Vernon Handley

Biography

Born: November 11, 1930; Enfield, England   Died: September 10, 2008; Monmouthshire, Wales  
One of England's busiest and most recorded conductors of the late twentieth century, Vernon Handley emerged since the 1970s as the successor to Sir Adrian Boult and Sir John Barbirolli as the leading exponent of English music. Like Boult before him, he made a career specialty out of performing and recording symphonic music from England, some of it well-known and much of it overlooked by previous generations of conductors and Read more audiences.

Vernon George Handley was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and the Guildhall School of Music. His earliest engagements as conductor were with the Oxford University Musical Club and Union, the Tonbridge Philharmonic Society, and the orchestra of the Hatfield School of Music and Drama. He became a professor of orchestra and conducting at the Royal College of Music during 1966, a post he held for six years. During the 1960s and 1970s, Handley was a frequent guest conductor with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the BBC Welsh Orchestra and the BBC Northern Symphony, the London Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He was also frequently seen as a guest conductor on tour in various European countries, including Germany, Holland, Sweden, and France. Handley was also seen as a conductor at the London Proms concerts, and was the chief guest conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra from 1989 to 1994, in addition to holding posts with several Australian orchestras. In 1998 he became principal guest conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, and was, as well, associate conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Handley's major impact as a conductor was through his recordings for EMI and Chandos, where he performed a large body of important English music. For EMI, his recordings of the music of Delius and Elgar, and, especially, the nine Vaughan Williams symphonies have proved perennially popular, the latter good successors to the earlier recordings by Sir Adrian Boult. For Chandos, he recorded a more unusual and specialized body of work, including the six symphonies of Sir Charles Villier Stanford -- which had largely been forgotten since the first decade of the twentieth century -- and the works of E.J. Moeran, Sir Arnold Bax, Sir Arthur Bliss, Peter Warlock, and Gerald Finzi, among many others. Handley also occasionally did work with more mainstream European composers, including conducting Jill Gomez's highly effective performance of the Joseph Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne.

When he wasn't conducting, Handley spent much of his time studying and photographing birds in their natural habitats. Read less

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Biography

Born: November 11, 1930; Enfield, England   Died: September 10, 2008; Monmouthshire, Wales  
One of England's busiest and most recorded conductors of the late twentieth century, Vernon Handley emerged since the 1970s as the successor to Sir Adrian Boult and Sir John Barbirolli as the leading exponent of English music. Like Boult before him, he made a career specialty out of performing and recording symphonic music from England, some of it well-known and much of it overlooked by previous generations of conductors and Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Adam Zero - Suite from the ballet: Fanfare Overture (Allegro molto)
Adam Zero - Suite from the ballet: Adam's Fates (Allegro moderato) -
Adam Zero - Suite from the ballet: Dance of Spring (Allegro spirito)
Adam Zero - Suite from the ballet: Awakening of Love (Andante grazioso)
Adam Zero - Suite from the ballet: Bridal Ceremony (Moderato ma tranquillo)
Adam Zero - Suite from the ballet: Dance of Summer (Allegro (maestoso))
Adam Zero - Suite from the ballet: Approach to Autumn (Larghetto)
Adam Zero - Suite from the ballet: Night Club Scene (Allegro (in modern dance time)) -
Adam Zero - Suite from the ballet: Destruction of Adam's World (Allegro molto)
Adam Zero - Suite from the ballet: Dance with Death (Larghetto maestoso)
Adam Zero - Suite from the ballet: Finale: The stage is set again (Allegro moderato)
Adam Zero - Suite from the ballet: Fanfare Coda (Allegro molto)
Checkmate - Ballet Suite T57: I. Prologue: The Players
Checkmate - Ballet Suite T57: II. Dance of the Four Knights
Checkmate - Ballet Suite T57: III. Entry of the Black Queen
Checkmate - Ballet Suite T57: IV. The Red Knight's Mazurka
Checkmate - Ballet Suite T57: V. Ceremony of the Red Bishops
Checkmate - Ballet Suite T57: VI. Finale: Checkmate
I. Andante nobilmente e semplice - Allegro
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio
IV. Lento - Allegro
Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op.85: I. Adagio - moderato
Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op.85: II. Lento - Allegro molto
Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op.85: III. Adagio
Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op.85: IV. Allegro - Moderato - Allegro, ma non troppo - Poco più lento - Adagio
Capriccio espagnol Op. 34: I. Alborada (Vivo e strepitoso) -
Capriccio espagnol Op. 34: II. Variazioni (Andante con moto) -
Capriccio espagnol Op. 34: III. Alborada (Vivo e strepitoso) -
Capriccio espagnol Op. 34: IV. Scena e canto gitano (Allegretto) -
Capriccio espagnol Op. 34: V. Fandango asturiano
I. London Prelude
II. Romantic Interlude
III. Happy Ending: Mountain Crossing - The Children
I. Energico
II. Lento - Allegretto - Lento
III. Con fuoco
I. Intrada (Vivace)
II. Andantino
III. Chacony (Energico)
I. Alla breve
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
Introduction and Allegro Op. 47: Moderato -
Introduction and Allegro Op. 47: Allegro -
Introduction and Allegro Op. 47: Allegro [Fugue]
Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61: II. Andante
Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61: III. Allegro molto - Cadenza (accompagnata: Lento) - Allegro molto (Tempo I)
I. Allegro deciso
II. Larghetto -
III. Allegro
I. Prologue: Allegro
II. Intermezzo: Allegretto
III. Air: Lento, ma non troppo
IV. Galop: Presto
V. Minuet: Tempo di minuetto
VI. Forlana: Andante con moto
VII. Rigadoon: Con brio, ma tempo moderato -
VIII. Epilogue: Allegro un poco maestoso
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
I. Morning Mood
II. Ase's Death
III. Anitra's Dance
IV. In the Hall of the Mountain King
Chorale St. Antoni: Andante
Variation 1: Poco piu animato
Variation 2: Piu vivace
Variation 3: Con moto
Variation 4: Andante con moto
Variation 5: Vivace
Variation 6: Vivace
Variation 7: Grazioso
Variation 8: Presto non troppo
Finale: Andante
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante
III. Menuetto - Trio: Allegretto
IV. Finale: Allegro assai
I. Morgenstemning (Morning Mood)
II. Aases dod (The Death of Aase)
III. Anitras dans (Anitra's Dance)
IV. I Dovregubbens hall (In the Hall of the Mountain King)
I. Ingrids klage (Ingrid's Lament)
II. Arabisk dans (Arabian Dance)
III. Peer Gynys hjemkomst (Peer Gynt's Homecoming)
IV. Solveigs sang (Solveig's Song)
I. Shepherd's Boy
II. Norwegian Rustic March
III. Notturno
IV. March of the Dwarfs
I. Allegro molto moderato - Animato - Piu lento
II. Adagio
III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Poco piu tranquillo - Tempo I animato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op.61: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op.61: II. Andante
Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op.61: III. Allegro molto - Cadenza (accompagnata: Lento) - Allegro molto (Tempo I)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Rondo: Vivace - Alla valse burlesca
III. Lento
I. Allegro
II. Lento
III. Vivace
IV. Lento - Allegro molto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio molto - Piu mosso [quasi andante]
III. Allegro molto - Largamente e sostenuto
Variation 5: -
Variation 6: Poco a poco piu sostenuto
Variation 7: Intermezzo
Variation 8: Andante tranquillo
Variation 9: -
Variation 10: -
Variation 11: Lento
Variation 12: Finale: Allegro moderato e deciso
I. In the Forest before Dawn
II. Daybreak and Sunrise
III. Full Day
IV. Woodland Love - Romance
V. Maenads
Serenade in E minor Op. 20: I. Allegro piacevole
Serenade in E minor Op. 20: II. Larghetto
Serenade in E minor Op. 20: III. Allegretto - Come prima
Variations on an Original Theme ''Enigma'' Op. 36: Theme (Andante)
Variations on an Original Theme ''Enigma'' Op. 36: I. C.A.E. (the composer's wife)
Variations on an Original Theme ''Enigma'' Op. 36: II. H.D.S-P. (Hew David Steuart-Powell)
Variations on an Original Theme ''Enigma'' Op. 36: III. R.B.T. (Richard Baxter Townshend)
Variations on an Original Theme ''Enigma'' Op. 36: IV. W.M.B. (William Meath Baker)
Variations on an Original Theme ''Enigma'' Op. 36: V. R.P.A. (Richard Penrose Arnold)
Variations on an Original Theme ''Enigma'' Op. 36: VI. Ysobel (Isabel Fitton)
Variations on an Original Theme ''Enigma'' Op. 36: VII. Troyte (Troyte Griffith)
Variations on an Original Theme ''Enigma'' Op. 36: VIII. W.N. (Winifred Norbury)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36: IX. Nimrod (A. J. Jaeger)
Variations on an Original Theme ''Enigma'' Op. 36: X. Intermezzo: Dorabella (Dora Penny)
Variations on an Original Theme ''Enigma'' Op. 36: XI. G.R.S. (George Robertson Sinclair)
Variations on an Original Theme ''Enigma'' Op. 36: XII. B.G.N. (Basil G. Nevinson)
Variations on an Original Theme ''Enigma'' Op. 36: XIII. Romanza: * * * [Lady Mary Lygon]
Variations on an Original Theme ''Enigma'' Op. 36: XIV. Finale: E.D.U. (the composer) (David Bell, organ)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante quieto
III. Rondo: Adagio - Allegro giocoso
I. Daybreak - Dance
II. By the River
III. Sunset - Near the Plantation
IV. At Night
No. 1. Autumn
No. 2. Winter Landscape
No. 3. Dance
No. 4. The March of the Spring
Andante, molto tranquillo -
Allegro vivace -
Piu allegro -
Maestoso piu lento -
Molto vivace, scherzando -
Poco piu mosso -
Allegro vivace -
Adagio -
Molto maestoso -
Piu lento -
Lento -
Molto maestoso
I. Moderato con anima
II. Scherzo
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro molto
I. Dawn -
II. Sunday Morning -
III. Moonlight -
IV. Storm


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