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Alun Hoddinott: Variants; Night Music; Sinfoniettas 1 & 3; The Sun

Audio Samples

>Hoddinott, Alun : Variants, for orchestra, Op. 47
>Hoddinott, Alun : Night Music, for orchestra, Op. 48
>Hoddinott, Alun : Sinfonietta no 1, for orchestra, Op. 56
>Hoddinott, Alun : Sinfonietta no 3, for orchestra, Op. 71
>Hoddinott, Alun : The Sun, The Great Luminary of the Universe, for orchestra, Op. 76

Album Summary

>Hoddinott, Alun : Variants, for orchestra, Op. 47
>Hoddinott, Alun : Night Music, for orchestra, Op. 48
>Hoddinott, Alun : Sinfonietta no 1, for orchestra, Op. 56
>Hoddinott, Alun : Sinfonietta no 3, for orchestra, Op. 71
>Hoddinott, Alun : The Sun, The Great Luminary of the Universe, for orchestra, Op. 76
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Notes & Reviews:

This disc presents some key examples from the composer's cogently argued, purely abstract works and from his series of pieces inspired by literary or visual images. All five pieces demonstrate his acute ear for orchestral and instrumental sonority, especially in their imaginative use of percussion; they also serve as a reminder of his love for Baroque forms such as passacaglia and ritornello and interest in contemporary procedures such as palindromic and aleatory methods.

"One point to emphasize is the quality of sound that Richard Itter always insisted on. Ambitiously he employed some of the finest engineers in the recording business, notably those from the Decca Company under Kenneth Wilkinson. That means that even Lyrita recordings over 30 years old rival and even outshine many of the latest digital recordings." -Edward Greenfield, Gramophone

This disc presents some key examples from the composer's cogently argued, purely abstract works and from his series of pieces inspired by literary or visual images. All five pieces demonstrate his acute ear for orchestral and instrumental sonority, especially in their imaginative use of percussion; they also serve as a reminder of his love for Baroque forms such as passacaglia and ritornello, and his interest in contemporary procedures such as palindromic and aleatory methods.



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Works Details

>Hoddinott, Alun : Variants, for orchestra, Op. 47
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Running Time: 24 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Hoddinott, Alun : Night Music, for orchestra, Op. 48
  • Conductor: David Atherton
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Hoddinott, Alun : Sinfonietta no 1, for orchestra, Op. 56
  • Conductor: David Atherton
  • Running Time: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968

>Hoddinott, Alun : Sinfonietta no 3, for orchestra, Op. 71
  • Conductor: David Atherton
  • Running Time: 13 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Hoddinott, Alun : The Sun, The Great Luminary of the Universe, for orchestra, Op. 76
  • Conductor: David Atherton
  • Running Time: 11 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970