BN.com Gift Guide

William Alwyn: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5; Lyra Angelica (Harp Concerto)

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
To commemorate William Alwyn's centenary in 2005, Naxos began its series of his complete symphonies and other orchestral works with recordings of the single-movement "Symphony No. 5, Hydriotaphia"; the "Concerto for harp and orchestra, Lyra Angelica"; and the two-movement "Symphony No. 2." This composer is most famous for his scores for numerous British films from the 1930s through the 1950s, but his concert music was actively supported by Sir John Barbirolli, and his reputation as a symphonist and opera composer was firmly established by the 1970s. Alwyn's music in his symphonies is sumptuous, sinuous, and lavishly orchestrated, and always sounds professionally ...
See more details below
CD
$9.49
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$9.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $4.54   
  • New (3) from $4.54   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
To commemorate William Alwyn's centenary in 2005, Naxos began its series of his complete symphonies and other orchestral works with recordings of the single-movement "Symphony No. 5, Hydriotaphia"; the "Concerto for harp and orchestra, Lyra Angelica"; and the two-movement "Symphony No. 2." This composer is most famous for his scores for numerous British films from the 1930s through the 1950s, but his concert music was actively supported by Sir John Barbirolli, and his reputation as a symphonist and opera composer was firmly established by the 1970s. Alwyn's music in his symphonies is sumptuous, sinuous, and lavishly orchestrated, and always sounds professionally polished, like his soundtrack music. Yet as a consequence, his form and overall trajectory seem less symphonic than freely rhapsodic; and pursuing the development of Alwyn's themes through his seductive scores seems almost beside the point: this is an inventive colorist, not a rigorous theoretician. Alwyn's relaxed, late-late Romanticism is pretty and appealing, especially in "Lyra Angelica," which harpist Suzanne Wilison and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, under David Lloyd-Jones, play with delicate colors and poignant expression. But the symphonies have greater impact through their stormier episodes, and impress with their emotional and timbral richness, if not through any particularly striking symphonic features. Naxos provides terrific sound quality, even better than its usually fine reproduction.
Gramophone - Andrew Achenbach
All three works [show] the composer at the height of his powers.... A solid recommendation.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2005
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313264728
  • Catalog Number: 8557647
  • Sales rank: 273,534

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Symphony No. 5, "Hydriotaphia" - William Alwyn & David Lloyd-Jones (14:32)
  2. 2–5 Lyra Angelica for harp & strings - William Alwyn & David Lloyd-Jones (28:05)
  3. 6–7 Symphony No. 2 - William Alwyn & David Lloyd-Jones (27:09)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Lloyd-Jones Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously