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English Rhapsody - Delius & Butterworth / Elder, Halle Orchestra, Et Al


Release Date: 11/11/2008 
Label:  Hallé   Catalog #: 7503   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George ButterworthFrederick DeliusPercy Aldridge GraingerTraditional
Performer:  James GilchristJoseph Taylor
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé OrchestraHallé Orchestra Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As I write, in the midst of an early August heatwave, this collection of folk-inspired music by George Butterworth and Frederick Delius comes into its own. But it’s more than merely mood music. There’s real substance in the works of George Butterworth, a strength and originality so tragically cut short by the battlefields of World War I. The Hallé was born to play this music and Mark Elder draws out all the colour in Butterworth’s orchestration. The tone poem adjunct to his Housman settings, A Shropshire Lad, has a symphonic breadth – it’s perceived as a work of drama more than mere picturesque English Romanticism. Delius is represented by some of his most characteristic music: the Prelude he belatedly extracted from his early opera Read more Irmelin, Beecham’s adaptation of ‘The Walk to the Paradise Garden’ from A Village Romeo and Juliet and the ‘English Rhapsody’ Brigg Fair. Here the competition on disc is keener, with such figures as Beecham (EMI), Handley (CfP) and Barbirolli (also with the Hallé, on EMI) to contend with. But Elder is every bit their equal, giving Delius’s airy textures room to breathe and revealing that it’s not all laid-back languor by bringing out the rhythmic pointedness and momentum of the music. There are a couple of appropriate pendants in the arrangement for tenor and choir of the Lincolnshire folk song ‘Brigg Fair’ by Percy Grainger, who originally discovered it, and a brief 1908 recording of the man he first heard sing it, Joseph Taylor. Whatever time of year you listen to this beautifully recorded disc, it will always remind you of summer.
Performance: ****
Sound: *****


-- Matthew Rye, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
English Idylls (2) by George Butterworth
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Length: 9 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Phil Rowlands.
Audio Producer: Andrew Keener. 
2.
Banks of Green Willow by George Butterworth
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Phil Rowlands.
Audio Producer: Andrew Keener. 
3.
A Village Romeo and Juliet: Walk to the Paradise Garden by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900-1901; France 
Length: 9 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Phil Rowlands.
Audio Producer: Andrew Keener. 
4.
A Shropshire Lad by George Butterworth
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; England 
Length: 11 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Phil Rowlands.
Audio Producer: Andrew Keener. 
5.
Irmelin by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890-1892; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Phil Rowlands.
Audio Producer: Andrew Keener. 
6.
Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody: Introduction by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Phil Rowlands.
Audio Producer: Andrew Keener. 
7.
Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody: Interlude "Slow and very quietly" by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Phil Rowlands.
Audio Producer: Andrew Keener. 
8.
Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody: Variations 7-12 by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Phil Rowlands.
Audio Producer: Andrew Keener. 
9.
Brigg Fair by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  James Gilchrist (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906/1911; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Phil Rowlands.
Audio Producer: Andrew Keener. 
10.
Brigg Fair by Traditional by Traditional
Performer:  Joseph Taylor (Tenor)
Length: 0 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 

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