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SYMPHONIES PART 1 – Innovative Traditions

19th and 20th Century British Symphonies: Stanford, Alwyn, Elgar & Vaughan Williams

Stanford, Alwyn, Elgar, Vaughan Williams

While possessing a unique character, British symphonic writing was often influenced by European developments, too. Stanford’s beautiful symphonies express his deep admiration of Schumann and Brahms, while achieving greatness in their own right. The nobility of Elgar’s music and the subtlety and impact of the Vaughan Williams’s symphonies reveal two faces of British orchestral composition, where nostalgic yearning and the forces of modern life are equally at play. Alwyn’s little-known symphonies combine Romantic passion with 20th century compositional techniques to magical effect.

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