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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 classical composer.

Brian is best known for his cycle of 32 symphonies (an unusually high total for a 20th-century composer), most of which were composed late in his life. By far his best known work however 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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