Symphony 2 / Overture to a Masque
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 13.97 x 12.55 x 1.14 cm; 108.3 g
- メーカー : Chandos
- EAN : 0095115909324, 0009511590932
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 1993
- レーベル : Chandos
- ASIN : B000000AQ4
- ディスク枚数 : 1
Richard Hickox's reading of Alwyn's Second Symphony is a bit slower than Alwyn's take on Lyrita 228. With his more relaxed pace, Hickox gets much darker colors out of the symphony; yet because of the luxurious Chandos sound, it never seems either too intellectual or too remote. The companion pieces show Alwyn in a much lighter mood, especially Overture to a Masque and Overture "Derby Day." In Symphonic Prelude "The Magic Island," Alwyn makes use of his own 12-tone technique but still manages to keep the work tonal overall. The Chandos series also incorporates Alwyn's own oil paintings for their booklet covers. This is what Chandos historically has done best. --Paul Cook
The symphony and the fillers for this disc are representative of Alwyn's preoccupation with the pursuit of beauty, a leitmotif that runs through his musical output, the landscapes he painted later in life and the poetry that he wrote. "The Magic Island," a lush-sounding, mysterious fantasy, is representative in this respect. It's a wonderful piece of music, similar in conception to the composer's "Autumn Legend," also commissioned by Barbirolli who gave the premier, which, if you know the conductor's way with Vaughan Williams or Sibelius, should speak volumes about the score.
Richard Hickox and the London Symphony turn in gorgeous readings of this music and have been beautifully recorded by Chandos. All in all a wonderful disc.