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Bantock: Orchestral Music


Release Date: 10/09/2007 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 44281  
Composer:  Granville Bantock
Performer:  Susan BickleyJulian Lloyd WebberElizabeth ConnellKim Begley
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Chorus
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hyperion's Bantock recordings have been justly celebrated as burnishing (at least somewhat) the image of a very important turn-of-the-century English composer. There is some wonderful stuff here: the Celtic, Hebridean, and Pagan symphonies, The Witch of Atlas, Fifine at the Fair, Sappho, and the overtures to a Greek Tragedy and Pierrot of the Minute. There's also some junk, particularly the early tone poem (and Tchaikovsky rip-off) Thalaba the Destroyer. All of it is wonderfully performed and magnificently recorded, so if you want to take the Bantock plunge in a serious way, this set comprises the obvious choice. Bantock's virtues include his evocative scoring and a generous fund of attractive, mildly exotic melody. His main weakness is a Read more lack of feeling for form, but he conceals this effectively enough in his best works. Either way, no collection of "English Renaissance" composers can afford to neglect him.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Celtic Symphony by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
2.
Tone Poem no 5 "The Witch of Atlas" by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; England 
3.
Sea Reivers by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; England 
4.
Hebridean Symphony by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; England 
5.
Pagan Symphony by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 
6.
Fifine at the Fair by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; England 
7.
Heroic Ballads (2): no 1, Cuchullin's Lament by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
8.
Heroic Ballads (2): no 2, Kishmul's Gallery by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
9.
Symphony no 3 "The Cyprian Goddess" by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938/1939; England 
10.
Variations for Orchestra on the theme HFB "Helena Variations" by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; England 
11.
Dante and Beatrice by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901/1910; England 
12.
Sappho by Granville Bantock
Performer:  Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; England 
13.
Sapphic Poem by Granville Bantock
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; England 
14.
Caristiona "Hebridean Seascape" by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; England 
15.
Overture to a Greek Tragedy by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; England 
16.
Pierrot of the Minute by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; England 
17.
The Song of Songs: The Second Day by Granville Bantock
Performer:  Elizabeth Connell (Soprano), Kim Begley (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1922; England 
18.
The Song of Songs: The Third Day by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1922; England 
19.
The Song of Songs: The Fifth Day by Granville Bantock
Performer:  Elizabeth Connell (Soprano), Kim Begley (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1922; England 
20.
Christus: no 6, The Wilderness and the solitary pace by Granville Bantock
Performer:  Elizabeth Connell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; England 
21.
Omar Khayyám: Camel Caravan by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1909; England 
22.
Tone Poem no 1 "Thalaba the Destroyer" by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; England 

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