вот пара слов за сабж, если кому интересно: Symphony no. 1, op. 23, a milestone in the history of music, as it was the first strictly serial symphony written by a British composer. The 12-note row consists really of only four notes, the musical notes for B-A-C-H, which four notes are transposed twice to constitute the twelve and, for a work that lasts about 25 minutes, that amounts to an amazing feat of concentration. A slow introduction leads into an Allegro of exhilarating power. The slow movement is beautiful and has a central section of concertante proportions with difficult passage work for the strings and reckless brass writing. In fact, one B.B.C. orchestra threatened to "go on strike" if plans to perform this Symphony went ahead, complaining that it was impossible to play. That fact of history and its subsequent inadequate recording have meant that this masterpiece has suffered neglect ever since. The Adagio is followed by an Intermezzo that leads into another Allegro of ferocity and rhythmic drive before a quiet epilogue in which B-A-C-H has the last word. This Symphony is both romantic and dramatic, perhaps even terrifying. It was first performed by Scherchen in Hamburg in 1954, and Sir Adrian Boult undertook the British première on 1st June that year. He later recorded it for Decca, but the recording misses the spirit of the music, the reading being too classical. Boult was a fine conductor and, although he admitted he was not in sympathy with the piece, he spoke of its worth and historical significance.
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