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
Symphony No. 4 in E flat, Op. 54 (1953) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0480/Track04.mp3
Variations on a Scottish Theme, Op. 72 (1962) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0480/Track05.mp3
Symphony No. 8, Pax Hominibus, Op. 117 (1986) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0480/Track15.mp3
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Catalogue No: TOCC0480EAN/UPC: 5060113444806Release Date: 01.06.2018Composer: William Wordsworth Artists: John Gibbons, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra
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