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Lloyd: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7 / Downes, BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 09/01/2017 
Label:  Lyrita Recorded Edition - Nimb   Catalog #: 1135  
Composer:  George Lloyd
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Northern Symphony
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

‘I just write what I have to write’. The artistic credo of George Lloyd (1913-1998) conveys the directness and emotional honesty of his music. He wrote in a traditional idiom enriched by a close study of selected models, Verdi and Berlioz chief among them. His music is not derivative, however. It is distinctive and written with integrity. There is a remarkable consistency to his output, most of which was created spontaneously and without the incentive of a commission. He was fortunate enough to discover his individual and versatile musical voice at an early age. The deceptively artless quality of his scores stems from a rigorous grounding in composition techniques. Lloyd had found a champion of his music in conductor Edward Downes Read more (1924-2009). Downes conducted the first performance of Lloyd’s Eighth Symphony (1961, orchestrated 1965) with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, broadcast on Radio 3 on 4 July 1977. Many listeners were stopped in their tracks by the work’s melodic strength and imaginative scoring. This turning point in the composer’s fortunes marked the beginning of the public’s demand for performances and recordings of his music. In the succeeding five years Downes tirelessly promoted and disseminated Lloyd’s works. Paul Conway Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 6 by George Lloyd
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Northern Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
2.
Symphony no 7 by George Lloyd
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Northern Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; England 

Customer Reviews

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 Definitive live performances October 24, 2018 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "This release presents two live performances of George Lloyd symphonies. What performances -- and what symphonies! George Lloyd was a rising star before the Second World War but was largely ignored afterward. Conductor Edward Downes became a champion of Lloyd's music. Symphony No. 6, written in 1956, is heard in its world-premiere broadcast from 1980. It's a quintessentially Britsh work, strongly reminding me of William Walton's "Crown Imperial." But it's a superficial similarity. Lloyd's modestly-scored symphony features some wonderfully inventive melodies. Fans of William Walton, Arthur Bliss -- and even Benjamin Britten -- will find much to like in Lloyd's score. Lloyd's Symphony No. 7 is subtitled "Proserpine." According to Lloyd, Proserpine's story "seems to tell us something about the human condition of having one foot on this earth and another somewhere else – wherever that may be." The music is equally ambivalent. The first movement is light and cheerful, representing the maiden Proserpine dancing in the sun. The somber middle movement depicts Proserpine, now the wife of Hades, in the underworld. The turbulent finale seems to be a struggle between her worlds of light and darkness. Lloyd used an expanded orchestra for this work and uses it to great effect. Downes leads the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra in a compelling performance that makes the most of the tumultuous emotions embodied in this massive composition." Report Abuse
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