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Rootham's Symphony 1 (Lyrita boxed set)
Posted by Jeffrey Davis on August 25, 2016, 9:40 am
Much as I enjoyed Gwyn Parry-Jones's review of the new Lyrita box set of British symphonies I would like to take issue with his dismissal of Rootham's First Symphony as being of 'little more than historical interest'. This is actually one of my favourite Britsh symphonies, full, in my opinion at least, of memorable tunes and great slapping chords from the brass, reminiscent of 'A Colour Symphony' composed by Rootham's pupil Arthur Bliss. Furthermore the finale contains a really fine tune reminiscent of the one that breaks through the turbulence of the first movement of Vaughan Williams's Sixth Symphony. I am not trying to suggest that Rootham's Symphony is on the same level of Vaughan Williams's masterpiece but I regard it as being of much more than historical interest and it is a symphony, along with the valedictory Symphony 2 recently released on Lyrita, that I often return to.
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