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HL 7528

English Spring - Sir Mark Elder

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2011


Artists:

Hallé Orchestra


Mark Elder



Venue:

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester


BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester

23/24 Jun 2010

Producer:

Andrew Keener


Steve Portnoi



Engineer:

Simon Eadon


Steve Portnoi



Record Label
Halle

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 74:15
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ARNOLD BAX

 

Spring Fire

 
1 In the Forest before Dawn 4:01
2 Daybreak and Sunrise 3:54
3 Full Day 7:44
4 Woodland Love (Romance) 8:47
5 Maenads 8:06
   
 

FREDERICK DELIUS

6 

Idylle De Printemps

10:45
 

North Country Sketches:

 
7 The March of Spring 10:08
   
 

FRANK BRIDGE

8 

Enter Spring

20:50
   
Tracks 1-5: 18th Mar 2010 Track 6: 14 Oct 2010
   
  Tracks 7-8:  


The Hallé returns with a collection of lesser known English orchestral works which display full range of colour and highly accomplished playing of the award-winning ensemble under its Musical Director, Sir Mark Elder.

    Bax’s Spring Fire has a soundworld which blends lush chromaticism, broad melodies and brilliant orchestral sonorities. It remained unperformed during the composer’s life-time but has consistently been championed by Sir Mark Elder who describes the work as being ’one of the glories of late romanticism ... a high point of English Impressionism in which one can hear the truly unique and individual voice of Bax.’
    Delius’s Idylle de Printemps is a fairly early work in which the composer works in a genre which he would later make his own; that of an orchestral impression or tone-poem inspired by nature or the seasons. It is contrasted with the more mature The March of Spring which is taken from one of the greatest orchestral scores.
    Bridge’s Enter Spring offers a contrast to the typical ’pastoral impression’, with music of bracing vigour which made a striking impression at its premiere on the 14-year old Benjamin Britten who described being ’knocked sideways by a riot of colour and harmony’.


The best is saved until last in this beautifully planned collection of music inspired by spring. Mark Elder’s account of Frank Bridge’s rhapsody provides the best possible advocacy for a work that is one of the least-known masterpieces of British music between the world wars…. a brilliantly extrovert display of his skill as a colourist, sustained by an irresistible rhythmic energy. The Hallé plays it with fabulous finesse…
 

"The planning behind this disc shows not only enterprise but also great imagination. Here we have four very different responses to Spring from three English composers...
A marvellous disc of unjustly neglected English music, superbly played."

John Quinn - musicwebinternational.com - 7 February 2012


"... There is no finer orchestra with a pedigree in this repertoire than the Hallé: long may it continue to explore the lesser-travelled lanes of Bax, Bridge et al under Mark Elder’s authoritative direction."

Mark Pullinger - International Record Review - June 2011


                ’Editor’s Choice’

"Elder and the Hallé on peak form in a boldy imaginative programme."

Andrew Achenbach - The Gramophone - August 2011




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