Monday, January 26, 2009
No rediscovered Renaissance masterpieces here
Chance, yes honestly, there was a John Cage connection, uncovered this long-forgotten 3 LP set in my collection. The recordings from the French Forlane label date from 1981. Three English composers from the early 20th century are featured, and the main works are John Foulds' Pasquinade Symphonique No 1, Hubert Parry's Symphony No 3 (The English), and Havergal Brian's complete Symphonic Movements from The Tigers. The sound on my LPs from the Luxembourg Radio Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Hager is surprisingly good, and the recording survives in the catalogue as 2 CDs. I'm not going to start all that nonsense about rediscovered masterpieces. But if English music of this period floats your boat this is worth worth exploring. These works are on a par with much of the orchestral music in the Naxos American Classics series. But the premium price is hardly an incentive to explore. Sir Adrian Boult recorded Parry's much superior Fifth Symphony. What is it about ... ?
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