David Hackbridge Johnson: Orchestral Music, Volume One

The English composer David Hackbridge Johnson (b. 1963) has been, until now, one of the best-kept secrets in music, building up a huge catalogue of works completely unknown even within the classical world. Learning the orchestra from the inside, as a player, he has developed a confident and powerful language inherited in part from Brian, Copland, Janáček, Rubbra, Sibelius, Simpson, Tippett and other such masters, capable of bold strokes of colour and gripping dramatic gestures, often informed by a grim sense of humour, all given purpose by a masterly control of long-term symphonic tension.

“This is some of the most exciting new orchestral music that has ever come my way. David writes with complete mastery and meticulous craftsmanship, and above all packs an immense emotional punch.” —Paul Mann

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Paul Mann, conductor

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)
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Catalogue No: TOCC0393
EAN/UPC: 5060113443939
Release Date: 01.03.2017
Composer: David Hackbridge Johnson
Artists: Paul Mann, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

5 reviews for David Hackbridge Johnson: Orchestral Music, Volume One

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Wonderful, exciting, multi-faceted and, above all, beautifully fresh music – very invigorating! And I got the impression, although not because the lazy ear can hear echoes of Tippett’s symphonies and music by Holst and Rubbra too, that this is quintessentially English music – the long, elegiac, meandering phrases in the slower music and the almost Waltonesque fizz in the faster sections identify this as the musical successor to these earlier great British composers. But, although I have mentioned other names, I really want to stress the almost fierce individuality of David’s music – an individuality that I hope we hear a lot more of in the future.

  2. :

    Cher Monsieur,

    Nous nous sommes écrit ce matin et maintenant j’écoute votre musique
    sur le site Toccata.
    J’aime beaucoup ce que vous écrivez.
    J’ai hâte de pouvoir jouer avec notre Quatuor Bourgogne une de vos compositions.

    Bien à vous.

    Claude Delley

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    MERCI pour cette belle musique.

    Claude Delley

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is evidently a major discovery of music in the great tradition. Kudos to all concerned!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Toccata unearths some astonishing music and (as with the September 2017 release of music by Steve Elcock) this disk of music by Hackbridge Johnson is no exception. The fact that magnificent music like this exists and has been, until now, unknown in recordings is almost incredible. But thanks to the indefatigable Martin Anderson and the ever-enterprising Paul Mann, we can now (to borrow one reviewer’s words) listen to another “major discovery” by the label, and congratulate the composer on enduring years without ample reward. Hopefully this release repays his patience with dividends.

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