BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

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Biography

Active: 1922 - ; Manchester, England
The BBC Philharmonic, based in Manchester, is one of the most important orchestras in the United Kingdom, distinguishing itself through sheer visibility and through a solid commitment to contemporary British music that has included the establishment of a composer/conductor position.

The orchestra's history is rather checkered, for it has had to endure numerous crises. In 1922, prior to the official establishment of the British
Read more Broadcasting Corporation, Manchester had a radio station known as 2YZ, housed on the premises of the Metropolitan Vickers Electrical Company. Early on, a small orchestra was established for broadcasts, concentrating mainly on light music, but expanding on occasion for performances of symphonic repertoire and opera. The station gained a reputation for broadcasting British music, including first radio performances of music by Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, and William Walton. When the BBC was established, in 1927, the 2YZ orchestra was renamed the Northern Wireless Orchestra; later it became the BBC Northern Orchestra. Its existence was always precarious, but the group's size and repertoire increased. During World War II, the orchestra gave concerts in various communities around the region, bringing it a wider public. The Northern Orchestra continued to gain a strong reputation for performing and broadcasting British music, particularly works by living composers who were often invited to conduct the orchestra themselves.

In 1961, the BBC Northern Orchestra made its first appearance at the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts under the direction of George Hurst. The regional identity of the ensemble began from that point to evolve into a national and international one. After a difficult strike in 1980, the BBC made the commitment to support a full orchestra in Manchester, and, in 1982, the ensemble was given its current name. Its principal conductor at that time was Sir Edward Downs, who was succeeded in 1991 by Yan Pascal Tortelier. In 2002 Gianandrea Noseda was named principal conductor.

The ensemble's reputation for adventurous programming has expanded to international scope as well, as composers from various countries have come to Manchester to conduct the orchestra. In 1991, the post of composer/conductor was created, with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies being the first appointment. Davies composed a number of works for the orchestra, including several symphonies culminating with Symphony No. 7, premiered in 2000. Along the way, he has also recorded a number of his orchestral works for CD release. Scottish composer James MacMillan was named his successor in 2001.

The people of Manchester and the north of England are rightly proud of their radio orchestra. With so much British culture and finance administered in London, there is an independent spirit driving the culture of the north. The BBC Philharmonic has not only survived, but has thrived. It has developed a character distinct from that of the larger BBC Symphony Orchestra, based in London, more populist, perhaps, but also more adventurous and, with the orchestra's large recording catalogue, generous outreach programs, and international tours, more entrepreneurial. Read less
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Biography

Active: 1922 - ; Manchester, England
The BBC Philharmonic, based in Manchester, is one of the most important orchestras in the United Kingdom, distinguishing itself through sheer visibility and through a solid commitment to contemporary British music that has included the establishment of a composer/conductor position.

The orchestra's history is rather checkered, for it has had to endure numerous crises. In 1922, prior to the official establishment of the British
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Prologue: Mam (Mam, Dad, Quartet, Cat)
Prologue: Dad (Quartet, Dad, Cat)
Prologue: Sister (Sister, Quartet)
Prologue: Brother (Younger Brother, Quartet, Cat, Parents)
Prologue: Headmaster (Headmaster, Cat)
Prologue: Vicar (Vicar, Quartet, Cat)
Prologue: Doctor (Doctor, Quartet, Cat)
Prologue: Chorale (Mam, Dad, Sister, Younger Brother, Headmaster, Vicar, Doctor)
Transition and Surgeons' Introduction to the Act (Quartet, 4 Surgeons)
Act: Abbot, Minister, Croesus, Comrade Serbsky (4 Surgeons, White Abbot, Rev'd Minister, Sir Croesus Wright, Comrade Serbsky, Quartet)
Act: Political Rally (4 Surgeons, Phoebus Apollo, Crowd, Pluto, Zeus/Hera, Quartet)
Act: Revivalist Rally (4 Surgeons, Hot Gospeller, Crusaders, Quartet, Antichrist)
Act: Sex History (4 Surgeons, Quartet, Distraught Mam, Bishop, Policeman, Judge, Trade Union Leader)
Act: Hymn of Satisfaction (Quartet, 4 Surgeons)
Act: Song of the New (Chorus, Rock Band, Rock Band's Vocalist, Antichrist, Hot Gospeller)
I. Quite slow and dramatically - Agitated
II. Scherzo: Not too fast, menacingly
III. Trio: Like a pastorale - A tempo
IV. Scherzo: Faster, but still menacing
V. Tempo I, reflective, dream-like - Liebeslied, always moving
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegro brioso
I. Ritual / Pastorale
II. Fertility Dance
III. Ghost Song
IV. Sacrificial Dance
I. Intrada: Majestically
II. Elegy: Slow and thoughtful
III. Toccata: Fast and rhythmic
I. Triana en fiesta
II. La procesion
I. Zambra
II. Danza de seduccion
III. Danza ritual
IV. Generalife
V. Sacromonte
I. Preludio
II. Semana Santa
III. Las fuentecitas del Parque
IV. Noche de Feria
V. El Fantasma
VI. La Giralda
VII. Ofrenda
I. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico
II. Andante (ma non troppo lento)
III. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Finale (quasi una Fantasia): Andante - Allegro molto
I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
II. Allegro molto vivace
III. Il tempo largo
IV. Allegro
HUL 1325
HUL 1326/9
HUL 1327/2. Allegro moderato
I. Allegretto
II. Tempo andante, ma rubato
III. Vivacissimo -
IV. Finale: Allegro moderato
I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato
II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
III. Allegro molto - Largamente assai
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
III. Moderato - Allegro (ma non tanto)
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Allegretto moderato
III. Poco vivace -
IV. Allegro molto
Adagio -
Vivacissimo - Adagio -
Allegro molto moderato - Allegro moderato -
Vivace - Presto - Adagio - Largamente molto - Affettuoso
I. Overture: Allegro moderato
II. Cortege: Tempo di Marcia
III. The Love of the Princess: Andante semplice
IV. The Sultan's Toys: Andante - Moderato
V. The Flying Horse Gallop: Molto moderato - Allegretto scherzando
VI. The Silvermaid's Dance: Moderato - Piu animato - Tempo I - Tranquillo
VII. The Market at Basra: Vivo
I. Beginning: Largamente
II. Shere Khan: Molto moderato - Andantino - Grazioso - Lento
III. Mowgli Wanders: Andante - Allegretto scherzando - Molto moderato - Allegro molto agitato
IV. Lullaby: Largamente - Lento
V. The Ways of Man: Allegretto giocoso - Con moto - Tranquillo
VI. Cries of the Animals: Non troppo allegro - Allegro agitato - Piu mosso
VII. Mowgli Seeks Shere Khan: Moderato
VIII. The Chase: Allegro agitato - Largamente
IX. Victory: Allegro giocoso - Largamente e pesante - Moderato - Moderato e commodo - Allegretto
X. Bagheera's Contentment: Molto moderato
I. Prelude: Maestoso - Allegro - Poco animato - Piu lento - Piu mosso
II. Love Theme: Lento - Poco piu largamente - Tranquillo
III. The Burning Desert: Pesante - Largamente - Adagio solemne - Animato
IV. The Rowing of the Galley Slaves: Molto moderato - Poco animato - Piu allegro - Molto allegro
V. The Mother's Love: Lento
VI. Parade of the Charioteers: Alla marcia
I. Allegro moderato
II. Rondo: Vivace - Alla valse burlesca
III. Lento
Lento, Grave, Tragico; con molta fantasia ?
Lento assai ? Lontano ?
Allegretto grazioso, poco mosso - Lento - Sempre piu lento -
Allegro molto vivace - Festoso, con animo
I. Introduzione
II. Corale
III. Marcia
I. Allegro mosso
II. Andante molto moderato quasi adagio
III. Scherzo - Minore: Allegro alquanto pesante e sempre molto ritmico - Maggiore: Allegro giocoso ed animato - Variazione (Minore e tempo primo)
IV. Rondo Finale: Allegro molto vivace ed animato - Grazioso e leggiero - Scherzando grazioso - (Tempo primo) - Grazioso e leggiero - Animando - Andante molto moderato
I. Toccata: Allegro molto e con brio
II. Waltz: Allegretto
III. Impromptu: Andante lento
IV. March: Allegro moderato sempre a la marcia
Piano Concerto, Op. 13: III. Recitative and Aria (1938 original version)
I. Allegro con Fuoco
II. Andante
III. Scherzo - Trio
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Menuetto - Trio
IV. Finale: Scherzo presto
I. Lento - Adagio - Andante - Moderato - Allegretto - Allegro moderato - Allegro - Allegro alla breve
II. Allegro
III. Allegro vivace: scorrevole e bisbigliando
IV. Lento - Adagio flessible
Introduction -
Fairground -
Ghost Train -
Transition -
The Bearded Lady and the Five-Legged Sheep -
Transition -
The Juggler -
Transition -
The Roundabout
I. Sinfonia
II. Passacaglia
III. Inno
Lento molto, misterioso
Andante molto tranquillo e calmo, quasi adagio
Agitando e cresc, molto
Lento motlo, misterioso
Andante molto tranquillo e calmo, quasi adagio
I. Musica del sogno di re altidor: Andante
II. Interludio: Andante moderato
III. Marcia Guerriera: Tempo di marcia
I. Sinfonia Allegro vivacissimo
I. Preludio Lento, ma non troppo: Sempre piu ff
II. Battaglia - III. Finale Allegro vivacissimo
I. Adagio - Moderato
II. Lento - Allegro molto
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro - Moderato - Allegro ma non troppo
Introduction - Moderato -
Allegro -
No. 1 in D major
No. 2 in A minor
No. 3 in C minor
No. 4 in G major
No. 5 in C major
I. Presto
II. Lento - Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Presto
I. En el Generalife (In the Generalife)
II. Danza lejana (Distant Dance)
III. En los jardines de la Sierra de Cordoba (In the Gardens of the Sierra de Cordoba)
No. 1. Over the stream, the swift stream
No. 2. Ah, Vanka, you are so dashing
No. 3. My cheeks, so white, so rosy!
I. Allegro, ma non tanto
II. Lento
III. Presto
IV. Lento lugubre - Allegro - Andante - Tempo I
I. Janacek ist mir im Traum erschienen
II. Wienerlied
III. ... for David Drew
IV. Geschwindmarsch
V. Flucht
I. Uberfahrt
II. Im Hotel
III. Unterwegs
IV. Das Naturtheater von Oklahoma
I. Breit gesungen
II. Lebhaft, aggresiv
III. Bleischwer
IV. Sehr gedehnt
V. Beweglich
VI. Lebhaft, aggresiv
I. Andante sostenuto
II. Allegro giocoso
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante tranquillo
III. Allegro molto
I. Moderato
II. Adagio religioso
III. Allegro vivace
I. Lento - Allegro moderato
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Allegro
I. Moderato
II. Lento con granole espressione
III. Allegro vivo
I. Largo - Allegro con fuco
II. Scherzo. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Largo
IV. Allegro moderato
I. The Tournament
II. The Lute Song
III. Courtly Dances
IV. Gloriana Moritura
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Presto inquieto
III. Adagio -
IV. Passacaglia: Andante allegro
No. 1. Dawn
No. 2. Sunday Morning
No. 3. Moonlight
No. 4. Storm
I. First Dance
II. Second Dance
III. Finale: In the Streets of the Ouled Nails
I. Prelude: Song of the Fisherman
II. Ceremonial Dance
III. Dance of the Marionette
IV. Interlude: Song of the Fisherman
V. Dance under the Cherry Tree
VI. Finale: Dance of the Wolves
I. Mars, the Bringer of War
II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
VI. Uranus, the Magician
VII. Neptune, the Mystic