Author Topic: Arthur Butterworth(1923-)  (Read 11329 times)

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Re: Arthur Butterworth(1923-2014)
« Reply #40 on: April 19, 2016, 12:21:06 PM »
Yet another composer to investigate that I never noticed on Classical radio.
He's got a pretty extensive works list.
Try the craggy sibelian Symphony 4. There is a fine recording on Dutton conducted by the composer:

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Re: Arthur Butterworth(1923-2014)
« Reply #41 on: May 25, 2018, 09:30:04 AM »
I've been enjoying the Symphony 2 (on the double Lyrita CD shown above). It's dedicated to Sibelius and Nielsen and shows the influence of the former. It's a shorter work than the epic Symphony 4 and has a very fine slow movement inspired by the death, in an accident, of Butterworth's dog.
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Re: Arthur Butterworth(1923-)
« Reply #42 on: April 04, 2019, 04:35:28 AM »
Ordered the Dutton twofer shown above with Symphonies 1 & 4 and the Viola Concerto. The recording of No. 1 from the British Symphonic Collection box is probably my favourite discovery from that set, so I'm happy to be exploring more of Butterworth's music.

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Re: Arthur Butterworth(1923-)
« Reply #43 on: April 04, 2019, 08:54:53 AM »
Ordered the Dutton twofer shown above with Symphonies 1 & 4 and the Viola Concerto. The recording of No. 1 from the British Symphonic Collection box is probably my favourite discovery from that set, so I'm happy to be exploring more of Butterworth's music.
It's a great double CD set. The sibelian Symphony No 4 is my favourite work by Butterworth and I prefer the Dutton performance to the Lyrita, although they are both excellent.
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Re: Arthur Butterworth(1923-)
« Reply #44 on: April 08, 2019, 02:33:44 AM »
The recording mentioned above arrived today, and I'm currently listening to the Viola Concerto for the first time.

Today I learned that Butterworth wound up writing 7 numbered symphonies in all, the last coming as recently as 2011. Hopefully at some point we may wind up with recordings of all of them. So far I've only seen recordings of 1, 2, 4 and 5.

UPDATE: Oh my goodness, the slow movement of this Viola Concerto is so eerie and atmospheric! It's sending chills down my spine.
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