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


  1. admin

    ‘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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    ‘The New Philharmonia play well……….The 1976 BBC tape provides good studio-quality sound, and the booklet has eleven pages of insightful notes by the eminent composer John Pickard……….. this will serve eminently well as an introduction to one of the most remarkable scores of the early Twentieth Century. Very strongly recommended’ Kevin Mandry, British Music Society

  3. admin

    ‘Both performances and recordings are excellent………The transfers have been made from the original BBC tapes. For me, they are superb, and they bring these two important recordings to life.’ John France, MusicWeb International

  4. admin

    ‘These studio performances are among the best premieres that Brian received….. The playing of the New Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic orchestras is a testament to the skill of British players in tackling such complex music on limited rehearsal……..Heritage has done a fine job in opening-up the 1970s sound…… and John Pickard contributes his usual insightful notes.’ Richard Whitehouse, Arcana FM

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    ‘Stanley Pope, who conducted several of Brian’s works from 1958 on, directed the then New Philharmonia in a remarkably fluent account………. Pope and the Royal Philharmonic make as great a case for it as Adrian Leaper and the Ireland National Symphony Orchestra did 16 years later. There is really nothing to choose between the performances, nor the sound. Splendid.’ Gramophone

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