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RAWSTHORNE: Symphonies Nos. 1-3


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About this Recording
Embracing the World
– David Lloyd-Jones talks to Jeremy Siepmann

RAWSTHORNE: Symphonies Nos. 1-3

By the time his eagerly-awaited First Symphony appeared in 1950, Alan Rawsthorne had already established a singular voice with his Symphonic Studies (Naxos 8.554763), Concerto for String Orchestra (8.553567), First Piano Concerto (8.555959) and First Violin Concerto (8.554240). The First Symphony is an energetic, inventive and superbly scored work. The Second Symphony, ‘A Pastoral Symphony’, is no programme piece but rather a general expression of the pleasures of life in the country, even if, beneath the surface of the music harsher, melancholy undertones can be sensed. The Third Symphony, returns to the turbulence of the First Symphony, now tempered by the subtle colouration and gentler expression of the Second. At its heart lies the haunting Sarabande slow movement, one of Rawsthorne’s finest creations.

Rawsthorne, Alan

  Symphony No. 1
1.   I. Allegro tempestuoso 00:07:08
2.   II. Allegro 00:07:55
3.   III. Allegro non troppo 00:03:35
4.   IV. Poco maestoso - Allegro risoluto 00:06:01
  Symphony No. 2, 'A Pastoral Symphony'
5.   I. Allegro piacevole 00:06:30
6.   II. Poco lento e liberamente 00:05:24
7.   III. Country Dance (Allegro giocoso) 00:03:09
8.   IV. Andante 00:04:44
  Symphony No. 3
9.   I. Allegro 00:08:05
10.   II. Alla sarabanda (Andantino) 00:08:24
11.   III. Scherzo (Allegro molto) 00:04:29
12.   IV. Allegro risoluto 00:09:45

Total Playing Time: 01:15:09

Rawsthorne, Alan

Lloyd-Jones, David

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Ellett, Charlotte

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557480

Barcode: 0747313248025

Physical Release: 02/2005

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