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Gibbons: Wordsworth Orchestral Music vol.1 (24/96 FLAC)

Gibbons: Wordsworth  Orchestral Music vol.1 (24/96 FLAC)

Gibbons: Wordsworth Orchestral Music vol.1 (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: William Wordsworth
Orchestra: Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: John Gibbons
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Toccata
Release: 2018
Size: 1.26 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Divertimento in D Major, Op. 58
01. I. Overture
02. II. Air
03. III. Gigue

04. Symphony No. 4 in E flat, Op. 54

Variations on a Scottish Theme, Op. 72
05. Theme. Dotted Crotchet = c. 72
06. Var. 1
07. Var. 2, Dotted Crotchet = c. 72 (Poco meno mosso)
08. Var. 3, Crotchet = 108
09. Var. 4, L’istesso tempo
10. Var. 5, Adagio espressivo
11. Var. 6, Tempo I
12. Var. 7, Crotchet = 108
13. Var. 8, Andante espressivo
14. Var. 9, Tempo I

Symphony No. 8 ‘Pax Hominibus’, Op. 117
15. I. Quaver = 69 – Animato
16. II. Allegro – Meno mosso
17. III. Allegro – Meno mosso (With Alternative Ending)

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 (‘Wi’ a hundred pipers an’ a’, an’ a’’),by contrast, reveal a sly sense of humour behind the serious countenance.

John Gibbons has conducted most of the major British orchestras. He has been Principal Conductor of Worthing Symphony Orchestra – the professional orchestra of West Sussex – with which he has given many world premieres of neglected works. He studied music at Queens’ College, Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, winning numerous awards as conductor, pianist and accompanist. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, vice chairman of the British Music Society, and choral director at Clifton Cathedral. His own music has been performed in various abbeys and cathedrals as well as on the South Bank, London.

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