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LILBURN: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 3

Composer(s):Lilburn, Douglas
Artist(s) Judd, James, Conductor • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.555862
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Douglas Lilburn is one of New Zealand’s leading composers and he could not be better served than by this splendid Naxos disc which gathers together the three symphonies which are at the very kernel of his output. He is a true symphonist: his structures are not inflated, and the orchestral colouring is an integral part of the musical argument. Inspired by the spacious landscapes and mountain ranges of his homeland, the first two are heavily included by Sibelius; indeed the slow movement of No. 1 (1949) includes a direct quotation. Vaughan Williams (under whom the composer studied in England) makes his presence felt in the slow movement of No. 2 and perhaps also in the folksy flavor of the Scherzos. In the Third Symphony (1961) Lilburn finds an even more individual



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