Havergal Brian: Symphonies Nos. 11 & 15

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Havergal Brian: Symphonies Nos. 11 & 15



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28th June 2010




76 minutes


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Havergal Brian: Symphonies Nos. 11 & 15


Concert Overture: For Valour

Tony Rowe

Dr Merryheart – a comedy overture for orchestra

Adrian Leaper

Symphony No. 11

Adrian Leaper

Symphony No. 15

Tony Rowe



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Havergal Brian was never a conventional composer, but the three later works on this disc rank among his most unconventional approaches to the symphonic form.

The highly virtuosic Doctor Merryheart portrays an imaginary astronomer’s musical obsessions. The artless spontaneity of Symphony No. 11, whose Adagio is one of Brian’s most profound inspirations, and the extrovert character of Symphony No. 15, are firmly grounded in Brian’s resourceful technical mastery.

The martial vigour of the early overture For Valour drew inspiration from the Walt Whitman poem Drum Taps (also used by Vaughan Williams in Dona nobis pacem, Naxos 8572424).

Havergal Brian: For Valour, Op. 7

Andante tranquillo

Marcarto e pomposo, sempre pesante

Allegro vivace

Piu allegro

Havergal Brian: Doctor Merryheart

— (Theme)

Variation 1: Whimsies and Sunshadows (Grillen und Sonnenschatten)

Variation 2: Smiles and Storms (Lacheln und Sturme)

Variation 3: Dreams: Asleep in the Arms of Venus (Traume: Schlummernd in den Armen der Venus)

Variation 4: Merryheart as a chivalrous knight chases Bluebeard (Als ritterlicher Kampe verfolgt Merryheart den Blaubart)

Variation 5: Merryheart fights a dragon (Merryheart kampft mit dem Drache)

Variation 6: Merryheart leads a procession of heroes (Merryheart fuhrt einem Zug Helden)

Variation 7: Merryheart awakes (Merryheart ist wash)

The Dance of Merryheart (Merryhearts Tanz)

Havergal Brian: Symphony No. 11

I. Adagio

II. Allegro giocoso

II. Adagio

II. (Scherzo)

II. Andante espressivo teneramente

III. Maestoso e pesante - Allegro marcia

III. Grazioso

III. Allegro marcia

Havergal Brian: Symphony No. 15 in A major

Maestoso e marcato

Cantabile e espressivo molto

Allegro con brio

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