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Dyson: Symphony In G Major, Etc / Lloyd-jones, Et Al

Release Date: 09/20/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557720   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Dyson
Performer:  Duncan RiddellHelen CoxStuart GreenTimothy Walden
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Naxos continues to do what it can to put Chandos out of business, offering at budget price recordings every bit as good, or in this case better, than the premier releases from the full-priced competition. George Dyson is very much a "budget" composer, in the sense that although his music is enjoyable, professionally crafted, and solidly British, there's nothing here that others of his school didn't do better. For example, if you're into musical evocations of Merrie Olde Englande, represented by the jolly overture At the Tabard Inn, then both Vaughan Williams (Falstaff) and Holst (At the Boar's Head) have greater color and character. The "great English string tradition", which of course is neither particularly English nor Read more terribly traditional historically speaking (don't tell them that), has its most noteworthy advocates in Elgar, Vaughan Williams, and Britten. Dyson's Concerto da Chiesa, based on hymn tunes, is a lovely work, but it's no Tallis Fantasia.

This leaves the Symphony in G, a piece full of vigor and earnest workmanship, but again just a touch bland. Contemporary works such as Walton's First, Bliss' A Colour Symphony, or even E. J. Moeran's single essay in the genre all make this amiable piece sound a bit pale in comparison. But as I said, this is solidly written music very much in the early 20th century English tradition, and so best sampled in an excellent, budget-priced collection like this one. The Bournemouth Symphony under David Lloyd-Jones plays these pieces every bit as well as does the LSO for Hickox, and Lloyd-Jones' interpretations are marginally superior as well: a touch swifter, more rhythmically incisive, and just as well engineered. So if you're looking to sample this composer's orchestral music, you can't go wrong with this release. If you love what you hear, you can explore the big choral works and other instrumental pieces on Chandos at your leisure, or in any event until Naxos gets around to them too.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

At the Tabard Inn by George Dyson
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
Length: 11 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Concerto da chiesa by George Dyson
Performer:  Duncan Riddell (Violin), Helen Cox (Violin), Stuart Green (Viola),
Timothy Walden (Cello)
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; England 
Length: 19 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Symphony in G major by George Dyson
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
Length: 42 Minutes 14 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Excellent 20th Century British Music June 9, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Naxos has produced a true winner with this great recording of works by English composer Sir George Dyson, and one of its most striking characteristics is the variety of compositional approaches taken by Dyson. The result is a set of 3 works, each with its distinctive style and musical message. The opening selection is a robust and jolly overture related to Dyson's large scale choral work The Canterbury Pilgrims, where the individual characters appearing in Chaucer's great literary masterpiece are given musical identities in a thoroughly enjoyable way. The contrast between the overture and the second selection, Concerto da Chiesa for String Orchestra, could hardly be more different. Here the music is intensely personal and introspective in an attempt to create a statement with faith-based nuances- quite effective, in my judgement. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's strings alternate between full tutti passages and solo parts for string quartet, using members of the orchestra. Finally, there is the substantial Symphony in G Major. At 42 minutes in length, this is clearly a major work deserving more exposure than it has received. The CD booklet notes advise us that there are some additional nuances and allusions to The Canterbury Pilgrims, and these are contained within a broad, flowing orchestral palette of many colors and intensities. David Lloyd-Jones conducts the BSO with his characteristic professionalism and technical brilliance, producing a recording of very high artistic merit. In short, this is outstanding 20th century British music, which I found to be most rewarding. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
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