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DYSON: Symphony in G Major / Concerto da Chiesa / At the Tabard Inn

Composer(s):Dyson, George
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.557720
Label Naxos
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First performed in 1938, Dyson’s Symphony had to wait until the 1990s to achieve the recognition it deserves as one of the finest twentieth-century British symphonies. Although the symphony opens and closes in a mood of pageantry from the world of his choral masterpiece, The Canterbury Pilgrims, it is also a work of troubled times and the distant rumble of war. Passages of engimatic beauty and icy landscapes alternate with mock-courtly dance music and brilliant orchestral effects reminiscent of Sibelius, Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov. The Concerto da Camera is a work in the great tradition of English string compositions from Purcell to Tippett. The composer himself characterized it as ‘founded on old hymn-melodies so woven in,



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

First heard in 1937, Dyson’s Symphony in G is the most ambitious of his orchestral works. In the first two movements Dyson’s determination to strike a contemporary pose in that Sibelian era seems to inhibit his melodic gift, with thematic material fragmentary, and the charming second-movement Andante is slight. But in the third-movement variations—taking the place of a Scherzo—and most of all in the colourful finale, his inhibitions depart in writing that is warm, free and colourful, using ideas from The Canterbury Pilgrims, with majestic scoring for the brass. Helped by clear, well-balanced recording, David Lloyd-Jones conducts a brilliant performance which clarifies often heavy textures. In the Concerto da chiesa for strings


Review By Scott Cantrell,The Dallas Morning News,October 2005

You'd never know it from most orchestras' playlists, but the venerable symphony form continued to engage composers throughout the 20th century. In England alone, significant symphonies were penned by composers as varied as Elgar, Vaughan Williams, William Walton, Arnold Bax, E.J. Moeran, Havergal Brian, Lenox Berkeley, Alan Bush, William Alwyn, Michael Tippett and Humphrey Searle.

The finely crafted three symphonies of Alan Rawsthorne (1905-1971) represent a conservative international modernism. American listeners may hear him as a slightly more astringent, and considerably more contrapuntal, cousin of Samuel Barber.



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