Soloists · Various choirs; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; BBC Concert Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins, conductor
Havergal Brian (1876-1972)
Symphony No 1 in D minor 'The Gothic'
Gramophone Editor's Choice - February 2012
On 17 July 2011 over 800 peformers gathered in London's Royal Albert Hall to give a rare performance of Havergal Brian's Symphony No 1 in D minor--'The Gothic'. Tickets for this Prom sold out within 24 hours, and so it gives us great pleasure to make this live recording available to all.
It's a pretty phenomenal work. Responding to the challenge set by Sir Henry Wood, the composer has thrown just about every known orchestral instrument into the mix, then adding a double chorus of over 500, plus children's choirs, for an
hour-long Te Deum--the church's blazing Hymn of Thanksgiving--which makes up the symphony's finale.
Whether or not you were lucky enough to be there on the night, this is a recording not to be missed.