CHRISTOPHER GUNNING (b.1944): Symphony No. 5 (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Christopher Gunning), String Quartet No. 1 (Juno String Quartet).
Catalogue Number: 07X007
Format: CD reissue
Description: Because it’s been 8 years since this recording was offered here on a now-defunct label, we offer it again for collectors who may have hooked up with Gunning more recently. The original blurb: “Gunning's Fifth (2009) is a big, four-movement work of over 51 minutes which makes use of a very large orchestra (particularly striking brass writing) and takes the recently rather popular form of a journey through the stages of life. The first movement is both lyrical and dramatic, the second a gentle reminiscence of childhood scenes, the third a vital and adventurous scherzo and the finale an agitated and turbulent movement with embedded moments of reflection. The quartet (1999) bases all four movements on a three-note motif: a passacaglia, a fugal scherzo, a contemplative slow movement and and enthusastic rondo finale.” Original 2013 Discovery Music & Vision release.