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BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 11 and 15 (Ireland RTE National Symphony, Rowe, Leaper)


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BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 11 and 15 (Ireland RTE National Symphony, Rowe, Leaper)

Havergal Brian was never a conventional composer, but the three later works on this disc rank among his most unconventional approaches to the symphonic form. The highly virtuosic Doctor Merryheart portrays an imaginary astronomer’s musical obsessions. The artless spontaneity of Symphony No. 11, whose Adagio is one of Brian’s most profound inspirations, and the extrovert character of Symphony No. 15, are firmly grounded in Brian’s resourceful technical mastery. The martial vigour of the early overture For Valour drew inspiration from the Walt Whitman poem Drum Taps (also used by Vaughan Williams in Dona nobis pacem, Naxos 8.572424).

Brian, Havergal

  For Valour, Op. 7
1.   00:03:40
2.   Andante tranquillo 00:02:08
3.   Marcarto e pomposo, sempre pesante 00:01:52
4.   Allegro vivace 00:04:58
5.   Piu allegro 00:00:56
  Doctor Merryheart
6.   — (Theme) 00:01:36
7.   Variation 1: Whimsies and Sunshadows (Grillen und Sonnenschatten) 00:01:33
8.   Variation 2: Smiles and Storms (Lacheln und Sturme) 00:02:24
9.   Variation 3: Dreams: Asleep in the Arms of Venus (Traume: Schlummernd in den Armen der Venus) 00:02:34
10.   Variation 4: Merryheart as a chivalrous knight chases Bluebeard (Als ritterlicher Kampe verfolgt Merryheart den Blaubart) 00:01:31
11.   Variation 5: Merryheart fights a dragon (Merryheart kampft mit dem Drache) 00:01:00
12.   Variation 6: Merryheart leads a procession of heroes (Merryheart fuhrt einem Zug Helden) 00:02:18
13.   Variation 7: Merryheart awakes (Merryheart ist wash) 00:01:26
14.   The Dance of Merryheart (Merryhearts Tanz) 00:01:47
  Symphony No. 11
15.   I. Adagio - 00:06:32
16.   II. Allegro giocoso - 00:02:35
17.   II. Adagio - 00:03:59
18.   II. (Scherzo) - 00:03:06
19.   II. Andante espressivo teneramente 00:04:20
20.   III. Maestoso e pesante - Allegro marcia 00:01:06
21.   III. Grazioso - 00:01:03
22.   III. Allegro marcia 00:01:54
  Symphony No. 15
23.   Maestoso e marcato - 00:04:25
24.   — - 00:02:30
25.   — - 00:04:11
26.   Cantabile e espressivo molto - 00:02:53
27.   — - 00:03:50
28.   Allegro con brio 00:05:01

Total Playing Time: 01:17:08

Brian, Havergal

Leaper, Adrian; Rowe, Tony

Ireland RTE National Symphony Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.572014

Barcode: 747313201471

Physical Release: 07/2010

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