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(Some) Twentieth Century British Symphonies not yet on cd: an update


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« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2019, 12:42:43 am »

Did David Matthews Symphony No. 9 get recorded?  It's been several years since it was composed so I would imagine it's out?
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« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2019, 04:54:25 pm »

Recorded yes. Issued no. Don't know when Nimbus will release the disc.

We are still waiting for the Chandos recording of No.8.
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« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2019, 06:25:57 pm »

To expand on my post above:

Nimbus have recorded the Symphony No.9, op.140 (2016) along with the Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and strings, op.122 (2013) and the Variations on Bach's Chorale "Die Nacht ist Kommen" for strings, op.40 (1986) with the English Symphony Orchestra under Kenneth Woods. The release is planned for "early 2019" (although one has learned to be cautious about such statements!).

Chandos recorded the Symphony No.8, op.131 (2014), "A Vision of the Sea" for orchestra, op. 125 (2013) and "Toward Sunrise" for orchestra, op. 117 (2011-12) in November 2017 with the B.B.C. Philharmonic Orchestra under Jac van Steen.

The first performance of the new Concerto for Orchestra, op.151 is planned for May.

There are only a very few, short orchestral works of David Matthews-mostly for small orchestra or for strings-which have not been recorded Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2019, 01:38:03 am »

To expand on my post above:

Nimbus have recorded the Symphony No.9, op.140 (2016) along with the Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and strings, op.122 (2013) and the Variations on Bach's Chorale "Die Nacht ist Kommen" for strings, op.40 (1986) with the English Symphony Orchestra under Kenneth Woods. The release is planned for "early 2019" (although one has learned to be cautious about such statements!).

Chandos recorded the Symphony No.8, op.131 (2014), "A Vision of the Sea" for orchestra, op. 125 (2013) and "Toward Sunrise" for orchestra, op. 117 (2011-12) in November 2017 with the B.B.C. Philharmonic Orchestra under Jac van Steen.

The first performance of the new Concerto for Orchestra, op.151 is planned for May.

There are only a very few, short orchestral works of David Matthews-mostly for small orchestra or for strings-which have not been recorded Smiley

Fascinating.  It seems as though the industry records but waits until the maximum opportunity to release the recording.  So we need patience. 
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« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2019, 04:49:50 pm »

"Maximum opportunity" meaning exactly what?

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« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2019, 01:05:47 am »

"Maximum opportunity" meaning exactly what?


Well, they have a recording and are holding it.  I don't think I can answer when they will release it but I assume they are holding it to release when it is most beneficial to them.  Ask them.
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« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2019, 08:54:43 am »

While many of these symphonies may be well known, there are a surprising number of unrecorded and/or rare British Symphonies here.
https://atuneadayblogdotcom.wordpress.com/british-symphonies/
https://atuneadayblogdotcom.wordpress.com/british-symphonies-1900-2000/
https://atuneadayblogdotcom.wordpress.com/british-symphonies-1950-1999/
https://atuneadayblogdotcom.wordpress.com/british-symphonies-2000/
Each of these sections contain interesting composer bios which can be accessedvia hyperlinks at the beginning of each of the above.

Here are the composer bios:
https://atuneadayblogdotcom.wordpress.com/composers/
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« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2019, 04:49:41 pm »

Unfortunately, the music to a great many of those listed before 1900 is lost. These lists are not very useful unless they tell us where the performance materials can be found - a little extra work on the part of the compilers would have added greatly to their value.
One wonders about the quality of some of the late 19th century British symphonies (certainly Joseph Street's, the scores of which are in BL and which I have seen, are pretty uninspired), but there may be some gold among the dross and I particularly wish that the MSS of Algernon Ashton's symphonies and concertos, which were never published, had not been destroyed in the blitz. I suspect they were better than good.
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« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2019, 12:16:10 am »

I might be the only one here?! Grin But I wouldn't mind a cd of a symphony by Walter Thomas Gaze Cooper! I don't want to sound ungrateful;but I don't feel it's quite fair to judge his music on the basis of the files posted here. And I've always been a little curious about him,since I first read about him in a Havergal Brian newsletter (years ago) featuring excerpts from his music criticism.  I think I'd like to hear his Symphony no 4, ‘The west wind’ for soprano, chorus & small orchestra op 41,the most;because it's got a nice name and a "humming" chorus! He's also got a nice website! Grin Smiley

Also,a cd of a symphony by David Wynne;because he's a Welsh composer. I must admit I wasn't too excited by the music I've heard here,and on Youtube;but he was a prolific composer,and a bit of a missing link,in the recorded history of Welsh music. I think there's some chamber music on a Lyrita cd;and that's about it!

I'd also be curious to hear the sole symphony of Joseph Parry. I have no idea whether it would be any good;but it may be (probably?) the first ever symphony by a Welsh composer;who is a bit of an icon here,in Wales,for the hymn,Myfanwy,and his opera,Blodwen. This was the first opera by a Welshman,and the first to be performed in Welsh. Excerpts of it are often heard on the Welsh language tv channel,S4C!
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« Reply #24 on: March 31, 2019, 11:30:03 am »

I read your post this is nice and helpful post.
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« Reply #25 on: April 04, 2019, 02:54:23 pm »

Two of the symphonies on my original list will be recorded next January. I am not in a position to reveal which but if I say that the same orchestra and conductor involved in the earlier, recent project are engaged to record the two remaining extant symphonies that may be enough of a clue Grin (and, no, it is not William Wordsworth, although Toccata may well be planning to record at least that composer's 7th.)
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