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English Symphonies Collection / Various

English Symphonies Collection / Various
Release Date: 11/15/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8502503  
Composer:  William AlwynMalcolm ArnoldGranville BantockArnold Bax,   ... 
Performer:  Leonid KoganAndrei MytnikCharlotte ElletJoan Rodgers,   ... 
Conductor:  David Lloyd-JonesAndrew PennyAdrian LeaperGeorge Hurst,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic OrchestraNational Symphony Orchestra of IrelandCzecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice,   ... 
Number of Discs: 25 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



You will not find such a stellar retrospective of the English Symphony anywhere, at any price. Included are the complete symphonies of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Bax, Malcolm Arnold and many more.

“The Malcolm Arnold Symphonies set arguably constitutes the best series of recordings in the Naxos catalog--performances of uniformly high quality made in the presence of the composer and recorded with more realistic balances and cleaner textures than any of their rivals…At any price, you can't do better.” -- ClassicsToday.com

“The Best Bax cycle available at any price…top quality performances and sonics of excellent technical quality
Read more – ClassicsToday.com

In addition, you will find a "First Rate" complete Vaughan Williams Symphony cycle and, the best know of the genre, the Elgar symphonies (including Anthony Payne's completion of the Third). William Walton's symphonies are here and the entire set is rounded out by the lesser known works of Rawsthorne, Bantock, and Bliss. Absolutely a "Must Have" set for anyone with an interest in the English Symphony or, truly, the Symphonic genre as a whole. The avid collector will want to hear these versions if they are unfamiliar, and for the novice...Wow! What an introduction!

For more details and reviews of some of the individual discs in this set Click Here.

English Symphonies Collection
When compared to musical developments in the rest of Europe, nationalism in English music came late. After being virtually absent from the British musical landscape for well over a century, the symphony made a fantastic reentry with the 1908 Symphony No. 1 of Sir Edward Elgar, widely regarded as the first English masterpiece in the medium, receiving dozens of performances throughout the world in that first year alone. With nine numbered symphonies composed in his extensive career, Ralph Vaughan Williams became, arguably, England’s finest symphonist, with each work projecting nobility, melodic directness and a profound Englishness. Much of his work makes skillful use of folk material. “A London Symphony” is the composer’s well-crafted and loving evocation of the atmosphere of the capital. The seven symphonies of Arnold Bax were composed in the 1920s and 30s and display a remarkable contrapuntal skill, impressionist use of orchestral color and a fine sense of pace. Linked to Ireland by his friendships, annual visits to the rural west, and a Dublin residency before and during the time of the Easter Rising, Bax was conflicted about his knighthood, bestowed in 1939. The unjustly neglected Granville Bantock also drew inspiration from Celtic culture, but from the landscape of Scotland’s far flung corners. His ambitious Hebridean Symphony celebrates the remote islands of the Scottish Highlands, working folksong into a symphonic framework.

William Walton was an immense musical figure in English musical life and his First Symphony was an enormous success at its premiere in 1935, rapidly leading to hundreds of performances. The emotional range of the work is staggering, from the tense opening movement to the impish scherzo (marked to be played “with malice”) to the satisfying finale. The Second Symphony is scarcely less impressive while the composer’s Viola Concerto – composed for Lionel Tertis but premiered by Paul Hindemith (and coupled here) – is arguably the greatest concerto ever written for the instrument.

The prolific William Alwyn, contemporary of Britten and Tippett, composed in a variety of forms, including five well-constructed symphonies, two of which are included in this collection. The first English composer ever to win an Oscar, ( in 1958, for Bridge on the River Kwai), Malcolm Arnold is celebrated for his work in film, though his nine symphonies are arguably the finest works in an oeuvre that also includes concertos, ballets, chamber and solo music. ( Malcolm Arnold's symphonies 1 through 6 are featured in this set.) The work of Alan Rawsthorne is notable for its structural clarity and keen wit. His three symphonies, composed in the 1950s and ‘60s, give ample evidence that his was a major voice in British symphonic life which is only now truly garnering appreciation.

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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 by William Alwyn
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England 
Length: 38 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 3 by William Alwyn
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955-1956; England 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England 
Length: 30 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3. Symphony no 5, Op. 74 by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; England 
Date of Recording: 1/2000 
Venue:  National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland 
Length: 32 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4. Symphony no 6, Op. 95 by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; England 
Date of Recording: 1/2000 
Venue:  National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland 
Length: 24 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5. Symphony no 1, Op. 22 by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 
Date of Recording: 4/1995 
Venue:  National Concert Hall, Dublin 
Length: 28 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6. Symphony no 2, Op. 40 by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
Date of Recording: 4/1995 
Venue:  National Concert Hall, Dublin 
Length: 27 Minutes 13 Secs. 
7. Symphony no 3, Op. 63 by Malcolm Arnold
Performer:  Leonid Kogan (Violin), Andrei Mytnik (Piano)
Conductor:  Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Date of Recording: 6/1996 
8. Symphony no 4, Op. 71 by Malcolm Arnold
Performer:  Leonid Kogan (Violin), Andrei Mytnik (Piano)
Conductor:  Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
Date of Recording: 6/1996 
9. Hebridean Symphony by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; England 
10. Old English Suite by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
11. Russian Scenes by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; England 
12. Symphony no 1 in E flat major by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
13. In the faery hills by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
14. Garden of Fand by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913-1916; England 
15. Symphony no 3 by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; England 
16. Happy Forest by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1921; England 
17. Symphony no 2 by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
18. November Woods by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; England 
19. Symphony no 5 by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
Date of Recording: 5/31/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 41 Minutes 9 Secs. 
20. Tale the Pine Trees Knew by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 
Date of Recording: 6/31/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 16 Minutes 33 Secs. 
21. Symphony no 4 by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 
Date of Recording: 8/2000 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 39 Minutes 28 Secs. 
22. Overture to a Picaresque Comedy by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; England 
Date of Recording: 8/2000 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 9 Minutes 9 Secs. 
23. Nympholept by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1915; England 
Date of Recording: 8/2000 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 16 Minutes 2 Secs. 
24. Symphony no 6 by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
25. Into the Twilight by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; England 
26. Summer music by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920/1932; England 
27. Symphony no 7 in A flat major by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Date of Recording: 8/2002 
Venue:  Royal Scottish Concert Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 42 Minutes 20 Secs. 
28. Tintagel by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1919; England 
Date of Recording: 8/2002 
Venue:  Royal Scottish Concert Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 14 Minutes 35 Secs. 
29. A Colour Symphony, F 106 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922/1932; England 
Date of Recording: 6/1995 
Venue:  Town Hall, Leeds, England 
Length: 32 Minutes 6 Secs. 
30. Adam Zero, F 1 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Date of Recording: 6/1995 
Venue:  Town Hall, Leeds, England 
Length: 42 Minutes 15 Secs. 
31. Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  George Hurst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907-1908; England 
Date of Recording: 4/1992 
Venue:  BBC Concert Hall, Manchester 
Length: 49 Minutes 34 Secs. 
32. Imperial March, Op. 32 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  George Hurst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; England 
Date of Recording: 4/1992 
Venue:  BBC Concert Hall, Manchester 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
33. Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1911; England 
Length: 56 Minutes 0 Secs. 
34. Symphony no 3 in C minor by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 5/1999 
Venue:  The Guildhall, Southampton, England 
Length: 54 Minutes 59 Secs. 
35. Symphony no 1 by Alan Rawsthorne
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; England 
36. Symphony no 2 "Pastoral" by Alan Rawsthorne
Performer:  Charlotte Ellet (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; England 
37. Symphony no 3 by Alan Rawsthorne
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; England 
38. Symphony no 2 "London" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1920; England 
Date of Recording: 4/1993 
Venue:  Poole Arts Center Concert Hall, UK 
Length: 48 Minutes 27 Secs. 
39. The wasps: Overture by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
Date of Recording: 4/1993 
Venue:  Poole Arts Center Concert Hall, UK 
Length: 9 Minutes 28 Secs. 
40. Symphony no 1 "A sea symphony" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Joan Rodgers (Soprano), Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Bournemouth Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1909; England 
Length: 63 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
41. Symphony no 4 in F minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1934; England 
42. Norfolk Rhapsody no 1 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Stuart Green (Viola)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1906; England 
43. Flos campi by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Paul Silverthorne (Viola)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Bournemouth Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Language: English 
44. Symphony no 3 "Pastoral" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; England 
Date of Recording: 11/12/1992 
Venue:  Poole Arts Center 
Length: 37 Minutes 32 Secs. 
45. Symphony no 6 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1947; England 
Date of Recording: 11/12/1993 
Venue:  Winter Garden, Bournemouth, England 
Length: 33 Minutes 42 Secs. 
46. Symphony no 7 "Sinfonia antartica" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  David Timson (Spoken Vocals), Lynda Russell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Waynflete Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1952; England 
47. Symphony no 8 in D minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
48. Symphony no 5 in D major by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1943; England 
49. Symphony no 9 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1957; England 
50. Symphony no 1 in B flat minor by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1935; England 
51. Partita for Orchestra by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
52. Symphony no 2 by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959-1960; England 
Date of Recording: 4/1995 
Venue:  Town Hall, Leeds, England 
Length: 27 Minutes 41 Secs. 
53. Concerto for Viola by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Lars Anders Tomter (Viola)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929/1961; England 
Date of Recording: 4/1995 
Venue:  Town Hall, Leeds, England 
Length: 25 Minutes 58 Secs. 
54. Johannesburg Festival Overture by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
Date of Recording: 4/1995 
Venue:  Town Hall, Leeds, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 48 Secs. 

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