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British Composers: A Celebration

British Composers: A Celebration / Various
Release Date: 05/03/2011 
Label:  Emi 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 William Joseph 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 

Sound Samples

Sun Dance (Wand of Youth Suite No.1, Op.1a No.4) (1996 Digital Remaster)
Marigold, Op.78 (1996 Digital Remaster)
Saint Nicolas, Op.42 (1995 Digital Remaster): The Birth of Nicolas
String Quartet 'in Gloucestershire' (No. 3): II. Fairly quick, but always rhythmical
Symphony No.1 in A Flat, Op.55 (1985 Digital Remaster): II. Allegro molto -
Troilus and Cressida (1992 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene II: From isle to isle chill waters (Cressida/Troilus)
Dance Scenes: IV. Molto allegro
Ave Maria, Op.2 No. 2 (1996 Digital Remaster)
The Triumph of Neptune - Suite: VII. Hornpipe (Allegro molto)
Dies natalis, Op.8 (1990 Digital Remaster): 2. Rhapsody (Recitativo stromentato)
Symphony No. 5 in D (1994 Digital Remaster): III. Romanza (Lento)
Blest Pair of Sirens (1987 Digital Remaster)
Checkmate (Ballet Suite) (1993 Digital Remaster): VI. Finale: Checkmate
Peter Grimes, Op.33 (1993 Digital Remaster), Act 2 Scene 2: In dreams I've built myself some kindlier home (Peter)
Violin Concerto (1993 Digital Remaster): Slower -
The Planets: IV. Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity
Loch Lomond (1995 Digital Remaster)
Canadian Carnival, Op.19
At the Boar's Head, Op.42 (1995 Digital Remaster): We two saw you four (Prince)
Divertimento on 'Sellinger's Round': III. Presto
Greater love hath no man
English Dances, Op.33 (1996 Digital Remaster): 5. Allegro non troppo (1996 Digital Remaster)
On Wenlock Edge (1987 Digital Remaster): II. From far, from eve and morning
Sinfonietta, I. Allegro con brio: II. Tema con variazioni:
Mater ora filium
Violin Sonata (1996 Digital Remaster), II. Variazioni: Var.6 (Scherzando)
Cello Concerto in D: II. Andante espressivo -
Three Screaming Popes
Concerto for Two Pianos (Three Hands), Op.104: III. Allegro
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34: Fugue (Allegro molto)
String Quartet in E Minor, Op.83: II. Piacevole (poco andante)
The Lady's Birthday (Sociable Songs, No. 3) (1994 Digital Remaster)
Crown Imperial - Coronastion March (1937) (1995 Digital Remaster)
Symphony in G minor - I. Allegro (opening) (1973 Digital Remaster)
Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad': V. The lads in their hundreds
Concertino for harpsichord and string orchestra (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro vivace
Ave verum corpus Op. 2 No. 1 (1969 Digital Remaster)
Pineapple Poll (1997 Digital Remaster), Scene 3 (1997 Digital Remaster): Belaye's Solo & Sailors' Drill (1997 Digital Remaster)
Down by the Salley Gardens (2001 Digital Remaster)
Four Cornish Dances Op. 91 (2001 Digital Remaster): 4. Allegro ma non troppo
Hums and Songs of Winnie-the-Pooh Op. 6 (1970/1983), I. Aphorisms: iii. The Hundred Acre Wood (Nocturne) - Piglet meets a Heffalump
The March of the Women (last two verses)
Job - A Masque for Dancing, Scene VII:: Pavane of the Sons of the Morning
Three Motets Op. 38: 2. Coelos ascendit hodie
Falstaff Op. 68 - Two Interludes (1993 Digital Remaster): Interlude I: 'Jack Falstaff, now Sir John...' (Poco allegretto)
Henry V - Scenes from the film (1994 Digital Remaster): 'This day is called the Feast of Crispian' (King Henry) -
Five Poems by W. H. Auden Op. 58 (2003 Digital Remaster): 5. Carry her over the water
Paul Bunyan Op. 17 - Prologue excerpt (It isn't very often the conservatives are wrong - But once in a while the odd thing happens)
On Wenlock Edge: IV. Oh, when I was in love with you
Portrait of a Flirt
Kai - conclusion
Beware! - Three Early Songs: 2. O that I had ne'er been married (Robert Burns)
The Perfect Fool H150 (Op. 39) (1988 Digital Remaster): Dance of Spirits of Fire (Allegro moderato)
Lo, the full, final Sacrifice Op. 26 - conclusion (from O soft self-wounding Pelican!)
Dream Children Op. 43 (1995 Digital Remaster): 1. Andante
Hodie - III. Song: It was the winter wild (last verse) (2000 Digital Remaster)
Diversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra Op. 21: Var.XI Tarantella
The Curlew (1988 Digital Remaster): Pale brows, still hands
'Spitfire' Prelude & Fugue - Fugue (conclusion) (1986 Digital Remaster)
It was a lover and his lass Op. 23 No. 3
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (1988 Digital Remaster): X. Intermezzo: Dorabella (Dora Penny)
I was glad [orchestral version] (conclusion, from O pray for the peace) (1977 Digital Remaster)
A Village Romeo and Juliet: The Walk to the Paradise Garden (arr. Beecham)

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