William Sterndale Bennett - Symphony in G minor • The May Queen • The Wood Nymphs • The Naiades • Parisina

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra
Nicholas Braithwaite, conductor

Label: Lyrita
Copyright: 2007 Lyrita Recorded Edition, England
Catalogue number: SRCD.206
UPC/EAN: 5020926020628
Format: CD
Analogue / Digital recording: DDD
Number of discs: 1
Total playing time: 64.35
Price: 14.99 (+ postage & packing)

Track 1: Recorded at Watford, 26 August 1993, Producer: Andrew Keener, Engineer: Mark Vigars
Track 2: No recording information available
Tracks 3 - 6: Recorded at Watford, 9 January 1990, Producer: Morten Winding, Engineer: John Pellowe
Track 7: Recorded at Abbey Road No. 1, 12 December 1986, Producer: Andrew Cornall, Engineer: John Dunkerleyl
Track 8: Recorded at Henry Wood Hall, 8 February 1996, Producer: Andrew Keener, Engineer: Trygg Tryggvason

Schumann, with whom Bennett would often "drink a bottle of porter", noted the "remarkable family resemblance" in Bennett's music to that of Mendelssohn's "the same beauty of form, poetic depth yet clearness, and ideal purity, the same outwardly satisfying impression, but with a difference."

"Here, one might imagine that we were listening to some newly discovered and inspired music by Mendelssohn. The romantic overtures are scintillating and radiate considerable warmth ..." Raymond Walker, www.musicweb-international.com Click here to read the full review

"Lyrita have packed this enterprising disc with customary care and these otherwise unissued recordings are from late sessions in the early 1990s and are fully digital. Braithwaite draws smooth playing from his two orchestras ..." Rob Barnett, www.musicweb-international.com Click here to read the full review

1 Overture, The May Queen William Sterndale Bennett 6.27
2 Overture, The Wood Nymphs William Sterndale Bennett 13.42
Symphony in G minor Op. 43 William Sterndale Bennett 23.41
3 1. Allegro moderato 8.09
4 2. Introduzione Maestoso Minuetto I & II Moderato con grazia Trio Pomposo 4.44
5 3. Romanza Larghetto cantabile 5.55
6 4. Intermezzo, Tempo di Minuetto Grave - Presto 4.57
7 Overture, The Naiades William Sterndale Bennett 12.32
8 Overture, Parisina William Sterndale Bennett 8.05