01 July 2009

You might want to wear all black and wristbands with rivets. Here's Havergal Brian's sprawling Gothic Symphony, inspired by the Faust legend and late medieval architecture. You'll never confuse your Gothic with your Romanesque.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 10:00am

1. Havergal Brian: Symphony No.1 "The Gothic" (1919-27)
Text: Roman Catholic hymn Te Deum laudamus (c. 5th century)
Ondrej Lenárd - conductor, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Opera Chorus, Slovak Folk Ensemble Chorus, Lúčnica Chorus, Bratislava City Choir, Bratislava Children's Choir, Youth Echo Choir, Pavol Procházka - chorus master, Eva Jenisová - soprano, Dagmar Pecková - alto, Vladimír Doležal - tenor, Peter Mikuláš - bass
Naxos, 8.557418-19
(Karl Schmidt-Rottluff: Patroklisturm in Soest, Germany, painted 1922. I know, I know it's Romanesque, so sue me.)

Set #2 - 10:00am - 11:00am

2. Eduard Lassen: "Osterhymne" & "Hoffest: Marsch und Polonaise" from Incidental Music to Goethe's Faust (1876)
Transcribed by Franz Liszt (1878-79)
Leslie Howard - piano
Liszt: The Complete Music for Solo Piano 18: Liszt at the Theatre
Hyperion Records, CDA66575
(The Patroklisturm as it appeared in 1921. Gone is that sense of space and colour.)

3. Michael Matthews: Symphony No.1 (1996-97)
Virko Baley - conductor, Kiev Camerata
Out of the Earth: Music of Michael Matthews
Troppe Note/Cambria Recordings, CD-1415

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