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Rawsthorne: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 - Charlotte Ellet (soprano); Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; David Lloyd-Jones (conductor)
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  1. Symphony No. 1
  2. Symphony No. 2 ("A Pastoral Symphony")
  3. Symphony No. 3
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Like Brahms, Alan Rawsthorne came late to the symphony, and approached it with a high-minded concern for structure and a mature sense of thematic development and internal unity. In Rawsthorne's practiced hands, the form is shaped along Classical lines, with only slight changes in the layout of the traditional four movements. Yet his music is restless, rugged, and muscular, and quite modern in its free uses of tonality. The pugnacious Symphony No. 1 (1950) is tight in construction and direct in argumentation, without any ...