Symphony 9

In A minor, 3 movements, 1951†, 27:00

Sketched between July and September 1951
FS completed November 1951

3 flutes (1 also picc), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 4 bassoons (1 also contra), 4 horns , 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, tubular bells, tam-tam, triangle, tambourine, cymbals, bass drum, 3 side drums, xylophone, glockenspiel, organ, harp, piano, celesta, strings

I Adagio – Allegro vivo
II Adagio
III Allegro moderato

Musica Viva published a facsimile study score in 1973, now out of print
United Music Publishing Limited

Timings

del Mar 1958del Mar 1959Fredman 1971Groves (Prom) 1976Groves (EMI) 1977
I Adagio – Allegro vivo12:5711:5611:2711:2311:23
II Adagio9:258:148:238:288:52
III Allegro moderato7:467:447:597:297:27
Total30:0827:5427:4927:2027:42

Performances

22 March 1958 [first performance] studio
live broadcast Third Programme [BBC Radio 3]
London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Norman del Mar
5 February 1959 studio
live broadcast Third Programme [BBC Radio 3], repeated 1 June 1994 BBC Radio 3
London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Norman del Mar
28 March 1971 St John’s Smith Square
15 August 1971 BBC, repeated 16 December 1972
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Myer Fredman
20 January 1976 [first public performance ?] Liverpool
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Sir Charles Groves
1 July 1976 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
30 March 1977 BBC
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Sir Charles Groves
2 July 1976
BBC
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Sir Charles Groves
27 July 1976 Royal Albert Hall (BBC Promenade Concert)
live broadcast BBC
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Sir Charles Groves
25–26 July 1977 Abbey Road, London
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Sir Charles Groves
Thoughts on ASD3486 – Ted Heaton
25 July 1977 Abbey Road Studio 1, London
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Sir Charles Groves

Recordings

Dutton Vocalion CDBP 9798
5 February 1959 studio
London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Norman del Mar
Aries LP 1604
28 March 1971 St John’s Smith Square
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Myer Fredman
EMI Classics 7243 5 75782 2 6 (2 discs) released November 2002
25–26 July 1977 Abbey Road, London
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Sir Charles Groves
Warner Classics 0825646147243 (24 discs) released 2015
25 July 1977 Abbey Road Studio 1, London
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Sir Charles Groves