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Holst, Vaughan Williams - British Wind Band Classics / Reynish, Royal Northern College Of Music


Release Date: 02/09/1999 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9697   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsGustav HolstJohann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Timothy Reynish
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although the tradition of "art music" for wind band was to some extent stomped out and marginalized in the mid-20th century by the mostly-German insistence on atonal music for orchestras rather than tuneful music without strings, many "legitimate" British composers produced band works of high quality and great popularity in the first half of the century. Gustav Holst's Suites for Military Band, both presented here, are classics of the repertoire, as is Ralph Vaughan Williams' 'English Folk Song Suite.'
Timothy Reynish and the Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra are experienced performers of this music and contributors to two volumes of Chandos' Percy Grainger Edition. In this program of Holst and Vaughan Williams they give
Read more highly polished performances of engaging works. Their readings of the Holst Suites make the reasons for the works' popularity quite apparent. In contrast to the Suites and the sprightly 'English Folk Song Suite,' Holst's 'Hammersmith' allows the band a step away from marches and folk songs to a dark, brooding tone poem. Reynish and his ensemble are as accomplished here as on the rest of the disc. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Timothy Reynish
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 15 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Toccata marziale by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Timothy Reynish
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Flourish for Wind Band by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Timothy Reynish
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4.
Suite for Military Band no 1 in E flat major, Op. 28 no 1 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Timothy Reynish
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 10 Minutes 43 Secs. 
5.
Suite for Military Band no 2 in F major, Op. 28 no 2 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Timothy Reynish
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 11 Minutes 44 Secs. 
6.
Prelude and Scherzo, Op. 52/H 178 "Hammersmith" by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Timothy Reynish
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1931; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 14 Minutes 8 Secs. 
7.
Songs (2) without Words, Op. 22/H 88: no 2, Marching Song by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Timothy Reynish
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Gustav Holst 
8.
Fugue in G major, BWV 577 "Gigue" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Timothy Reynish
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Gustav Holst
This work is no longer believed to have been composed by J.S. Bach. 

Sound Samples

Suite No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 28, No. 1: I. Chaconne: Allegro moderato -
Suite No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 28, No. 1: II. Intermezzo: Vivace -
Suite No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 28, No. 1: III. March: Tempo di marcia
Suite No. 2 in F major, Op. 28, No. 2: I. March [Morris Dance]: Allegro
Suite No. 2 in F major, Op. 28, No. 2: II. Song Without Words, "I'll Love My Love": Andante
Suite No. 2 in F major, Op. 28, No. 2: III. Song of the Blacksmith: Moderato e maestoso -
Suite No. 2 in F major, Op. 28, No. 2: IV. Fantasia on the Dargason: Allegro moderato
Bach - Fugue a la gigue in G major (arr. of BWV 577): Bach - Fugue a la gigue
2 Songs without Words, Op. 22: 2 Songs Without Words, Op. 22: No. 2. Marching Song
Hammersmith, Op. 52: Prelude - Scherzo
Toccata marziale
Flourish for Glorious John (Barbirolli): Flourish for Glorious John [Barbirolli]
English Folk Song Suite: I. March, "Seventeen Come Sunday": Allegro
English Folk Song Suite: II. Sea Songs: Allegro
English Folk Song Suite: III. Intermezzo, "My Bonny Boy": Andantino
English Folk Song Suite: IV. March, "Folk Songs from Somerset": Allegro

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 I MUCH PREFER THE ORIGINAL! October 2, 2014 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "Lately I've been hearing a lot of Holst's Suites #s 1 and 2 as re-orchestrated for full symphony orchestra. True, they're interesting and might provide another dimension, but I must confess I much prefer the original version for symphonic wind ensemble. The addition of the strings tends to muddy the waters some, as opposed to the clean and to-the-point version for band; some things get lost in the low strings whereas they come right out in the low brass! I'll stick with the original wind band version. And this is particularly true of the Hammersmith, Prelude and Scherzo---listening to it I get a mental picture of that particular section of London, at 2 AM with a patrol car making the rounds---sort of an updated Sherlock Holmes story---and the addition of a string section will not help matters at all but will only confuse the issue. And by the way---the fugue a la gigue has been wrongly attributed to Bach, although it sure sounds like him." Report Abuse
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