July 11th 2008

William Brocklesby WORDSWORTH (1908-1988)
Symphonies: No. 2 in D, Op. 34 (1947/8) [4345]; No. 3 in C, Op. 48 (1948) [2720].
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Nicholas Braithwaite.
No rec. info given. DDD

Review by Colin Clarke




Symphony 2

Colin Clarke says

The sombre introduction (Andante largamente) includes a theme based on all twelve notes of the tonal chromatic that contrasts with the initially happy-go-lucky Allegro. This movement carries varied terrain, though, and Wordsworth demonstrates real harmonic sensitivity both here (try 1150-1200ff) and throughout the work

The Presto second movement is sparklingly performed. Active, shifting and agile, the crystal clarity of the recording helps to pin-point every detail. But the highlight is surely the extended (1333) slow movement, marked Adagio molto cantabile (echoes of Brucknerian breadth here). This is a very heart-felt statement that flows freely and inevitably. The finale is lively and anything but facile.


Symphony 2. 1st Movement: Andante largamente - opening Play Extract

Symphony 2. 1st Movement: Andante largamente - launch of allegro Play Extract

Symphony 2. 2nd Movement: Presto Play Extract

Symphony 2. 3rd Movement: Adagio Play Extract

Symphony 2. 4th Movement: Allegro Molto Play Extract


Symphony 3. 2nd Movement Andante espressivo Play Extract

The recording is everything one has come to expect from Lyrita. The performances are eloquent in the extreme and represent a most persuasive document. Much of this music is either lively or lovely (sometimes both). But it is never, ever merely facile. Do try to hear this disc.

Colin Clarke









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