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BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 22, 23, 24 / English Suite No. 1 (New Russia State Symphony, A. Walker)


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BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 22, 23, 24 / English Suite No. 1 (New Russia State Symphony, A. Walker)

During the remarkable and prolific period between his 72nd and 92nd birthdays, Havergal Brian wrote no fewer than 27 symphonies. Some seem to fall into groups, such as Nos 22–24, all written within a nine-month period between 1964 and 1965. They all share a concern for march-rhythms, changeable moods and developing variation. No 22 is Brian’s shortest symphony and exemplifies his art in its most compressed, nocturnal form, whereas No 23 offers a more extrovertly scored and expansive scale. No 24 provides the triumphant rejoicing that ends the trilogy. Influenced by Tchaikovsky, the 1906 English Suite No 1 nevertheless hints at Brian’s sonic experiments to come.

Brian, Havergal

  Symphony No. 22, "Symphonia brevis"
1.   I. Maestoso e ritmico 00:04:45
2.   II. Tempo di Marcia e Ritmico 00:04:37
  Symphony No. 23
3.   I. Moderato 00:06:56
4.   II. Adagio non troppo ma pesante 00:06:48
  Symphony No. 24 in D Major
5.   Symphony No. 24 in D Major 00:16:29
  English Suite No. 1, Op. 12
6.   I. Characteristic March 00:04:54
7.   II. Valse 00:05:18
8.   III. Under the Bench Tree 00:03:29
9.   IV. Interlude 00:02:18
10.   V. Hymn 00:03:50
11.   VI. Carnival 00:06:02

Total Playing Time: 01:05:26

Brian, Havergal

Walker, Alexander

New Russia State Symphony Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.572833

Barcode: 747313283378

Physical Release: 05/2013

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