National Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann (conductor), Michael Rippon, Meriel Dickinson, John Amis, Gillian Humphreys, Thames Chamber Choir.
UKCD 2063 – 053068206327
Herrmann’s 1941 symphony in a 1974 recording conducted by the composer coupled with the song cycle The Fantasticks. The symphony displays influences of Walton, Vaughan Williams and Stravinsky within a Sibelian framework producing, in effect, a musical self-portrait. The song cycle, virtually a cantata, sets words by the Elizabethan Nicolas Breton and is deeply felt displaying more of the composer’s familiar personality.
‘Herrmann and the National PO bring a greater epic feel to bear (Symphony) ……. Based on texts by the Elizabethan poet Nicolas Breton, these (The Fantasticks) are five most evocative, consistently imaginative settings, given here with disarming commitment.’ Gramophone
‘Admirable performances and very good recording (Symphony)… the soloists are excellent and the orchestral playing quite lovely. Most rewarding when the sound is so atmospheric (The Fantasticks).’ Penguin Guide
5-9 The Fantasticks