VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Complete EMI Recordings. Sir Adrian Boult. EMI 13cds

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Vaughan Williams The Complete Emi Recordings Sir Adrian Boult

  • Vaughan Williams The Complete Emi Recordings Sir Adrian Boult
  • Vaughan Williams The Complete Emi Recordings Sir Adrian Boult

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

Orchestral Works

Sir Adrian Boult - Conducts

CD1

A Sea Symphony (Symphony No. 1)

[ 1]-[ 5] I: A Song for All Seas, All Ships (Moderato maestoso) 19.10

[ 6]-[ 7] II: On the Beach at Night, Alone (Largo sostenuto) 10.19

[ 8] III: Scherzo: The Waves (Allegro brillante) 7.25

[ 9]-[15] IV: The Explorers

(Grave e molto adagio – Andante con moto) 28.12

Sheila Armstrong, soprano; John Carol Case, baritone 65.30

London Philharmonic Choir & London Philharmonic Orchestra

CD2

[ 1]-[ 4] A London Symphony (Symphony No. 2) 43.01

London Philharmonic Orchestra

[ 5]-[ 8] A Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No. 3) 33.23

Margaret Price, soprano 76.30

New Philharmonia Orchestra

CD3

[ 1]-[ 4] Symphony No. 4 in F minor 32.17

New Philharmonia Orchestra

[ 5]-[ 8] Symphony No. 6 in E minor 36.08

New Philharmonia Orchestra 68.44

CD4

[ 1]-[ 4] Symphony No. 5 in D 37.19

London Philharmonic Orchestra

[ 5]-[ 8] Symphony No. 9 in E minor 34.44

London Philharmonic Orchestra 72.30

CD5

[ 1]-[ 5] Sinfonia antartica (Symphony No. 7) 41.48

Norma Burrowes, soprano

London Philharmonic Choir & London Philharmonic Orchestra

[ 5]-[ 8] Symphony No. 8 in D minor 28.23

London Philharmonic Orchestra 70.30

CD6

[ 1] Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 10.14

[ 2] In the Fen Country 13.51

[ 3] The Lark Ascending (with Hugh Bean, violin) 14.42

New Philharmonia Orchestra

[ 4]-[ 8] Aristophanic Suite “The Wasps” 25.41

London Philharmonic Orchestra

[ 9] Fantasia on “Greensleeves” (arr. Ralph Greaves) 4.34

London Symphony Orchestra

[10]-[12] English Folk Song Suite (arr. Gordon Jacob) 8.45

London Symphony Orchestra 78.20

CD7

[ 1] Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis 16.30

London Philharmonic Orchestra

[ 2] Serenade to Music (original version) 13.14

Norma Burrowes, Sheila Armstrong, Susan Longfield, Marie Hayward, soprano

Alfreda Hodgson, Gloria Jennings, Shirley Minty, Meriel Dickinson, contralto

Ian Partridge, Bernard Dickerson, Wynford Evans, Kenneth Bowen, tenor

Richard Angas, John Carol Case, John Noble, Christopher Keyte, bass

London Philharmonic Orchestra

[ 3] Toward the Unknown Region 12.09

London Philharmonic Choir & London Philharmonic Orchestra

[ 4]-[ 7] Partita for double string orchestra 19.29

[ 8]-[12] Concerto Grosso 17.27

London Philharmonic Orchestra 79.00

CD8

[ 1]-[ 4] Concerto for two pianos and orchestra in C 25.46

Vitya Vronsky, Victor Babin, piano

London Philharmonic Orchestra

[ 5]-[16] Job: A Masque for Dancing 44.17

London Symphony Orchestra 70.22

CD9

[ 1]-[ 6] Dona nobis pacem 36.10

Sheila Armstrong, soprano; John Carol Case, baritone

London Philharmonic Choir & London Philharmonic Orchestra

[ 7] Fantasia (quasi variazione) on the

Old 104th Psalm Tune 14.17

Peter Katin, piano

London Philharmonic Choir & London Philharmonic Orchestra

[ 8] A Song of Thanksgiving 15.03

Betty Dolemore, soprano; Robert Speaight, narrator; Harry Gabb, organ

Luton Choral Society (with a section of the Luton Girls’ Choir)

London Philharmonic Orchestra [1951]

[ 9] The Lark Ascending 13.20

Jean Pougnet, violin

London Philharmonic Orchestra [1952] 79.00

CD10

[ 1]-[ 4] Symphony No. 6 in E minor 33.57

[ 5] III: Scherzo (original version) 6.03

London Symphony Orchestra [1949/50]

[ 6]-[11] Flos campi 19.47

William Primrose, viola

BBC Chorus & Philharmonia Orchestra [1946]

[12]-[14] Violin Concerto in D minor 16.34

Yehudi Menuhin, violin

London Philharmonic Orchestra [1952] 76.30

CD11

[ 1] Serenade to Music (choral version) 12.00

Royal Festival Orchestra and Choir [1951]

[ 2] Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis 14.03

B. B. C. Symphony Orchestra [1940]

[ 3]-[14] Job: A Masque for Dancing 43.46

B. B. C. Symphony Orchestra [1946] 70.30

The Pilgrim’s Progress

CD12

[ 1]-[ 6] Prologue, Act 1, Act 2, Act 3 Scene 1 76.27

CD13

[ 1]-[ 7] Act 3 Scene 2, Act 4 & Epilogue 48.58

[ 8]-[12] Sir Adrian in Rehearsal 26.38

The Pilgrim................................................................................John Noble, baritone

John Bunyan...........................................................…….....Raimund Herincx, baritone

Evangelist......................................................................……John Carol-Case, baritone

Four neighbours

Pliable....................................................................................Wynford Evans, tenor

Obstinate............................................................................Christopher Keyte, bass

Mistrust...............................................................................Geoffrey Shaw, baritone

Timorous..........................................................................Bernard Dickerson, tenor

Three Shining Ones......................................................................Sheila Armstrong, soprano

Marie Hayward, soprano

Gloria Jennings, contralto

Interpreter.......................................................................................……Ian Partridge, tenor

Watchful, the Porter.........................................................……John Shirley-Quirk, baritone

A Herald.................................................................................……Terence Sharpe, baritone

Apollyon..........................................................................................……Robert Lloyd, bass

Two Heavenly Beings

Branch Bearer.........................................................……Norma Burrowes, soprano

Cup Bearer.............................................................……Alfreda Hodgson, contralto

Lord Lechery..................................................................................……Joseph Ward, tenor

Demas..............................................................................................Geoffrey Shaw, baritone

Judas Iscariot..................................................................................Christopher Keyte, bass

Simon Magus........................................................................................Richard Angas, bass

Worldly Glory....................................................................................……John Elwes, tenor

Madam Wanton............................................................................. Marie Hayward, soprano

Madam Bubble.......................................................................... Delia Wallis, mezzo-soprano

Pontius Pilate..................................................................................Christopher Keyte, bass

Usher............................................................................................Bernard Dickerson, tenor

Lord Hate Good................................................................……Raimund Herincx , baritone

Malice..................................................................................……Norma Burrowes, soprano

Pickthank............................................................................……Alfreda Hodgson, contralto

Superstition....................................................................................……Ian Partridge, tenor

Envy......................................................................................................Richard Angas, bass

A Woodcutter’s Boy............................................................……Wendy Eathorne, soprano

Mister By-Ends...................................................................................Gerald English, tenor

Madam By-Ends.......................................................................... Gloria Jennings, contralto

Three Shepherds............................................................................Terence Sharpe, baritone

Wynford Evans, tenor

Robert Lloyd, bass

The Voice of a Bird....................................................................Sheila Armstrong, soprano

Celestial Messenger..........................................................................……John Elwes, tenor

Voices from Heaven...........................................................................Doreen Price, soprano

Jean Temperley, mezzo-soprano

Kenneth Woollam, tenor

London Philharmonic Choir & London Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Adrian Boult was born on 8th April 1889 in Chester and died on 22nd February 1983 in London and hence 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of his death. He was attending concerts first in Liverpool, primarily with Hans Richter, and then in London, whilst a pupil at Westminster School, with Sir Henry Wood, Claude Debussy, Arthur Nikisch and Richard Strauss. He met Elgar for whose music he was to do so much during his life as was another composer he befriended whilst at Christ Church, Oxford, before graduating in 1912, Ralph Vaughan Williams.

He spent a year studying in Leipzig where Arthur Nikisch had the greatest influence on him. He gained experience conducting for both the Royal Opera House, where he assisted in the first production there of Wagner’s Parsifal , and Serge Diaghilev’s ballet company. He was appointed conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1924 and six years later the BBC made him director of music where he established the BBC Symphony Orchestra and became its chief conductor. During these years he introduced works by Bartók, Stravinsky and the Second Viennese School composers – Schönberg, Webern and Berg including his opera Wozzeck.

Forced to leave the BBC when he reached their retirement age, he became chief conductor of the LPO retiring in 1957. He became a champion of British music, giving numerous performances of Bliss, Britten, Delius, Tippett, Walton and Holst, whose Planets he had premiered, and the aforementioned Elgar and Vaughan Williams. This set brings together all the recordings he made of the latter starting in 1940 to the early 1950’s.

There was a pause until 1967 when he started to commit this set’s stereo recordings to disc ending in 1975. He continued to give concerts and record for a further three years until retiring just before reaching the age of 90.

CD 13 includes audio footage of Sir Adrian in rehearsal.

EMI Classics 13cds 9035672

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