Pomp and Circumstances: Best of British

1 Aug 2014

Barcode: 0825646256594

Composer: Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frederick Delius
Other participants: Sir Simon Rattle, Jacqueline du Pré, Sir John Barbirolli, Vernon Handley

Symphonic liberation of the British Empire: In 1866 a German music scholar wrote that “the English are the only civilised nation without music”. And it’s true that the Victorians had a deep suspicion towards symphony music – some people even feared that its rousing emotional power would bring about the downfall of the British Empire! But the imperial tones of Edward Elgar’s scores triggered a new trend: the rapturous Late Romantic works of Vaughan Williams, the sensuous Impressionism of Delius and the monumental sounds of Gustav Holst’s The Planets rapidly established a significant national symphonic culture – with overwhelming pomp and circumstance.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
Jerusalem  - Goldsmiths' Choral Union 
01 Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85: I. Adagio - Moderato  - Sir John Barbirolli 
02 Delius: Koanga: La Calinda  - Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli 
03 Holst: The Planets, Op. 32: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity: Allegro giouoso  - London Philharmonic Orchestra 
04 Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending, for Violin and Orchestra  - Hugh Bean 
05 Crown Imperial - Coronation March  - David Bell 
06 Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": IX. Nimrod (Adagio)  - London Symphony Orchestra 
07 Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34 - Theme & Fugue  - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 
08 Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis  - Sir John Barbirolli 
09 Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance, Op. 39: I. March No. 1 in D Major (Allegro con molto fuoco - Trio - Molto maestoso)  - David Bell 
10 Parry: Jerusalem  - Goldsmiths' Choral Union 

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