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Francis Chagrin (1905-1972): Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / BBC SO, Martyn Brabbins

Album Summary

>Chagrin, Francis : Symphony no 1
>Chagrin, Francis : Symphony no 2
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Francis Chagrin was self-described as "Romanian by birth, British by nationality and cosmopolitan by inclination". Chagrin was a student of Nadia Boulanger and Paul Dukas. He composed extensively for films, but wrote for most genres. Among his most notable orchestral works, the two symphonies are dramatic and fervent and full of contrast. Often unfortunately neglected, the show Chagrin's talent for form and color.

The Guardian, 03/02/2016
As the BBC Symphony Orchestra's fiercely engaged performances under Martyn Brabbins show, both symphonies are thoroughly worthwhile... there are some echoes of French music, particularly of Roussel in the First Symphony, but much more of that work sounds close to Walton's music of the postwar period... together, [these symphonies] define an intriguing creative figure, whose music needs to be explored further.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Anyhow, these two symphonies, both first recordings, are stately, and very, very serious. Cinematic drama and colorful orchestration mix with angular tonalities and somber prophecies. Short phrases often end with a held note or chord, almost like an actor holding a pose or gesture for a requisite number of seconds at the end of every line delivered. The Second Symphony (1965-71) is practically infested with these moments. The First (1946-59, revised in 1965), is the more interesting of the two. Both have value. Notes are in English; the performance and sonics are excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, London (11/14/2014/11/15/2014).



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Works Details

>Chagrin, Francis : Symphony no 1
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, London (11/14/2014/11/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1946-1959

>Chagrin, Francis : Symphony no 2
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, London (11/14/2014/11/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1965-1971