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Havergal Brian (1876-1972)


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« on: February 13, 2021, 07:04:02 am »

Couldn't locate a dedicated thread, so here's where to easily find good recordings of all 32 symphonies (a few of the discs will duplicate symphonies, but also provide you with some fantastic bonus works)...

No.1, The Gothic                       (1919-27)        Brabbins, Hyperion CDA67971/2
No.2                                           (1930-31)        Brabbins, Dutton CDLX 7330
No.3                                           (1931-32)        Friend, Hyperion CDH55029
No.4, Das Siegeslied                 (1932-33)        Leaper, Naxos 8.570308
No.5, Wine of Summer              (1937)             Brabbins, Dutton CDLX 7314
No.6, Sinfonia Tragica               (1948)             Fredman, Lyrita SRCD 295
No.7                                           (1948)             Mackerras, EMI 7243 5 75782 2 6
No.8                                           (1949)             Walker, Naxos 8.573752
No.9                                           (1951)             Groves, EMI 7243 5 75782 2 6
No.10                                         (1953-54)        Brabbins, Dutton CDLX 7267
No.11                                         (1954)             Leaper, Naxos 8.572014
No.12                                         (1957)             Leaper, Naxos 8.570308
No.13                                         (1959)             Brabbins, Dutton CDLX 7296
No.14                                         (1959-60)        Brabbins, Dutton CDLX 7330
No.15                                         (1960)             Rowe, Naxos 8.572014
No.16                                         (1960)             Fredman, Lyria SRCD 295
No.17                                         (1960-61)        Leaper, Naxos 8.572020
No.18                                         (1961)             Friend, Naxos 8.557775
No.19                                         (1961)             Brabbins, Dutton CDLX 7314
No.20                                         (1962)             Penny, Naxos 8.572641
No.21                                         (1963)             Alexander Walker, Naxos 8.573752
No.22, Symphonia brevis          (1964-65)       Alexander Walker, Naxos 8.572833
No.23                                         (1965)             Alexander Walker, Naxos 8.572833
No.24                                         (1965)             Alexander Walker, Naxos 8.572833
No.25                                         (1966)             Penny, Naxos 8.572641
No.26                                         (1966)             Alexander Walker, Naxos 8.573752
No.27                                         (1966-67)        Brabbins, Dutton CDLX 7314
No.28                                         (1967)             Alexander Walker, Naxos 8.573408
No.29                                         (1967)             Alexander Walker, Naxos 8.573408
No.30                                         (1967)             Brabbins, Dutton CDLX 7267
No.31                                         (1968)             Alexander Walker, Naxos 8.573408
No.32                                         (1968)             Leaper, Naxos 8.572020


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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2021, 04:04:44 pm »

a few of the discs will duplicate symphonies, but also provide you with some fantastic bonus works

This library will give you in addition:

For Valour, overture (1902-06)
English Suite No.1 (1905-06)
Fantastic Variations on an Old Rhyme (1907)
Festal Dance (1908)
In Memoriam, tone poem (1910)
Doctor Merryheart, comedy overture (1911-12)
English Suite No.3 (1919-21)
English Suite No.4 (1921)
Violin Concerto (1934-35)
The Tinker's Wedding, comedy overture (1947-48)
The Jolly Miller, comedy overture (1962)
Concerto for Orchestra (1964)


The Brian completist will also "need":

The Vision of Cleopatra, tragic poem (1907); Two Choral Pieces (1912); Fantastic Variations on an Old Rhyme (1907) and For Valour (Brabbins, Dutton CDLX 7348)

Ave atque vale, legend (1968); Elegy (1954); Burlesque Variations on an Original Theme (1903) and English Suite No.5 (1953) (Garry Walker, Toccata TOCC 0110)

Symphonic Variations on Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly? from The Tigers (1924); Three pieces from Turandot (1949-51); Night Ride of Faust and Mephistopheles from Faust (1955-56); Preludio tragico from The Cenci (1951-52) and A Turandot Suite (Garry Walker, Toccata TOCC 0113)

Cello Concerto (1964) (Yates, Dutton CDLX 7263)

The Tigers, burlesque opera (1917-29) (Friend, Testament SBT 1496)


Alas, I am a completist...

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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2021, 08:37:03 pm »

After much dithering I have finally completed work on the 1973 broadcast of Havergal Brian's one-act opera Agamemnon (1957).



Over the years I have received three separate transcriptions from Dundonnel, MVS and Latvian (thanks to all), each quite different: one contained the introductory announcement with Malcolm MacDonald's detailed description, one contained the introductory announcement without it, one contained the closing credits, one was mono, one was stereo, one was low in volume, one was higher in volume, etc.

I have now done as much as I can to integrate these three sets of files into one presentation, editing out blips and trying to match up the volume as best I can. Hopefully it's acceptable until a more professional product comes along. This is now in the BIMA.

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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2021, 08:21:39 am »

Still awaiting news on the Dutton release of Brian's opera Faust (1955-56) with the forces of ENO conducted by the great Martin Brabbins...



...I have a feeling that it will be rather special.

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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2021, 07:55:14 pm »

It would be quite interesting to hear again Stokowski's performance of No. 28, which was apparently so butchered as to resemble a different piece altogether!
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2021, 08:01:32 pm »

It would be quite interesting to hear again Stokowski's performance of No. 28, which was apparently so butchered as to resemble a different piece altogether!


There are recordings in the British and Irish Music Archive -

Symphony No.28 (Sinfonia in C minor) (1967)***[copy 1] +++[copy 2]
New Philharmonia O/ Leopold Stokowski (7/6/1973, br. 5/10/1973)


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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2021, 08:24:49 am »

In case anyone missed the wonderful Lewis Foreman's account of Dutton's splendid recording of Havergal Brian's The Vision of Cleopatra (1907)...

https://www.duttonvocalion.co.uk/dutton-epoch-new-sacd-surround-sound-releases-september-2018/

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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2021, 05:06:42 pm »

It would be quite interesting to hear again Stokowski's performance of No. 28, which was apparently so butchered as to resemble a different piece altogether!


There are recordings in the British and Irish Music Archive -

Symphony No.28 (Sinfonia in C minor) (1967)***[copy 1] +++[copy 2]
New Philharmonia O/ Leopold Stokowski (7/6/1973, br. 5/10/1973)


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