RATTLE, SIR SIMON

Pomp and Circumstances: Best of British (Elgar, Holst, Britten et al)

CD
1 Aug 2014

Barcode: 0825646256594

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 Cello Concerto in E Minor Op. 85: I. Adagio - Moderato  - Jacqueline du Pré 
02 Koanga: La Calinda  - Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli 
03 The Planets, Op. 32: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity: Allegro giouoso  - London Philharmonic Orchestra 
04 The Lark Ascending  - Hugh Bean 
05 Crown Imperial - Coronation March  - David Bell 
06 Variations on an Original Theme, 'Enigma' Op. 36: IX. Nimrod  - London Symphony Orchestra 
07 The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34 - Theme & Fugue  - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 
08 Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis  - Sinfonia of London 
09 Pomp and Circumstance, Op.39: March No. 1 in D  - David Bell 
10 Jerusalem  - Goldsmiths' Choral Union/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Owain Arwel Hughes 


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