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Just a little something.... [Feb. 13th, 2007|09:02 pm]
20th Century English Music


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I saw this on YouTube and thought of all who proudly admit to it being a favourite!  Enjoy!  

Paul x  ;o)

[User Picture]From: soho_iced
2007-02-14 01:30 pm (UTC)
How very kind - thank you! Fortunately I was largely alone in the office this lunchtime so could listen to the whole clip without trying to wrestle it through my pretty bad connection at home.

Such a lovely piece - two favourite composers of mine collaborating over the centuries... I'd largely forgotten the solo bits in the middle section, which remind me of 'The Lark Ascending', though probably because that's one of very few other VW orchestral pieces I know well. I don't even know the symphonies apart from Sinfonia Antartica (which for some reason I thought for years was quoted in the soundtrack for 'Ghostbusters') and the Sea Symphony a bit. Do you have a favourite symphony of his?
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[User Picture]From: spiritsense
2007-02-14 02:15 pm (UTC)
I thought you might appreciate it! I And it's a good performance too! In the absense of Grace_Poppy I thought it would be a good way to keep things going...

As for favourite VW symphonies I don't really know them all that well. [I really must get a box-set of all of them some time.] I've heard bits of the 'London' Symphony, but I have to say that my favourite is Symphony no6 - mainly because we performed it a couple of years ago in the Sinfonia of Leeds (which I play viola in). It's really very different from his others, alot more dissonant - but it has a great tune for the violas (yay!), a weird sax solo in the third movement, and a very haunting last movement which dies away to nothing....

btw - can I recommend a really exhilarating recording of English String Music? It's on Amazon and it's by the London Chamber Orchestra and on it they perform music by Elgar (the 'Introduction and Allegro' and 'Serenade for String') and VW (the 'Fantasia on Greensleeves', 'The Lark Ascending' and 'Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis'). The orchestra has no conductor, but is directed by it's leader, Christopher Warren-Green (who's also the soloist in 'The Lark...'). There's real energy and passion in these recordings, which I think comes from there being no conductor...

another btw - if you like Tallis you may be interested in a new LJ community I've started called 'Cantus Firmus' for anyone who's interested in sacred music from the Medieval and Renaissance periods (including works by Mr Tallis!).

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[User Picture]From: grace_poppy
2007-02-17 11:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting Paul! I just peeked in to check on things. Such a beautiful piece. And as university students, they looked so YOUNG! (I'm 28, not terribly much older than them, but still!) It was lovely to listen to.

Sigh, I wish I could be a conductor. I don't even play an instrument, though. But I would love to be a conductor... (Probably because I'm a picky person who secretly wishes she could boss everyone around and have things HER way.)
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