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Joseph Holbrooke from CPO

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« Reply #105 on: April 09, 2019, 01:12:50 pm »

My copy finally got to Japan. I'm enjoying it so far: the finale is good fun, along the lines of those of Stanford's Irish or George Lloyd's 4th, though perhaps those composers might have made more of the whole work. The slow movement has some wonderful sonorities, especially the saxophone (in general the extra winds in the work give it something special). The first movement I need more time with, and I need time too to see how well it hangs together.

We have now (to my knowledge) two Holbrooke symphonies in modern decent recordings: this and the 4th, both quoting well-known melodies, and I wonder how much they make us wish for the rest. I always enjoy Holbrooke, but I'm never sure whether I'm enjoying sonata form or pop music.
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