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CHAN 10729
(multiple CD Set)

Bridge: Orchestral Works, The Collector's Edition

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2012

Originally recorded in 2001

Artists:

BBC National Orchestra of Wales


Richard Hickox


Roderick Williams

baritone

Alban Gerhardt

cello

Sarah Connolly

mezzo-soprano

Howard Shelley

piano

Philip Langridge

tenor

BBC National Chorus of Wales



Venue:

Brangwyn Hall, Swansea



Producer:

Ralph Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Christopher Brooke

(Assistant: Vols 1, 2, and 3 [Sir Roger de Coverley])

Matthew Walker

(Assistant: Vols 3 [other works] and 4)

Michael Common

(Assistant: Vols 5 and 6)

Record Label
Chandos Classics

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Choir

Total Time - 421:11
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FRANK BRIDGE

(1879-1941)
   
1 

Enter Spring, H 174 (1926-27)

18:36
  Rhapsody  
  Allegro moderato - Tempo giusto - Andante tranquillo - Tempo I - Energico - Andante molto tranquillo  
2 

Isabella, H 78 (1907)

18:00
  Symphonic Poem after Keats  
  Adagio ma non troppo - Allegretto moderato - L'istesso tempo - Allegro vivo - Adagio ma non troppo - Più adagio  
 

Two Poems for Orchestra, H 118 (1915)

12:58  
  after Richard Jefferies  
3 I Andante moderato e semplice 8:35
4 II Allegro con brio 4:18
   
premiere recording
5 

Mid of the Night, H 30 (1903)

26:05
  Symphonic Poem for Orchestra  
  Andante - Allegro moderato - Poco più vivo - Andante moderato - Allegro moderato - Andante moderato - Più lento  
   
  premiere recording in this version  
6 

Dance Rhapsody, H 84 (1908)

19:16
  for orchestra  
  Allegro energico - Moderato - Allegretto moderato - Tempo di valse - Vivo - Allegro energico  
 

Five Entr'actes, H 95 (1910)

12:05  
  from the play The Two Hunchbacks by Émile Cammaerts (1878-1953) for orchestra  
7 I Prelude to Act I. Allegretto - Lento 3:20
8 II Intermezzo from Act II. Andantino 1:36
9 III Intermezzo from Act III. Allegretto (marziale) 1:19
10 IV Prelude to Act III. Lento 2:36
11 V Entr'acte between Acts II and III. Moderato 3:04
   
12 

Dance Poem, H 111 (1913)

13:48
  for orchestra  
  Tempo di valse - Lento e languido - Tempo di valse - Largamente - Grazioso - Tempo di valse - A tempo, poco lento - Vivo - Presto  
13 

Norse Legend, H 60 (1905/1938)

4:48
  for orchestra  
  Andante con moto  
 

The Sea, H 100 (1910-11)

22:08  
  Suite for Orchestra  
14 1 Seascape. Allegro ben moderato 7:14
15 2 Sea-Foam. Allegro vivo 2:23
16 3 Moonlight. Adagio ma non troppo 5:50
17 4 Storm. Allegro energico - Allegro moderato e largamente 6:33
   
premiere recording
18 

Coronation March, H 97 (1911)

6:49
  Tempo di marcia, maestoso - L'istesso tempo ma poco largamente - Allargando - Tempo I  
19 

Summer, H 116 (1914-15)

10:42
  Tone Poem for Orchestra  
  Andante ben moderato - A tempo ben moderato e tranquillo - Animato - Tempo I ma poco tranquillo  
20 

Phantasm, H 182 (1931)

24:21
  Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra  
  Allegro moderato - Allegretto molto moderato - Lento e tranquillo - Allegro moderato -  
 Howard Shelley piano
21 

There Is a Willow Grows aslant a Brook, H 173 (1927)

11:19
  Impression for Small Orchestra  
  Adagio e tranquillo - Poco allegretto - A tempo I - Animato appassionato e rubato -  
 

Vignettes de danse, H 166 (1938)

11:21  
  for Small Orchestra  
22 I Nicolette. Andante moderato - Allegretto moderato - Andante - Allegretto - 3:13
23 II Zoraida. Allegretto molto moderato 3:40
24 III Carmelita. Con brio - Grazioso - A tempo con brio 4:19
   
  premiere recording in this version  
25 

Sir Roger de Coverley (A Christmas Dance), H 155 (1922)

4:41
  for Large Orchestra  
  Allegro con spirito - Tempo risoluto e più animato  
   
  premiere recording on CD  
26 

Rebus, H 191 (1940)

10:44
  Overture for Orchestra  
  Allegro deciso - Poco moderato - Tempo giusto - Ben ritmico - Tempo I - Moderato - Largamente -  
27 

Oration (Concerto elegiaco), H 180 (1929-30)

29:17
  for Solo Cello and Orchestra  
  Poco lento - Lento e ritmico - Allegro - Ben moderato (poco lento) - Poco lento - Allegro giusto - Tranquillo -  
 Alban Gerhardt cello
28 

Allegro moderato, H 192 (1940-41)

13:24
  Fragment of a symphony for string orchestra  
  Edited by Anthony Pople  
  Allegro moderato - Animato e deciso - Moderato - Poco largamente - Tranquillo -  
29 

Lament, H 117 (1915)

5:19
  for String Orchestra  
  Catherine, aged 9, 'Lusitania' 1915  
  Adagio, con molto espressione - Poco più adagio  
30 

A Prayer, H 140 (1916-18)

17:55
  for Chorus and Orchestra  
  Andante moderato - Allegro moderato - Poco allargando - Più lento e largamente - A tempo moderato -  
 

Suite for Strings, H 93 (1909-10)

21:03  
31 I Prelude. Moderato - Un pochettino maestoso - Allegro ma non troppo - Tempo I, tranquillo - 7:33
32 II Intermezzo. Allegretto grazioso 3:27
33 III Nocturne. Adagio molto - Un pochettino animato - Tempo I 6:09
34 IV Finale. Allegro vivo - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I 3:45
   
premiere recording
35 

The Hag, H 14 (1902)

2:25
  Song for Baritone and Orchestra  
  Allegro molto  
 Roderick Williams baritone
   
premiere recording
 

Two Songs of Robert Bridges, H 65 (1905-06)

6:32  
  for Baritone and Orchestra  
36 1 I praise the tender flower. H 65a. Andante moderato - Pochettino più mosso - Tempo I 3:13
37 2 Thou didst delight my eyes. H 65b. Allegro appassionato - Moderato 3:16
 Roderick Williams baritone
 

Two Intermezzi from 'Threads', H 151 (1921-1938)

8:33  
38 I Andante molto moderato e tranquillo 3:53
39 II Tempo di valse - Animato 4:38
   
 

Two Old English Songs, H 119 (1916)

7:30  
  Arranged for String Orchestra  
40 Sally in Our Alley. Andante con moto - Poco tranquillo - Tempo I 4:19
41 Cherry Ripe. Allegretto con moto 3:11
   
 

Two Entr'actes (1906, 1926)

6:38  
42 I Rosemary, H 68b. Andante espressivo e molto rubato - Allegro - Tempo I ma poco più tranquillo 3:54
43 II Canzonetta, H 169. Allegretto molto moderato e rubato - Allegro con moto - Tempo I 2:42
   
44 

Valse Intermezzo a cordes, H 17 (1902)

6:49
  No. 2 from Four Pieces for String Orchestra assembled and arranged by Paul Hindmarsh  
  Moderato - Valse lente - Coda  
   
premiere recording
45 

Todessehnsucht, H 181 (1932/1936)

3:53
  Arrangement for string orchestra of Komm, süßer Tod, BWV 478, from Schemelli's Musicalisches Gesang-Buch, by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)  
  Lento e sostenuto - Poco più andante ma sostenuto - Largamente  
46 

Sir Roger de Coverley (A Christmas Dance), H 155 (1922/1939)

4:24
  for Strings  
  Allegro con spirito - Tempo risoluto  
   
premiere recording
47 

Blow out, you bugles, H 132 (1918)

5:37
  for tenor and orchestra  
  Allegro moderato e risoluto - Lento - Andante moderato - Andante ben moderato -  
 Philip Langridge tenor
   
premiere recording
48 

Adoration, H 57 (1905/1918)

2:55
  for tenor and orchestra  
  Molto adagio - Adagio ma non tropo - Poco a poco animato - A tempo, largamente  
 Philip Langridge tenor
   
premiere recording
49 

Where she lies asleep, H 113 (1914)

3:01
  for tenor and orchestra  
  Andante ben moderato  
 Philip Langridge tenor
   
premiere recording
50 

Love went a-riding, H 114 (1914)

1:40
  for tenor and orchestra  
  Allegro  
 Philip Langridge tenor
   
premiere recording
51 

Thy hand in mine, H 124 (1917/1923)

2:10
  for tenor and orchestra  
  Andante moderato  
 Philip Langridge tenor
   
premiere recording
52 

Berceuse, H 9 (1901)

5:06
  for soprano and orchestra  
  Andante con moto - Poco più mosso - Tempo I  
 Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
   
premiere recording
53 

Mantle of blue, H 131 (1918/1934)

2:47
  for high voice and orchestra  
  Andante ben moderato - Tranquillo - A tempo  
 Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
54 

Day after day, H 164i (1922)

4:55
  for mezzo-soprano and orchestra  
  Lento ma non troppo - Andante moderato - Poco animato - A tempo moderato - A tempo con moto ma tranquillo -  
 Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
55 

Speak to me, my love!, H 164ii (1924)

5:56
  for mezzo-soprano and orchestra  
  Andante moderato - Poco a poco animato - Tempo I, ma calmato - Allegro con moto - Tempo I, ma tranquillo -  
 Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
56 

Berceuse, H 8 (1901/1902/1928)

3:23
  Andante con moto - Poco più mosso - Tempo I  
   
premiere recording
57 

Chant d'esperance, H 18ii (1902)

3:40
  No. 2 from Trois Morceaux d'orchestre  
  Allegro moderato - Presto  
58 

Serenade, H 23 (1903)

2:51
  Allegro grazioso - Meno mosso - Più animato - Meno mosso - Tempo I - Presto  
   
premiere recording
 

The Pageant of London, H 98 (1911)

15:08  
  Suite for wind orchestra  
59 I. Solemn March 'Richard III leaving London'. Tempo di marcia ma maestoso 4:41
  II. First Discoveries  
60 1. Introduction Moderato 2:01
61 2. Pavane. Moderato 1:49
62 3. La Romanesca [a Galliard]. Allegretto 1:04
63 III. March 'Henry VIII entering London'. Allegro marziale 5:33
   
premiere recording
64 

A Royal Night of Variety, H 184 (1934)

1:27
  Epilogue for orchestra  
  Allegro moderato - Tranquillo - Moderato  


The complete orchestral works by Frank Bridge are here released in an attractive six-disc box for the first time, as part of the new Hickox Legacy commemorative series on Chandos Records, leading up to (and continuing beyond) the fifth anniversary, in Nov 2013, of the conductor’s untimely death.
 
A couple of orchestral works aside, the repertoire of Frank Bridge was largely ignored until Hickox embarked on the complete cycle of his orchestral music, which revealed to the world what a remarkably varied and imaginative composer he was.
 
All of Bridge’s orchestral music is about something: there are nature-inspired tone poems, such as The Sea and Enter Spring; there are war-inspired works such as Oration and the Overture Rebus; and there are those pieces with a more ambiguous or elusive ‘emotional’ programme, such as Dance Poem and Phantasm.
 
The Guardian wrote of Vol. 4: ’ Richard Hickox’s invaluable survey of Frank Bridges orchestral music for Chandos [is] one of the most important contributions to British music on disc in the last decade”

"...Despite this being a six-disc compilation, there’s little filler. The lighter pieces charm. The performances are consistently inspired, and the recorded sound is refulgent."

Graham Rickson - The Arts Desk.com - 29 September 2012


“...It may seem a huge leap of faith to consider buying six CDs – but it’s worth it. This is music that moves, consoles and stirs the imagination. This Bridge collection is one of Hickox’s finest achievements and includes singers Sarah Connolly, Roderick Williams, the late great Philip Langridge, cellist Alban Gerhardt and the pianist Howard Shelley.Sound and production are exemplary. “ *****

Colin Anderson – Time Out (UK) – 6 August 2012


"..,This ‘Bridge Box’ contains sensitive and nuanced performances by the much-missed Richard Hickox, making the best possible case for the neglected music of Frank Bridge, and hearing them altogether courtesy of this Chandos reissue is a reminder of how the under-regarded Bridge was one of the great glories of English music. The set, crammed with such delectable items as the orchestral suite The Sea ... An unmissable set."

Barry Forshaw - CDChoice.co.uk - 5 July 2012




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