Havergal Brian: Symphony No. 22 "Symphonia Brevis"; Psalm 23; English Suite No. 5 - LSSO
KHCD-2012-019DL (STEREO) - Havergal Brian: Symphony No. 22 "Symphonia Brevis"; Psalm 23 (Paul Taylor, tenor; Brighton Festival Chorus) - Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra/Lazlo Heltay; English Suite No. 5 "Rustic Scenes" - Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra/Eric Pinkett - Companion disc to KHCD-2012-018, recorded by CBS (UK) in 1974. The "Symphonia brevis", consisting of two brief movements plus epilogue, characteristically kaleidoscopic in approach, is one of Brian's most enjoyable later works. The Psalm 23 is relatively short, yet expansive, and a remarkable example of early 20th century choral music. The Rustic Suite is surprisingly tuneful, especially for Brian, lightweight yet memorable. The Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra plays with discipline and commitment; the Psalm 23 receives a most effective performance, joined with the Brighton Festival Chorus and the fine tenor Paul Taylor. A must-have for the Brian collector, and a fine addition to any collection of 20th Century English music. Transcription of the CBS LP was by John Whitmore (former member of the LSSO). I performed the digital remastering with little intervention to the original source material.