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Arthur Benjamin - Symphony (1945)


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Maud
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« on: October 21, 2017, 12:21:06 pm »

Arthur Benjamin was born in Sydney in 1893.

On my recording, copied from the announcement as I heard it, this work is listed as "Symphony 1, 1940". In Grove's Dictionary a work is described as "Symphony number 1" of 1944-5. But I find no reference anywhere to any "Symphony number 2". Indeed elsewhere on the page Grove states "His only symphony (19445) was performed at the 1948 Cheltenham Festival. It is dark and powerful, tragic in expression, and its mood seems in keeping with the time at which it was written."

https://mega.nz/#!4fZEFJBC!fNrlccgECRIhpB1yOPMcHgCLGQFnP PC64y7zyhI36LQ

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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2017, 01:08:03 pm »

Arthur Benjamin's 1st (and only) Symphony was begun in 1944, finished in 1945 and first performed in 1948.
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2017, 09:31:09 am »

Yes, I'm sure there's no other. It's not even got a key designation, as is usually used for unnumbered or unique symphonies. It's my favourite piece of Benjamin's, though. I wish he'd written more large-scale orchestral music.
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2017, 08:02:39 pm »

Yes it was released by Marco Polo a number of years ago.  There is a great write up in the notes in the CD

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https://www.amazon.com/BENJAMIN-Symphony-Ballade-String-Orchestra/dp/B00000464D/ref=sr_1_6?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1508698857&sr=1-6&keywords=arthur+benjamin
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2017, 01:52:29 am »

Yes it was released by Marco Polo a number of years ago.  There is a great write up in the notes in the CD

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https://www.amazon.com/BENJAMIN-Symphony-Ballade-String-Orchestra/dp/B00000464D/ref=sr_1_6?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1508698857&sr=1-6&keywords=arthur+benjamin

Indeed and I have that cd. But anyone wishing to invest in a cd version of the Benjamin Symphony should also consider the rival version from Lyrita with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Barry Wordsworth.. Both versions are excellent but I think that the Lyrita just shaves it.

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2007/Mar07/Benjamin_SRCD314.htm
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2017, 10:57:28 am »

There's also an old recording by Barbirolli.
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