23 Jun 2013

George Lloyd (1913 – 1998)

From Composer of the Week, 9:00 am on 23 June 2013
George Lloyd

George Lloyd Photo: George Lloyd Music Library

 

With his adherence to tonal harmony and strong melody, the English composer George Lloyd has been often dismissed by the musical establishment.

His music can sometimes feel only a short step away from Eric Coates or any of the cavalcade of British Light Music composers. But as Lewis Foreman writes in Grove Dictionary, he is celebrated by many for just those attributes as being “an icon of anti-modernism.”

And above all, putting the lie to him being “light”, he was a symphonist and an opera composer and a serious one at that.

Music Details

Lloyd: Symphony No 1  in A – Albany SO / George Lloyd (Albany)
Lloyd: Finale, John Socman – Philharmonia / George Lloyd (Albany)
Lloyd: Symphony No 8, 1st mvt – Philharmonia / George Lloyd (Albany)
Lloyd: Symphony No 8, 4th mvt – Philharmonia / George Lloyd (Albany)
Lloyd: Symphony No 4 in B, Arctic, 1st mvt (3 excerpts) – Albany SO / George Lloyd (Albany)
Lloyd: Symphony No 4 in B, Arctic, 2nd mvt – Albany SO / George Lloyd (Albany)
Lloyd: Symphony No 4 in B, Arctic, 3rd mvt – Albany SO / George Lloyd (Albany)
Lloyd: Symphony No 4 in B, Arctic, 4th mvt – Albany SO / George Lloyd (Albany)
Lloyd: An African Shrine – Martin Roscoe (piano) (Albany)
Lloyd: Cello Concerto (2 excerpts) – Anthony Ross (cello), Albany SO/David Alan Miller (Albany)
Lloyd: A Symphonic Mass – Brighton Festival Chorus, Bournemouth SO/George Lloyd (Albany)
Lloyd: Requiem (2 excerpts) – Stephen Wallace (ctr), Exon Singers /Matthew Owens, Jeffrey Makinson (org) (Albany)