ComposerChristopher Gunning
DifficultyProfessional orchestra
PublisherOrchard Music Ltd
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Picture of Sheet music  by Christopher Gunning. Full score, orchestral work in one continuous movement, approx 23 minutes. Recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer. Chandos - CHAN 10525

Conductor's score, A3 format, spiral bound.

Although Christopher Gunning is best known for his film and television work, for which he has won four BAFTA awards (for La Vie en rose, Agatha Christie's Poirot, Middlemarch, and Porterhouse Blue) and three Ivor Novello awards (for Rebecca, Under Suspicion, and Firelight) he has gradually been adding to a substantial is of concert works, to which he now devotes all of his time.

Christopher Gunning attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where his tutors included Brian Trowell, James Gibb, Edmund Rubbra and Richard Rodney Bennett. His compositions for the concert hall include nine symphonies and a number of concertos.

Symphony No. 3 was composed in the aftermath of a turbulent 2005. The work is an expression of this anxiety and the result is a chaotic, colourful musical landscape inspired by the Welsh countryside to which he escaped.

"These two Symphonies are splendid achievements. The 3rd Symphony is dark and brooding for it was written at a time of crisis in the composer's life - his wife was hospitalized with a seeming incurable medical problem and he was diagnosed with a heart condition. It is natural for a composer to put personal matters into his music and this is what Gunning does here, to try and understand his situation. Five sections played continuously investigate the possibilities thrown up by the opening material. It's cogently argued and endlessly fascinating. If Roger Wright wants a contemporary British Symphony which could be a real and instant winner at the Proms then this is it. It's fabulous stuff."
Bob Briggs

Read review by Bob Barnett review here http://www.musicweb-international.com/classRev/2009/May09/Gunning_chan10525.htm#ixzz1cfi9XWUf

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