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Quote from: Maestro267 on July 21, 2022, 07:47:01 AMNothing wrong with paying one's respects.
Quote from: DavidW on July 21, 2022, 08:26:52 AMIt provides a tangible connection to someone you admire but only knew abstractly.
Quote from: vandermolen on November 19, 2022, 11:33:38 AMOn Friday I was showing my History of Art class a very old BBC TV documentary about the sculptor Henry Moore and I was pleased to note that the music was written by William Alwyn. I would imagine that they used existing chamber works by Alwyn rather than the music being specially composed for the documentary, but I may be wrong.Here is the TV programme:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZAde-PBoD8Henry Moore's own work has occasionally been featured on LP/CD sleeves:
Quote from: Irons on November 21, 2022, 12:07:45 AMEnjoyed the documentary, Jeffrey. I have admired his work at Snape Maltings which is as far as my knowledge of Henry Moore goes. Alwyn's score is far too good to be just incidental music written for a television programme.
Quote from: kyjo on June 01, 2023, 09:20:26 AMWas recently listening to this splendid disc:The Oboe Concerto (accompanied by strings and harp) is an enchanting composition - dare I say I prefer it to RVW's? And the three Concerti Grossi are all splendidly concise yet meaty works - there's not a hint of desiccated neoclassicism about them. Despite their obvious tonal grounding there are passages of dark chromaticism throughout which are quite gripping. I particularly loved the prominent writing for trumpet and timpani in No. 1, and No. 2 could be counted amongst the great English works for string orchestra. No. 3 closes unexpectedly with a desolate, sorrowful slow movement, which at 7 minutes in length is the most extended movement in all three works. Just wonderful music all-around, in committed and full-bodied performances.
Quote from: foxandpeng on June 02, 2023, 06:24:03 AMThere is nothing quite like immersing yourself in the works of a composer, to learn to understand them, familiarise yourself with their work, and to learn to appreciate what previously hasn't grabbed your attention. I've been doing that for the last week or so with William Alwyn, because although I kind of know him, I haven't really ever felt connected to his writing or wanted to revisit it when the need for music is on me. I know he is good, but I can't say I have ever been hugely impressed with him. Not all composers grab everyone, I know, but I am really pleased to say that I am at the stage where familiarity is starting to make a difference. I felt the same with Bax years ago, and I now rate him incredibly highly, so am really glad this is happening. Alwyn's symphonies, in particular, are beginning to take real root, as are pieces like the Oboe & Harp Concerto, Lyra Angelica, the Sinfonietta for Strings, Elizabethan Dances, Concerto for Flute and 8 Wind Instruments, and more. Lots more listening to come, I think.Particular appreciation goes to @Lisztianwagner and @Harry, whose recent postings made me shake myself and take the plunge!
Quote from: foxandpeng on June 01, 2023, 10:13:40 AMExcellent, Kyle, thank you. Once I've digested the Lloyd Jones releases, the Hickox are next on the playlist.
Quote from: Irons on June 02, 2023, 11:45:17 PMNicely summed up. I would add that there is not a smidgen of sameness between the three Concerti Grossi. They can be heard and enjoyed in one go. I found the Oboe Concerto more modern then expected. An instrument long associated with English pastoralism, Alwyn doesn't allow that to cramp his style.
Quote from: kyjo on June 03, 2023, 06:41:11 AMYou're welcome, Danny! Not to knock Lloyd-Jones, but Hickox's Alwyn series is just fantastic, so I'm sure you'll find much to enjoy in it. Doing some brief comparisons, I noticed that Hickox's recordings have a richer string sonority than Lloyd-Jones' (partly due to Chandos' sonics, perhaps) which to me is an important factor.
Quote from: vandermolen on June 03, 2023, 01:03:38 PMHere's the definitive list Symphony No.1 (Hickox)Symphony No.2 (Alwyn)Symphony No.3 (Hickox/Lloyd Jones)Symphony No.4 (Hickox)Symphony No.5 (Lloyd-Jones, Alwyn)Actually all three complete cycles (Alwyn/Hickox/Lloyd-Jones) are very good but I think that Alwyn is best in No.2. Also, don't forget Barbirolli's historic performances of 1 and 2 (Dutton) and Beecham's recorded premiere of No.3.
Quote from: kyjo on June 03, 2023, 06:52:50 AMIndeed, each of the three Concerti Grossi is very distinct in character yet still all recognizably from the same pen. In these works and the Oboe Concerto, I was engrossed by Alwyn's piquant harmonic language which is warmly consonant at one moment and chromatically unstable the next. Overall, Alwyn was a very consistent composer who rarely disappoints (except for perhaps his rather acerbic String Quartets nos. 2 and 3, I wasn't too taken with those). His Symphonies 2, 3, and 5, Piano Concerto no. 2 (probably my favorite work of his, just tremendous!!), Lyra Angelica, Concerti Grossi, String Quartet no. 1, Miss Julie (opera), and Odd Man Out (film score) are all firm favorites of mine.
Quote from: foxandpeng on June 05, 2023, 05:44:47 AMNow playing Symphony 4 by Hickox from this fine list of recs. This is a great symphony, and one which made little impression on me at first, if I am brutally honest. I know familiarity through repeat listens always unlocks far more than initial plays, but I suspect I am a complete dope even after all these years, as it takes me forever to pick out tunes, nuances, fascinating runs, developmental shifts and recapitulations, and other highlights. It starts off as complete mush more often than I would like, and only later delivers any sort of coherence and value. The Lloyd Jones introduced #4 to me, so interested to see the difference with RH.
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