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Alwyn: Symphony no 5, Sinfonietta, etc / Hickox, London SO

Album Summary

>Alwyn, William [Composer] : Symphony no 5, "Hydriotaphia"
>Alwyn, William [Composer] : Sinfonietta for strings
>Alwyn, William [Composer] : Concerto for Piano no 2
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Piano Concerto No 2 opens heroically and contains a good deal of rhetoric, yet the string writing has a romantic sweep and the Andante proves to be the highlight of the piece.

Howard Shelley plays with bravura and appealing sensitivity. The Fifth Symphony is a cogent argument distilled into one movement with four sub-sections. The energetically kaleidoscopic first section is sharply contrasted by a melancholy Andante. A violent Scherzo is followed by a curiously ambivalent finale which provides a moving and compelling, if equivocal, apotheosis. The richly expansive Sinfonietta, almost twice as long as the symphony, is very much in the English tradition of string writing. It's vigorous in the first movement and hauntingly atmospheric in the beautiful but disconsolate Adagio. The unpredictable finale begins impulsively before the mood changes completely and becomes altogether more subdued and muted in feeling.

The obviously dedicated LSO is particularly responsive in the masterly Sinfonietta



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>Alwyn, William [Composer] : Symphony no 5, "Hydriotaphia"
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/11/1993-01/13/1993)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1973

>Alwyn, William [Composer] : Sinfonietta for strings
  • Performers: Konstantin Stdianov (Violin); Edward Vanderspar (Viola); Timothy Walden (Cello)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/11/1993-01/13/1993)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1970

>Alwyn, William [Composer] : Concerto for Piano no 2
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/11/1993-01/13/1993)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1960