Sawyers Symphony No. 3. Songs of Loss and Regret. Fanfare
Kenneth Woods, conductor
April Fredrick, soprano
English Symphony Orchestra
Nimbus 6365 (66:54)
Philip Sawyers’s Third Symphony is a major new work from a distinctive voice in British music. Sawyers was formerly a violinist in the Royal Opera Orchestra, but has been a full-time composer since 1997. His music has been championed by the Nimbus label, and by Kenneth Woods and the English Symphony Orchestra; orchestra and conductor have previously recorded the Second Symphony for the same label (with the First also available, performed by David Lockington and the Grand Rapids Symphony). Sawyers is currently John McCabe Composer in Association with the English Symphony, so expect further collaborations.