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Brian: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 16 / Walker, New Russia State Symphony


Release Date: 05/10/2019 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573959  
Composer:  Havergal Brian
Conductor:  Alexander Walker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Russia State Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Havergal Brian’s late creativity is almost unparalleled in musical history- in the last two decades of his life he wrote 25 symphonies. No. 7, the last of his truly large-scale symphonies, was inspired by Goethe’s autobiographical account of his time as a student in Strasbourg. Symphony No. 16 is a tough single-movement work, evoking Ancient Greece and the savagery of the Persian Wars. In bright contrast The Tinker’s Wedding is a sparkling comedy overture based on the play by J.M. Synge. The New Russia State Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1990. In 2002 Yuri Bashmet became its director, opening a new chapter in its history and bringing his own inimitable manner of interpretation, whereby each concert evokes the feeling that the music is Read more being created anew. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tinker's Wedding by Havergal Brian
Conductor:  Alexander Walker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Russia State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947-1948 
2.
Symphony no 7 in C major by Havergal Brian
Conductor:  Alexander Walker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Russia State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; England 
3.
Symphony No 16 by Havergal Brian
Conductor:  Alexander Walker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Russia State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Postwar masterpieces April 6, 2020 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Havergal Brian's reputation these days rests on his first symphony -- a record-breaker in size and scope. Thanks to recordings like this one, a more balanced picture of this British composer emerges. The New Russia State Symphony Orchestra directed by Alexander Walker may be far from London, but they manage to capture the inherent Englishness in Brian's work. The orchestra has a clean ensemble sound, albeit one in a slightly soft focus. Nevertheless, they manage to convey the emotional content of Brian's work effectively -- whether it be the high spirits of the "Tinker's Wedding" Overture, or the dark pathos of his Symphony No. 7. I especially liked "The Tinker's Wedding" Overture. This 1948 concert overture was inspired by John M. Synge's comedy. It's a high-spirited work, full of English folk song inspired material and some light and breezy counterpoint. Brian's Symphony No. 7, another work from 1948 marks the last of his "big" symphonies. This four-movement work runs about 40 minutes and takes the listener on quite an emotional journey. It begins with a festive fanfare and moves along in an optimistic mood until the second movement. The middle movements are quite dark, with fragmented melodies and down-turning chromatic figures. The finale restores the hope of the opening, although ending with a quiet ambivalence. Symphony No. 16, written twelve years later, is quite a different matter. This 15-minute work is packed tight with musical ideas. Brian develops his material logically and thoroughly, stretching his tonal harmonic style to its limits. There's a restless insistence to this work that keeps things moving right through to the final chord. Naxos/Marco Polo hasn't recorded all of Havergal Brian's 32 symphonies -- yet. I hope they do. Brian is a master symphonist who (I think) still awaits proper evaluation." Report Abuse
 Slow delivery October 25, 2019 By John L. (Long island City, NY) See All My Reviews "These CD's arrived almost one month after being shipped. I got no response to tow e-mails sent to customer service, and no response to a telephone message I left.I expect better form Arkiv." Report Abuse
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