George Lloyd - Recommended Music

Reprinted from BBC Music Magazine

In recent years, Lloyd has been well served by record companies,particularly Albany Records, which has recorded all his piano concertos and all the symphonies. The following may be useful for those trying Lloyd's music for the first time:

SYMPHONY NO. 4
Albany SO/Lloyd  Albany TROY498

Lloyd's attempt to come to terms with his wartime experiences

 SYMPHONY NO. 11

Albany SO/Lloyd Albany TROY 060

Experimenting with a wider range of orchestration

 SYMPHONY NO. 7 

BBC Philharmonic/Lloyd Albany TROY057

The best of Lloyd, controlled, dark in spirit, heroic in execution and beautiful

 PIANO CONCERTO NO. 4

Kathryn Stott (piano) LSO/Lloyd  Albany AR004 
This concerto ideally complements the symphonies recommended here in demonstrating Lloyd's range of expression

 VIOLIN SONATA; LAMENT, AIR AND DANCE

Tasmin Little (violin), Martin Roscoe (piano) Albany TROY029  The only currently available disc of Lloyd's chamber music

REQUIEM and PSALM 130

The Exon Singers conducted by Matthew Owens, with Stephen Wallace, (counter-tenor).  
Albany TROY450   

Written in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, this was the composer's final work and represents a conscious leave-taking, 'under sentence of mortality' and with full realisation that it could only be completed if the music was pared down to small chorus and organ. This disc will be lovingly appreciated by any admirer of the vocal music of Faure, Rutter or Holst. A lovely remembrance of a warm-hearted composer who wrote against the spirit of the times and whose music finally met success. His was a dazzling creativity.

Rob Barnett