Alwyn: Concerti Grossi Nos. 2 and 3

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Alwyn: Concerti Grossi Nos. 2 and 3



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1st Aug 2011




56 minutes


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Alwyn: Concerti Grossi Nos. 2 and 3


Dramatic Overture: The Moor of Venice

arr. Philip Lane

Concerto Grosso No. 2 in G major for String Orchestra


World Première Recording

Seven Irish Tunes - Suite for Small Orchestra

World Première Recording

Concerto Grosso No. 3 for Woodwind, Brass & Strings



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The final volume of Alwyn’s orchestral music in this landmark Naxos series.

William Alwyn’s prolific output included descriptive scores, and The Moor of Venice Dramatic Overture examines the turbulent central character in Shakespeare’s Othello. The Serenade and the orchestral version of Seven Irish Tunes receive première recordings here, both covering a wide range of moods.

Following the previous recording of Concerto Grosso No. 1, this collection includes Concerto Grosso No. 2, scored for strings only and Concerto Grosso No. 3, a tribute to Sir Henry Wood.

William Alwyn: The Moor of Venice (arr. P. Lane for orchestra)

The Moor of Venice (arr. P. Lane for orchestra)

William Alwyn: Concerto grosso No. 2

I. Allegro moderato e vigoroso

II. Adagio ed espressivo

III. Vivace (allegro ma non troppo)

William Alwyn: Serenade

I. Prelude: Andantino - Tranquillo - A tempo

II. Bacchanal: Moderato (poco allegro) - Allargando - A tempo

III. Air: Andante molto tranquillo e semplice

IV. Finale: Allegretto - Moderato e molto tranquillo - Presto - A tempo primo (l'istesso tempo)

William Alwyn: 7 Irish Tunes

No. 1. The Little Red Lark: Andantino

No. 2. Country Tune: Allegretto giocoso

No. 3. The Maiden Ray: Moderato e grazioso

No. 4. Reel: The Ewe with the Crooked Horn: Allegro vivace

No. 5. The Gentle Maiden: Andante e semplice

No. 6. The Sigh: Allegretto (quasi andantino e poco dolente) - Piu lento

No. 7. Jig: Allegro e giocoso - poco tranquillo - Tempo primo

William Alwyn: Concerto grosso No. 3

I. Maestoso - Moderato e ritmico

II. Andante - Vivace

III. Andante

BBC Music Magazine

October 2011


“the music is just a delight to listen to: not just as a pleasurable background noise, but for the way it entertains while elegantly dodging the predictable at every turn...The performances are lovely, with David Lloyd-Jones approaching each score...on its own terms.”

Classic FM Magazine

October 2011


“Lloyd-Jones, as you would expect of a past master in this repertoire, leads his polished Liverpool players in atmospheric performances of tender affection.”

The Observer

28th August 2011

“No one would pretend that most of William Alwyn's music is anything other than light, but it is beautifully crafted and instantly is No 3, written 18 years later, that is the highlight of this collection, so much more arresting in its dark and impassioned patina and splendidly played by the RLPO.”

The Times

6th August 2011


“The serious stuff lies mainly in the tonal but astringent Concerti Grossi Nos 2 and 3. But Alwyn’s cinematic directness is also displayed in The Moor of Venice, orchestrated by Philip Lane from Alwyn’s brass-band original. His music doesn’t convey depths of emotion, but it is superbly crafted and often gorgeously lyrical.”

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