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BRIAN: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 12


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BRIAN: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 12

A lifelong admirer of German musical culture, literature and thought, Brian wrote his Fourth Symphony ‘Das Siegeslied’ (Psalm of Victory) at a time when Germany’s cultural heritage was being distorted by nationalism. Scored for double chorus, soprano and an orchestra of massive proportions, the work comprises two wild, martial movements enclosing a slow and contemplative one. With its peculiarly pitiless text glorifying ‘Macht und Kraft’ (might and power) and music of barbaric splendour and violent expressive contrast, the Symphony can be seen as Brian’s apocalyptic vision of the direction in which Germany was heading. For the single-movement Twelfth Symphony, Brian still employs a large orchestra, but the language is pared down to essentials.

Brian, Havergal

  Symphony No. 4, "Das Siegeslied" (Psalm of Victory)
1.   I. Maestoso: Ein Psalmlied Davids 00:01:21
2.   I. Es stehe Gott auf 00:08:56
3.   I. Lento: Du gabst, Gott, einen gnadigen Regen 00:02:59
4.   I. Allegro vivo ma deciso: Der Herr gab das Wort 00:02:50
5.   II. Wenn ihr zwischen den Hurden laget 00:05:49
6.   II. Der Wagen Gottes sind vieltausendmal tausend 00:02:58
7.   II. Du bist in die Hohe gefahren 00:02:34
8.   III. Bewegt: Gelobet sei der Herr taglich 00:02:44
9.   III. Der Herr hat gesagt 00:02:28
10.   III. Dass dein Fuss in der Feinde Blut gefarbt werde 00:04:14
11.   III. Man sieht, Gott, wie du einherziehst 00:02:36
12.   III. "Lobet Gott den Herrn in den Versammlungen …" 00:01:58
13.   III. Solenne: Die Fursten aus Agypten werden kommen 00:02:56
14.   III. Andante maestoso: Gebet Gott die Macht! 00:05:28
  Symphony No. 12
15.   Introduction - 00:01:26
16.   Allegro maestoso - 00:02:07
17.   A Tempo Marcia Lento - 00:03:36
18.   Adagio espressivo - 00:02:03
19.   Allegro vivo 00:01:56

Total Playing Time: 01:00:59

Brian, Havergal

Leaper, Adrian

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Cantus Mixed Choir; Czech Philharmonic Choir, Brno; Echo Youth Choir; Slovak National Opera Chorus; Slovak Philharmonic Chorus

Valaskova, Jana

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570308

Barcode: 0747313030873

Physical Release: 01/2007

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