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Liebermann: Revelry, Concerto for Orchestra / Llewellyn, BBC SO

Liebermann / Bbc Symphony Orch / Llewelyn
Release Date: 11/13/2012 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1380  
Composer:  Lowell Liebermann
Conductor:  Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lowell Liebermann’s orchestral music is consistently engaging, colorful, tuneful, and approachable at a first listen, but also clearly modern in the sense that it could not have been written at any other time. At no point does it sound like he is writing “down” to his audience merely because the music happens to be largely tonal. He even has a vivid sense of humor, as witnessed in the Mozart Variations, which take the theme through a witty range of musical styles and genres.

Nocturne is aptly atmospheric, brooding, and even spooky in places, with some lush, romantic writing for the strings and a sensitive emphasis on the harp. Revelry, as the title suggests, is a cheerful, up-tempo intermezzo that could become quite popular
Read more given half a chance; but the main item is the imposing Concerto for Orchestra. Lasting about half an hour in three connected movements, this is an expertly crafted virtuoso essay that gives everyone a moment to shine at some point, and it’s a tribute to Liebermann’s technique that even the licks for the odder instruments make sense in their context.

The performances here, very well recorded by the BBC in 2002/03, sound quite impressive. Grant Llewellyn leads the BBC Symphony in bold, confident performances that suit the music’s character very well. Like so many modern composers, Liebermann often gives virtuoso solos to the brass section, both singly and collectively, and the section responds with gusto. One tiny point: the booklet notes credit Bartók with “inventing” the Concerto for Orchestra. This of course is nonsense; his piece was preceded by several other significant masterworks, not least those of Hindemith and Casella.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Orchestra by Lowell Liebermann
Conductor:  Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
2.
Variations on a Theme by Mozart by Lowell Liebermann
Conductor:  Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
3.
Nocturne by Lowell Liebermann
Conductor:  Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
4.
Revelry by Lowell Liebermann
Conductor:  Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Bright and entertaining July 4, 2013 By Ray Allen (Brighton, Brighton) See All My Reviews "A fun disc if you like bright and attractive contemporary music with 'few tears'. Liebermann writes with vigour and attractive colours. Thoroughly enjoyable from first note to last. Highly recommended for an unchallenging experience of 20th century music." Report Abuse
 Fascinating June 13, 2013 By Reg Jones (Hamilton, VA) See All My Reviews "A varied collection of delightful pieces, wonderfull orchestrated, and stunningly recorded." Report Abuse
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