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NX 2833

BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 22, 23, 24 / English Suite No. 1 (New Russia State Symphony, A. Walker)

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release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Moscow State Symphony OrchestraNew Russia State Symphony Orchestra


New Russia State Symphony OrchestraMoscow State Symphony Orchestra


Alexander Walker


Alexander Walker



Russian State TV & Radio Company Kultura, Studio 5, Moscow, Russia


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Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 65:26
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BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 22, 23, 24 / English Suite No. 1 (New Russia State Symphony, A. Walker)

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Symphony No. 22, "Symphonia brevis"

1 I. Maestoso e ritmico 4:45
2 II. Tempo di Marcia e Ritmico 4:37

Symphony No. 23

3 I. Moderato 6:56
4 II. Adagio non troppo ma pesante 6:48

Symphony No. 24 in D major


English Suite No. 1, Op. 12

6 I. Characteristic March 4:54
7 II. Valse 5:18
8 III. Under the Bench Tree 3:29
9 IV. Interlude 2:18
10 V. Hymn 3:50
11 VI. Carnival 6:02
 Alexander Walker Conductor
 Alexander Walker Conductor

 During the remarkable and prolific period between his 72nd and 92nd birthdays, Havergal Brian wrote no fewer than 27 symphonies. Some seem to fall into groups, such as Nos 22–24, all written within a nine-month period between 1964 and 1965. They all share a concern for march-rhythms, changeable moods and developing variation. No 22 is Brian’s shortest symphony and exemplifies his art in its most compressed, nocturnal form, whereas No 23 offers a more extrovertly scored and expansive scale. No 24 provides the triumphant rejoicing that ends the trilogy. Influenced by Tchaikovsky, the 1906 English Suite No 1 nevertheless hints at Brian’s sonic experiments to come.

"... This is, quite simply, a remarkable disc. Highly recommended."

Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - September/October 2013

                           **** (Excellent) 

Giuseppe Rossi - Musica magazine - October 2013

"... The recorded sound is resonant; and Walker, who obiously ’gets’ Brian’s construction, convincingly pulls the music together. An even bigger plus is the terrific sound from the orchestra. Their grasp of what, to them, must be a very odd style, is complete. The playing has such confidence you’s think the Russians cut their teeth on Havergal Brian. These alone make the release worth getting."

Don O’Connor - American Record Guide - September/October 2013

                          Performance ****      Recording ****  

 "...Alexander Walker secures fine playing by this unfamiliar orchestra whose brass section, pleasingly, avoids the excessive vibrato of previous Russian generations."

Malcolm Hayes - BBC Music magazine - November 2013

                     **** - Excellent disc

Michel Fleury - Classica magazine - July/August 2013

                     Critics Choice

"...naxos’s sound is clear and precise, the playing of the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra remarkably idiomatic ... highly recommeded ..."

Guy Rickards - BBC Music magazine - July 2013

                         **** - Good 

Remy Franck - Pizzicato magazine - June 2013

 "... The sound the present disc has a fullness and perspective that certainly enhances the music-making, working as it does to benefit of Brian’s often densely contrapuntal textures ... If furture releases maintain this level of conviction, then the series will have been well worth reactivating."

Richard Whitehouse - International Record Review - June 2013

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