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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: 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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