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Bainton/ Clifford, Vol. 1: Orchestral Works

The Classical Shop
release date: September 1999

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 1998

Artists:

BBC Philharmonic


Vernon Handley



Venue:

New Broadcasting House, Manchester



Producer:

Mike George

(Executive)

Ralph Couzens

(Recording)

Engineer:

Stephen Rinker


Steve Hargreaves

(Assistant)

Tim Archer

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 72:11
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EDGAR LESLIE BAINTON

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Symphony No. 2 in D minor (1939-40)

27:21  
  in d-Moll - ré mineur  
1 Andante, molto tranquillo - 5:37
2 Allegro vivace - 1:46
3 Più allegro - 0:37
4 Maestoso più lento - 1:18
5 Molto vivace, scherzando - 2:29
6 Poco più mosso - 3:58
7 Allegro vivace - 1:15
8 Adagio - 2:16
9 Molto maestoso - 2:46
10 Più lento 0:35
11 Lento - 3:01
12 Molto maestoso 1:38
   
 

JOHN GOUGH

13 

Serenade for small orchestra (1931)

2:14
   
 

HUBERT CLIFFORD

 

Symphony 1940 (1938-40)

42:49  
14 I Moderato con anima 10:17
15 II Scherzo 7:10
16 III Adagio 15:43
17 IV Allegro molto 9:31
The remarkable talents of the BBC Philharmonic under the expert baton of Vernon Handley provide outstanding first recordings of these three neglected works.

The three works featured on this disc are all premiere recordings.

It had long been Michael Clifford’s great wish to have his father’s music recorded. He spent a considerable amount of time and effort to this end, but sadly died before his ambition was achieved. This recording is dedicated to his memory.



Clifford’s Symphony 1940 was started in 1938 and completed in 20 August 1940, the closing bars written during one of the first air raids on London. The BBC recorded the movements of the Symphony separately during the war for the ‘Special Music’ broadcasts. In February 1946 it was performed in Sydney Town Hall in an all-Australian programme. Conducted by the American Maurice Abravanel, Clifford shared the programme with his friend John Gough’s The Wallaby Track. At the time it was reported as a seminal concert, celebrating the achievement of Australian Music. Since a BBC Concert in 1950 it has, however, remained unplayed.

Gough is intriguing because he was so avid in evoking Australia in music, and also because his celebrity was so short-lived since he died at a comparatively young age. His aim was to write characteristically Australian music, and he became known briefly for his orchestral piece The Wallaby Track, first heard in 1929, which had a dozen or so performances and in which Clifford found ‘a nostalgic longing for the smell of gum trees’. The Serenade was written for Clifford’s wedding in 1931 and it has not been performed since the 1930s.

Edgar Bainton emigrated from Newcastle-uopn-Tyne in 1934 on his appointment as Director of the New South Wales State Conservatorium in Sydney. The Symphony in D minor (his second) was written in Sydney and first performed there in 1941. It had originated at the time of his last holiday in England before he left for Australia, and was first conceived as a tone poem inspired by Swinburne’s poem Thalassa. The Manchester Guardian critic Neville Cardus, a wartime resident of Sydney, thought the Symphony ‘the apotheosis of a great period in English culture’. It had not been heard in the UK and, since Bainton’s death, only rarely in Australia.



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