Started by tjguitar, April 16, 2007, 09:27:43 AM
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Quote from: Feanor on July 01, 2010, 05:25:45 AMI like Alywn's string quartets in particular. I own both the Rasumovsky and Maggini versions; both good though of the two I'd recommend the Maggini ... ... ArkivMusic listing for the Maggini
Quote from: vandermolen on July 01, 2010, 06:12:42 AMThanks - have just ordered the Maggini on the strength of this.
Quote from: Feanor on July 02, 2010, 03:07:09 AMLet us know what you thing of them!
Quote from: vandermolen on October 27, 2007, 02:52:54 PMHave just listened to the Naxos Lloyd-Jones recordings of symphonies 1 and 3. I would say that these terrific performances, as good or better than the full price alternatives. A great way to start an Alwyn collection.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alwyn-Symphonies-Nos-1-3/dp/B000C847FO/ref=sr_1_1/202-9347871-3364610?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1193525608&sr=1-1
Quote from: Mirror Image on December 14, 2010, 04:44:56 PMI love Hickox's Alwyn series on Chandos, which I didn't pay full price for and got quite cheaply early last year (around $3-$8 from an Amazon Marketplace seller). Lloyd-Jones series on Naxos is proving to be really good as well. I don't think I can part ways with either conductor's series and why would I? Alwyn is one of my favorites.
Quote from: vandermolen on December 15, 2010, 07:25:48 AMMe too. Do you know his movie score for 'Odd Man Out' (Chandos)? One of his greatest works I think and together with Symphony No 2, my favourite Alwyn score. The CD has a different cover image now (smaller picture below), but I prefer the original one below - a photograph from the film. The main title is available also, very cheaply, on the 'Byways of British Music' CD (same performance with Hickox).
Quote from: Mirror Image on December 16, 2010, 06:58:13 AMOh yes, vandermolen, as I mentioned earlier, I own ALL of Hickox's Alwyn recordings. The individual releases that is. There's 7 or 8 CDs in total. Wonderful music and actually going back to one of the disc with the seldom heard Violin Concerto I'm actually enjoying this concerto a lot. Have you heard it?Odd Man Out is one of the greatest film scores ever composed I think. There's something about composers of Alwyn's generation that wrote film music. It seemed like legitimate music and there wasn't this Hollywood sheen over the scores like there has been for the past 30 years or so.
Quote from: Mirror Image on December 16, 2010, 06:58:13 AMOdd Man Out is one of the greatest film scores ever composed I think. There's something about composers of Alwyn's generation that wrote film music. It seemed like legitimate music and there wasn't this Hollywood sheen over the scores like there has been for the past 30 years or so.
Quote from: vandermolen on December 16, 2010, 02:02:42 PMThe Violin Concerto is indeed a fine work - not sure that I ever played it before. I especially liked the lyrical section about 6 minutes into the slow movement. Thanks for the recommendation. I shall be playing it again soon.
Quote from: jowcol on December 16, 2010, 02:09:23 PMStrongly agree. I've not seen the movie, but I love the suite. And, I may have mentioned this earlier, but I really adore Alwyn's 3rd-- I consider that one of the great 20th Century Symphonies.
Quote from: jowcol on December 16, 2010, 02:09:23 PMStrongly agree. I've not seen the movie, but I love the suite. And, I may have mentioned this earlier, but I really adore Alwyn's 3rd-- I consider that one of the great 20th Century Symphonies. Glad that Vandermolen found a slow movement!
Quote from: vandermolen on December 17, 2010, 02:43:28 AMYes, I'm glad to find it too! Although there was an insufficient sense of looming catastrophe and mad, hopeless defiance for my taste Alwyn's 3rd is a fine work. John Ireland said that it was the best Bristish symphony since Elgar Symphony No 2 (but what about Walton's 1st, Vaughan Williams's 4-6 and Moeran's Symphony?). I recently found a great old performance with Thomas Beecham conductiong what I think was the premiere of Alwyn's 3rd and I also enjoy the Hickox, Lloyd-Jones and Alwyn performances too. I like the Dutton CD of Barbirolli conducting Symphony No 1 and 2 (my favourites I think). All the symphonies are great - 3 and 4 have terrific opening movements but one of the has a repetitive scherzo (No 4 I think - I'm at work( ) so can't check) which I fInd a bit tedious. Fine composer though.
Quote from: jowcol on December 17, 2010, 03:56:45 AMI think 4 is the one you are referring to. 3 has a really cool structure as Mirror Image had pointed out, as it uses 8 tones in the first movement, the remaining 4 in the second, and bounces them against each other in the third. And it really works-- it doesn't sound like an academic exercise. Also there is a nice SLOW movement in the middle that manages to get an impressive amount of lyrical content from a very limited palette. It's worth another listen. I must admit that I only keep the first movement of the 4th on my mp3 player. The 5th is a different animal, but the last 5 minutes is incredible. I really love the David Lloyd Jones disc with the 5th and Lyra Angelica-- although I've not compared versions with other conductors..
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