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Alwyn: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
"Louis' art is not hard to follow. Louis' art is not hard to swallow." "Everybody Loves Louis" from "Sunday in the Park with George" by Stephen Sondheim It's not that Alwyn's a simp -- there's heart, soul, and sincerity in his music -- and it's not that Alwyn's simple -- there's more going on thematically than appears on the tonal surface. It's that Alwyn's far more interested in expressing himself so that he can be readily grasped by the listener that makes some people find him so. In his symphonies, Alwyn relentlessly strives to articulate powerful emotions in a wholly comprehensible way, and if his invention seems old-fashioned harmonically and antiquated structurally ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
"Louis' art is not hard to follow. Louis' art is not hard to swallow." "Everybody Loves Louis" from "Sunday in the Park with George" by Stephen Sondheim It's not that Alwyn's a simp -- there's heart, soul, and sincerity in his music -- and it's not that Alwyn's simple -- there's more going on thematically than appears on the tonal surface. It's that Alwyn's far more interested in expressing himself so that he can be readily grasped by the listener that makes some people find him so. In his symphonies, Alwyn relentlessly strives to articulate powerful emotions in a wholly comprehensible way, and if his invention seems old-fashioned harmonically and antiquated structurally to some, well, tough: there's more to life than intellectual anguish. In this disc coupling the "First" and "Third" symphonies with David Lloyd-Jones leading the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Alwyn has got his sunniest face on. The tunes are memorable, forms are understandable, and the emotional impact is direct and immediate. Whether all listeners will respond to Alwyn's straightforward art is open to debate, but these performances make the case entirely persuasive. The Royal Liverpool is a first-class provincial English Orchestra with clean strings, bright brass, colorful winds, and propulsive percussion. Lloyd-Jones is a masterful conductor with a complete understanding of Alwyn's art. For listeners who already enjoy late Vaughan Williams and think they might enjoy something a little bit but not much edgier, Alwyn is the answer. Naxos' sound is rich, deep, and warm.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2006
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313264827
  • Catalog Number: 8557648
  • Sales rank: 149,448

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 1 - William Alwyn & David Lloyd-Jones (38:33)
  2. 5–7 Symphony No. 3 - William Alwyn & David Lloyd-Jones (30:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Lloyd-Jones Primary Artist
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