William Wordsworth: Orchestral Music, Volume One

The music of London-born William Wordsworth (1908–88) – a great-great-grandson of the poet’s brother Christopher – lies downstream from that of Vaughan Williams and Sibelius. Like that of his contemporary Edmund Rubbra, Wordsworth’s music unfolds spontaneously, as a natural process, with a sense of grandeur perhaps enhanced by his move to the Scottish Highlands in 1961. Three of the four works recorded here display the sober dignity of the instinctive symphonist; the Variations on a Scottish Theme reveal a sly sense of humour behind the serious countenance.

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
John Gibbons, conductor

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Catalogue No: TOCC0480
EAN/UPC: 5060113444806
Release Date: 01.06.2018
Composer: William Wordsworth
Artists: John Gibbons, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra

Listen To This Recording:

    Divertimento in D, Op. 58 (1954)

  1. I Overture
  2. II Air
  3. III Gigue
  4. Symphony No. 4 in E flat, Op. 54 (1953)

  5. Poco adagio – Allegro
  6. Variations on a Scottish Theme, Op. 72 (1962)

  7. Theme: Allegretto (♩. = c. 72)
  8. Variation 1
  9. Variation 2: ♩. = c. 72 or may be poco meno mosso
  10. Variation 3: ♩ = 108?
  11. Variation 4: L’istesso tempo
  12. Variation 5: Adagio espressivo
  13. Variation 6: Tempo I (72)
  14. Variation 7: ♩ = 108
  15. Variation 8: Andante espressivo
  16. Variation 9: Tempo I
  17. Symphony No. 8, Pax Hominibus, Op. 117 (1986)

  18. I ♪ = 69 – Animato
  19. II Allegro – Meno mosso
  20. III Allegro – Meno mosso (with alternative ending)

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