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  • Audio CD (June 13, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Toccata
  • ASIN: B000E3LIIG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Bride of Dionysus:PreludeSymphony in D, Op. 32
2. I Allegro maestoso
3. II Vivace ma non troppo presto
4. III Canzone Dorica - Adagio
5. IV Allegro con moto energico

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Altogether a winning package -- Rob Barnett -- MusicWeb, April 18, 2006

The disc's documentary value can't be denied -- Andrew Clements -- The Guardian, March 31, 2006

The present disc is a higly desirable and well-documented purchase -- Rob Barnett -- MusicWeb, April 18, 2006

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Hurst on July 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
What a wonderful CD - the best I've purchased in a very long time. An exceptionally enjoyable and interesting piece of neo-romantic music, complemented by a nice performance and recording. Thorough notes, too. Sir Donald Tovey (1875-1940), a noted academic and writer _on_ music, shows here that he is also a writer _of_ music to be reckoned with. Obscure, certainly, but why I couldn't say. In my view Tovey is very much the equal of Edward Elgar or Ralph Vaughan Williams - truly an undiscovered gem. Peter Shore, a distant relative of Tovey and the instigator of the present recording, has written (on Musicweb) an interesting story about how this recording came about and was made. If you buy this Symphony recording, you'll certainly be inspired to explore upcoming Tovey recordings on the Toccata label - I'm told by the label that they have already recorded Tovey's Cello Concerto - its first recording since 1937, I believe - and will release it sometime in the Fall of 2006.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON VINE VOICE on October 22, 2008
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If you are familiar with the idiom of Tovey's Essays in Musical Analysis, you will recognise the author of the phrase I have taken for my caption. Tovey's writings on music are works of little less than genius, for all their innumerable failings in care and accuracy. For a century or so they informed, educated and inspired young people who were starting to sense what it is that makes music something unique on this earth, and they worked their magic by means of a writing style in which the author's sheer enthusiasm and love of his subject effectively masked the depth of his conservatism. Tovey could entrance a 14-year-old (believe me) with talk about second subjects, canons by inversion in double counterpoint, modulations to the submediant, dominant preparation and cadence themes.

His own view of himself was that he was a `musician' rather than a writer. His talents as a performer are well attested, but from the reports I have read of his gigs 100 years ago I sense that his real urge was to be a musical communicator, to bring to the widest possible public the sublime creations that inspired his own entire life. The concerts, essays, lectures, broadcasts and involvement in inter-wars Workers' Education projects were all part of this. However his English gentleman's sense of obligation was still not satisfied, and he conceived it his duty to contribute the small flora of his own creativity to the garden of the muses that he tended so assiduously. At that rate I must believe it my own duty to someone who did so much for me to take an interest in his compositions, so now I have the chance to add his symphony and the prelude to his opera to my record collection that already contains his piano concerto.
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