The English musician Rodney Newton (b.1945) earned his living as an orchestral timpanist and percussionist, becoming known primarily for his works for brass bands. Until now his substantial output for orchestra has remained completely unknown. This first recording of two early symphonies reveals a composer with a natural sense of melody, drama and colour, and a strong feeling for landscape, in the tradition of such earlier British symphonists as Vaughan Williams and Arnold. The tone poem Distant Nebulae, inspired by Charles Ives’ The Unanswered Question, reflects the vastness of the heavens in music of understated beauty and elegance.
Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra Andrea Šestaková, violin (Track 2) David Llavata, trumpet (Track 8) Paul Mann, conductor
Symphony No. 4 (1975) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0459/Track04.mp3
Distant Nebulae (1979) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0459/Track08.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0459EAN/UPC: 5060113444592Release Date: 01.02.2018Composer: Rodney Newton Artists: Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Mann
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