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Byways of British Music

Byways Of British Music

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2000

Originally recorded in 1999

Artists:

City of London Sinfonia


London Symphony Orchestra


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


Northern Sinfonia


London Symphony Orchestra

*

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

*

Bryden Thomson


Richard Hickox


Bryden Thomson

*

Phillip Joll

baritone

David Haslam

flute

Rachel Masters

harp

Arthur Davies

tenor

Neil Mackie

tenor

Michael Davis

violin

Westminster Singers



Venue:

St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London


All Saints' Church, Tooting, London


Winter Gardens, Bournemouth


Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow



Producer:

Tim Oldham

(Bliss)

Brian Couzens

(other works)

Engineer:

Richard Lee

(Alwyn - Lyra Angelica)

Ralph Couzens

(other works)

Record Label
Collect

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 75:41
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Byways of British Music

 

WILLIAM WALTON

(1902-1983)
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1 

Long Steel Grass from Façade

2:22
  Susana Walton narrator  
  City of London Sinfonia members  
 

BERNARD STEVENS

(1916-1983)
2 

Mark of Cain

3:19
  arr. A. Williams (extract)  
3 

Resistance from 'A Symphony of Liberation'

3:49
   
 

BENJAMIN FRANKEL

(1906-1973)
4 

1st Movement from Symphony No. 5

7:29
  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  
 

HUMPHREY SEARLE

(1915-1982)
5 

1st Movement from Symphony No. 2

7:18
  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  
 

BENJAMIN FRANKEL

6 

Carriage and Pair

2:42
  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  
 

WILLIAM WALTON

7 

Old Sir Faulk from 'Façade'

2:02
  Susana Walton narrator  
  City of London Sinfonia members  
8 

Touch her soft lips and part from 'Henry V'

1:28
  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  
9 

Gloria from 'Christopher Columbus'

2:35
 Arthur Davies tenor
 

WILLIAM ALWYN

(1905-1985)
10 

Adagio from 'Lyra Angelica'

8:02
  Concerto for Harp & String Orchestra  
 Rachel Masters harp
  City of London Sinfonia  
 Richard Hickox
11 

Prelude from 'Odd Man Out'

3:54
 

ARTHUR BLISS

(1891-1975)
12 

The Pigeon Song from Pastoral 'Lie strewn the white flocks'

4:37
 David Haslam flute
 Phillip Joll baritone
 Richard Hickox
 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

(1872-1958)
13 

The Lark Ascending

15:25
 Michael Davis violin
 Bryden Thomson
 

KENNETH LEIGHTON

(1929-1988)
14 

Adagio molto from Symphony No. 3 'Laudes musicae', Op. 90

10:39
  for Tenor Solo & Orchestra  
 Neil Mackie tenor
 Bryden Thomson *
This is an engaging collection of music by an unusual and varied selection of twentieth-century British composers.

This disc includes music originally recorded especially for London Weekend Television’s ‘The South Bank Show’.

Apart from Kenneth Leighton, all of the composers on this disc have used the medium of film to bring their music to a larger public.


‘Façade’ launched Walton’s career in notorious fashion in 1922 with Edith Sitwell declaiming her experimental poems though a megaphone to the accompaniment of an ensemble conducted by the composer, who like her were hidden behind a painted screen.

Bernard Stevens’s legacy includes two symphonies, concertos for violin and cello, the Dance Suite for orchestra as well as chamber music and songs. Stevens’s name was established with ‘A Symphony of Liberation,’ composed during the Blitz and finished in 1945, when it won the first prize in the ‘Daily Express’s’ ‘Victory Music’ competition.

Benjamin Frankel was a jazz violinist as well as an orchestrator and musical director of West End shows which included Coward’s ‘Operette’. His Fifth Symphony is essentially lyrical with an underlying pastoral feeling, while ‘Carriage and Pair’ shows him as a master of light music.

Humphrey Searle is one of the first British composers to adopt Schoenberg’s serial techniques.

Alwyn’s ‘Lyra Angelica’ was inspired by the intense love of seventeenth century English metaphysical poets; each elegaic movement is assigned a quotation from Giles Fletcher’s poem ‘Christ’s Victorie and Triumph’. Alwyn also wrote over 200 film scores ranging from feature films to documentaries.

Arthur Bliss’s ‘Pastoral’ was composed in 1928, its inspiration arising from holiday that the composer and his wife had spent in Sicily. In ‘The Pigeon Song’ the soloist describes a girl sharing her thoughts of love with her tame pigeon, which she then sends as a messenger to her lover.

‘The Lark Ascending’ is one of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s most exquisite miniatures, inspired by a poem of George Meredith. It was largely completed in 1914, but set aside at the outbreak of war, and completed in 1920.

Kenneth Leighton’s Third Symphony ‘Laudes Musicae’, for tenor and orchestra was completed in 1984 and sets a group of texts in praise of the art of music.



‘Addictive stuff! Brilliant!’
Classic CD

‘It has a wonderful plaintive, passionate quality, and, like much of Alwyn’s music is full of good tunes.’
Classic CD on Alwyn’s ‘Lyra Angelica’

‘This is a work of magnificent power, which uses harmonies as though on a knife- edge expecting disaster… Hickox… gets to the heart of the work…’
Classic CD on Searle’s ‘Second Symphony’




*****
M Majid

*****
J Madden