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    Default SS 23.05.20 - Holmboe #5

    A continuation of the Saturday Symphonies Tradition:

    Welcome to another weekend of symphonic listening!

    For your listening pleasure this weekend:

    Vagn Holmboe (1909 – 1996)

    Symphony #5, Op. 35

    I. Allegro non troppo
    II. Andante affetuoso
    III. Vivace

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    Post what recording you are going to listen to giving details of Orchestra / Conductor / Chorus / Soloists etc - Enjoy!

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    It is Holmboe time now. I picked his Symphony #5. He has done some (total 13) symphonies and we have not done any of those so far. I will listen BIS boxed set:
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    also in youtube:

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    A stupendous composer, possibly the very last of the very great Symphonists.

    I don't think we have much choice in terms of recorded performances out there, but the advocacy of Owain Arwel Hughes has done Holmboe's cause a great service, and he makes me thankful we have at least one recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    A stupendous composer, possibly the very last of the very great Symphonists.

    I don't think we have much choice in terms of recorded performances out there, but the advocacy of Owain Arwel Hughes has done Holmboe's cause a great service, and he makes me thankful we have at least one recording.
    Listening now. Never listened to much Holmboe. I'm enjoying this.

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    Owain Arwel Hughes for me - like CnC Bartok I have long been a fan and will use the SS selection as a suitable excuse for playing this symphony again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    A stupendous composer, possibly the very last of the very great Symphonists.

    I don't think we have much choice in terms of recorded performances out there, but the advocacy of Owain Arwel Hughes has done Holmboe's cause a great service, and he makes me thankful we have at least one recording.
    A work unknown to me. I didn't even find another available version, so a clear choice for me as well - Owain Arwel Hughes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyGeorge View Post
    A work unknown to me. I didn't even find another available version, so a clear choice for me as well - Owain Arwel Hughes.
    If you can actually find any further recordings, you're doing a better job than me!

    Noting where you're from, oddly enough, I got my first ever Holmboe CD in Prague, of all places! This dates me, but there used to be a very good music shop on Staroměstské náměstí, and for some remarkable reason they stocked BIS CDs for just a little more than Supraphon. Happy hunting days.

    Holmboe's great! The next three Symphonies are even stronger works as far as I am concerned, but there's a real and natural flow to his musical arguments that I find immensely appealing.

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    I'll be playing the same version (is there another?). I once tried hard but never liked Holmboe too much - the sounds are nice enough but I found little that was memorable. But I'm up for trying again as it has been a while.

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    Vagn Holmboe: Symphony No. 5 (Owain Hughes)

    Try his one later
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    Same for me


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    Ah well, it was enjoyable enough. Not great: the earth doesn't move even though the subject matter seems fitting for war time. Slightly like a Rubbra symphony but - perhaps being English - I do prefer Rubbra somewhat. But not as poor as I thought.

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    [/QUOTE]

    And this version for me
    Listen to me when I'm talking to you boy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post
    I'll be playing the same version (is there another?).
    Not that ArkivMusic is aware of. Surprised that Naxos has not jumped in yet, actually.
    I treat my music like I treat my pets. It’s something to own, care about and curate with attention to detail. From a blog by hjr.

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    Thanks for picking this one Mika. I hadn't heard Holmboe before and quite enjoyed this work. I'll be exploring more Holmboe in the future.

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    Enjoyable Symphony with traditional type structure and flows along well
    Not in the premier league but will come back to this composer again and would happily listen to another Holmboe Saturday Symphony if nominated
    Listen to me when I'm talking to you boy!

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