Humphrey Searle - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis - Symphonies 2, 3 5 (CD)

After a distant echo of the introduction, the movement rushes headlong to its conclusion with the first subject material back in its original character. In the second movement, marked Lento , a lyrical and expressive melody in the violins weaves a sinuous line above ominous repeated chords in the brass.

A climax in reached with a fortissimo statement, by the full orchestra in unison, of the first seven notes of the row in inversion. The climax subsides to reveal a hauntingly luminous central section in which celesta and high string tremolondi accompany birdsong-like melodic figuration an solo wind instruments, reminiscent of Bartokian night music.

The violin melody of the first section returns and rises to a second climax; in a short coda, fragments of the 'night music' are heard distantly on the woodwind. The finale follows without a break and immediately resumes development of material from the first movement.

It is constructed in two large musical paragraphs, each one ending with a series of dramatic crescendi on pedal points and under-pinned by a repeated rhythmic motive on two side drums and tenor drum. The last of these gives way to a restatement of the symphony's introduction which heralds an extended slow coda, taking up the violin melody of the second movement. This time the music insserene, the menacing brass chords have disappeared and the orchestra soars to a final ecstatic climax, before the introduction music brings the work to a forceful close, resolutely affirming the symphony's principal tonal centre.

The Second Symphony is dedicated to the memory of the composer's first wife who died of cancer on Christmas Day shortly after the work had been completed in sketch form; the opening page bears the simple inscription 'for Lesley The first performance was given in October the following year by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under John Pritchard, and the success of this occasion inspired Searle to begin planning another symphony almost at once. In the Third Symphony Searle departs from classical forms adopting a freer approach.

Solo: Alun Francis Conductor. Conductor: Alun Francis. Why not buy the whole Album? Your selections total more than the whole disc price.

Yes, he uses serialism, but rarely as an end to itself. There are often lyrical themes and memorable fragments. Symphony No.

Zodiac variations for small orchestra, op. Labyrinth for orchestra, op. With thanks to MusicWeb International where this review was first published. Posted by John France at Overture to a Drama, Op. Track Listing - Disc 2. Symphony No. Lento - Allegro deciso Humphrey Searle. Adagio Humphrey Searle.

Quasi l'istesso tempo Humphrey Searle. Allegro molto - Lento Humphrey Searle. Allegro risoluto Humphrey Searle. Searle was one of the foremost pioneers of serial music in the United Kingdom, and used his role as a producer at the BBC from to to promote it.

He accepted this post with the encouragement of the new president, Edward Clark.

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