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Duttons for May/June

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« Reply #60 on: November 02, 2015, 06:17:52 pm »

No.12 could stand a new recording that really does justice to this ferociously concentrated work: the Naxos doesn't quite do it for me - a little soft-centred, and that final gong stroke nowhere near powerful enough (a side note here: am I alone in thinking the strings-only slow section in that work sounds almost like Tippett in its lyrical efflorescence?). Given the work's brevity (only no.22 is shorter, I think), that would bring the CD's playing time to, say 57-58 mins., which would still leave room for something else if so desired. Either In Memoriam or For Valour would fit the bill. All in all, we've come a long way since the times when the only way you could hear most of the Brian symphonies was to hunt down those pirated Aries recordings - who'd have thought that now we'd have multiple recordings of the Gothic, never mind having The Tigers commercially available at last? Still some way to go, obviously - I would certainly want to see Agamemnon commercially recorded at some point - may I live long enough! But all the same...... Smiley
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