Kenneth Leighton ?

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Kenneth Leighton ?

Turned on Radio 3 this afternoon and thought, this is quite good, what is it, oh of course it's Britten's War Requiem, got a recording of it but haven't played it for ages, but it wasn't, but it was very good. It was in fact Kenneth Leighton's 2nd Symphony. I'd never heard of him before. He was apparently ignored by the BBC throughout his lifetime as the left wing London liberals were far happier, in their self satisfied way, playing Stockhausen. He's British. Anyone out there a big fan already.

RE: Kenneth Leighton ?

Yes.

Lots of good recordings on Chandos with the BBC NOW - Symphonies 1 - 3, Concerto for String Orchestra and much more - conductors Hickox and Brabbins. My own favourite? The Cello Concerto Op. 31, also on Chandos but with the Scottish NO conducted by Bryden Thomson. All well worth exploring though.

RE: Kenneth Leighton ?

There's a cd of Leighton's choral music on Naxos 8555795 that includes a beautiful Easter Sequence sung by St. John's under Robinson. If you happen to bump into them, feel free to pass this along to Dr. Brodsky, Devon Farmer, Rastafaright, Fruitcake Baby, Uber Alice or any other of your close friends. It might interest them.

RE: Kenneth Leighton ?

First came accross him when his double concerto for oboe & 'cello was the second work on Rafael Wallfisch's Chandos disc of Finzi's 'cello concerto. I then ended up getting the Finzi again to get Leighton's 'cello concerto, a powerful & intense work, in a different Chandos coupling. Good piece as Chris says; very good performance & recording with Wallfisch, Bryden Thompson & RSNO.

I meant to listen to the second symphony so following Sidney's comment listened on the I player and was surprised to find it a choral work. Then decided I needed to hear it again properly so purchased as a lossless download from Chandos site, vast improvement over low bit rate I player, well worth a listen. 

RE: Kenneth Leighton ?

Another Leighton fan here. The three symphonies and the cello concerto are all sensation but also worth exploring is the piano music. Margaret Fingerhut has recorded 2 CDs for Chandos and Angela Brownridge has recorded the complete works (3 CDs). His masterpiece in the genre is probably the Fantasia Contrappuntistica, op.24. Those curious can find a live performance of the work played by Marina Radiushina on YouTube.

KL symphony 2

It's just as good as Britten; possibly better.

tarchon1

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