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« on: September 03, 2018, 08:52:23 pm »

Although we are still waiting (certainly in my case very eagerly) for the release of the Chandos disc containing the Symphony No.8, the orchestral "A Vision of the Sea" and "Toward Sunrise" it is great to be able to report that the Symphony No.9 has been recorded by the English Symphony Orchsstra under Kenneth Woods for Nimbus. The Symphony will be coupled with "two pieces for strings". I am not sure what these could be. The obvious candidates would be the unrecorded "Three Birds and a Farewell", op.118 and/or "A June Song", op.140a and/or "Two Pieces from the Seasons". However in whatever combination that would still make for a very short cd in timing: the symphony is 25 minutes long and the longest combination of the other works would still come to less than 50 minutes.

http://www.david-matthews.co.uk/news/default.asp
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2018, 01:22:15 am »

What would you have liked as a coupling?
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2018, 02:17:34 am »

What would you have liked as a coupling?

Most of David Matthews's major works have already been committed to disc (although I admit to having forgotten the more substantial Two Pieces for strings, op.70-22 minutes in length). The Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and strings, op. 122 (2013) although (like most of the composer's recent music not lengthy) would seem to be one deserving of a recording.
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2019, 06:48:30 pm »

.....and indeed the Double Concerto IS on the forthcoming release Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2019, 10:50:30 am »

For possible interest, the unrecorded David Matthews orchestral works are:


1970:   “Stars” for chorus and orchestra, op.3: 6 minutes
1970-71:Little Concerto for small orchestra, op.6
1977:   Elegy for small orchestra, op. 16a: 7 minutes
1982:   Serenade for small orchestra, op.29: 15 minutes
1990:    Scherzo Capriccioso for orchestra, op.52: 8 minutes
1995:   Adagio for string orchestra, op. 56b: 4 minutes
1995-96/2017:Sinfonia for small orchestra, op.67: 10 minutes
1996:   “A Song and Dance Sketchbook” for small orchestra, op.65a
1996-2000:Two Pieces for Strings, op.70: 22 minutes
1997:   “Burnham Wick” for small orchestra, op.73: 15 minutes
2002:   “Away for Rio” for orchestra
            Prelude to Part III of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ for orchestra: 2 minutes
2004-11:“Three Birds and a Farewell” for string orchestra, op.118: 10 minutes
2005-06:“Fanfares and Flowers” for symphonic wind band, op. 103: 6 minutes
2011-12:“Fortune’s Wheel” for chorus, percussion and strings, op.120: 15 minutes
2014-15:“Nachtgesang” for orchestra, op.133: 5 minutes
2015:    “A June Song” for string orchestra, op.140a: 5 minutes
2016:    Two pieces from The Seasons for string orchestra: May (White Nights) and October (Autumn Song):
                       7 minutes
2017:    “New Fire” for orchestra,op.148: 6 minutes
2018:    “Le Lac” for soprano and chamber orchestra, op.146: 18 minutes
              Recessional and National Anthem for chorus and orchestra, op.150:8 minutes


   
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2019, 02:59:35 am »

Nimbus will be releasing the recording of the Symphony No.9 and the Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Strings in May.

(Now, Chandos....what about releasing your recording of Symphony No.8 !!!)
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2019, 12:38:19 pm »

I see Symphony 8 is being broadcast on R3 next Monday afternoon (March 25th) as part of their Afternoon Concert, in what I assume is the recorded performance due to appear on Chandos - might this mean it is due for release soon? It would be worth tuning in to see if they say so as part of the announcement!
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2019, 02:34:07 am »

I see Symphony 8 is being broadcast on R3 next Monday afternoon (March 25th) as part of their Afternoon Concert, in what I assume is the recorded performance due to appear on Chandos - might this mean it is due for release soon? It would be worth tuning in to see if they say so as part of the announcement!

Indeed!
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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2019, 05:43:04 pm »

Not long now!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Matthews-Symphony-Variations-Concerto/dp/B07NRH6Q84/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=nimbus&qid=1555260083&s=music&sr=1-6
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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2019, 05:34:14 pm »

I posted on the Musicweb Noticeboard about the non-appearance of the disc containing the Symphony No.8, "A Vision of the Sea" and "Toward Sunrise". In response Ralph Couzens of Chandos posted to say that Chandos had no plans to issue such a disc-this despite the apparent original plan to do so as indicated on the composer's own website in 2016.

In a combination of confusion, embarrassment and alarm I emailed David Matthews to seek clarity. David has just responded.

The cd will be issued by Signum in June 2020.

Although it will be disappointing to have to wait another full year for the disc at least we now have the clarity sought! Why the change of label? David did not say and it would now be best to pass over this in silence.
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