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I had the great fortune to know George Lloyd reasonably well, largely on account of my luck in arranging and playing (percussion) in the United States premiere of this very symphony (within hours of its U.K. premiere under the composer's own direction). Of course, the work had been recorded previously and very well too, for Lyrita, though that performance never has made it onto CD. Happily, this outstanding disc presents one of the truly great Romantic symphonies in as fine a fashion as we have any right to expect, and I'm very pleased that Albany is seeking once again, a decade or so later, to create some additional interest in a very fine composer who deserves to remain very much in the public
In case you missed it the first time around, this work has five characterful movements, each scored for a different combination of forces: no heavy brass or percussion in the opening Pastorale, lots of heavy brass and only lower strings in the ensuing Corale, delicate upper strings, winds, and glockenspiel in the Rondo, and so forth. The Lamento rises to a climax clearly evocative of the finale of Tchaikovsky's Pathetique, while the bubbly finale gives the snare drummer some jazzy rhythmic licks to keep the music bouncing along in frenetic, almost Berliozian fashion. Superb sound and enthusiastic playing make this reissue absolutely essential listening for anyone who thinks that tuneful, colorful, emotionally immediate music never made it past the first decades of the 20th century. It's a joy, plain and simple.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 5 in B flat major by George Lloyd
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948; England
Date of Recording: 03/1989
Venue: Studio 7, New Broadcast Hse, Manchester
Length: 56 Minutes 28 Secs.
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