nominated for a Grammy Award, Award winning conductor David Lloyd-Jones
has just completed recording with the outstanding Liverpool Philharmonic
Orchestra the Complete Symphonies of William Alwyn . The recordings took
place in the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, August 2 - 4 2004 (Symphonies
1,3,4) and January 4 - 6 2005 (Symphonies 2 & 5 coupled with the Harp
Concerto 'Lyra Angelica', admirably played by the young and talented harpist,
Suzanne Willison and 'Sinfonietta)'
These recordings will
be issued on three discs to commemorate the forthcoming Centenary of William
The recordings were
produced by Tim Handley and engineered by Phil Rowlands.
William Alwyn, a contemporary
of Britten, Walton, and Tippett, was born in Northampton in 1905. His
works range from five Symphonies and concertante works for violin, viola,
oboe, cor anglais, and piano to a Divertimento for Solo Flute; from song
cycles to the two large-scaleoperas Juan, or The Libertine and Miss Julie.
Alwyn was a pioneer in composing for films, and between 1936 and 1962
wrote the music for 60 feature films - including Odd Man Out, 'The Fallen
Idol', and 'The History of Mr Polly' - and nearly 150 documentaries ranging
from short films on 'Your Children's Teeth' to the great wartime epics
such as 'Desert Victory', 'The Way Ahead', and 'The True Glory'.