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Re: George Lloyd
« Reply #420 on: September 26, 2021, 12:41:49 AM »
+1 or Symphony No.4


Certainly! I think, though, that the Seventh is the greater work, possibly his symphonic masterpiece...
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Re: George Lloyd
« Reply #421 on: September 26, 2021, 03:29:14 AM »
I need to listen to the Fourth again. It still hasn't fully hooked me in.

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Re: George Lloyd
« Reply #422 on: September 26, 2021, 06:26:18 AM »
I need to listen to the Fourth again. It still hasn't fully hooked me in.
I think that the performance conducted by Edward Downes (Lyrita) is the best.
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Re: George Lloyd
« Reply #423 on: September 28, 2021, 05:54:48 AM »
It's always an odd feeling seeing so much enthusiastic discussion about a composer about whom I know absolutely nothing. Is there a work any one of y'all would recommend to someone like me who has never heard a quaver of this George Lloyd's music?

I agree with those who have recommended the 7th Symphony - knowing your tastes, I think you’ll enjoy it! It’s his darkest symphony, but it’s far from depressing and is filled with so much variety, color, and drama. If you enjoy it, then go ahead and check out the 4th and 5th symphonies and the Symphonic Mass - just don’t expect them to be quite as dark as the 7th!
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Re: George Lloyd
« Reply #424 on: September 28, 2021, 05:56:43 AM »
I think that the performance conducted by Edward Downes (Lyrita) is the best.

+1 The recording conducted by the composer is quite good from an interpretive point of view, however the Albany Symphony noticeably struggles a bit with the considerable technical demands of the music when compared to the Philharmonia in Downes’ recording.
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Re: George Lloyd
« Reply #425 on: October 02, 2021, 11:06:20 AM »
Lloyd: Symphony No. 5 [Downes]





This is a big, large scale work. Symphony No. 5 has a wonderfully lyrical and pastoral opening. I like the wonderful texture that the woodwinds add. The opening movement also has a wonderfully engaging and interesting musical language with particularly interesting harmonies. The occasional dark clouds in the sky and the disconcerting undercurrents all augment and enhance the atmosphere of the movement.
I like the form and the tempo of the slow movement. I find that they enhance the music. I also like the wonderful sonic textures created by the scoring. The dynamic range is also very exciting.
Once again, the woodwinds play a prominent part in the scoring, texture and atmosphere of the third movement. This movement is a very fine contrast to the preceding one in many ways. It flits about energetically and excitedly and it has a beguiling trio section. This is an enchanting sound world.
The fourth movement is also a slow one and it is laden with drama, tension and atmosphere helped along wonderfully by a pulsating rhythm.
The Finale is a movement filled with excitement, energy and drive. It is constantly moving forward. Once again, the orchestration is very effective and engaging. The movement is well driven and wends its way to a fine, triumphant conclusion.
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Re: George Lloyd
« Reply #426 on: October 02, 2021, 11:11:59 AM »
Another excellent write-up. No. 5 is masterly. It all sounds so natural and 'easy'. A balm for a wounded world. A pity that music like this was deemed 'passé' and 'regressive' for so long.
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Re: George Lloyd
« Reply #427 on: October 02, 2021, 11:15:39 AM »
Another excellent write-up. No. 5 is masterly. It all sounds so natural and 'easy'. A balm for a wounded world. A pity that music like this was deemed 'passé' and 'regressive' for so long.

I am a latecomer to the music of Lloyd but I find it consistently engaging and delivering of enjoyment and satisfaction. I do enjoy his sound world very much.
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Re: George Lloyd
« Reply #428 on: October 02, 2021, 03:39:34 PM »
Lloyd: Symphony No. 5 [Downes]

This is a big, large scale work. Symphony No. 5 has a wonderfully lyrical and pastoral opening. I like the wonderful texture that the woodwinds add. The opening movement also has a wonderfully engaging and interesting musical language with particularly interesting harmonies. The occasional dark clouds in the sky and the disconcerting undercurrents all augment and enhance the atmosphere of the movement.
I like the form and the tempo of the slow movement. I find that they enhance the music. I also like the wonderful sonic textures created by the scoring. The dynamic range is also very exciting.
Once again, the woodwinds play a prominent part in the scoring, texture and atmosphere of the third movement. This movement is a very fine contrast to the preceding one in many ways. It flits about energetically and excitedly and it has a beguiling trio section. This is an enchanting sound world.
The fourth movement is also a slow one and it is laden with drama, tension and atmosphere helped along wonderfully by a pulsating rhythm.
The Finale is a movement filled with excitement, energy and drive. It is constantly moving forward. Once again, the orchestration is very effective and engaging. The movement is well driven and wends its way to a fine, triumphant conclusion.


Another excellent write-up. No. 5 is masterly. It all sounds so natural and 'easy'. A balm for a wounded world. A pity that music like this was deemed 'passé' and 'regressive' for so long.


The Fifth Symphony is easily my favorite of Lloyd's I've heard so far. Lyrical and heartfelt and poignant all at once. I think concert audiences would love this... but they hardly get to hear it!

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Re: George Lloyd
« Reply #429 on: October 23, 2021, 10:08:32 AM »
Lloyd: Symphony No. 6 [Downes]





No. 6 begins very assertively but settles down quickly into quite a buoyant mood. The music is very lyrical and it is well driven. There is a slightly disconcerting tone lurking there in the music somewhere but it is disguised by the forward momentum. The slow movement is a very attractive piece of writing. The yearning melodies and the wonderful harmonies and counterpoint are all enhanced by a keen sense of musical language and expression as well as scoring. It all seems to be very well presented here to me. Even though attractively animated there is more of a sunny profile to the tone of the music in the final movement. It is a fine contrast to the slow movement and it is very engaging. Once again I find Lloyd’s orchestration to be very appealing and imaginative.
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Re: George Lloyd
« Reply #430 on: October 23, 2021, 11:05:37 AM »
Nice write-up! That Sixth Symphony is masterly. It's so natural and seemingly effortless.
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Re: George Lloyd
« Reply #431 on: October 23, 2021, 01:30:10 PM »
Nice write-up! That Sixth Symphony is masterly. It's so natural and seemingly effortless.

I am half way through the symphonic cycle and Lloyd has been a real "discovery" for me I music must say.
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Re: George Lloyd
« Reply #432 on: October 23, 2021, 10:55:38 PM »
I am half way through the symphonic cycle and Lloyd has been a real "discovery" for me I music say.


It seems 'music' is a 'must'...  ;)
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Re: George Lloyd
« Reply #433 on: October 24, 2021, 01:46:26 AM »

It seems 'music' is a 'must'...  ;)

 :laugh: It certainly is. Well spotted, Sir  ;)
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Re: George Lloyd
« Reply #434 on: November 05, 2021, 07:49:14 AM »
Lloyd: Symphony No. 7 [Downes]





The opening of this symphony has a different “feel” to it based upon my previous listening to the music of Lloyd. It is, however, good different and it is an intriguing listen. It is very interesting music. There is a wonderful culmination to the movement which is both agitated and powerful.
The slow movement contains some very attractive music. The melodies and the inherent harmonies are wonderful and they generate a particularly different and somewhat enigmatic sound world which is very engaging and compelling.
The final movement is something of a tour de force; it is a flurry of drama, tension and excitement. It is a whirlwind of forward momentum which is well driven in this presentation. The music is always interesting and engaging.
There is quite a lot of tension and drama throughout the work and that is coupled with varied and exciting orchestration which achieves wonderful sonic results.
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