Sir Adrian Boult

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Born: 1889   Died: 1983   Country: England  
Neither as colorful a public figure as fellow Briton Thomas Beecham, nor as stormy and commanding on the podium as some of his better-known international contemporaries, Adrian Boult nevertheless was one of Britain's foremost conductors for nearly 70 years. He championed contemporary music, introducing Holst's The Planets and Berg's Wozzeck to the British public, but his pioneering work with the BBC Orchestra, which he created and directed for 20 Read more years, is often regarded as his signature achievement.
Born to a wealthy shipowner, Boult spent his grammar school days in London at Westminster School and took to music early. At Christ Church, Oxford, Boult flourished under the guidance of conductor Hugh Allen. In addition, Boult worked with Artur Nikisch during a stay at the Leipzig Conservatory (1912-1913). Boult also studied with composer Max Reger, but a serious illness that kept him out of World War I cut his continental sojourn short.
Boult made his debut at Queen's Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra in 1918. From that first concert Boult demonstrated support for British music, including Vaughn Williams' then virtually unknown "London" Symphony on the program. The concert led to an invitation from Holst to conduct the premiere of The Planets at a private concert at Queen's Hall. In 1919 Boult joined faculty of the Royal College of Music.
In the years following World War I, Boult conducted both orchestral music and opera. He served as principal conductor for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes during their London stay in 1919, and in 1926 rejoined the staff at Covent Garden. In 1924 Boult accepted the directorship of the recently formed City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, which he molded into a first-rank ensemble.
In 1930 Boult received an invitation to organize and direct the newly formed BBC Symphony Orchestra. Boult took the group on numerous international tours and began its long, distinguished recording career. During the Second World War Boult and the orchestra took up residence in Bristol, but German raids drove them to Bedford. In 1950 Boult passed the BBC baton to Malcolm Sargent and assumed directorship of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which he took on a politically significant tour of the USSR in 1956. Following his retirement from the LPO in 1957, Boult rejoined the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for one year, and returned to the Royal College to teach a new generation of conductors from 1962 to 1966. He ceased conducting altogether in 1979, after several years of occasional appearances. According to most accounts, Boult's conducting was unimpaired even at the ripe age of 90. He died in 1983, just two weeks shy of his 94th birthday.
Boult felt that it was the conductor's duty to present as much music as possible to the listening public without regard for the conductor's own personal tastes, leaving it to posterity to preserve particular pieces. Describing himself as a musical "purist," Boult believed that everything necessary for a successful performance was to be found within the printed score. Although some critics complained that Boult's musical persona lacked the colorful quality of true greatness, his gentlemanly conduct on the podium earned him respect from his musicians that hours of tirades might not have. On his "off nights," Boult's music-making perhaps came across as dull or workmanlike, but often his clarity of approach and fidelity to the score produced electrifying results.
Boult's autobiography, My Own Trumpet, was published in 1973. He was knighted in 1937, and made a Companion of Honour in 1969. Hundreds of his recordings have enjoyed a long (and profitable) life on LP and compact disc, most notably his various accounts of the symphonies of Vaughan Williams and Elgar, and Holst's Planets, but far beyond the boundaries of English music, his recordings of Wagner's and Brahms' orchestral music have found critical favor. Additionally, various archival releases, most notably two from Testament Records, have solidified Boult's reputation as a trailblazer-- the most notable of these, issued by Testament Records in 2008, contains his 1947 BBC Symphony Orchestra performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with Kathleern Ferrier, the first performance of the piece ever given in England. Read less

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Born: 1889   Died: 1983   Country: England  
Neither as colorful a public figure as fellow Briton Thomas Beecham, nor as stormy and commanding on the podium as some of his better-known international contemporaries, Adrian Boult nevertheless was one of Britain's foremost conductors for nearly 70 years. He championed contemporary music, introducing Holst's The Planets and Berg's Wozzeck to the British public, but his pioneering work with the BBC Orchestra, which he created and directed for 20 Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante moderato
III. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto
IV. Allegro energico e passionato - Piu allegro
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante con moto
III. Con moto moderato
IV. Saltarello: Presto
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster): Prologue: Bunyan in Prison
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act I: Scene 1: The Pilgrim meets Evangelist
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act I: Scene 2: The House Beautiful
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act I: Nocturne (Intermezzo)
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act II: Scene 1: The Arming of the Pilgrim
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act II: Scene 2: The Pilgrim meets Apollyon
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act III, Scene 1: Vanity Fair: Buy! What will ye buy?
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act III, Scene 1: Vanity Fair: I buy the truth
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act III: Scene 2: The Pilgrim in Prison
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act IV: Scene 1: The Pilgrim meets Mister By-Ends
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act IV: Entr'acte
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act IV, Scene 2: The Delectable Mountains: Who so dwelleth
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act IV, Scene 2: The Delectable Mountains: The Lord is my Shepherd
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act IV: Scene 3: The Pilgrim reaches the End of his Journey
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act IV: Epilogue
The Pilgrim's Progress - Sir Adrian Boult in Rehearsal: Act III Scene 1
The Pilgrim's Progress - Sir Adrian Boult in Rehearsal: Act I Nocturne
The Pilgrim's Progress - Sir Adrian Boult in Rehearsal: Act IV Scene 1
The Pilgrim's Progress - Sir Adrian Boult in Rehearsal: Act IV Scene 2
The Pilgrim's Progress - Sir Adrian Boult in Rehearsal: Act II Scene 1
I. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto
II. Andante
III. Poco allegretto
IV. Allegro - Un poco sostenuto
I. Andante nobilmente e semplice - Allegro
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio
IV. Lento - Allegro
Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra Op. 14 (1989 Digital Remaster): Allegro moderato
Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra Op. 14 (1989 Digital Remaster): Preghiera: Larghetto
Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra Op. 14 (1989 Digital Remaster): Rondo (Allegro giocoso)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor Op. 64 (1989 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro molto appassionato -
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor Op. 64 (1989 Digital Remaster): II. Andante
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor Op. 64 (1989 Digital Remaster): III. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
Scottish Fantasy Op. 46 (1989 Digital Remaster): Einleitung (Grave) - 1.Satz: Adagio cantabile
Scottish Fantasy Op. 46 (1989 Digital Remaster): 2. Satz: Allegro - Tanz - Animato - Adagio - Tempo I - Adagio
Scottish Fantasy Op. 46 (1989 Digital Remaster): 3. Satz: Andante sostenuto - Piu animato
Scottish Fantasy Op. 46 (1989 Digital Remaster): 4. Satz: Finale (Allegro guerriero - Un poco tranquillo - Tempo I - Adagio - Allegro)
Music for Strings (1999 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro moderato, energico
Music for Strings (1999 Digital Remaster): II. Andante, molto sostenuto - Poco allegretto (flowing) - Tempo I
Music for Strings (1999 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro molto - Allegro con spirito - Allegro molto - Presto
Music for Strings: I. Allegro moderato, energico
Music for Strings: II. Andante, molto sostenuto - Poco allegretto (flowing) - Tempo I
Music for Strings: III. Allegro molto - Allegro con spirito - Allegro molto - Presto
The Perfect Fool H150 (Op. 39) - Ballet music (2003 - Remaster): Dance of Spirits of Water (Allegretto)
The Perfect Fool H150 (Op. 39) - Ballet music (2003 - Remaster): Dance of Spirits of Fire (Allegro moderato)
Symphony No.1 in A Flat, Op.55 (1985 - Remaster): II. Allegro molto -
Symphony No.1 in A Flat, Op.55 (1985 Remastered Version): II. Allegro molto -
Blest Pair of Sirens
Blest Pair of Sirens (1987 Remastered Version)
Crown Imperial - Coronation March
Crown Imperial - Coronation March
The Perfect Fool, Op.39/H.150 (1988 - Remaster): Andante -
The Perfect Fool, Op.39/H.150 (1988 - Remaster): Andante -
The Perfect Fool, Op.39/H.150 (1988 - Remaster): Dance of Spirits of Earth (Moderato - Andante) -
The Perfect Fool, Op.39/H.150 (1988 - Remaster): Dance of Spirits of Earth (Moderato - Andante) -
The Perfect Fool, Op.39/H.150 (1988 - Remaster): Dance of Spirits of Water (Allegretto)
The Perfect Fool, Op.39/H.150 (1988 - Remaster): Dance of Spirits of Water (Allegretto)
The Perfect Fool, Op.39/H.150 (1988 - Remaster): Dance of Spirits of Fire (Allegro moderato)
The Perfect Fool, Op.39/H.150 (1988 - Remaster): Dance of Spirits of Fire (Allegro moderato)
The Planets H125 (Op. 32) (1998 Digital Remaster): Mars, the Bringer of War
The Planets H125 (Op. 32) (1998 Digital Remaster): Mars, the Bringer of War
The Planets H125 (Op. 32) (1998 Digital Remaster): Venus, the Bringer of Peace
The Planets H125 (Op. 32) (1998 Digital Remaster): Venus, the Bringer of Peace
The Planets H125 (Op. 32) (1998 Digital Remaster): Mercury, the Winged Messenger
The Planets H125 (Op. 32) (1998 Digital Remaster): Mercury, the Winged Messenger
The Planets H125 (Op. 32) (1998 Digital Remaster): Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
The Planets H125 (Op. 32) (1998 Digital Remaster): Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
The Planets H125 (Op. 32) (1998 Digital Remaster): Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
The Planets H125 (Op. 32) (1998 Digital Remaster): Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
The Planets H125 (Op. 32) (1998 Digital Remaster): Uranus, the Magician
The Planets H125 (Op. 32) (1998 Digital Remaster): Uranus, the Magician
The Planets H125 (Op. 32) (1998 Digital Remaster): Neptune, the Mystic
The Planets H125 (Op. 32) (1998 Digital Remaster): Neptune, the Mystic
Symphony No. 5 in B minor, 'Symphonic Fantasia' (1987 Digital Remaster): I. Stress (Slow - Allegro - Tempo I) -
Symphony No. 5 in B minor, 'Symphonic Fantasia' (1987 Digital Remaster): I. Stress (Slow - Allegro - Tempo I) -
Symphony No. 5 in B minor, 'Symphonic Fantasia' (1987 Digital Remaster): II. Love (Lento) -
Symphony No. 5 in B minor, 'Symphonic Fantasia' (1987 Digital Remaster): II. Love (Lento) -
Symphony No. 5 in B minor, 'Symphonic Fantasia' (1987 Digital Remaster): III. Play (Vivace - Tranquillo - Vivace) -
Symphony No. 5 in B minor, 'Symphonic Fantasia' (1987 Digital Remaster): III. Play (Vivace - Tranquillo - Vivace) -
Symphony No. 5 in B minor, 'Symphonic Fantasia' (1987 Digital Remaster): IV. Now (Moderato - Tranquillo)
Symphony No. 5 in B minor, 'Symphonic Fantasia' (1987 Digital Remaster): IV. Now (Moderato - Tranquillo)
Blest Pair of Sirens
Blest Pair of Sirens (1987 Digital Remaster)
Symphonic Variations
Symphonic Variations (1987 Digital Remaster)
Elegy for Brahms
Elegy for Brahms (1987 Digital Remaster)
I. Andante un poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace
II. Larghetto -
III. Scherzo: Molto vivace - Trio I-II
IV. Allegro animato e grazioso
I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam
III. Scherzo: Lebhaft
IV. Langsam - Lebhaft
I. Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
III. Adagio espressivo
IV. Allegro molto vivace
I. Lebhaft
II. Scherzo: Sehr massig
III. Nicht schnell
IV. Feierlich
V. Lebhaft
I. Allegro assai
II. Scherzo: Presto con malizia
III. Andante con malinconia
IV. Maestoso: Allegro brioso
Thus Spake Isaiah
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem
By the waters of Babylon
Babylon was a great city
Praise ye
Thus in Babylon
And in that same hour
Then sing aloud to God
The trumpeters and pipers are silent
Then sing aloud to God
The Planets, Op. 32 (2002 Digital Remaster): Mars, the Bringer of War (Allegro)
The Planets, Op. 32 (2002 Digital Remaster): Venus, the Bringer of Peace (Adagio)
The Planets, Op. 32 (2002 Digital Remaster): Mercury, the Winged Messenger (Vivace)
The Planets, Op. 32 (2002 Digital Remaster): Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (Allegro giouoso)
The Planets, Op. 32 (2002 Digital Remaster): Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age (Adagio)
The Planets, Op. 32 (2002 Digital Remaster): Uranus, the Magician (Allegro)
The Planets, Op. 32 (2002 Digital Remaster): Neptune, the Mystic (Andante)
Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, 'Enigma' Op. 36: IX. Nimrod
Variations on an Original Theme, 'Enigma' Op. 36: IX. Nimrod
Variations on an Original Theme, 'Enigma' Op. 36: IX. Nimrod
Crown Imperial - Coronation March
Crown Imperial - Coronation March
Crown Imperial - Coronation March
Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 (1987 Remastered Version)


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