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||"Pomp and Circumstance", Op. 39: March No. 4||Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Donald Runnicles||4:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise||Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Donald Runnicles||13:18||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Three Screaming Popes||Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Donald Runnicles||16:01||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Britannia||Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Donald Runnicles||12:41||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Sinfonia Da Requiem: I. Lacrymosa||Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Donald Runnicles||8:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sinfonia Da Requiem: II. Dies Irae||Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Donald Runnicles||4:58||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sinfonia Da Requiem: III. Requiem Aeternam||Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Donald Runnicles||6:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||"Pomp and Circumstance", Op. 39: March No. 1||Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Donald Runnicles||5:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
The spectrum of UK music since Elgar
This collection spans the entire 20th century, from Elgar's genteel P&C marches, which sound here a little like a pair of elderly garden-club ladies who've accidentally stumbled into a punker rave, to Mark-Anthony Turnage's modish response to Francis Bacon's modish paintings, "Three Screaming Popes." (Good name for a rock group.) James MacMillan's "Britannia" is absolutely hilarious, intentionally so, I hope. Peter Maxwell Davies' "Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise" is great fun, with its wonderful surprise ending which I won't spoil for you. The star of the show is Benjamin Britten's "Sinfonia da Requiem," and specifically the hair-raising "Dies Irae" movement. Highest recommendation.
Orchestral at its best
The Atlanta Symphony is truly one of the best orchestras in the country, if not the world! This is about as close to perfection as music can get! These are some of the symphony repertoire's hidden gems, and this album should be in everyone's music library.
Formed: Atalanta, GA
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s