Havergal Brian: Symphonies No. 3 & 17


New Philharmonia Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Stanley Pope conductor

HTGCD 153 – 5060332662708

1 CD

BBC recordings from 1974 and 1976. Stanley Pope was a champion of the music of Havergal Brian and these performances of the third and seventeenth symphonies were premieres. Newly re-mastered from the original broadcast tapes with extensive notes by Brian authority, John Pickard.


Symphony No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor (1931-32)

Andante moderato e sempre sostenuto e marcato     

Lento sempre marcato e rubato     

Allegro vivace     

Lento Solenne    

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Recorded at BBC Maida Vale, London, 12 January 1974

Symphony No. 17 (1960-61)

Adagio – Allegro moderato – Lento poco – Allegro con brio    

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Recorded at BBC Maida Vale, London, 23 June 1976


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    ‘This is without question one of the greatest British symphonies of the 20th century [Symphony No. 3]…….. His [Stanley Pope’s] reading of this score is rich in understanding of its unique idiom, imaginative, flexible in details of tempo and texture, and with a sense of urgent momentum. The performance also benefits from the participation of Ronald Stevenson and David Wilde, who bring a sense of soloistic exuberance to the concertante piano parts.’ Chris Rice, Records International

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