Havergal Brian’s Symphony No. 03
Lionel Friend, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Ball (piano), Julian Jacobson (piano)
I know and understand far too little about Havergal Brian’s music. He wrote 32 symphonies for Heaven’s sake… but died (in 1972) in almost complete obscurity. That would be understandable if all 32 symphonies were complete rubbish, of course… but, clearly they are not. I don’t have recordings of all 32: only 10 of them. But I enjoy them all, to one degree or another. As I say, I don’t yet quite understand what he was up to with any of them, but they are good listening material nonetheless.