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ALWYN :  Film Music Vol. 4 – BBC Philharmonic / Rumon Gamba; Chandos

ALWYN :  Film Music Vol. 4 – BBC Philharmonic / Rumon Gamba; Chandos

ALWYN :  Film Music Vol 4 [contents below] – BBC Philharmonic / Rumon Gamba; Chandos 10930 reviewed as 24-96 flac download;  TT: 77:33 [Distr. by Naxos] ****: A fine collection of Alwyn film music portraying lots of stiff upper lip from the 1940s and 1950s. William Alwyn (1905-1985) has been very well served over the years by Chandos.  Included are a cycle of the symphonies with Richard Hickox at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra, sundry orchestral music, concertos, chamber works including the string quartets,  and this, their fourth volume of music for the cinema. Alwyn contributed scores for around 70 films during his long career, though IMDB includes another 57 items written for documentaries, other shorts and television, and all between 1937 and 1963.  A substantial 46 works date from 1939-1945, written for wartime productions of one sort or another.  Some have survived in the public’s psyche; I guess the better-known ones include ‘The Winslow Boy’, ‘The Rocking-Horse Winner’, ‘Odd Man Out’, ‘The Fallen Idol’, ‘The History of Mr Polly’, and two included in this new release, ‘The Master of Ballantrae’ and ‘The Ship that Died of Shame’.  One of the last he composed was a score for […]

“At the Far Edge” = DANIEL ASIA : Symphony #1; Symphony No. 4; At the Far Edge – New Zealand Sym. Orch. / James Sedares – Summit + catalogue

“At the Far Edge” = DANIEL ASIA : Symphony #1; Symphony No. 4; At the Far Edge – New Zealand Sym. Orch. / James Sedares – Summit + catalogue

“At the Far Edge” = DANIEL ASIA : Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 4; At the Far Edge – New Zealand Sym. Orch. / James Sedares – Summit + catalogue – DCD 256, 61:57 (2/15/00) ***: Interesting contemporary compositions but an uneven recording. This very listenable disc from Summit Records is not a new release, but rather one from 2000. Why they sent an older release for review is a mystery (perhaps it’s a re-release?), but it’s a fine set of performances, so I have no complaint. I wanted to raise the issue of this old release up front. Daniel Asia is an American composer, born in Seattle, and he is now head of the composition Department at the University of Arizona at Tucson. He was formerly on the faculty at Oberlin. There are three works on this disc, his Symphony No. 1, the Symphony No. 4 and a single movement composition, At the Far Edge. The Symphony No. 1 (1987) is a work for large orchestra. It’s derived from a Piano Sonata written earlier by Asia. Of the two symphonies offered, it is the more ‘classical’ in tone and structure, although it consists of five movements. The Symphony No. […]