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D Jones

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D Jones

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D Jones

Symphonies--No 1 (a); No 10 (b)

BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra /

Bryden Thomson

Lyrita (F) SRCD358 (70' * ADD)

BBC broadcast performances, (a) January 12, (b) March 16, 1990

D Jones

Symphonies--No 2 (a); No 11, in memoriam

George Froom Tyler' (b)

BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra /

Bryden Thomson

Lyrlta (F) SRCD364 (62' * ADD)

BBC broadcast performances, (a) January 19, (b) March 30,1990

In a Gramophone interview ('Exploring the Frontiers', 2/87), Bryden Thomson said of Daniel Jones: 'He knows what he wants, he knows what he's writing, and he knows when it isn't right. You can't say that about a lot of composers these days.' In early 1990 Thomson conducted the then BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra (now the BBC National Orchestra of Wales) in a studio cycle of Jones's 12 numbered symphonies (the unnumbered 1992 Symphony 'in memoriam John Fussell' having not yet been composed) and these four recordings derive from that cycle, whereas Lyrita's earlier Jones issues--even of Symphonies Nos 8 and 9, conducted by Thomson--are reissues from 1970s LPs by Pye, HMV and the short-lived BBC Artium label.

Precisely when Jones first conceived the idea of composing a cycle of 12 symphonies each based on a different note of the chromatic scale as tonal centre is unclear, but it was probably not during the writing of the First (1944-47), originally designated 'in E minor'. At 50 minutes long, it is Jones's largest symphony, in which the fledgling symphonist revealed his mastery and understanding of the medium for the first time. His view of the symphony evolved radically, with goal-driven forms and growing concision--neither Nos 10 (1981-82) nor 11 (1983) exceed 20 minutes. There are few obvious resonances in the musical language, though I have always thought the structures of the First and 43-minute-long Second (1950, centred around A, neither major nor minor) nodded towards Russian models. …

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