13 Symphonies by Havergal Brian

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Havergal Brian Symphonies Nos 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 27, 28, 31

Havergal Brian: Symphony #2 in E Minor
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Tony Rowe, Moscow Symphony Orchestra

00:00 - I Adagio Solenne - Allegro assai - Piu lento e semplice
12:42 - II Andante sostenuto e molto espressivo
27:58 - III Allegro assai
33:56 - IV Lento maestoso e mesto

Havergal Brian: Symphony #3 in C# Minor
Lionel Friend, BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:00 - I Andante moderato e sempre sostenuto e marcato
19:47 - II Lento sempre marcato e rubato
34:02 - III Allegro vivace
41:50 - IV Lento solenne

Havergal Brian Symphony No 4

Havergal Brian, Symphony No. 5 'The Wine of Summer'
performed by The Humboldt Redwoods State Park Community Orchestra under the baton of Armand Aisselle. The baritone soloist is Hans Dieter Schwungvoll.

Symphony 'Wine of Summer'.
The poem 'Wine of Summer' by Alfred Douglas must have been written in Sussex, for years ago he lived with his mother the Marchioness of Queensbury at a house not far from Lewes. The poem is of a subjective Nocturnal type quality distinction such as is met with in much of Shelley's poetry - particularly the Indian Song 'I arise from dreams of thee'. The word 'Wine' only occurs once in 'Wine of Summer' and has no relation to the Common Noun of that name.
The Symphony was composed at Upper Norwood: the first sketches were finished on Sunday April 18 1937.

The Symphony is Scored for a large modern orchestra and Baritone soloist.
It opens with a short quiet passage for the orchestra leading to the theme announced by the Soloist with orchestra to the opening words of the poem: "The Sun holds all the earth / and all the Sky" On this theme the Symphony continues the music varied by changes of rhythm and tonality, but interrupted by several dramatic episodes by the orchestra. The climax of the Symphony is contained in the closing bars where the Soloist sings: 'I must hence. / Far off I hear night / Calling to the Sea' accompanied by the full power of the orchestra in which is heard broken fragments of the opening theme of the Symphony.

Havergal Brian: Symphony #8 in Bb Minor
Sir Charles Groves, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

I - Moderato
II - Andante moderato sempre cantabile
III - Allegro moderato
IV - Lento e molto teneramente
V - Passacaglia I
VI - Passacaglia II

Havergal Brian: Symphony #9
Sir Charles Grove, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Havergal Brian, Symphony no.12
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Leaper

Havergal Brian: Symphony No. 13 (1959)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Stanley Pope, conductor

Havergal Brian, Symphony No. 14

Havergal Brian - Symphony No. 27
Performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Charles Mackerras

Stokowski conducts Havergal Brian - Symphony No. 28 (1973)
Legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) leads the New Philharmonia Orchestra in the 1973 world premiere of the 28th Symphony by the prolific British composer William "Havergal" Brian (1876-1972). Stokowski decided to conduct a work by Brian after being impressed by his "Sinfonia Tragica", so he conducted this premiere performance which the BBC broadcasted. Anthony Payne reviewed the event in the Daily Telegraph: "It was fascinating to contemplate the uniqueness of the event - a 91-year-old conductor learning a new work by a 91-year-old composer."

Havergal Brian - Symphony No. 31
A brief orchestral work by the prolific British composer Havergal Brian (1876-1972), composed when he was over 90 years old.

Conductor: Charles Mackerras
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
First broadcast 3/18/1979

Havergal Brian - Symphony No.1 - click here