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Sawyers: Symphony No. 3, Songs of Loss and Regret & Fanfare / Woods, English Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 10/06/2017 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 6353  
Composer:  Philip Sawyers
Performer:  April Fredrick
Conductor:  Kenneth Woods
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This programme reveals Philip Sawyers as a composer at the height of his powers whose music ranges across a relatively wide spectrum of harmonic intensity, from the very direct and straightforward tonal language of the Fanfare to the twelve-tone pyrotechnics of the Third Symphony. However, regardless of whether we look to the modal harmonies of Songs of Loss and Regret or the multi-layered serial counterpoint of the finale of the Third Symphony, we still find a unifying sense of a strong and individual artistic personality. In his symphonic works, we hear an uncommonly accomplished resultion of some of the aesthetic tensions which have gripped so much music to grow out of the Central European tradition in the generations after Mahler and Read more Schoenberg. Sawyers works with a spectrum of musical materials ranging from diatonic and modal material through to twelve-tone themes with a striking mixture of rigor and imaginative flexibility. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony No. 3 by Philip Sawyers
Conductor:  Kenneth Woods
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2016; England 
2.
Songs of Loss and Regret by Philip Sawyers
Performer:  April Fredrick (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kenneth Woods
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2015; England 
3.
Fanfare by Philip Sawyers
Conductor:  Kenneth Woods
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2017; England 

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