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Havergal Brian's
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ROBERT ANDERSON

'A gigantic setting ...'

Havergal Brian: Gothic Symphony. Martyn Brabbins. BBC Proms. © 2011 Hyperion Records Ltd

Brian was not 'Havergalised' at the font but by personal choice, out of respect for a family that wrote many hymns and was often reverend. There are four of them in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and I was lucky enough to be taught by a fifth. Certainly I heard all about Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and indeed played in it before finally conducting it. Not a word, though, was said about Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts or Mahler 8, and I'm not sure that Havergal Brian's 'Gothic' Symphony would have been considered worth a mention...

Copyright © 20 December 2011 Robert Anderson,
London UK

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HAVERGAL BRIAN: THE GOTHIC SYMPHONY

HAVERGAL BRIAN

ROYAL ALBERT HALL

LONDON

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