Alwyn: Orchestral Music

Alwyn: Orchestral Music

by David Lloyd-Jones
     
 

Presenting a rich and diverse sampling of the orchestral works of William Alwyn, this 2008 Naxos disc with David Lloyd-Jones leading the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra provides an excellent introduction to his oeuvre. It opens with Alwyn's sharp-edged "Overture to a Masque" with its StravinskyesqueSee more details below

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Presenting a rich and diverse sampling of the orchestral works of William Alwyn, this 2008 Naxos disc with David Lloyd-Jones leading the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra provides an excellent introduction to his oeuvre. It opens with Alwyn's sharp-edged "Overture to a Masque" with its Stravinskyesque sonorities, moves through the neo-classical "Concerto Grosso No. 1" with its Vaughan Williams-suffused central Adagio con moto, then through the warmly bucolic "Pastoral Fantasia," the coolly "Impressionistic Five Preludes," the stoically moving "Tragic Interlude," and the weirdly evocative "Autumn Legend," with its haunting English horn solo to conclude with the rousing and rambunctious "Suite of Scottish Dances." Throughout, Alwyn the craftsman, Alwyn the tunesmith, and Alwyn the bon vivant are equally evident in the skill, beauty, and energy of the music. Coming off their brilliant series of recordings of Alwyn's large-scale symphonies, Lloyd-Jones and the Liverpudlian musicians are clearly having fun here with the lighter Alwyn, and their performances sparkle and shine with enthusiasm. As in the previous releases in their Alwyn series, Naxos' digital sound is clean, colorful, and direct.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2008
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313070473
catalogNumber:
8570704
Rank:
223625

Tracks

  1. Overture to a Masque for orchestra  - William Alwyn  - David Lloyd-Jones  -  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. Concerto Grosso No. 1 in B flat  - William Alwyn  - David Lloyd-Jones  -  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  3. Pastoral Fantasia for viola & strings  - William Alwyn  - Philip Dukes  - David Lloyd-Jones  -  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  4. Preludes (5), for orchestra  - William Alwyn  - David Lloyd-Jones  -  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  5. Tragic Interlude for 2 horns, timpani & strings  - William Alwyn  - David Lloyd-Jones  -  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  6. Autumn Legend for English horn & orchestra  - William Alwyn  - David Lloyd-Jones  -  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  - Rachael Pankhurst
  7. Suite of Scottish Dances  - William Alwyn  - David Lloyd-Jones  -  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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