Comment:Born in 1950, Andrew Downes studied in Cambridge, leading to a long career in several positions in Birmingham Conservatoire. Each one of his symphonies is scored for a different combination of instruments. Tremendous playing by the Czech Philharmonic.
Reviews:"… I've just started to listen to the recordings, which are fabulous." Tony Palmer, April 2016.
"There's a Sibelian quality to Downes's work - wide open spaces that both entrance and unnerve." BBC Music Magazine, March 2017.