Bryden Thomson

Biography

Born: July 26, 1928   Died: November 14, 1991  
During his extensive conducting career spanning nearly five decades, Bryden 'Jack' Thomson was recognized as a leading interpreter of music from the British Isles. His legacy includes nearly fifty recordings made for the Chandos label, including pioneering recordings of both William Walton's Symphony No. 2 and the Complete Symphonies by Sir Arnold Bax.



Born in Ayr, Scotland in 1928, Thomson began his studies at the Royal
Read more Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow. In an effort to further his education, he traveled to Germany and Austria; first to the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg, where he studied with Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt beginning in 1954, and later to the Salzburg Mozarteum where he worked with conducting virtuoso Igor Markevitch.



Upon his return to home in 1958, Thomson received his first major appointment with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, where he served as the assistant conductor to music director Ian Whyte. As fate would have it, Whyte became stricken with a terminal illness and was forced to delegate a number of performances to Thomson, who commanded great praise from musicians, audiences, and critics alike. Within months of these successful concerts, Thomson's guest conducting appearances grew more and more frequent, with orchestras both at home and abroad, including Canada, Scandinavia, and South Africa. He left the Scottish Symphony in 1962, in order to focus on his guest conducting. He was appointed as the associate conductor of the Scottish National Orchestra in 1966.



In 1968, only two years after his first major music director appointment, Thomson became the music director of the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra in Manchester (since 1982 this orchestra has been known as the BBC Philharmonic). He also assumed the post of music director with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Ireland, which he held until 1985.



From 1970 to 1988, Thomson recorded nearly fifty compact discs for Chandos records, most of which feature composers from the British Isles, although his notable affinity for Nielsen and Martinu spawned several fine recordings of works by these composers. In addition to his set of Bax symphonies, Thomson also recorded the Symphony cycles of Martinu, Elgar and Vaughan Williams, in addition to a number of works by lesser-known composers.



In 1988, Thomson returned to the (now Royal) Scottish National Orchestra, where he was invited to succeed Neeme Järvi as music director. Always active as a commissioner of new works, Thomson commissioned fellow Scottish composer John Maxwell Geddes for his Symphony No. 2. Unfortunately, Thomson died before the work could be completed. Once finished, Geddes added the subtitle 'In memoriam Bryden Thomson'. Read less
Jones: Symphonies 6 & 9, Etc / Groves, Thomson, Et Al
Release Date: 03/13/2007   Label: Lyrita  
Catalog: 326   Number of Discs: 1
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Jones: Symphonies No 4, 7, 8 / Groves, Thomson, Et Al
Release Date: 09/04/2007   Label: Lyrita  
Catalog: 329   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: July 26, 1928   Died: November 14, 1991  
During his extensive conducting career spanning nearly five decades, Bryden 'Jack' Thomson was recognized as a leading interpreter of music from the British Isles. His legacy includes nearly fifty recordings made for the Chandos label, including pioneering recordings of both William Walton's Symphony No. 2 and the Complete Symphonies by Sir Arnold Bax.



Born in Ayr, Scotland in 1928, Thomson began his studies at the Royal
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Part I: Overture -
Part I: Entry of Karissima -
Part I: Karissima Plays Golf -
Part I: Karissima and Lady Vere -
Part I: The Walking Lesson -
Part I: Lord Vere Tells His Mother of His Love for Karissima -
Part I: Karissima Appeals for Love -
Part I: Karissima Droops Pathetically -
Part I: Karissima's Dance of Joy -
Part I: The Wedding Ceremony -
Part I: Dance: Corps de ballet -
Part I: The Wedding Service -
Part I: A Wild Night - The Maestro -
Part I: The Clock Strikes Twelve -
Part I: Lord Vere Pleads for a Child -
Part I: Karissima and Lord Vere Go Off in Gay Delight
Part II: Dance of Motherhood -
Part II: The Funeral of Karissima ?
Part II: Child's Dance -
Part II: Karissima's Farewell -
Part II: Finale: Allegro vivace
Prelude: Summer Night at the Window -
The Wind Dances in the Garden -
Molto piu lento: Midnight Strikes -
The Awakening -
The Flower's Dance -
The Dancer and the Clown -
The Wind Dances Through the Room -
Piu lento: The Clock Strikes One -
The Flowers Dance Again -
Piu lento: The Clock Strikes Two ?
The Dancer Falls Weeping Into the Clown's Arms -
The Clown Thrusts Her Aside and Scolds her -
They Quarrel -
The Wind -
The Dancer Humbly Draws the Clown's Attention to the sad fate of his rival -
The Dancer Turns Back to the Clown ?
Dawn -
The Clock Strikes Three -
Everything is Still, a Sad Silence Reigns -
The Wind Blows the Dancer Into the Clown's Stiff Arms
I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Largo -
III. Allegro vivace
I. Moderato
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro scherzando
I. Allegro
II. Intermezzo: Adagio -
III. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro con moto - Meno mosso -
II. Scherzo and Trio: Allegro molto e ritmico (il piu presto possibile) -
III. Lentissimo: Molto sostenuto
I. Adagio molto - Allegro con moto
II. Scherzo: Allegro molto e scherzando
III. Finale: Adagio molto e sostenuto
I. Andante, nobilmente e semplice - Allegro
II. Allegro molto -
III. Adagio
IV. Lento - Allegro
Moderato, maestoso -
Andantino -
Piu moderato -
Allegro molto -
Grandioso -
Allegretto moderato -
Allegro -
Allegro -
Moderato
I. Allegro vivace e nobilmente
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo: Presto
IV. Moderato e maestoso
Moderato, Maestoso -
Andantino -
Piu moderato -
Allegro molto -
Grandioso -
Allegretto moderato -
Allegro -
Allegro -
Moderato
Incidental Music
Funeral March
Act I, Song: There are seven that pull the thread
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 9: Nimrod (A. J. Jaeger) -
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. Fanfare
II. Villes
IIIa. Phrase
IIIb. Antique
IV. Royaute
V. Marine
VI. Interlude
VII. Being Beauteous
VIII. Parade
IX. Depart
No. 1. Nuits de juin
No. 2. Sagesse
No. 3. L'Enfance
No. 4. Chanson d'automne
I. Prologue
II. Pastoral
III. Nocturne
IV. Elegy
V. Dirge
VI. Hymn
VII. Sonnet
VIII. Epilogue
I. Allegro deciso
II. Molto lento
III. Allegro con brio
I. Allegro risoluto
II. Tranquillo e calmo
III. Con brio e vivace
Transformation, baptism and death
Introduction and Theme -
Variation 1 -
Variation 2 -
Variation 3 -
Variation 4 -
Variation 5 -
Variation 6 -
Variation 7
The Londonderry Air
The Londonderry Air
[Orchestral introduction] -
My heart aches -
O, for a draught of vintage! -
... and quite forget -
Already with thee! -
Forlorn! -
Adieu! adieu!
I. On the Shores of Lough Neagh: Allegro molto
II. The Fair Day: Vivace ma non troppo presto
III. In the Antrim Hills: Lento ma non troppo
IV. The Twelfth of July: Con molto brio
Introduction -
Soldiers' life abroad -
The night before the battle -
Battle -
Return home
I. Allegro
II. Lento, molto espressivo
III. Molto moderato - Allegro molto
III. Epilogue: Molto cantabile
Part II: Variation 4, "The Temple": Slow and solemn
Part II: Variation 5, "Play": Scherzo: Allegretto vivace
Part II: Intermezzo, "Enchantment": Very moderate tempo
Part II: Variation 6, "Triumph": Moderate tempo: Glowing and passionate
I. Allegro espansivo
II. Andante pastorale
III. Allegretto un poco
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Tempo giusto -
I. Allegro giusto
II. Allegro -
II. Presto -
II. Andante un poco tranquillo -
II. Allegro
Gopak
II. Nocturne
III. In a Vodka Shop
I. Prelude, Act I
IV. Prelude, Act II: Scene 1: Pavane
VII. Prelude: Act II: Scene 2
VIII. Prelude, Act III: Scene 1
IX. Prelude, Act III: Scene 2
X. Mary Stuart's Prayer
I. Overture, Ballad and Scherzo: Allegro risoluto - Allegro moderato - Poco largamente
II. Adagio
III. Allegro - Slow valse tempo - Andante con moto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Nocturne: Lento - Andante con moto
III. Molto vivace
I. Molto sostenuto - Allegro molto energico -
II. Presto marcato -
III. Andante con moto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante sostenuto -
III. Allegro [a battuta]
I. Allegro con moto - Meno mosso
II. Scherzo and Trio: Allegro molto e ritmico [il piu presto possibile] - Moderato e dolce
III. Lentissimo: Molto sostenuto
I. Maestoso
II. Adagio
III. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scherzando
II. Scherzando
III. Presto
III. Presto
Concerto in D, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato
Concerto in D, Op. 35: II. Canzonetta: Andante
Concerto in D, Op. 35: III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
I. Moderato
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro scherzando
I. Allegro
II. Intermezzo: Adagio
III. Finale: Allegro
I. Polka
II. Nocturne
III. Slow Waltz, "Remembrance"
IV. Rondo, "Midi"
I. Allegro (Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: III. Allegro)
II. Air (Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: VI. Air)
III. Bourree (Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: VIII. Bouree) -
IV. Hornpipe (Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: IX. Hornpipe)
VI. Allegro deciso (Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: II. Allegro)
I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo: Allegro moderato
I. Allegro moderato
II. Larghetto
III. Finale: Vivace
No. 1. Andantino
No. 2. Vivace
No. 3. Mesto
No. 4. Allegro risoluto


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