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012005110720080225Primarily 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
022005110820080226During 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).
032005110920080227Alwyn 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).
042005111020080228During 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).
05 LAST2005111120080229One 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).
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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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