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Alwyn Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4


Alwyn Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4


"[Symphony No.4] a remarkably diverse and well-argued symphony, bursting with lyrical ideas and melodic in the way traditional music is communicative, without being old-fashioned. [Symphony No.1] is a work teeming with ideas, and quite often reminds one of Alwyn's film music (which is not intended to be a pejorative remark). It is splendidly played and the Lyrita recordings (from the 1970s) have been remastered most skilfully: the sound has body, weight, brilliance, and fine presence and clarity too." Ivan March, Gramophone "While there have been other fine recordings of these symphonies, Alwyn's insights and aspirations make his performances mandatory listening. Lyrita give the music its typical translucent yet luminous recorded sound." James Leonard, *** PENGUIN GUIDE 2010