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Havergal Brian (Composer)

Born: 29th January 1876, Stoke on Trent, England

Died: 28th November 1972, Shoreham by Sea, England

Nationality: English

Havergal Brian was an English composer. He is best known for having composed 32 symphonies (an unusually high total for a 20th-century composer), most of them late in his life. His best-known work is his Symphony No. 1, The Gothic, which calls for some of the largest orchestral forces demanded by a conventionally structured concert work. He also composed five operas and a number of other orchestral works, as well as songs, choral music and a small amount of chamber music.

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 Recording of the Week, Havergal Brian’s Gothic Symphony

Hyperion release a live recording of the British composer’s gargantuan first symphony, captured at a rare performance at the BBC Proms this summer and featuring an orchestra of over 200 and a choir of 600!

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