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. 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
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. 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
I. Introduzione
II. Corale
III. Marcia
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 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. 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
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. 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. 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
I. Allegro
II. Andante ma adagio
III. Rondo: Tempo di menuetto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio - Piu adagio - Presto
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegretto
II. Adagio religioso
III. Allegro vivace
I. Sinfonia: Lento grave, allegro molto vivace
II. Minuetto: Allegretto ben moderato e grazioso
III. Capriccio: Allegro vivacissimo e impetuoso
IV. Pastorale: Andantino dolcemente mosso
V. Finale: Lento molto e grave
Introduction -
Chorus: As dear as freedom is our happy encapment -
Chorus: The magic power of song - (Old Gypsy)
Chorus: But why did you not immediately hasten after the thankless wretch - (Aleko, Zemfira, Young Gypsy, Old Gypsy)
Women's Dance -
Men's Dance -
Chorus: The fires have gone out -
Duet: Just one more kiss! (Young Gypsy, Zemfira)
Cradle Scene: Old man, fearful man ... (Zemfira, Aleko)
Cavatina: The whole camp sleeps - (Aleko)
Intermezzo -
Romance: Look how beneath the distant vault of heaven - (Young Gypsy)
Finale: Duet: It's time to go, my love, it's time! - (Young Gypsy, Aleko)
Chorus: What's all this noise? What is that cry? (Old Gypsy, Zemfira, Old Gypsy Woman, Aleko)
Chorus: We are gentle and kind-hearted (Old Gypsy, Aleko)
I. Largo
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio - Poco piu mosso - Tempo I
IV. Allegro vivace
The Dealer - Murder and Fire - Confession
Netta - The Spell - The Murder - Fame
The Cat - Netta's Death - The Bonfire - Recovery
Prelude - Rain - Thatcher Library - Manuscript Reading and Snow Picture - Mother's Sacrifice - Charles Meets Thatcher
Galop - Dissolve Thatcher Reading Document - Second Manuscript - Thanks - Bernstein's Narration - Kane's New Office - New Hornpipe Polka - Carter's Exit - Chronicle Scherzo - Bernstein's Presto
Kane's Return - Collecting Statues - Valse Presentation - Sunset Narrative - Theme and Variations
Kane meets Susan - Susan's Room - Mother Memory - The Trip - Geddes's Departure - Kane Marries
Salammbo's Aria
Leland's Dismissal - New Dawn Music - Xanadu - Jigsaws - Second Xanadu
Kane's Picnic - Susan Leaves - El Rancho - The Glass Ball - Finale
I. Passacaglia
II. Burlesca
III. Recitativo e fanfara
IV. Naenia B.M.V.
I. half note = 40 -
II. half note = 80 (furioso) -
III. half note = 40 -
IV. quarter note = 120 -
V. half note = 40
No. 1. La primavera ha venido
No. 2. Ayer sone que veia
No. 3. Senor, ya me arrancaste la que yo mas queria
No. 4. La primavera ha venido
I. Sostenuto
II. Moderato
III. Impetuoso
IV. Largamente
V. Molto sostenuto
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": Introduction
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": Sacred measure
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": Dance of Nautch Girls
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": India greets her Cities
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": Hail, Immemorial India! (Agra)
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": Well dost thou say that East and West upbear (India)
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": Entrance of Calcutta
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": Welcome Calcutta (India)
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": Entrance of Delhi
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": Stop! That place is mine (Delhi)
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": Introduction
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": March of the Mogul Emperors
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": Illustrious Emperors (India)
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": Entrance of John Company
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": Good John Company, reply (Calcutta)
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": Entrance of St. George
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": Calcutta, Delhi, give your quarrel pause (India)
Tableau I, "The Cities of Ind": The Rule of England (St. George)
Interlude
Tableau II, "Ave Imperator": Introduction
Tableau II, "Ave Imperator": Warriors' Dance
Tableau II, "Ave Imperator": The Cities of Ind
Tableau II, "Ave Imperator": Hail Festal Hour from out the Ages drawn (India)
Tableau II, "Ave Imperator": March, The Crown of India (Chorus)
Tableau II, "Ave Imperator": Incessu patuit Imperator (India)
Tableau II, "Ave Imperator": The Homage of Ind (India)
Tableau II, "Ave Imperator": The Crowning of Delhi (India, Chorus)
Tableau II, "Ave Imperator": Ave Imperator! (India, Agra, Chorus)
I. Prelude and Opening Scene
II. Dance of the Insects
III. Water
IV. Fire Dance
V. Pas de deux
VI. Finale
Lento ?
Moderato ? Andantino ? Moderato ?
Vivace ? Lento ? Vivace ? Moderato ? Lento ?
Poco lento (Pas de deux) ? Moderato ? Allegretto ?
Andante con moto ? Poco piu mosso ? Andante con moto - Moderato -
Lento ? Vivace molto ? Lento
I. Moderato e misterioso ? Vivace ? Meno mosso ?
II. Allegretto ? Vivace ?
III. Vivace ? Allegro moderato ?
IV. Allegro vivace ? Allegro frenetico ?
V. Allegretto ?
VI. Andante ? Allegro ? Pas de quatre ? Vivace ? Moderato ? Vivace - Frenetico - Molto meno mosso -
VII. Allegro con brio ? Allegretto (Pas de deux) ? Piu mosso ? Allegretto - Allegro con brio
Lento ? Vivace ? Vivace ?
Lento ? Allegro ma non troppo ? Moderato ?
Vivace ? Lento
Largo con duolo - Quasi andante marziale - Largo con duolo - Quasi andante marziale - Poco animando -
Agitato un poco piu mosso - Allegro eroico piu tosto moderato - Vivo - Allegro moderato - Vivo - Un poco animato -
Agitato molto - Piu mosso ma poco - Stringendo -
Largo con duolo - Andante: Tempo di marcia funebre -
Allegro marziale - Von hier an bis zum Allegro trionfante das Tempo allmahlich beschleunigen -
Allegro trionfante - Stretto - Presto giocoso assai
Sehr langsam und duster - Etwas bewegter, aber immer langsam - Fast dasselbe Tempo, aber allmahlich beschleunigend -
Allegro appassionato ed agitato assai - Dasselbe Tempo -
Allegro wie fruher - Allegro molto agitato - Immer drangender -
Sehr langsam und duster wie Anfangs - Moderato, funebre
Tempestoso: Allegro non troppo - Piu mosso: Allegro energico assai -
Das Tempo bleibt immer dasselbe bei dem verschiedenen Taktwechsel - Alla breve - Immer sturmischer -
Maestoso assai Andante - Lento - Nicht schleppend, aber sehr ruhig -
Allegro alla breve - Stretto