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Granville Bantock - Pagan Symphony (1928)


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« on: December 26, 2020, 09:41:44 pm »

A rare opportunity to hear and see a splendid live performance given under Douglas Bostock in 2018: virtuosic playing in perhaps the most overtly Straussian of Bantock's larger orchestral works:



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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2020, 12:36:48 am »

Thank you for posting -- I've loved this piece for many years and it's wonderful to see an actual performance!
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2020, 07:32:05 am »

You're very welcome! It's genuinely thrilling to see a really good orchestra enjoying this music and giving it exemplary heft and spirit. They have released the Pagan Symphony in an attractive programme on CD/ download as well:

http://covielloclassics.de/Katalog/cov-92017-argovia-philharmonic-the-english-connection/

https://www.britishmusicsociety.co.uk/2020/11/parry-bantock-maxwell-davies-the-english-connection/

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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2020, 01:32:59 pm »

Superb performance. After many years, I saw a performance like this.
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2021, 12:09:18 pm »

Bantock's Pagan Symphony is in effect a hommage to his great friend Sibelius. The latter dedicated his third Symphony (1907) to Bantock in recognition of the British composer's enthusiastic advocacy: Bantock's score dwells extensively on a thematic fragment taken directly from the finale of Sibelius 3 (figure 16) - doh-re-so-re-doh-so (below doh)...

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