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Offline Sergeant Rock

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7640 on: October 29, 2017, 05:38:39 PM »
I bet there are Brianites here who can list at least one recorded performance of each of the 32. Would it be too presumptuous of me to ask for such a list? :-\

The odd numbers/letters at the end of each line are my CD catalog numbers.

BRIAN   SYMPHONY #1 D MINOR "GOTHIC" NAXOS" (1927) LENARD   CSR BRATISLAVA   PUR19
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #1 D MINOR "GOTHIC (LIVE 1966) (1927)   BOULT   BBC SO   S-26
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #1 D MINOR "GOTHIC (LIVE 2011) (1927)   BRABBINS   BBC WALES BBC CONCERT   S-25
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #2 E MINOR (1930-31) ROWE   MOSCOW SO   1036
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #2 E MINOR (1930-31) MACKERRAS   BBC SO   S-323
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #2 E MINOR (1930-31) BRABBINS   ROYAL SCOTTISH NAT O   S-654
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #3 C SHARP MINOR (1931-32)   FRIEND   BBC SO   518
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #3 C SHARP MINOR (1931-32)   POPE   NEW PHILHARMONIA   S-324
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #4 "DAS SIEGESLIED" (1932-33) LEAPER   CSR BRATISLAVA   789
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #4 "DAS SIEGESLIED" (1932-33) POOLE   LPO   S-325
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #5 "WINE OF SUMMER" (1937)   POPE   NEW PHILHARMONIA   S-325
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #5 "WINE OF SUMMER" (1937)   BRABBINS   ROYAL SCOTTISH NAT O   S-543
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #6 "SINFONIA TRAGICA" (1948) FREDMAN   LPO   PUR88
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #6 "SINFONIA TRAGICA" (1948)   WALKER   NEW RUSSIA STATE SO   S-558
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #7 C MAJOR (1948)   MACKERRAS   ROYAL LIVERPOOL   393
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #8 B FLAT MINOR (1949)   GROVES   ROYAL LIVERPOOL   G22
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #8 B FLAT MINOR (1949)   FREDMAN    RPO   S-256
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #8 B FLAT MINOR (1949)   WALKER   NEW RUSSIA STATE SO   S-685
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #9 A MINOR (1953)   GROVES   ROYAL LIVERPOOL   G22
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #9 A MINOR (1953)   DEL MAR   LSO   S-27
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #10 C MINOR (1953-54)   LOUGHRAN   LEICESTERSHIRE SCHOOLS SO   572 S-457
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #10 C MINOR (1953-54)   BRABBINS   ROYAL SCOTTISH NAT O   S-23
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #11 (1954) LEAPER   NATIONAL SO IRELAND   1035
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #11 (1954) NEWSTONE   LSO   S-27
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #12 (1957) LEAPER   CSR BRATISLAVA   789
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #13 C MAJOR (1959) BRABBINS   ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL O   S-269
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #14 F MINOR (1959-60) BRABBINS   ROYAL SCOTTISH NAT O   S-654
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #14 F MINOR (1959-60) DOWNES   LSO   S-256
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #15 A MAJOR (1960) ROWE   NATIONAL SO IRELAND   1035
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #16 (1960) FREDMAN   LPO   PUR88
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #17 (1960-61)   LEAPER   NATIONAL SO IRELAND   1038
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #18 (1961) FRIEND   BBC SCOTTISH   861
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #19 E MINOR (1961) BRABBINS   ROYAL SCOTTISH NAT O   S-543
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #20 (1962) PENNY   NSO UKRAINE   1037
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #21 (1963) PINKETT   LEICESTERSHIRE SCHOOLS SO   572 S-457
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #21 (1963) WALKER   NEW RUSSIA STATE SO   S-685
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #22 "SYMPHONIA BREVIS" (1964-65) HELTAY   LEICESTERSHIRE SCHOOLS SO   S-157 S-457
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #22 "SYMPHONIA BREVIS" (1964-65) WALKER   NEW RUSSIA STATE SO   S-341
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #23 (1965) WALKER   NEW RUSSIA STATE SO   S-341
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #24 D MAJOR (1965) WALKER   NEW RUSSIA STATE SO   S-341
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #25 A MINOR (1965-66) PENNY   NSO  UKRAINE   1037
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #26 (1966) WALKER   NEW RUSSIA STATE SO   S-685
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #27 C MINOR (1966) BRABBINS   ROYAL SCOTTISH NAT O   S-543
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #28 (SINFONIA IN C MINOR) (1967)   WALKER   NEW RUSSIA STATE SO   S-558
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #28 (SINFONIA IN C MINOR) (1967)   STOKOWSKI   NEW PHILHARMONIA   S-277
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #29 E FLAT (1967) WALKER   NEW RUSSIA STATE SO   S-558
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #30 B FLAT MINOR (1967)   BRABBINS   ROYAL SCOTTISH   S-23
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #31 (1968) MACKERRAS   ROYAL LIVERPOOL   393
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #31 (1968) WALKER   NEW RUSSIA STATE SO   S-558
BRIAN   SYMPHONY #32 A FLAT (1968) LEAPER   NATIONAL SO IRELAND   1038


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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7641 on: October 29, 2017, 05:43:33 PM »
The odd numbers/letters at the end of each line are my catalog numbers.

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7642 on: October 29, 2017, 09:37:38 PM »
I'd like to add: visit the websites of Lyrita, Hyperion, Dutton, Heritage, Klassic Haus, Testament and Naxos for more info (and EMI, although the CD with 7, 8, 9 and 31 won't be listed, I think).
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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7643 on: October 30, 2017, 01:52:58 AM »
You can add to that list of commercially available symphonies the 1956 premiere performance of Sinfonia Tragica, Royal Opera House Orchestra conducted by Douglas Robinson, issued last year on CRQ Editions CRQ CD268.  It's on a disc issued as a tribute to Robert Simpson and is coupled with Simpson conducting Beethoven's Eroica.  It's a basic issue, burned to order and without programme notes, but it includes an interesting recorded talk by Simpson justifying his fresh (for those days) approach to the Eroica, stripping off a lot of minor amendments added by later editors and using a smaller than normal orchestra.  It's available from: http://crqeditions.co.uk/crqeditions.php

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7644 on: October 30, 2017, 01:59:39 AM »
Good call! I own that CD.
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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7645 on: November 01, 2017, 11:28:22 PM »
CD listings are up to date on the website, including the CRQ 1966 Robinson Tragica, and the 24-CD Warner Classics box of Sir Charles Groves' British Music recordings, which includes his interpretations of symphonies 8 and 9.

Links in each entry take you direct to the specific record company website page for the disc concerned, and to HBS website articles about the music, where relevant.
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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7646 on: November 01, 2017, 11:30:40 PM »
Ta, Martyn!
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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7647 on: January 24, 2018, 08:36:07 AM »
Turned on BBC Radio 3 yesterday afternoon to hear some wonderful music, then with an abrupt shift of mood in the music, I realised that I was listening to the end of the first part of Havergal Brian's 'Gothic Symphony' (Brabbins recording) - it reaffirmed my sense of this work's greatness. Now listening to the Boult recording.
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« Reply #7648 on: January 24, 2018, 08:40:47 AM »
Nice!

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7649 on: January 24, 2018, 10:11:24 AM »
Nice!

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Will do Johan. Thanks.
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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7650 on: January 30, 2018, 02:43:04 PM »
It looks like I'm the first among us to look at the HBS website news column in the last nine days!
http://www.havergalbrian.org/news.php?id=30

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7651 on: January 30, 2018, 02:58:08 PM »
It looks like I'm the first among us to look at the HBS website news column in the last nine days!
http://www.havergalbrian.org/news.php?id=30

Excellent! Well spotted!
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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7652 on: January 30, 2018, 07:16:56 PM »
I'm very late in replying, for which please accept my apologies - but thanks to those others besides Sarge (whom I did already thank) who provided more information about recordings of the symphonies.

Thanks in particular to hbswebmaster for updating the site! From my lips to your ears ...
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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7653 on: January 31, 2018, 12:16:25 PM »
It looks like I'm the first among us to look at the HBS website news column in the last nine days!
http://www.havergalbrian.org/news.php?id=30

Very pleasing to have another 7 & 16.

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7654 on: February 01, 2018, 11:10:21 AM »
While this is exciting news, it does leave me in a dilemma. I've already got a recording of No. 7, and No. 16 is available on Lyrita with No. 6 and an Arnold Cooke symphony. I am still swaying towards going for the Lyrita, as I really don't expect a new Cooke recording any time soon, and it's always good to add new composers to my music collection.

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7655 on: February 01, 2018, 11:58:57 AM »
How is # 7 ? I would imagine it’s a large scale work, since # 16 is relatively short.

It’s one of the few Brian symphonies I don’t have (others are 4, 14, 15, 20, 25, 31 and 32).
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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7656 on: February 01, 2018, 12:25:28 PM »
How is # 7 ? I would imagine it’s a large scale work, since # 16 is relatively short.

It's in 4 movements (or 5, depending how you count) and the old Mackerras recording takes 43 minutes.  Malcolm MacDonald thought it was one of his finest; I must say that the 1st movement, at least, is mighty impressive.
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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7657 on: February 01, 2018, 12:47:33 PM »
Thanks, Dave ! This pretty much seals the deal, I’d say  ;).

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7658 on: March 01, 2018, 06:02:46 PM »
I am currently listening to toccata classics "Brian: Orchestral Music, vol. 2 Music from the operas" and am enjoying this so much.  I really want to hear more opera from him.  I have The Tigers opera which I greatly enjoy but need to relisten since it's been awhile. 

So this leads me to a few random questions I am pondering:

1. Did HBS get the funds to record Faust?
2. What is your favorite orchestral work of Brian that is not a symphony?
3. What do you wish he would have written or would have survived?  For me this is Prometheus Unbound because I adore the story and love his works from that period.  Sure hope it either resurfaces or we at least get an approximation to satiate me.  (eg: John Pickard arranging it based on the extant elements and knowledge of his style in that period). 

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7659 on: March 01, 2018, 10:37:28 PM »
Will reply later today. Yes, that volume 2 is pure gold.
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