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Handley,Vernon
Release Date: 10/11/2011 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 98202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsSir Edward ElgarSir Arthur BlissSir William Walton,   ... 
Performer:  Nigel KennedyTasmin Little
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraCity of Birmingham Symphony OrchestraRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Vernon George Handley was born in Enfield, London, in 1930. He disliked his first names and preferred to use the nickname Tod, given to him as a baby because he toddled along with his toes turned inwards.

Handley was a great champion of British music. His first recording, made in 1965 for a minor record label, was of Bax's Fourth Symphony with the newly-formed Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra. He then went on to record for Lyrita, another small independent company specialising in British music. In the early 1970s Handley started to record for Classics for Pleasure and went on to make many more recordings for both CfP and the main EMI label.

Probably because his professional appointments were nearly all in the
Read more UK, and the fact that he put great emphasis on performing British music, his reputation abroad wasn't as great as it deserved to be. He also devoted a great deal of his time to promoting the careers of young, up-coming, British musicians.

This set of 5 CDs showcases recordings of Handley conducting five of the UK's great orchestras. It was in 1984 with 'Tod' Handley that a 28-year-old Nigel Kennedy made his début recording of the Elgar Concerto, here heard on disc one. The first three CDs in the set comprise works by English composers; the other two illustrate Handley conducting two great concertos from the standard repertoire, both with Tasmin Little, and some charming Fauré and popular Russian music.

"Tod" Handley was a self-effacing, modest man who, nevertheless, did not suffer fools easily. This is illustrated no better than in his acceptance-speak at the 2007 Classical Brit Awards when he received the Lifetime Achievement award. A video of this is well worth seeing on YouTube. Handley died the following year.
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Works on This Recording

1.
The lark ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914/1920; England 
2.
Concerto for Violin in B minor, Op. 61 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; England 
3.
Edinburgh Overture by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; England 
4.
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
5.
Variations on a Theme by Hindemith by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962-1963; England 
6.
Concerto for Double String Orchestra by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1939; England 
7.
Eclogue for Piano and Strings in F major, Op. 10 by Gerald Finzi
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920s; England 
8.
Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra: no 1, On Hearing the First Cuckoo by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; France 
9.
Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra: no 2, Summer Night on the River by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
10.
Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
11.
Symphony no 2 "London" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1920; England 
12.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Tasmin Little (Violin)
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
13.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Tasmin Little (Violin)
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
14.
Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
15.
Masques et bergamasques Suite, Op. 112 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; France 
16.
Hamlet Overture, Op. 67 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
17.
Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
18.
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
19.
In the steppes of central Asia by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
20.
Prince Igor: Overture by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
21.
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 

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