Adrian Leaper

Biography

Born: 1953  
Adrian Leaper is a conductor internationally known more through recordings than personal appearances, although his career has taken him throughout Europe. Leaper has made about 100 CDs, mostly of large-scale romantic music and British light classics, predominantly for the Naxos/Marco Polo and ASV labels.

The British musician studied at the Royal Academy of Music and served several seasons as co-principal horn in the Philharmonia Orchestra
Read more before switching exclusively to conducting. In 1986, via international competition, Leaper was selected as assistant conductor of the Hallé Orchestra, a post he held for five years. It was during this period that he began recording, at first mainly with Czech and Slovakian orchestras, for Naxos.

Upon the expiration of his Hallé contract, Leaper entered a period of extensive guest conducting, making the rounds of European radio and provincial orchestras, as well as the leading orchestras of London. In 1994 he became director of the Orquesta Filharmónia de Gran Canaria, a position he held for seven years. With this ensemble, Leaper became more interested in Spanish repertory and made some 40 recordings. In September 2001 he shifted his activity to the RTVE Symphony Orchestra in Madrid, of which he is music director.

Leaper's Nielsen symphony cycle on Naxos was generally well-received in the mid-'90s, and his recordings often find favor with critics for their sense of musical architecture and for Leaper's ability to make secondary orchestras play well. On the other hand, Leaper is sometimes faulted, though not generally by reserved British critics, for somewhat staid readings of rapturous big-orchestra scores by the likes of Mahler. Read less

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Biography

Born: 1953  
Adrian Leaper is a conductor internationally known more through recordings than personal appearances, although his career has taken him throughout Europe. Leaper has made about 100 CDs, mostly of large-scale romantic music and British light classics, predominantly for the Naxos/Marco Polo and ASV labels.

The British musician studied at the Royal Academy of Music and served several seasons as co-principal horn in the Philharmonia Orchestra
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro molto
I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima
II. Andantino in modo di canzona
III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Introduction - First Scene
Second Scene
Third Scene
Allegro vivo
Misterioso
Adagio - Allegro moderato
Lento
Allegro con brio
I. Allegretto
II. Adagio
III. Allegro ma non troppo
IV. Allegro moderato
- (Theme)
Variation 1: Whimsies and Sunshadows (Grillen und Sonnenschatten)
Variation 2: Smiles and Storms (Lacheln und Sturme)
Variation 3: Dreams: Asleep in the Arms of Venus (Traume: Schlummernd in den Armen der Venus)
Variation 4: Merryheart as a chivalrous knight chases Bluebeard (Als ritterlicher Kampe verfolgt Merryheart den Blaubart)
Variation 5: Merryheart fights a dragon (Merryheart kampft mit dem Drache)
Variation 6: Merryheart leads a procession of heroes (Merryheart fuhrt einem Zug Helden)
Variation 7: Merryheart awakes (Merryheart ist wash)
The Dance of Merryheart (Merryhearts Tanz)
I. Adagio -
II. Allegro giocoso -
II. Adagio -
II. (Scherzo) -
II. Andante espressivo teneramente
III. Maestoso e pesante - Allegro marcia
III. Grazioso -
III. Allegro marcia
I. Miniature Overture, "The City"
II. Intermission, "St. James's Park in Spring"
III. Finale, "A State Ball at Buckingham Palace"
I. Maestoso: Ein Psalmlied Davids
I. Es stehe Gott auf
I. Lento: Du gabst, Gott, einen gnadigen Regen
I. Allegro vivo ma deciso: Der Herr gab das Wort
II. Wenn ihr zwischen den Hurden laget
II. Der Wagen Gottes sind vieltausendmal tausend
II. Du bist in die Hohe gefahren
III. Bewegt: Gelobet sei der Herr taglich
III. Der Herr hat gesagt
III. Dass dein Fuss in der Feinde Blut gefarbt werde
III. Man sieht, Gott, wie du einherziehst
III. "Lobet Gott den Herrn in den Versammlungen ..."
III. Solenne: Die Fursten aus Agypten werden kommen
III. Andante maestoso: Gebet Gott die Macht!
Introduction -
Allegro maestoso -
A Tempo Marcia Lento -
Adagio espressivo -
Allegro vivo
No. 1. Heart Wounds (Hjertesar)
No. 2. Last Spring (Varen)
No. 1. Norwegian (Norsk)
No. 2. The First Meeting (Det forste mode)
Introit: Adagio
Kyrie: Allegro tranquillo ed espressivo
Gradual: Larghetto
Sequence - Dies irae: Allegro moderato ma energico
Offertorium: Allegro
Ballet Music No. 2
I. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico
II. Andante (ma non troppo lento)
III. Scherzo (Allegro)
IV. Finale (Quasi una fantasia)
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Allegretto moderato
III. Poco vivace -
Allegro molto
I. Allegretto- Poco allegro- Tranquillo, ma poco a poco revvivando il tempo al allegro
II. Tempo andante, ma rubato- Andante sostenuto
III. Vivacissimo- Lento e suave- Largamente
IV. Finale: (Allegro moderato)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
III. Moderato - Allegro (ma non tanto)
I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
II. Allegro molto vivace
III. Il tempo largo
IV. Allegro
Andante
Allegro
Allegretto
Allegro di molto
Moderato
Andantino
Presto
Allegretto
Adagio
Allegretto (Intermezzo)
Allegro di molto
Andante
Moderato (Romanza)
Allegro
Orlando Gibbons: Fantasia
John Dowland: Lachrymae Pavan
John Bull: The King's Hunt
Giles Farnaby: Quodling's Delight
William Byrd: Sellinger's Round
At the Fair
Mazurka
Polka
Valse
Cossack Dance
Tranquillo, molto sostenuto
Con moto
Animando
Poco lento
Introduction - Variation 1: C. A. E. (The Composer's Wife) -
Variation 2: H. D. S-P. (Hew David Steuart-Powell) -
Variation 3: R. B. T. (Richard Baxter Townshend) -
Variation 4: W. M. B. (William Meath Baker) -
Variation 5: R. P. A. (Richard Penrose Arnold)
Variation 6: Ysobel (Isabel Fitton) -
Variation 7: Troyte (Troyte Griffith) -
Variation 8: W. N. (Winifred Norbury) -
Variation 10: Intermezzo: Dorabella (Dora Penny) -
Variation 11: G. R. S. (George Robertson Sinclair) -
Variation 12: B. G. N. (Basil G. Nevinson) -
Variation 13: Romanza: *** (Lady Mary Lygon) -
Variation 14: Finale: E. D. U. (The Composer)
I. Allegro piacevole
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
I. Theme
II. Variation 1: Whimsies and Sunshadows (Grillen und Sonnenschatten)
III. Variation 2: Smiles and Storms (Lacheln und Sturme)
IV. Variation 3: Dreams: Asleep in the Arms of Venus (Traume: Schlummernd in den Armen der Venus)
V. Variation 4: Merryheart as a chivalrous knight chases Bluebeard (Als ritterlicher Kampe verfolgt Merryheart den Blaubart)
VI. Variation 5: Merryheart fights a dragon (Merryheart kampft mit dem Drache)
VII: Variation 6: Merryheart leads a procession of heroes (Merryheart fuhrt einem Zug Helden)
VIII: Variation 7: Merryheart awakes (Merryheart ist wash)
IX. The Dance of Merryheart (Merryhearts Tanz)
I. Adagio
II. Allegro giocoso: section 1
II. Allegro giocoso: section 2
II. Allegro giocoso: section 3
II. Allegro giocoso: section 4
III. Maestoso e pesante - Allegro marcia: section 1
III. Maestoso e pesante - Allegro marcia: section 2
III. Maestoso e pesante - Allegro marcia: section 3
I. Allegro piacevole
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
1812 Overture, Op. 49 (The Music Lovers)
1812 Festival Overture, Op. 49
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio di molto
III. Allegro ma non tanto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro orgoglioso
II. Andante
III. Allegro comodo
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
I. Tempo giusto
II. Humoreske: Allegretto
III. Proposta Seria: Adagio
IV. Theme with Variations: Allegro
I. Allegro collerico
II. Allegro comodo e flemmatico
III. Andante malincolico
IV. Allegro sanguinoso
I. Allegro espansiva
II. Andante pastorale
III. Allegretto un poco
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. La Caprice de Nanette
II. Demande et Reponse
III. Un Sonnet d'Amour
IV. La Tarantelle Fretillante
No. 1 Valse Bohemienne
No. 2 Valse Rustique
No. 3 Valse de la Reine
No. 4 Valse Mauresque
I. Lament and Tambourine
II. A Gipsy Dance
III. A Gipsy Song
IV. Waltz
I. Dance
II. Children's Intermezzo
III. Willow Song
IV. Military March
I. Allegro
II. Poco allegretto
III. Poco adagio quasi andante
IV. Con anima - Allegro
I. Tempo giusto
II. Adagio non troppo
III. Allegro - Presto
IV. Andante un poco tranquillo - Allegro


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