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In the Studio
January 18, 2005

William Alwyn

Recently 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 Alwyn.

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'.


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