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In Ireland - Orchestral Works By Hamilton Harty


Release Date: 05/25/2004 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10194   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sir Hamilton Harty
Performer:  Lee Pan HonRalph HolmesMalcolm BinnsHeather Harper
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

3 discs for the price of 2!

This is the third reissue of Chandos' set of Hamilton Harty's complete orchestral works, and if you haven't heard this incredibly derivative but equally incredibly charming composer you're in for a treat. The influences range from Dvorák (Irish Symphony) to Rachmaninov (Piano Concerto), with plenty of Irish color in evidence everywhere else--but the one constant is Harty's skill at orchestration and general level of craftsmanship. The performances, featuring Bryden Thomson and the Ulster Orchestra in their first flush of success, have not been surpassed. It's a little sad to hear a set like this and recall just how exciting a label Chandos was at the time, how much new music there was
Read more to savor, and what a pace-setter these recordings were technically. Whether you listen out of nostalgia or simply to find something new and interesting, by all means do listen!
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
An Irish Symphony by Sir Hamilton Harty
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Ireland 
2.
Danny Boy "Londonderry Air" by Sir Hamilton Harty
Performer:  Lee Pan Hon (Violin)
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
3.
In Ireland by Sir Hamilton Harty
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915/1935; Ireland 
4.
With the Wild Geese by Sir Hamilton Harty
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Ireland 
5.
Concerto for Violin by Sir Hamilton Harty
Performer:  Ralph Holmes (Violin)
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Ireland 
6.
Concerto for Piano in B minor by Sir Hamilton Harty
Performer:  Malcolm Binns (Piano)
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Ireland 
7.
Children of Lir by Sir Hamilton Harty
Performer:  Heather Harper (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Ireland 
Language: English 
8.
Variations on a Dublin Air by Sir Hamilton Harty
Performer:  Ralph Holmes (Violin)
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Ireland 
9.
Ode to a Nightingale by Sir Hamilton Harty
Performer:  Heather Harper (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
10.
A Comedy Overture by Sir Hamilton Harty
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Ireland 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in D minor: I. Allegro deciso
Violin Concerto in D minor: II. Molto lento
Violin Concerto in D minor: III. Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto in B minor: I. Allegro risoluto
Piano Concerto in B minor: II. Tranquillo e calmo
Piano Concerto in B minor: III. Con brio e vivace
The Children of Lir: Introduction -
The Children of Lir: Allegro brioso ed animato -
The Children of Lir: The swan-children -
The Children of Lir: Calm seas and blue skies -
The Children of Lir: Approach of evening -
The Children of Lir: Allegro brio ed animato -
The Children of Lir: Transformation, baptism and death
Variations on a Dublin Air: Introduction and Theme -
Variations on a Dublin Air: Variation 1 -
Variations on a Dublin Air: Variation 2 -
Variations on a Dublin Air: Variation 3 -
Variations on a Dublin Air: Variation 4 -
Variations on a Dublin Air: Variation 5 -
Variations on a Dublin Air: Variation 6 -
Variations on a Dublin Air: Variation 7
The Londonderry Air
Ode to a Nightingale: [Orchestral introduction] -
Ode to a Nightingale: My heart aches -
Ode to a Nightingale: O, for a draught of vintage! -
Ode to a Nightingale: ... and quite forget -
Ode to a Nightingale: Already with thee! -
Ode to a Nightingale: Darkling I listen -
Ode to a Nightingale: Forlorn! -
Ode to a Nightingale: Adieu! adieu!

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