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Alwyn: Orchestral Music / Lloyd-Jones, Royal Liverpool PO


Release Date: 07/29/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570704   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  William Alwyn
Performer:  Philip DukesRachael Pankhurst
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For a composer no one much cares about and whose music seldom appears on concert programs, William Alwyn has been extremely well treated by record labels (specifically Lyrita, Chandos, and Naxos). Perhaps it's because he was a very good composer who wrote lots of attractive, beautifully finished music that deserves to be cared about and to appear on concert programs. This disc is a case in point. It shows Alwyn's versatility as a tone poet (Pastoral Fantasia, Autumn Legend, Tragic Interlude), as a composer in stricter forms (Concerto Grosso, Overture to a Masque), and as an excellent producer of "light classics" (Scottish Dances).

The Five Preludes, a set of delicious miniatures, date from 1927 and constitute
Read more Alwyn's first orchestral work. They are already quite accomplished, and this is their world-premiere recording. As in his previous recordings of English music for Naxos, David Lloyd-Jones proves an excellent and always sympathetic interpreter, while the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic responds sensitively to his direction. Violist Philip Dukes and English hornist Rachael Pankhurst project their parts in Pastoral Fantasia (Dukes) and Autumn Legend (Pankhurst) expressively and with lovely tone. Fine sonics complete this wholly winning picture of a composer whose luck on discs, I'm sure you'll agree, is well deserved.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Overture to a Masque by William Alwyn
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Length: 9 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2.
Concerto Grosso no 1 in B flat major by William Alwyn
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
Length: 11 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Pastoral Fantasia for Viola and Strings by William Alwyn
Performer:  Philip Dukes (Viola)
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Length: 13 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4.
Preludes (5) for Orchestra by William Alwyn
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
5.
Tragic Interlude for 2 Horns, Timpani and Strings by William Alwyn
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 
Length: 9 Minutes 12 Secs. 
6.
Autumn Legend by William Alwyn
Performer:  Rachael Pankhurst (English Horn)
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; England 
Length: 10 Minutes 57 Secs. 
7.
Scottish Dances (7) by William Alwyn
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Overture to a Masque
Concerto grosso No. 1 in B flat major: I. Moderato molto e ritmico
Concerto grosso No. 1 in B flat major: II. Adagio con moto (alla Siciliano)
Concerto grosso No. 1 in B flat major: III. Vivace
Pastoral Fantasia
5 Preludes: No. 1. Allegretto
5 Preludes: No. 2. Andante
5 Preludes: No. 3. Tempo di valse
5 Preludes: No. 4. Andante con moto
Tragic Interlude
Autumn Legend
Suite of Scottish Dances: I. The Indian Queen
Suite of Scottish Dances: III. Colonel Thornton's Strathspey

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