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Havergal Brian: Symphonies Nos. 22, 23 and 24; English Suite No. 1 / New Russia State SO, Walker

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> Symphony No. 22, "Symphonia brevis" - I. Maestoso e ritmico
> Symphony No. 22, "Symphonia brevis" - II. Tempo di Marcia e Ritmico
> Symphony No. 23 - I. Moderato
> Symphony No. 23 - II. Adagio non troppo ma pesante
> Symphony No. 24 in D major - Symphony No. 24 in D major
> English Suite No. 1, Op. 12 - I. Characteristic March
> English Suite No. 1, Op. 12 - II. Valse
> English Suite No. 1, Op. 12 - III. Under the Bench Tree
> English Suite No. 1, Op. 12 - IV. Interlude
> English Suite No. 1, Op. 12 - V. Hymn
> English Suite No. 1, Op. 12 - VI. Carnival

Album Summary

>Brian, Havergal : Symphony no 22, "Symphonia brevis"
>Brian, Havergal : Symphony no 23
>Brian, Havergal : Symphony no 24 in D major
>Brian, Havergal : English Suite no 1, for orchestra, Op. 12
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

During the remarkable and prolific period between his 72nd and 92nd birthdays, Havergal Brian wrote no fewer than 27 symphonies. Some seem to fall into groups, such as Nos. 22-24, all written within a nine-month period between 1964 and 1965. They all share a concern for march-rhythms, changeable moods and developing variation. No. 22 is Brian's shortest symphony and exemplifies his art in its most compressed, nocturnal form, whereas No. 23 offers a more extrovertly scored and expansive scale. No. 24 provides the triumphant rejoicing that ends the trilogy. Influenced by Tchaikovsky, the 1906 English Suite No. 1 nevertheless hints at Brian's sonic experiments to come.

The Guardian, 3rd May 2013
No doubt this will be an essential purchase for Brian enthusiasts.

The Times, 11th May 2013
Three cheers...to (of all people) the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Walker for supplying feisty performances of the English maverick' s Symphonies 22-24 - a dark, dissonant triptych from the mid-1960s.

MusicWeb International, 22nd May 2013
A well assembled and generous disc which, given the presence of the Suite and the wild yet rigorous fantasy of the Symphonia Brevis, serves as a welcoming gateway to Brian enthusiasts existing and potential.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2013
Naxos's sound is clear and precise, the playing of the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra remarkably idiomatic if understandably tentative occasionally.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
These works almost make bookends to Brian's composing career. The English Suite dates from 1906, the symphonies from 1964-65. Symphonies 23 and 24 are premiere recordings. The recorded sound is resonant; and Walker, who obviously "gets" Brian's construction, convincingly pulls the music together. An even bigger plus is the terrific sound from the orchestra. The playing has such confidence you'd think the Russians cut their teeth on Havergal Brian. These alone make the release worth getting.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 5, Russian State TV & Radio Company KULTURA, Mos (2012-08-26_2012-08-27&2012-).



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Works Details

>Brian, Havergal : Symphony no 22, "Symphonia brevis"
  • Conductor: Alexander Walker
  • Ensemble: New Russia State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 5, Russian State TV & Radio Company KULTURA, Moscow (2012-08-26_2012-08-27&2012-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Brian, Havergal : Symphony no 23
  • Conductor: Alexander Walker
  • Notes: Studio 5, Russian State TV & Radio Company KULTURA, Moscow (2012-08-26_2012-08-27&2012-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1965

>Brian, Havergal : Symphony no 24 in D major
  • Conductor: Alexander Walker
  • Notes: Studio 5, Russian State TV & Radio Company KULTURA, Moscow (2012-08-26_2012-08-27&2012-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1965

>Brian, Havergal : English Suite no 1, for orchestra, Op. 12
  • Conductor: Alexander Walker
  • Notes: Studio 5, Russian State TV & Radio Company KULTURA, Moscow (2012-08-26_2012-08-27&2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1906