Hanover Band

Biography

Active: 1980 - ; England
The Hanover Band is a period instrument chamber orchestra based in Sussex, England. It attracted much attention early on for its individual performance style, which often puzzled critics and created controversy. Certain recordings, the Beethoven nine symphonies in particular, have managed to generate both awards and sharp criticism.

Founded in 1980 by Caroline Brown, the Hanover Band has given concerts in a variety of locations, but has
Read more resided in the Old Market Building, Hove, Sussex, since November 1998. Its first concert took place at St. Margaret's Westminster (London) on March 26, 1980, under the direction of Marie Leonhardt. In May of that year, Monica Huggett was appointed music director of the Hanover Band. In 1981, Roy Goodman became a regular conductor and over the years, other illustrious figures would guest conduct the group, such as Sir Charles Mackerras and Nicholas McGegan. By January, 1982, the Hanover Band's first recording was issued on Nimbus Records, an all-Beethoven release featuring Huggett conducting the Symphony No. 1, paired with the Piano Concerto No. 1, for which soloist Mary Verney performed on the fortepiano. This recording of the symphony, it would turn out, was the first in a set that would include all nine Beethoven symphonies issued later in the decade on Nimbus. On March 31, 1982, Sir Charles Mackerras led the ensemble in a memorable concert of music by Haydn in Westminster Abbey, marking the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth. Over the next few years, the Hanover Band issued recordings at an increasing rate and gave numerous concerts and tours abroad. They appeared in a memorable televised Beethoven concert from Whitehall on April 9, 1985, and then on May 3 initiated a six-week-long series entitled Basically Beethoven, from London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. The ensemble's first tour of the United States came in October, 1985. By 2002, the group had made ten such concert tours of the U.S. In 1986, Roy Goodman was appointed principal conductor of the ensemble. He led the players in many successful concerts over the years, but perhaps his greatest legacy was the completion of the Beethoven symphony cycle started by Huggett. Goodman finished the cycle in 1988 and the set received at least two major awards, the first from the Music Retailers Association (Best Box Set) in 1989, and a Record of the Year Award from Fono Forum (1990). Yet many critics expressed varying degrees of disapproval of the performances, largely owing to brisk tempos and what they considered unusual phrasing. In 1994, Roy Goodman stepped down as principal conductor and was succeeded by Anthony Halstead. The Hanover Wind Band was formed the following year as an off-shoot of the ensemble. Its focus has been repertory from the latter half of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, taking on serious as well as ragtime music. In 1999, the Hanover Band launched a one-year music education project in Brighton & Hove entitled "No Beethoven, No Beat," successfully introducing young audiences to the symphonies of Beethoven. In 2001, Halstead and the Hanover Band completed a massive recording project they began in 1995 for the label cpo that offered the complete works of Johann Christian Bach. The set is comprised of 22 discs. Read less

Biography

Active: 1980 - ; England
The Hanover Band is a period instrument chamber orchestra based in Sussex, England. It attracted much attention early on for its individual performance style, which often puzzled critics and created controversy. Certain recordings, the Beethoven nine symphonies in particular, have managed to generate both awards and sharp criticism.

Founded in 1980 by Caroline Brown, the Hanover Band has given concerts in a variety of locations, but has
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
Act I: Overture
Act I: As we lie in langour lazy (Chorus of Girls, Hassan)
Act I: When Islam first arose (Abdallah, Chorus of Girls)
Act I: O life has put into my hand (Dancing Sunbeam)
Act I: Sunbeam! The Priest keeps saying (Blush-of-Morning, Dancing Sunbeam, Abdallah)
Act I: If you ask me to advise you (Heart's desire, Scent-of-Lilies, Rose-in-Bloom)
Act I: 'Neath my lattice (Rose-in-Bloom)
Act I: Tramps and scamps (Chorus, Hassan)
Act I: When my father sent me (Hassan, Chorus)
Act I: Peace be upon this house (Yussuf, Hassan, Chorus)
Act I: Musical maidens are we (Rose-in-Bloom, Scent-of-Lilies, Heart's Desire, Honey-of-Life, Hassan, Chorus)
Act I: Peace upon this house (Abdallah, Chorus, Hassan)
Act I: The Sultan's Executioner (Dancing Sunbeam, Hassan, Abdallah, Rose-in-Bloom, Heart's Desire, Scent-of-Lilies, Honey-of-Life, Yussuf)
Act I: I'm the Sultan's Vigilant vizier (Vizier, Physician, Executioner, Sultan)
Act I: O luckless hour! (Chorus, Dancing Sunbeam, Sultan, Blush-of-Morning, Vizier, Physician, Hassan, etc.)
Act II: Oh, what is love? (Heart's Desire, Yussuf)
Act II: If you or I should tell the truth (Scent-of-Lilies, Honey-of-Life, Heart's Desire, Yussuf)
Act II: From Morning Pray'r (Chorus, Vizier, Physician, Executioner)
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro molto
Andante
Allegro vivace
String Symphony No. 3 in E Minor: Allegro di molto
Andante
Allegro
String Symphony No. 4 in C Minor: Grave; Allegro
Andante
Allegro vivace
String Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat: Allegro vivace
Andante
Presto
String Symphony No. 6 in E-Flat: Allegro vivace
Menuetto
Prestissimo
String Symphony No. 7 in D Minor: Allegro
Andante
Menuetto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
II. Menuetto
III. Allegro molto
V. Allegro molto
String Symphony No. 13, MVW N 14 "Sinfoniesatz" in C Minor: Grave - Allegro molto
Allegro molto
String Symphony No. 9 in C: Grave; Allegro
Andante
Scherzo
Allegro vivace
String Symphony No. 11 in F: Adagio; Allegro molto
Scherzo: Commodo Schweizerlied
I. Allegro di molto
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Gavotte
II. Ballet
III. Air: [lent]
IV. Allegro
V. Choeur: [Allegro]
VI. Ballet: [Adagio]
VII. Choeur: [Allegro]
VIII. Ballet: [Adagio assai]
IX. Ballet: [Allegro maestoso]
X. Gavotte: [Allegretto]
XI. Ariette et choeur
XII. Tambourin
I. Spiritoso
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Tempo di Minuetto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
IV. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro assai
II. Tempo di minuetto
I. Andante
II. Minuetto
Arne: Symphony No.4 in C minor - Moderato
Arne: Symphony No.4 in C minor - Larghetto
Arne: Symphony No.4 in C minor - Vivace
Abel: Symphony Op.10 No.1 in E - Allegro
Abel: Symphony Op.10 No.1 in E - Andante
Abel: Symphony Op.10 No.1 in E - Allegro
I. Allegretto
II. Tempo di Menuetto
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andantino
III. Rondeau: Allegro di molto
La clemenza di Scipione, G10: Overture
Act I: March in G major
Final Scene: March in E flat major
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Allegro di molto
I. Allegro di molto
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Rondeau: Allegretto
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante
III. Allegro non tanto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Rondeau: Allegro
I. Andante di molto
II. Rondeau: Allegro assai
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Tempo di Menuetto
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Allegro di molto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto assai
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante
III. Tempo di Menuetto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Tempo di Minuetto
I. Allegretto
II. Minuetto
I. Andante
II. Minuetto
I. Allegro
II. Minuetto
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Non tanto allegro
II. Allegretto
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Allegro moderato
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro spirito
II. Andante
III. Allegro spirito
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro di molto
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Andante piu tosto adagio
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro di molto
II. Andantino
III. Allegro
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante, sempre piano
III. Tempo di menuetto, piu tosto allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro molto
I. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. [Allegro]
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro di molto
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante grazioso
III. Presto


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