oboe Concerto, improvisational in feeling, with a wide variety of mood and tempo in its two movements. Eleanor Hudson’s contribution on the harp is much lower in profile. The Innumerable Dance Overture (inspired by William Blake) is an evocation of spring, and Lloyd-Jones creates the opening sunrise sequence most

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Review By ,Inverness Courier,February 2007

The fifth disc in Naxos's ongoing survey of the orchestral music of English composer William Alwyn (1905-85) includes two very attractive short works that have never been recorded before. Both Aphrodite in Aulis and The Innumerable Dance: An English Overture are inspired by literary sources (the latter, a beautiful evocation of spring, by lines from William Blake's Milton ), and are worthwhile retrievals. The expansive Symphonic Prelude: The Magic Island also has a literary inspiration in The Tempest . His set of six vibrant and skillfully scored Elizabethan Dances are more familiar, and make an attractive opening to the disc, while his Festival March is much in the manner of Elgar and Walton. The lovely two-movement Concerto for Oboe, Harp and Strings was written in the depths of

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