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British Composers: A Celebration

British Composers: A Celebration / Various
Release Date: 05/03/2011 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 95480   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin BrittenCharles Hubert ParryGustav HolstRalph Vaughan Williams,   ... 
Performer:  Ian HareSir Andrew DavisBruce RussellRobert Tear,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir David WillcocksSir Adrian BoultSir Andrew DavisChristopher Bishop,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsLondon Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Philharmonic Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This is a 2 CD sampler for the whole British Composers series. It is useful if you are unfamiliar with the territory and would like to be swept along in briefing encounters with a wide spread of British composers. Entertaining on a car journey or downloaded onto your mp3 player as a combination of quiz and fleeting listening. A reminder to explore and an intrinsic pleasure."

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
"This is a 2 CD sampler for the whole British Composers series. It is useful if you are unfamiliar with the territory and would like to be swept along in briefing encounters with a wide spread of British composers. Entertaining on a car journey or downloaded onto your mp3 player as a combination of quiz and fleeting listening. A reminder to explore and an intrinsic pleasure."

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Saint Nicolas, Op. 42: The Birth of Nicolas by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ian Hare (Piano), Sir Andrew Davis (Piano), Bruce Russell (Treble),
Robert Tear (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Blest Pair of Sirens (At a Solemn Music) by Charles Hubert Parry
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
The Planets, Op. 32/H 125: Jupiter by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
Loch Lomond by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Bishop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Madrigal Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Greater love hath no man by John Ireland
Performer:  Christopher Hughes (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Mater ora Filium by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Marigold, Op. 78 by Billy Mayerl
Performer:  Richard Rodney Bennett (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1927; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
8.
Three screaming popes by Mark-Anthony Turnage
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
9.
The Lady's Birthday by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Jennifer Partridge (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baccholian Singers of London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Dance Scenes: no 4, Molto allegro by Nicholas Maw
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
11.
Quartet for Strings "In Gloucestershire": 2nd movement, Fairly quick, but always rhythmical by Herbert Howells
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten String Quartet
Period: Modern 
Written: 1923 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
12.
The Triumph of Neptune: Suite - no 7, Hornpipe by Lord (Tyrwhitt) Berners
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
13.
Symphony no 5 in D major: 3rd movement, Romanza by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1943; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
14.
Peter Grimes, Op. 33: In dreams I've built myself some kindlier home by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Reginald Goodall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Concerto for Violin: 2nd movement by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Meredith Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
16.
Canadian Carnival, Op. 19 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
17.
At the Boar's Head, Op. 42: We two saw you four by Gustav Holst
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass), Michael George (Bass), Philip Langridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Divertimento on Sellinger's Round: 3rd movement, Presto by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953-1954; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
19.
On Wenlock Edge: no 2, From far, from eve and morning by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Music Group of London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1909; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
20.
Sinfonietta: 1st movement, Allegro con brio by Ernest John Moeran
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
21.
Dies natalis, Op. 8: no 2, Rhapsody by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  Wilfred Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Finzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1939; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
22.
Concerto for Cello in D major: 2nd movement, Andante espressivo by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
23.
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34: Fugue by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
24.
The Wand of Youth Suite no 1, Op. 1a: no 4, Sun Dance by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
25.
Ave Maria, Op. 2 no 2 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Harry Bramma (Organ)
Conductor:  Christopher Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Worcester Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
26.
Quartet for Strings in E minor, Op. 83: 2nd movement, Piacevole by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chilingirian String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
27.
Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55: 4th movement, Lento-Allegro by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
28.
English Dances (4), Op. 33: no 1, Allegro non troppo by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
29.
Concerto for 2 Pianos (3 hands), Op. 104: 3rd movement, Allegro by Malcolm Arnold
Performer:  Cyril Smith (Piano), Phyllis Sellick (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
30.
Coronation March "Crown Imperial" by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
31.
Troilus and Cressida: From isle to isle chill waters by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Richard Lewis (Tenor), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1976; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
32.
Sonata for Violin and Piano: 2nd movement, Variazioni - Scherzando by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Louis Kentner (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 
Length: 0 Minutes 30 Secs. 
33.
Checkmate, F 2: Suite - no 4, Ceremony of the Red Bishops by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor:  Sir Arthur Bliss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
34.
Concertino for harpsichord and string orchestra, III. Allegro vivace by Walter Leigh
Performer:  Neville Dilkes (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
35.
Prelude and Fugue "Spitfire": Fugue by Sir William Walton
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 

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