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Re: The British Composers Thread
« Reply #1020 on: October 19, 2021, 11:29:11 PM »
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« Reply #1021 on: October 20, 2021, 07:26:47 AM »
Favourite British composers currently still writing or at least still alive at time of writing?

Mine has to be Philip Sawyers, I think. Big fan of David Matthews too! His symphonies on Dutton, especially #9 are fantastic. Gavin Bryars for his SQs, anyone? Great!

Now playing Sawyers #4 again for that imposing opening and gripping first movement. Boom! What a great finale too!

I was turned off from living British composers to a degree as I felt although progressive I frankly listened out of a sense of duty not expecting to be entertained.



Maybe there is hope as I placed Hugh Wood (deceased) in the same bracket but his music is growing on me.

There seems to be a new school who are composing works with something to say but at the same time can be listened with pleasure by the general music-loving public. Like you, I found Matthews 9th Symphony outstanding followed by the excellent Sawyers.
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Re: The British Composers Thread
« Reply #1022 on: October 20, 2021, 11:01:22 AM »
MacMillan, Walker, Spratley, Goehr... check. I know a couple of Macmillan symphonies but it's been a while. Time to revisit, I think.

Like you, I found Matthews 9th Symphony outstanding followed by the excellent Sawyers.

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« Reply #1023 on: October 31, 2021, 10:22:42 AM »
A cross-post. I have been listening to William Wallace's symphonic poems today and will continue to his symphony when I can.

Does anyone else lament that no one picked up the mantle from Hyperion and Brabbins (from the mid-90's), because his is very convincing music making so far. It sounds like there are plenty of unrecorded works to perform too.

Any William Wallace love? VS



It seems the two Hyperion recordings remain the only performances on record of Wallace's orchestral music. 

A bit of confusion exists that Scottish composer William Wallace (1860-1940) wrote a symphonic poem entitled Sir William Wallace (1270-1305).

Add to that muddle, there is another composer named William Vincent Wallace (1812-1865) from Ireland and William Wallace (1933-2017) from the US/Canada, both with recordings to their names.
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« Reply #1024 on: November 01, 2021, 05:00:07 AM »
I have the disc of symphonic poems, but I haven't listened to it for a while. I'll have to refresh myself.

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« Reply #1025 on: November 01, 2021, 08:48:16 AM »
I have the disc of symphonic poems, but I haven't listened to it for a while. I'll have to refresh myself.

That's where I was, but I am not sure if I ever actually listened to the symphonic poems recording.

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« Reply #1026 on: November 04, 2021, 12:04:56 AM »
Yesterday was a lovely day.  I was booked to play my violin for the weekly live BBC Choral Evensong broadcast from Merton College Oxford.  The only piece we were required for was the rare - but stunning - strings and organ version of Howells' "The House of the Mind".  Never played this before - an extraordinary work - Howells' harmonic sense is incredibly complex.  Normally when you play a piece for the first time - cetainly music than can be termed essentially tonal - your ear helps predict lines and notes within harmonies where you will be moving.  Not with this Howells - it was thrillingly unexpected at every turn!

But the great joy was to sit in the ancient space of Merton College Chapel, lit just by candlelight and listen in close-up to a wonderful choir and organ performing some transcendingly beautiful music (more Howells plus some Tallis and RVW).  I am not a religious person but this was a tranquil oasis of simple beauty in a troubled world.  At a time when it can feel that one is less "in sync" with the time and values of many, it was genuine balm to sit and listen to music performed with such passion and perfection by a young choir.

Again, I cheer the BBC for going about their business producing programmes of this understated quality.  This is exactly the kind of thing that will disappear forever if/when the licence fee is revoked.  The programme is repeated next Sunday and can be listened to for a month via the usual  BBC online platforms

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« Reply #1028 on: November 13, 2021, 12:43:54 AM »


Interesting. "Sleep Song" is one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in a long time.

 https://youtu.be/QBFdkuO2ABU
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« Reply #1029 on: November 13, 2021, 09:55:18 AM »
Yesterday was a lovely day.  I was booked to play my violin for the weekly live BBC Choral Evensong broadcast from Merton College Oxford.  The only piece we were required for was the rare - but stunning - strings and organ version of Howells' "The House of the Mind".  Never played this before - an extraordinary work - Howells' harmonic sense is incredibly complex.  Normally when you play a piece for the first time - cetainly music than can be termed essentially tonal - your ear helps predict lines and notes within harmonies where you will be moving.  Not with this Howells - it was thrillingly unexpected at every turn!

But the great joy was to sit in the ancient space of Merton College Chapel, lit just by candlelight and listen in close-up to a wonderful choir and organ performing some transcendingly beautiful music (more Howells plus some Tallis and RVW).  I am not a religious person but this was a tranquil oasis of simple beauty in a troubled world.  At a time when it can feel that one is less "in sync" with the time and values of many, it was genuine balm to sit and listen to music performed with such passion and perfection by a young choir.

Again, I cheer the BBC for going about their business producing programmes of this understated quality.  This is exactly the kind of thing that will disappear forever if/when the licence fee is revoked.  The programme is repeated next Sunday and can be listened to for a month via the usual  BBC online platforms
What a wonderful experience and thank you for sharing it with us.  There are odd moments when, despite the everyday chaos, one feels in harmony with the universe. That's my experience anyway.
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