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BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 20 and 25 (Ukraine National Symphony, Penny)

    
      

 

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MAESTRO’S MUSINGS – Jeremy Siepmann talks to the British conductor Andrew Penny

BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 20 and 25 (Ukraine National Symphony, Penny)

Havergal Brian was one of the most remarkable of twentieth century symphonists, whose reputation for the gargantuan (Symphony No. 1 ‘The Gothic’; Naxos 8.557418–19) has tended to overshadow the more concise nature of his later music. His Symphony No. 20 for instance, written in 1962, is compact, thematically sophisticated, and deeply expressive. Both it and No. 25 (1966) abandon Brian’s previous practice of one-movement symphonies in favour of the more classical three movements. Symphony No. 25 has beautiful melodies channelled within a wholly logical structure and is one of Brian’s most distinguished late works.


Brian, Havergal

  Fantastic Variations on an Old Rhyme
1.   Play with flash player I. Andante 00:02:33
2.   Play with flash player II. Allegro molto 00:01:15
3.   Play with flash player III. Con moto e espressione 00:02:56
4.   Play with flash player IV. Allegro vivace 00:03:30
5.   Play with flash player V. Lento 00:01:48
  Symphony No. 20 in C-Sharp Minor
6.   Play with flash player I. Adagio - Allegro agitato - 00:02:35
7.   Play with flash player I. (formal development section arrives) - 00:02:28
8.   Play with flash player I. (vigorous, highly allusive development of the first theme) - 00:01:39
9.   Play with flash player I. Coda 00:01:43
10.   Play with flash player II. Adagio ma non troppo, cantabile e sostenuto - 00:03:24
11.   Play with flash player II. (a bridge passage beginning with violin and flute solos) - 00:01:25
12.   Play with flash player II. (a development of the original polyphonic complex) - 00:02:00
13.   Play with flash player II. (the third span begins with a musing clarinet solo) 00:02:40
14.   Play with flash player III. Allegro vivo - 00:01:19
15.   Play with flash player III. Lento - 00:01:29
16.   Play with flash player III. (a kind of slow waltz, with violin solo) - 00:01:32
17.   Play with flash player III. Allegro - 00:01:38
18.   Play with flash player III. (reappearence of the rondo - theme on trombones) 00:01:20
19.   Play with flash player III. (fast Coda) 00:01:15
  Symphony No. 25 in A Minor
20.   Play with flash player I. Allegro risoluto - 00:03:18
21.   Play with flash player I. (the motto returns again to initiate an eventful development) - 00:00:35
22.   Play with flash player I. (elegantly lyrical tune for oboe with flute and harp accompaniment) - 00:01:55
23.   Play with flash player I. (sinister reiterations of a 3 - note figure) - 00:01:09
24.   Play with flash player I. (the return of the 4 - note motto) - 00:00:56
25.   Play with flash player I. (a mysterious episode of nagging triplet rhythms) - 00:01:08
26.   Play with flash player I. Coda 00:00:58
27.   Play with flash player II. Andante cantabile - 00:01:49
28.   Play with flash player II. (a poignant new idea, first heard on solo oboe) - 00:02:27
29.   Play with flash player II. (opening theme now returns on cellos) - 00:01:31
30.   Play with flash player II. (a more defined march - music takes over) - 00:02:02
31.   Play with flash player II. (final return of the main theme) 00:01:08
32.   Play with flash player III. Allegro ma non tanto - 00:01:58
33.   Play with flash player III. Lento - 00:01:35
34.   Play with flash player III. (a little woodwind cadenza leads back to the rondo music) - 00:00:35
35.   Play with flash player III. (a different and irreverent snatch of folk - song from a bassoon) 00:01:09

Total Playing Time: 01:02:42




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