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Living composers with complete symphony cycles on disc
« on: June 22, 2018, 11:15:33 PM »
Something I'm briefly contemplating while listening to James MacMillan's Symphony No. 3. All four of his symphonies are available on disc. Sadly, someone like Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who wrote ten in his lifetime, never had that privilege, as Nos. 7-9 remain unavailable commercially. And Krzysztof Penderecki did have all of his completed symphonies on disc, but now No. 6 has finally appeared, his recorded cycle now has a gap.

Are there other living composers whose complete symphonies (so far) are available on disc?
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2018, 04:15:32 AM »
Something I'm briefly contemplating while listening to James MacMillan's Symphony No. 3. All four of his symphonies are available on disc. Sadly, someone like Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who wrote ten in his lifetime, never had that privilege, as Nos. 7-9 remain unavailable commercially. And Krzysztof Penderecki did have all of his completed symphonies on disc, but now No. 6 has finally appeared, his recorded cycle now has a gap.

Are there other living composers whose complete symphonies (so far) are available on disc?

John Harbison, I suppose.  The Boston Symphony did a set (put out on their own label) of his symphonies a few years ago, and I don't think he's written another one since the Sixth.  Not too enthusiastic about his music, myself.

(Oops, I looked it up, and this release was digital only!  Guess it doesn't count, and I'm pretty sure some of those works have never appeared on any disc.)
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2018, 04:39:23 AM »
Harbison was my first thought, as well, though I did not recall their being made available on disc.
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2018, 05:37:05 AM »
Is Robert Simpson still alive? (Looked it up, he died in 1997. If you grade on a curve, he can still count?) 

His eleven are available on Hyperion.
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2018, 06:35:49 AM »
Christopher Rouse is missing only his latest, No. 5, a major work that will provoke much thought when it finally appears on CD.

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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2018, 07:04:38 AM »
Philip Glass.
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2018, 07:05:37 AM »
Philip Glass.

Not if he's already written another one, which isn't unlikely!
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2018, 12:06:46 PM »
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2018, 12:09:01 PM »
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2018, 01:15:50 PM »
John Harbison, I suppose.  The Boston Symphony did a set (put out on their own label) of his symphonies a few years ago, and I don't think he's written another one since the Sixth.  Not too enthusiastic about his music, myself.

(Oops, I looked it up, and this release was digital only!  Guess it doesn't count, and I'm pretty sure some of those works have never appeared on any disc.)

To me it sounds like good, well-constructed music.  But that's not quite enough.  I've heard up through No. 4.

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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2018, 02:15:48 PM »
To me it sounds like good, well-constructed music.  But that's not quite enough.

This aligns with my experience.
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Re: Living composers with complete symphony cycles on disc
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2018, 03:08:03 PM »
Something I'm briefly contemplating while listening to James MacMillan's Symphony No. 3. All four of his symphonies are available on disc. Sadly, someone like Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who wrote ten in his lifetime, never had that privilege, as Nos. 7-9 remain unavailable commercially. And Krzysztof Penderecki did have all of his completed symphonies on disc, but now No. 6 has finally appeared, his recorded cycle now has a gap.

Are there other living composers whose complete symphonies (so far) are available on disc?

Well that's Penderecki's own damn fault.
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« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2018, 06:00:10 PM »
David Maslanka just passed away (Aug 07, 2017).  He has a great home page: http://davidmaslanka.com/

He composed ten symphonies.  All of them with the exception of the First and the Tenth have been recorded.

His First Symphony appears to have been his doctoral work.

He passed away before he completed his Tenth Symphony.  His son completed the work.

See: http://davidmaslanka.com/works/symphony-no-10-the-river-of-time/

It was premiered on April 3, 2018.  Considering his stature in the band world my guess that the symphony will be recorded in the near future.


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« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2018, 04:37:02 AM »
Slightly off topic since the composers are now dead, but didn't Robert Simpson and George Lloyd both have complete cycles of their symphonies completed while they were still alive?

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« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2018, 04:57:00 AM »
Slightly off topic since the composers are now dead, but didn't Robert Simpson and George Lloyd both have complete cycles of their symphonies completed while they were still alive?

Yes.  I have them in my library.

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« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2018, 04:58:57 AM »
Aho is close.  All of his symphonies except the Sixth has been recorded.  And on can still here it on YouTube.

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« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2018, 05:01:51 AM »
David Maslanka just passed away (Aug 07, 2017).  He has a great home page: http://davidmaslanka.com/

He composed ten symphonies.  All of them with the exception of the First and the Tenth have been recorded.

His First Symphony appears to have been his doctoral work.

He passed away before he completed his Tenth Symphony.  His son completed the work.

See: http://davidmaslanka.com/works/symphony-no-10-the-river-of-time/

It was premiered on April 3, 2018.  Considering his stature in the band world my guess that the symphony will be recorded in the near future.


Found a link to the premier of his Tenth on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO8FnRTbBp8

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« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2018, 05:24:51 AM »
Aho is close.  All of his symphonies except the Sixth has been recorded.  And on can still here it on YouTube.

Is No. 16 available on disc now?

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« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2018, 05:56:47 AM »
Is No. 16 available on disc now?

Sorry.  We are dealing with living active composers.  My mistake.  It is not available on CD but there is a performance on YouTube.  The only way one can be 100% is if the composer has passed.   

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« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2018, 09:37:22 PM »
Daniel Asia?

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