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Brian: Symphonies No 20 & 25 / Penny, National Symphony Orchestra Of Ukraine

Brian / Penny / National Sym Orch Of Ukraine
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572641   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Havergal Brian
Conductor:  Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Naxos has been gradually transferring its incomplete Havergal Brian symphony cycle from Marco Polo to Naxos, thereby giving the music a second lease on life at a more attractive price. The disc containing Symphonies Nos. 11 and 15 really does make the perfect introduction to Brian’s art, despite the fact that he’s best known for musical behemoths like the “Gothic” Symphony. These works, as well as the two attractive overtures, get much closer to the heart of the man; most of his symphonies are relatively short and extremely concentrated, as here, and the performances are excellent. If you enjoy the first disc, then you should have no hesitation in moving on to the second listed above, Read more two symphonies even more pithy than Nos. 11 and 15, plus the quirky Fantastic Variations on “Three Blind Mice”. In short, it’s good to see these discs available again.

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

1.
Symphony no 25 in A minor by Havergal Brian
Conductor:  Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965-1966; England 
2.
Symphony no 20 by Havergal Brian
Conductor:  Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; England 
3.
Fantastic Variations on an Old Rhyme by Havergal Brian
Conductor:  Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; England 

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