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Christopher Gunning (born 5 August 1944) is an English composer mostly known for his film and television scores (such as Hammer Film's Hands of the Ripper).  While they are perfectly adequate for their purpose, his tuneful "serious" music is what I am interested in.  A minor composer - but he does what he does well.

Symphony No.1
Symphony No.2
Symphony No.3
Symphony No.4
Symphony No.5

Birdflight, for orchestra
Storm!  for orchestra
Yorkshire Glory, for brass band or symphony orchestra

The Lobster

Concerto for Soprano Saxophone

Concerto for Oboe

Piano Concerto

Cello Concerto

Guitar Concerto

Clarinet Concerto

Flute Concerto

Violin Concerto

String Quartet (Nr.1)

Trio for Piano, Violin & Cello

Piano Sonata


Details about his compositions - in his own words - may be found at the website he maintains:

http://www.christopher-gunning.co.uk/discography/
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Re: Christopher Gunning (b.1944) Symphonies, Concertos, and female Rippers
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2016, 12:22:49 PM »
Thanks.

I never cared for the Poirot theme.  It never worked for me.

But I checked out some of his concert works and I really connected with them.  Impressive symphonies.

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Re: Christopher Gunning (b.1944)
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2016, 06:46:16 PM »



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London Piano Trio w/Olga Dudnik

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Re: Christopher Gunning (b.1944)
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2016, 12:39:12 AM »




^ soprano saxophone concerto


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Re: Christopher Gunning (b.1944) Symphonies, Concertos, and female Rippers
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2016, 12:46:16 AM »
A Hungarian Tale, for clarinet & piano:



The Lobster



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Re: Christopher Gunning (b.1944) Symphonies, Concertos, and female Rippers
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Re: Christopher Gunning (b.1944) Symphonies, Concertos, and female Rippers
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2016, 01:31:28 PM »
I have several of his symphonies and despite  all the hype find them totally unmemorable and overblown.
 
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Re: Christopher Gunning (b.1944) Symphonies, Concertos, and female Rippers
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2016, 02:49:08 PM »
I have several of his symphonies and despite  all the hype find them totally unmemorable and overblown.
+1  :-[
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Re: Christopher Gunning (b.1944) Symphonies, Concertos, and female Rippers
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2016, 02:04:57 AM »
I have several of his symphonies and despite  all the hype find them totally unmemorable and overblown.

I prefer the chamber pieces that I have heard, and the concerti.
The Lobster is interesting as a diversion from time to (much extended) time.  ;D 
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Re: Christopher Gunning (b.1944) Symphonies, Concertos, and female Rippers
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2016, 04:26:14 AM »
I have several of his symphonies and despite  all the hype find them totally unmemorable and overblown.
Interesting! And when I think of the rave reviews I've ploughed through for his symphonies in various publications. I've been tempted for than once. Coming from you and knowing your tastes in music I won't bother with this one. A good thing for my bank balance,though as he's composed quite a few! :) I could spend the money on something else,anyway. I keep being tempted by that Chandos Brian Easdale cd,for instance. He composed the music for the film,'The Red Shoes'. I'm sure you know! ;D There are others of course. It's just one of these cds I have on a sort of list,but never seem to buy.

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Re: Christopher Gunning (b.1944) Symphonies, Concertos, and female Rippers
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2016, 07:21:09 AM »
I heard one work from Gunning (forget which one --- one of his symphonies I believe) and I found it dreadfully boring and I don't even believe I finished it. Not a composer I'm interested in exploring that's for sure!
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« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2016, 11:47:11 AM »
Interesting! And when I think of the rave reviews I've ploughed through for his symphonies in various publications. I've been tempted for than once. Coming from you and knowing your tastes in music I won't bother with this one.

You can find just about his entire output on YouTube if you want to sample it.
I would suggest the Piano Trio to start.
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« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2016, 01:48:56 PM »
I really like his music to Cold Lazarus. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-vRSMn2Pug

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Re: Christopher Gunning (b.1944) Symphonies, Concertos, and female Rippers
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2016, 02:26:50 PM »
Interesting! And when I think of the rave reviews I've ploughed through for his symphonies in various publications. I've been tempted for than once. Coming from you and knowing your tastes in music I won't bother with this one. A good thing for my bank balance,though as he's composed quite a few! :) I could spend the money on something else,anyway. I keep being tempted by that Chandos Brian Easdale cd,for instance. He composed the music for the film,'The Red Shoes'. I'm sure you know! ;D There are others of course. It's just one of these cds I have on a sort of list,but never seem to buy.
Yes, I'd save yourself the money and stick with the Easdale.
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