Brian: Symphony No. 1 'Gothic'

Naxos: 8557418-19

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Brian: Symphony No. 1 'Gothic'

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8557418-19
(8.557418-19)

Discs:

2

Release date:

27th June 2011

Barcode:

0747313241828

Length:

1 hour 51 minutes

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Brian: Symphony No. 1 'Gothic'


Eva Jenisova (soprano), Dagmar Peckova (mezzo), Vladimir Dolezal (tenor), Peter Mikulas (bass)

Slovak Opera Chorus, Slovak Folk Ensemble Chorus, Lucina Choras, Bratislava City Choir, Bratislava Children’s Choir, Youth Echo Choir, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Ondrej Lenard, Pavol Prochazka (chorus-master)

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“A passionately committed performance from the Slovak forces... it conveys surging excitement from first to last, helped by a rich recording, which gives a thrilling impression of massed forces” The Penguin Guide

Havergal Brian's 'The Gothic' is a gargantuan work that earned an entry in the Guinness Book of Records under 'Longest Symphony'. 2011 marks the 21st anniversary of the first and only available ‘new’ recording of the work, and this limited edition slipcase version is released to co-incide with the work’s Proms debut on 17th July.

Completed in the 1920s but unplayed until 1961, its most famous outing came in 1966, when Sir Adrian Boult presided over a BBC-sponsored rendition at the Royal Albert Hall. Even Mahler never contemplated a work on quite this scale, although he too found inspiration in Goethe's Faust.

Since the 1950s there has been a spasmodic, but unmistakeable, growth of interest in Havergal Brian’s music. His First Symphony, however, The Gothic, remains his most famous work, some might say his most notorious, on account of its length and the gigantic forces employed. Nevertheless it is in many ways his most personal and crucial work. Before it came his songs and choral works, short orchestral pieces and the satirical opera The Tigers; after it came the long line of Symphonies Nos. 2 - 32, none of them on the same scale as The Gothic, but all affected by the experience of writing it.

Havergal Brian: Symphony No. 1 in D minor, "The Gothic"

Part 1: I. Allegro assai: section 1

Part 1: I. Allegro assai: section 2

Part 1: I. Allegro assai: section 3

Part 1: I. Allegro assai: section 4

Part 1: II. Lento espressivo e solenne: section 1

Part 1: II. Lento espressivo e solenne: section 2

Part 1: II. Lento espressivo e solenne: section 3

Part 1: III. Vivace: section 1

Part 1: III. Vivace: section 2

Part 1: III. Vivace: section 3

Part 1: III. Vivace: section 4

Part 1: III. Vivace: section 5

Part 1: III. Vivace: section 6

Part 1: III. Vivace: section 7

Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 1

Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 2

Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 3

Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 4

Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 5

Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 6

Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 7

Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 8

Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 9

Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 10

Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 11

Part 2: V. Judex: Adagio molto solenne e religioso: section 1

Part 2: V. Judex: Adagio molto solenne e religioso: section 2

Part 2: V. Judex: Adagio molto solenne e religioso: section 3

Part 2: V. Judex: Adagio molto solenne e religioso: section 4

Part 2: V. Judex: Adagio molto solenne e religioso: section 5

Part 2: V. Judex: Adagio molto solenne e religioso: section 6

Part 2: VI. Te ergo quaesumus: Moderato e molto sostenuto: section 1

Part 2: VI. Te ergo quaesumus: Moderato e molto sostenuto: section 2

Part 2: VI. Te ergo quaesumus: Moderato e molto sostenuto: section 3

Part 2: VI. Te ergo quaesumus: Moderato e molto sostenuto: section 4

Part 2: VI. Te ergo quaesumus: Moderato e molto sostenuto: section 5

Part 2: VI. Te ergo quaesumus: Moderato e molto sostenuto: sectioin 6

Part 2: VI. Te ergo quaesumus: Moderato e molto sostenuto: section 7

Part 2: VI. Te ergo quaesumus: Moderato e molto sostenuto: section 8

Part 2: VI. Te ergo quaesumus: Moderato e molto sostenuto: section 9

Part 2: VI. Te ergo quaesumus: Moderato e molto sostenuto: section 10

Part 2: VI. Te ergo quaesumus: Moderato e molto sostenuto: section 11

Part 2: VI. Te ergo quaesumus: Moderato e molto sostenuto: section 12

Part 2: VI. Te ergo quaesumus: Moderato e molto sostenuto: section 13

Part 2: VI. Te ergo quaesumus: Moderato e molto sostenuto: section 14

Part 2: VI. Te ergo quaesumus: Moderato e molto sostenuto: section 15

Fanfare

“I'll gently recommend this disc to anyone interested in exploring Brian...It's not an easy journey...But it is worthwhile.”

Gramophone Magazine

October 2011

“Lenard's account still sounds well in Günter Appenheimer's expert recording.”

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