Havergal Brian: Symphony No. 1 The Gothic

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>Brian, Havergal : Symphony no 1 in D minor for soloists, chorus, brass bands & orchestra, "The Gothic"
>Word, Spoken : Havergal Brian Interview

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>Brian, Havergal : Symphony no 1 in D minor for soloists, chorus, brass bands & orchestra, "The Gothic"
>Word, Spoken : Havergal Brian Interview
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Notes & Reviews:

This recording of Havergal Brian's colossal Gothic Symphony is taken from a 1966 live performance given in the Royal Albert Hall under Sir Adrian Boult, was made in the presence of the 90-year-old composer. Boult recalled, "I used a stick an inch or two longer than usual and it was remarkable how clearly the Albert Hall platform allows even the most distant people to see the beat. There was a moving scene at the close. Many were deeply excited not only by the circumstances, but by the power of the music, and when [the composer] came on to the platform, and the audience stood up to applaud him, it seemed a fitting close to it all. It was an evening that none of us will ever forget."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Albert Hall, London (10/30/1966).



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>Brian, Havergal : Symphony no 1 in D minor for soloists, chorus, brass bands & orchestra, "The Gothic"
  • Performers: Ronald Dowd (Tenor); Honor Sheppard (Soprano); Roger Stalman (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 11 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Word, Spoken : Havergal Brian Interview
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live