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‘Made in Britain’ is a rich and nostalgic journey through English music straddling the turn of the 20th century, with John Wilson, today’s leading proponent of British Music, at the helm of the UK’s oldest orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
‘Made in Britain’ celebrates a rich period of English music surrounding the turn of the 20th century, including evergreens such as Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending (for years No 1 in the Classic FM Hall of Fame) and Elgar’s Salut d’amour, as well as the folk-inspired Two English Idylls by Butterworth and English Folk Song Suite by Vaughan Williams. The programme opens with Walton’s commedia dell’arte overture Scapino and closes with the Nell Gwyn Overture by Edward German, music director of London’s Globe Theatre from 1888. Along the way we take A Walk to the Paradise Garden from Delius’ opera A Village Romeo and Juliet, and stroll through Bax’s woodland evocation The Happy Forest.
Overseeing this celebration is today’s leading interpreter of British Music, John Wilson conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra which, founded in 1840, is steeped in this glorious musical tradition. Hard on the heels of Wilson’s high-profile headlining of the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain, BBC Radio 3’s Light Fantastic Weekend, and a televised appearance with his eponymous orchestra at the BBC Proms, Made in Britain catches a prevailing mood and taps into today’s huge appetite for an evocative era.
English Idyll No. 1
English Idyll No. 2
The Walk To The Paradise Garden
The Happy Forest
English Folk Song Suite Pt 1
English Folk Song Suite Pt 2
English Folk Song Suite Pt 3
The Lark Ascending
Nell Gwyn Overture
21st October 2011
“John Wilson is probably best known for his light-entertainment orchestral work, especially his restorations of classic film scores – a background which, it turns out, equips him well for this anthology of British musical landscapes.”
“The celebrated John Wilson brings his interpretative magic to bear on these pieces, which often transplant you so fully into the era you have to check you're not wearing a peplum suit or Oxford bags. The general mood is one of unhurried romanticism. The RLPO gently draws out every subtlety”
The Arts Desk
3rd December 2011
“Rich, immaculate sound and impeccable orchestral playing too.”
“[Clark's] playing has rapturous firepower...John Wilson's conducting secures ultra-vivid, sparklingly finished performances that also respond memorably to the quieter moments”
“a well-chosen programme of English orchestral miniatures very well recorded. He opens with Walton's portrait of the commedia dell'arte character Scapino, full of gusto yet bringing out tenderly the contrasting romantic episodes that fill out the character...Delius's sensuously romantic Walk to the Paradise Garden and Bax's lushly scored The Happy Forest are made glowingly radiant in John Wilson's richly textured evocations.”
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