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Britten: Spring Symphony, Welcome Ode & Psalm 150

Britten: Spring Symphony, Welcome Ode & Psalm 150


Britten:

Spring Symphony, Op. 44

Welcome Ode Op. 95

Psalm 150, Op. 67


Alfreda Hodgson (contralto), Elizabeth Gale (soprano), Martyn Hill (tenor)

City of London School Choir (Boys), City of London School for Girls Choir, London Symphony Chorus, Southend Boys Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox

This re-release of the Spring Symphony, complemented by two smaller but equally life-confirming works by Britten, marks the composer’s centenary year. It also forms part of our ongoing Richard Hickox Legacy series, which pays tribute to this great conductor who passed away five years ago. Hickox here conducts the London Symphony Orchestra with the soloists Elizabeth Gale, Alfreda Hodgson, and Martyn Hill, and a number of UK choirs.

The Spring Symphony is one of Britten’s happiest and most celebrated works. Part symphony, part oratorio, and part song-cycle, this masterpiece requires large orchestral forces, a children’s choir, three soloists, and a large SATB chorus. Originally Britten had considered setting mediaeval Latin poetry, but the ‘re-reading of much English lyric verse and a particularly lovely Spring day in East Suffolk, the Suffolk of Constable and Gainsborough’, made him change his mind. Instead he found his inspiration in English poets such as Edmund Spenser, John Clare, John Milton, W.H. Auden, and Robert Herrick. In the words of the composer himself, this work not only deals with Spring itself but also ‘with the progress from Winter to Spring and the reawakening of the earth and life which that means’. In view of the year in which this work was completed and first performed (1949), the dominant theme might also symbolise the emergence of Europe from the darkness of war.

The setting of Psalm 150 was composed in 1962 – 63 for the centenary celebrations of Britten’s own prep school, Old Buckenham Hall School. It is a truly engaging and flexible work, which is evident from the score itself. Britten wrote it so that as many children as possible could be involved in the performance by playing a variety of instruments. So rather than naming specific instruments, Britten chose the looser characterisation ‘treble instrument’, i.e. anything from a recorder to a violin or flute, and ‘bass instrument’, which could mean a cello or a bassoon.

The spirited and infectious Welcome Ode for young people’s chorus and orchestra was Britten’s last completed work, written for the visit by the Queen to the Corn Exchange in Ipswich in July 1977 as part of her Silver Jubilee festivities.

“The standard of performances is consistently high...Even if you have some of the repertoire in your collection already I’d suggest you don’t make the mistake I made when these discs were first released and pass them by: both are well worth your attention.” MusicWeb International, 29th August 2013

“nothing is more authentically Brittenish than the mosaic of poetic texts and the vivid instrumental and vocal response to them...Hearing it again, in this reissued 1990 recording by the late Richard Hickox.. is a welcome pleasure.” Sunday Times, 14th July 2013

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Chandos Classics - The Hickox Legacy - CHAN10782X

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Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 8

Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 8


Bax:

Enchanted Summer

Walsinghame

Fatherland


Anne Williams-King (soprano), Lynore McWhirter (soprano) & Martyn Hill (tenor)

Brighton Festival Chorus & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley

It is full-bloodedly performed and finely recorded (Gramophone)

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Howells: Missa Sabrinensis & Stabat Mater

Howells: Missa Sabrinensis & Stabat Mater


Howells:

Missa Sabrinensis

Janice Watson (soprano), Della Jones (contralto), Martyn Hill (tenor), Donald Maxwell (baritone)

Stabat Mater

Neill Archer (tenor)


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Chandos 241 - CHAN241-27

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Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 6

Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 6


Bax:

Russian Suite

Four Songs for tenor & orchestra

Martyn Hill (tenor)

Golden Eagle

Saga Fragment

Margaret Fingerhut (piano)

Romantic Overture


'Thomson possesses an intuitive understanding that allows more of the music to compel than one had dared hope… The London Philharmonic plays beautifully…' The Independent

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The Grainger Edition Volume 14

The Grainger Edition Volume 14

Works for Chamber Ensemble 2


Grainger:

Molly on the Shore

for string quartet

Lord Peter's Stable-Boy

for violin, cello, piano & harmonium

The Shoemaker from Jerusalem

for flute, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, double bass & piano (four hands)

Hubby and Wifey

for mezzo-soprano, baritone, cello & two guitars

The Only Son

for string quartet & harmonium

Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon

for two violins, viola, cello & harmonium

Lisbon (Dublin Bay)

for wind quartet

The Bridegroom Grat

for mezzo-soprano, two violas, cello & double bass

The Land O' the Leal

for mezzo-soprano, violin, two violas, cello & double bass

Walking Tune

for wind quartet

Willow Willow

for tenor, violin, viola, two cellos & guitar

Harvest Hymn

for string quartet & piano

The Old Woman at the Christening

for mezzo-soprano, piano & harmonium

The Nightingale

for cello & harmonium

The Two Sisters

for cello & harmonium

Sea Song (Sketch for the style of 'Grettir the Strong' Overture or 'Hærmændene paa Helgeland' Overture)

for string quartet & harmonium

Bold William Taylor

for baritone, two clarinets, two violins, viola, two cellos, double bass & harmonium

The Power of Love

for violin, cello, piano & harmonium

Lord Maxwell's Goodnight

for tenor, violin, viola & two cellos

Colonial Song

for mezzo-soprano, tenor, violin, cello & piano

Free Music

for string quartet

The Twa Corbies

for tenor, two violins, two violas, tow cellos & double bass

Died for Love

for mezzo-soprano, flute, viola & cello


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Stainer: The Crucifixion

Stainer: The Crucifixion


Martyn Hill (tenor), Michael George (bass), Margaret Philips (organ)

BBC Singers, Leith Hill Festival Singers, Brian Kay

“Stainer's Crucifixion unfolds with a seamless ease, never jolting the listener with gratuitous theatricality or the type of rhetorical intensity which the English find mildly embarrassing.
The emotional engagement here is about an unintrusive sobriety, affected by a glowing sentimental identification with the Saviour's plight.
One has to admire Stainer for writing a challenging work of sensible length which, without an orchestra, is achievable and satisfying for a capable parish choir: Stainer's Crucifixion is a celebration of amateurism, that cherished English virtue. Brian Kay has worked a great deal with committed amateurs, in this case the Leith Hill Festival Singers, the festival of which he's director. There's an underlying freshness of expression here, of singers with eyes and ears on stalks and a real sense of purpose. They are fortified by the excellent BBC Singers. Margaret Phillips's imaginative, genial registrations, not to mention her skilful accompaniment, provide notable support to the fine contributions of the solosits. An unselfregarding and genuine performance.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Britten - The World of the Spirit

Britten - The World of the Spirit


Britten:

King Arthur Suite for Orchestra

The World of the Spirit

Cormac Rigby, Hannah Gordon (speakers), Martyn Hill (tenor), Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Susan Chilcott (soprano)

Britten Singers

An American Overture


“Hickox's performance of the Coplandesque AnAmerican Overture has exemplary polish, commitment and dash. The remaining items owe their revival to the efforts of Paul Hindmarsh.
Britten wrote his incidental music for a BBC radio dramatisation of the King Arthur legend in 1937. It was the first of his 28 radio commissions and contains much high-quality invention.
Hindmarsh has fashioned the 23-year-old composer's inventive inspiration into a terrific fourmovement orchestral suite lasting some 25 minutes, which Hickox and the BBC PO devour with audible relish.
The 'radio cantata' The World of the Spirit dates from May 1938. Commissioned by the BBC as a successor to The Company of Heaven (1937), it intersperses sung and spoken texts chosen by R Ellis Roberts. Again, Britten's fertile compositional powers are much in evidence.
The work contains a whole string of memorable numbers, from the lilting barcarolle- like treatment of Emily Brontë's 'With wide-embracing love', via the joyful strut and swagger of Part-2's concluding 'The Spirit of the Lord' with its unmistakable echoes of Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, to a strikingly imaginative setting of Gerard Manley Hopkins's God'sGrandeur. Framing the 42-minute edifice are two radiant settings of the Whitsuntide plainsong, Veni Creator Spiritus – an idea possibly inspired by a recent encounter with Mahler's Eighth Symphony at the Queen's Hall under Sir Henry Wood.
The recording is superbly wide in its range and offers a realistic quality.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Chandos - CHAN9487

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Frank Martin: Les quatre éléments & In terra pax

Frank Martin: Les quatre éléments & In terra pax


Martin, F:

Les quatre éléments

In terra pax


Penguin Guide ***

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Chandos - CHAN9465

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Britten: War Requiem

Britten: War Requiem


Britten:

War Requiem, Op. 66

Heather Harper (soprano), Philip Langridge (tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (bass-baritone)

Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20

Ballad of Heroes, Op. 14

Martyn Hill (tenor)


Choristers of St Paul`s Cathedral, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Richard Hickox

A modern version of the work that draws great performances from everyone involved and in sound that really supports the complex layers of the piece - James Jolly, Gramophone 1000th issue

“Britten's War Requiem is the composer's most public statement of his pacifism.
The work is cast in six movements and calls for massive forces: full chorus, soprano soloist and full orchestra evoke mourning, supplication and guilty apprehension; boys' voices with chamber organ, the passive calm of a liturgy which points beyond death; tenor and baritone soloists with chamber orchestra, the passionate outcry of the doomed victims of war.
The most recent challenger to the composer's classic Decca version offers up-to-date recording, excellently managed to suggest the various perspectives of the vast work, and possibly the most convincing execution of the choral writing to date under the direction of a conductor, Richard Hickox, who's a past master at obtaining the best from a choir in terms of dynamic contrast and vocal emphasis. Add to that his empathy with all that the work has to say and you've a cogent reason for acquiring this version even before you come to the excellent work of the soloists. In her recording swan-song, Harper at last commits to disc a part she created. It's right that her special accents and impeccable shaping of the soprano's contribution have been preserved for posterity.
Shirley-Quirk, always closely associated with the piece, sings the three baritone solos and duets with rugged strength and dedicated intensity.
He's matched by Langridge's compelling and insightful reading, with his notes and words more dramatic than Pears's approach. The inclusion of two additional pieces, neither of them short, helps to give this version an added advantage even if the Ballad of Heroes is one of Britten's slighter works.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Dutilleux: L'Arbre des songes, Timbres, espace, mouvement

Dutilleux: L'Arbre des songes, Timbres, espace, mouvement


Alain:

Prière pour nous autres charnels (Prayer for us mortals)

(orch. Dutilleux)

Dutilleux:

L'Arbre des songes (Concerto for violin and orchestra)

Sonnets (2) by Jean Cassou

Timbres, espace, mouvement - La nuit etoilée


Martyn Hill (tenor), Neal Davies (baritone), Olivier Charlier (violin)

BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier

“ Timbres, espace, mouvement (1978, revised 1991) can be counted as Dutilleux's best orchestral composition, at once rooted in tradition yet persistently sceptical about conventional 'symphonic' values. It's a tricky score to bring off, and Tortelier is successful in negotiating its twists and turns of form. In the Violin Concerto (1985) Tortelier again favours a symphonic approach, and very effective it is too, with a soloist who's authoritative without being overly selfassertive.
The disc also includes Dutilleux's orchestral arrangement of his Cassou settings, and also his orchestration, made in 1944, of Jehan Alain's touching prayer. Well-characterised contributions from Martyn Hill and Neal Davies complete this valuable release.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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