The English composer Havergal Brian (1876-1972) had one of the longest creative careers in all music: the music on this CD spans 65 years, from the early Burlesque Variations, written in 1903 in partial response to the 'Enigma' Variations of Elgar, who was a friend of Brian's, to the second-last work he ever composed, the 'Legend' Ave atque vale of 1968 — music of astonishing vigour and energy for a 92-year-old.
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, orchestra
Garry Walker, conductor
Burlesque Variations on an Original Theme (1903)
English Suite No. 5, Rustic Scenes (1953)
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Catalogue No: TOCC0110EAN/UPC: 5060113441102Release Date: 17.03.2011Composer: Havergal Brian Artists: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
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Barry Brenesal :
“Toccata Classics deserves a round of applause for championing Brian’s orchestral music, listed here as Volume 1. Let’s hope it sells as well as it deserves, so there will be further volumes in the near future.” —Barry Brenesal, Fanfare
Phillip Scott :
“The BBC Scottish Orchestra under Garry Walker plays equally as well as its compatriots and is given a similarly classy recording. Both of these issues are fascinating and well presented — the Havergal Brian Society should be very pleased — and each boasts the addition of knowledgeable, readable notes by Malcolm MacDonald.” —Phillip Scott, Fanfare
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