William Alwyn (1905-1985)

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During the Second World War, Alwyn began composing for propaganda films and documentaries and was soon in demand for feature films.

Donald Macleod introduces music from the soundtracks of some of his best-known films, plus a recording of Alwyn conducting his own harp concerto and his first venture into symphonic writing.

Punting Scene from The History of Mr Polly

Odd Man Out Suite (excerpts)

Symphony No 1 - final movement

London Symphony Orchestra

Richard Hickox (conductor)

Lyra Angelica

Osian Ellis (harp)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

William Alwyn (conductor)

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Primarily known as a composer for films such as Odd Man Out and Fallen Idol, William Alwyn also wrote many works for the concert hall, which are rarely heard today.

In the year of the centenary of Alwyn's birth, Donald Macleod endeavours to set the record straight as he explores the wealth of music Alwyn created during his long and prolific career.

Rhapsody for Piano Quartet

David Willison (piano)

Members of Quartet of London

Divertimento

Kate Hill (flute)

Overture to a Masque

London Symphony Orchestra

Richard Hickox (conductor)

Concerto Grosso No 1

City of London Sinfonia

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During the Second World War, Alwyn began composing for propaganda films and documentaries and was soon in demand for feature films.

Donald Macleod introduces music from the soundtracks of some of his best-known films, plus a recording of Alwyn conducting his own harp concerto and his first venture into symphonic writing.

Punting Scene from The History of Mr Polly

Odd Man Out Suite (excerpts)

Symphony No 1 - final movement

London Symphony Orchestra

Richard Hickox (conductor)

Lyra Angelica

Osian Ellis (harp)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

William Alwyn (conductor).

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Alwyn was a man of diverse and passionate enthusiasms - he wrote poetry and enjoyed painting, both as an artist himself and as a collector.

Donald Macleod introduces a work inspired by one of his favourite pre-Raphaelite artists, and plays the 1972 recording of Alwyn conducting his fiercely dramatic 3rd symphony.

Libera Me, from Svengali

Susan Bullock (soprano)

BBC Philharmonic

Ramon Gamba (conductor)

Crepuscule

Ieuan Jones (harp)

Autumn Legend

Nicholas Daniel (cor anglais)

City of London Sinfonia

Richard Hickox (conductor)

Symphony No 3

London Philharmonic Orchestra

William Alwyn (conductor).

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During the 1950s, Alwyn's home and professional life had become so stressful that in the early 60s, he suffered a nervous breakdown.

Donald Macleod looks at some of the chamber music Alwyn wrote during those difficult years, and introduces a work dedicated to the man who was perhaps more of an influence on Alwyn's career than any other person - Sir Henry Wood.

Fantasy-Waltzes Nos 1,2,3 & 6

John Ogdon (piano)

Derby Day Overture

London Philharmonic Orchestra

William Alwyn (conductor)

String Trio

Members of the Quartet of London

Concerto Grosso No 3

City of London Sinfonia

Richard Hickox (conductor).

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One of Alwyn's long-cherished dreams while serving out his years writing film scores was to compose for the stage, and once he'd settled into his new home in Suffolk, he spent the next 14 years working on two operas.

Donald Macleod presents highlights from the second, based on August Strindberg's play of the same name, and introduces one of his last orchestral works, inspired by the 17th Century English writer Sir Thomas Browne.

Naiades

Anna Noakes (flute)

Gillian Tingay (harp)

Symphony No 5 - Hydriotaphia

London Philharmonic Orchestra

William Alwyn (conductor)

Miss Julie (extracts)

Miss Julie....Jill Gomez

Jean....Benjamin Luxon

Kristin....Della Jones

Philharmonia Orchestra

Vilem Tausky (conductor).