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Brian: Symphonies no 6 & 16; Cooke: Symphony no 3 / Braithwaite, Fredman, et al

Album Summary

>Brian, Havergal : Symphony no 6 "Sinfonia Tragica"
>Brian, Havergal : Symphony no 16
>Cooke, Arnold : Symphony no 3 in D major
Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"...With this disc Lyrita have made available two of the most fascinating of Brian symphonies. Of the two, the Sixth is simply stunning. It is succinct. It has an epic-tragic symphonic manner that is bold yet remains connected to the heritage of Sibelius, Prokofiev, Holst and even Bax... Elements of the march stride and patter through this work which exudes both triumph and threat. The orchestration is masterly with atmosphere built in impregnable units of activity... Having moved in 1958 to Shoreham on the Sussex littoral, Brian quickly produced five single-movement symphonies of which No. 16 is one. This is less accessible than No. 6 but is just as full of inwoven magical orchestral episodes: luminous and eerie intimations of strange worlds of beauty, horror and triumph. It simply needs more persistence than No. 6. The later Brian symphonies have a reputation for density of ideas and an impenetrable matte sound and a diffuse collision of ideas. The Sixteenth is amongst the clearest of the later symphonies..." -All Music Guide



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Works Details

>Brian, Havergal : Symphony no 6 "Sinfonia Tragica"
  • Conductor: Myer Fredman
  • Running Time: 19 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Brian, Havergal : Symphony no 16
  • Conductor: Myer Fredman
  • Running Time: 17 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Cooke, Arnold : Symphony no 3 in D major
  • Conductor: Nicholas Braithwaite
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967