Started by tjguitar, April 16, 2007, 09:27:43 AM
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Quote from: tjguitar on October 30, 2011, 11:41:16 AMThere's been several Alwyn CDs on Naxos in the past couple years that I have not heard yet. Any thoughts?
Quote from: snyprrr on June 08, 2014, 05:36:39 PMI still haven't heard 'The' Alwyn work. The highly touted SQ2 certainly didn't move like the corresponding Arnold work,... what do you think?
Quote from: Fëanor on June 09, 2014, 07:38:48 AMI like them both. The Arnold SQ No. 2 is certainly more emotionally up-beat, the Alwyn more introspective, I's say.
Quote from: snyprrr on June 10, 2014, 07:55:52 AMsorry, must bump Alwyn with Arnold- it's the Rule
Quote from: vandermolen on June 08, 2015, 01:10:32 PMI have been listening to Symphony 4. I think that the opening movement is possible the best thing Alwyn wrote and, in a way, complete in itself: [asin]B000000ALW[/asin]
Quote from: Christo on June 08, 2015, 09:47:28 PMAgreed, the majestatic Fourth (1959) is his rightful claim to fame (though I always loved the very atmospheric Second, too).
Quote from: vandermolen on June 09, 2015, 01:20:31 PMMe too and I think that No 2 is the greatest of Alwyn's symphonies. I am not that keen on the rather bombastic and repetitive second movement of Symphony 4 after the wonderful opening movement. Having said that I think it works better in the Hickox version than in the composer's own recording. No 2 is excellent throughout.
Quote from: Maestro267 on February 27, 2016, 12:42:45 AMI ordered the complete Alwyn symphony cycle on Naxos a few days ago, and two of the discs arrived this morning (as already posted in the Purchases thread). I've been meaning to get these discs for a while now, after hearing the Symphony No. 1 at the Proms a few years ago.And yet another fine composer born in Northampton. With Malcolm Arnold and Edmund Rubbra hailing from that part of the world too, I'm beginning to think of Northampton as the second great hub of 19th/20th-century British composers, after the Three Choirs region, home of Elgar, Holst, RVW et al.
Quote from: Maestro267 on February 29, 2016, 12:48:24 PMHaving received the third disc of Alwyn symphonies this morning, I've just completed a full cycle of listening to all five symphonies. I think I'm really going to enjoy getting to know these fine works. Quite often the music reminded me of Walton, which is not a bad thing at all.
Quote from: vandermolen on March 01, 2016, 11:47:35 PMWhich is your favourite symphony? They are all strong. John Ireland thought that No.3 was the strongest Brirish symphony since Elgar's 2nd although I wouldn't agree. I think that the greatest is No.2 although the opening movement of Symphony 4 is magnificent - like a symphony in itself. No.1 is underrated I think.
Quote from: Maestro267 on April 12, 2016, 05:39:26 AMHaving listened to all of them several times now, I think No. 2 might be my current favourite. But I find things I enjoy about all 5 symphonies.
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