℗ 2007 Chandos
Released February 1, 2007
Duration 1h 04m 52s
Record Label Chandos
Catalogue No. CHAN10406
Genre Classical (Orchestral)
 

Malcolm Williamson: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2: Elevamini (A Symphony) - Symphony No. 5 'Aquerò' - Epitaphs for Edith Sitwell - Lento for Strings

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Rumon Gamba

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Symphony No. 1, "Elevamini"  
1.1
I. Lento - Poco più mosso - Lo stesso tempo ma liberamente - Largo marziale - Tempo I - Andante lento - Tempo I
Malcolm Williamson; Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Rumon Gamba
14:21
1.2
II. Allegretto - Poco più mosso - Tempo I
Malcolm Williamson; Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Rumon Gamba
5:31
1.3
III. Lento assai - Allegro - Andante lento - Allegro come prima - Lento assai - Allegro
Malcolm Williamson; Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Rumon Gamba
11:14
Epitaphs for Edith Sitwell  
1.4
I. Adagio
Malcolm Williamson; Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Rumon Gamba
4:14
1.5
II. Adagio
Malcolm Williamson; Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Rumon Gamba
3:28
Symphony No. 5, "Aquero"  
1.6
Dawn over the Pyrénées 11.ii.1858. Adagio -
Malcolm Williamson; Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Rumon Gamba
1:29
1.7
Aquerò -
Malcolm Williamson; Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Rumon Gamba
5:38
1.8
Corridors of Chant -
Malcolm Williamson; Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Rumon Gamba
5:38
1.9
The Aquerò speaks to Bernadette -
Malcolm Williamson; Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Rumon Gamba
3:16
1.10
Bernadette prays. Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Malcolm Williamson; Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Rumon Gamba
6:51
1.11
Lento for Strings
Malcolm Williamson; Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Rumon Gamba
3:12
Digital Booklet
“Rumon Gamba maintains the devoted advocacy he demonstrated in volume 1, and his Iceland Symphony Orchestra copes manfully with Williamson’s often tricky choral writing. The strings are impressive in the Solemn Epitaphs for Edith Sitwell and the melodious Lento, which sounds like an offcut from a disc of light music in this rather austere context.” - BBC Music Magazine “Gamba, who is the Iceland Symphony’s music director, elicits glowing as well as dramatic readings that will undoubtedly help to renew Williamson’s currently marginalized standing. A deeply sustaining release which fills out another important facet of 20th-century English repertoire.” - Fanfare “The four works recorded here once again demonstrate that the talented Sydney-born Williamson ill deserved the critical cold-shouldering he had to endure during the last two decades of his life.” - Gramophone “Rumon Gamba’s direction of the Iceland Symphony is superb, as is the shape and conviction of all these interpretations. The sound is vibrant and clear.” - American Record Guide Australian composer and former Master of the Queens Music Malcom Williamson was neglected until relatively recently, making this release a welcome addition to his recorded works. Including Williamson’s programmatic Symphony No. 5, “Aquero” and the intense Symphony No. 1, “Elevamini”, English conductor Rumon Gamba and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra’s performances are engaging and nuanced.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recorded in Háskólabíó University Hall, Reykjavík, Iceland Produced by Ralph Couzens Engineers: Georg Magnusson and Guðmundur Kristinn Jónsson
Track titlePeak (dB FS)RMS (dB FS)DR
Album average
Range of values
-7.67
-21.83 to -3.16
-30.11
-37.38 to -26.01
13
10 to 17
1
I. Lento - Poco più mosso - Lo stesso tempo ma liberamente - Largo marziale - Tempo I - Andante lento - Tempo I
-3.16-26.9914
2
II. Allegretto - Poco più mosso - Tempo I
-4.08-26.0113
3
III. Lento assai - Allegro - Andante lento - Allegro come prima - Lento assai - Allegro
-4.07-26.2813
4
I. Adagio
-7.41-32.6615
5
II. Adagio
-10.10-32.9412
6
Dawn over the Pyrénées 11.ii.1858. Adagio -
-21.83-37.3810
7
Aquerò -
-8.45-30.0213
8
Corridors of Chant -
-4.80-27.5413
9
The Aquerò speaks to Bernadette -
-4.53-30.4517
10
Bernadette prays. Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
-5.05-30.4416
11
Lento for Strings
-10.95-30.5012

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