Started by Thom, April 14, 2007, 12:37:44 PM
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Quote from: brianrein on April 15, 2007, 04:55:07 PMNaxos just released Vol. 1 of the Stanford symphonies, and I am warming up to it. Harmlessly pleasant, I suppose, even catchy in places.David Hurwitz is a big Lloyd fan apparently...reviews.
Quote from: Harry on April 15, 2007, 10:49:11 PMRemember that in the mid-price also the Chandos recordings is available.
Quote from: tjguitar on May 07, 2007, 01:31:57 PMAre you talking about the Stanford Symphonies conducted by Handley w/ the Ulster? I like them, which is no surprise as I generally enjoy Handley, but is it really mid price? Isn't list price around $50 ? BTW, they haven't remastered them, it's a 1994 release I think.They did however remaster and re-issue The 6 Irish Rhapsodies and Piano Concerto from the same recordings on a double disc set for $13.98...which is very good! I'm hoping they do the same for the Clarinet Concerto and Concert Piece for Organ & Orchestra.
Quote from: johnQpublic on April 15, 2007, 01:36:14 PMSpringrite & I agree on this one. But I'd call it banal rathr than boring.
Quote from: Harry on May 07, 2007, 10:40:52 PMWell, remastering Chandos recordings from 1994 is not really necessary, for I can say they sound well enough.I remember Sarge saying the same thing about the price, but here in Europe it is midprice.
Quote from: Sean on May 08, 2007, 09:13:35 AMThe opening of the Fifth symphony is one of the cleverest and even most memorable melodies I ever heard, hiding disturbingly strong emotions beneath a sunny surface- Lloyd being a manic depressive. I've tried a few other symphonies along with the Symphonic mass but though he has his own distinct voice I don't rate much of it that highly. A composer to explore more.
Quote from: springrite on April 15, 2007, 10:54:06 AMI have heard 4 or 5 symphonies and one concerto, along with some shorter pieces. Frankly, I find Lloyd's musis rather boring -- a bit more interesting than Stanford, but not as interesting as Parry ( to name two composers somewhat similar ).
Quote from: John on March 16, 2009, 10:17:07 AMWHAT??? What utter nonsense. Lloyd is nothing like Stanford or Parry, not even close, I'm amazed they were held up in comparison. And to say Lloyds music is 'rather boring' is enough to make me quite literally laugh.Unbelievable. Lloyds music is exciting and, for an Englsih composer, wonderfully creative and forward thinking. As I've recently got his Requiem and some of his symphonies, I've thought of Lloyd as a breath of fresh air and a musically brilliant orchestrator.Pah!
Quote from: Thom on April 14, 2007, 12:37:44 PMSome time ago Composer of the week (BBC Radio 3) was dedicated to George Lloyd. I made a recording of these episodes and was able to record all the symphonies (12 of them), played by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and several conductors amongst them Lloyd himself. I am still discovering this music but what I have heard so far was much to my liking, especially the 3d and 4th symphonies. Has anyone any experience with the music of this composer? I had never heard of him and so it was a shot in the dark, of which I am not at all sorry.X
Quote from: Dundonnell on March 16, 2009, 03:36:28 PMI rather like George Lloyd as well, John-although I am obviously far too much of a spineless wimp to have said so before on GMG I don't rate him as a composer of any real originality and I find his 'lighter' symphonies and the 'lighter' movements within the symphonies often somewhat facile. His slow movements however do have a considerable amount of depth, passion and sheer beauty. And, yes, I agree that the man could orchestrate!My own favourites among the symphonies are Nos. 4, 5, 7 and 11-with No.7 being by far the best imo. I know that No.11 has been criticised a lot-but I happen to like the work very much I don't think that Lloyd can be completely acquitted of the charge of banality on occasion and he was undoubtedly exceptionally fortunate to be able to afford to subsidise the complete recordings of his music but I agree that the comparisons with Stanford and Parry are, to say the least, strange The bottom line is though that there is probably no middle way with Lloyd. People will either dismiss the music with utter contempt as totally 'irrelevant' to the 20th century, eg "George Lloyd's music is perfect for those who wish to ignore the fact that they are living at the end of the 20th century"(Mark Morris)or cherish the lyrical gifts of a composer who knew just how hopelessly out of fashion he would be for most of his life but went on regardless.
Quote from: Dundonnell on March 16, 2009, 03:36:28 PMMy own favourites among the symphonies are Nos. 4, 5, 7 and 11-with No.7 being by far the best imo.
Quote from: vandermolen on March 23, 2009, 12:25:18 AMSymphony No 4 is the best in my view, but also No 7...
Quote from: Sergeant Rock on March 23, 2009, 07:02:36 AMSince my last post in this thread I've added symphonies 2 and 4 to my Lloyd collection. The Seventh I don't have but I just placed an order. Hope to have it by the end of the week.Sarge
Quote from: John on March 16, 2009, 10:17:07 AMexciting and, for an Englsih composer, wonderfully creative and forward thinking.
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