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18th Century British Symphonies

Graham Lea-Cox Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Hanover Band
  • Conductor: Graham Lea-Cox
  • Composer: Carl Friedrich Abel, John Collett, John Marsh, Thomas Arne, Thomas Erskine, et al.
  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gaudeamus
  • ASIN: B00005A7MI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Erskine: Periodical Overture No.17 in E flat - Allegro con spiritoThe Hanover Band 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Erskine: Periodical Overture No.17 in E flat - AndantinoThe Hanover Band 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Erskine: Periodical Overture No.17 in E flat - PrestoThe Hanover Band 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Arne: Symphony No.4 in C minor - ModeratoThe Hanover Band 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Arne: Symphony No.4 in C minor - LarghettoThe Hanover Band 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Arne: Symphony No.4 in C minor - VivaceThe Hanover Band 5:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Collett: Symphony Op.2 No.5 in E flat - AllegroThe Hanover Band 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Collett: Symphony Op.2 No.5 in E flat - AndanteThe Hanover Band 4:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Collett: Symphony Op.2 No.5 in E flat - Tempo di Minuetto / AllegrettoThe Hanover Band 1:09£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Collett: Symphony Op.2 No.5 in E flat - PrestoThe Hanover Band 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Smethergell: Symphony Op.5 No.2 in B flat - Allegro con spiritoThe Hanover Band 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Smethergell: Symphony Op.5 No.2 in B flat - AndantinoThe Hanover Band 4:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Smethergell: Symphony Op.5 No.2 in B flat - PrestoThe Hanover Band 4:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Abel: Symphony Op.10 No.1 in E - AllegroThe Hanover Band 4:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Abel: Symphony Op.10 No.1 in E - AndanteThe Hanover Band 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Abel: Symphony Op.10 No.1 in E - AllegroThe Hanover Band 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Marsh: A Conversation Sinfonie in E flat - AllegroThe Hanover Band 6:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Marsh: A Conversation Sinfonie in E flat - AndanteThe Hanover Band 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Marsh: A Conversation Sinfonie in E flat - AllegrettoThe Hanover Band 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deserves 6 stars 27 Aug 2009
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I agree with the previous reviewer -- this disc is a total knockout, and should be compulsory listening to anyone interested in British music, and especially in the music of the much-neglected mid-eighteenth century. These are all splendid works - I also am enjoying the John Marsh double symphony the most, but the others are tremendously exciting pieces too. They share the vigour and rhythmic energy of the typical British music of the period, written by composers used to producing material for the rowdy theatres and the even rowdier pleasure gardens: ear-catching, toe-tapping, and not at all precious, a particularly English combination of late Baroque forms dressed with country dance and folksong elements, all mixed with the graceful melodies we associate with the galant style, evidenced in some beautiful slow movements. The music of Sullivan is not far away from some of them (and I mean that as a real recommendation - another seriously underrated composer!)
The performances are equally excellent - dynamic, clear, thrusting, evincing great enjoyment . . . really, this is a wonderful disc.
A question: why does Amazon try to sell it under a picture of a Bruckner symphony? Not my idea of persuasive marketing!!
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Graham Lea-Cox, with his extremely successful string of Boyce recordings, in which his knowledge of the composer and his music shines through, now treats us to some other great Baroque masterpieces. Although Graham may be going through a bit of a mid-life crisis at the moment (frequently seen wandering around night-clubs in surfing t-shirts, beaded necklaces and dyed hair) his understanding of the music combined with the experience of the renown Hanover Band brings to life the joys of these little known composers.
John Marsh's Symphony No.10 is my favourite and in my opinion typifies British Music at the time. Employing two antiphonal orchestras (hence the Symphony's other affectionate name), the piece is beautifully coloured and exciting to listen to, building to a climax with the horns and drums instilling the images of hunting.
I would heartily recommend this recording for all lovers of baroque music (and surfing, clubbing, poofs and mad conductors)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give this a go - you'll love it! 29 Mar 2014
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This is a wonderful collection of 18th Century British Symphonies with the superb Hanover Band which I already own on CD but it which is so good, I then decided I wanted the download too! They range from the Earl of Kelly, Arne, Marsh, etc and there's enjoyment to be had by all. I got the CD cheaply way back but it seems to be expensive if you find a copy now so I would go for the download option at around £7.49 which is much more respectable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Huge fun and beautifully played and recorded 17 April 2011
By Hywel James TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Graham Lea-Cox and the Hanover Band offer a wide-ranging anthology of wonderful music on this disc of 18th Century British Symphonies. Some of the composers represented, such as Arne and Abel, will be known to many listeners, but others, such as the Earl of Kelly or William Smethergell will, I guess, be as new to most as they are to me. All of the pieces included are beautifully performed and recorded with enormous flair, rhythmic vitality and energy. Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing, Civilised Sounds 12 Sep 2001
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Grahm Lea-Cox continues to explore the byways of British music to the great advantage of all lovers of 18th century music. Here we have a collection of symphonies by composers most of whom will be new names to classical music fans. Two, Thomas Augustine Arne and the German transplant Carl Friedrich Abel, will be more recognizable, though they are hardly everyday names.
Arne's contribution is a hearty, beef-and-potatoes effort that manages to sound British at the same time it obviously follows continental models; the Vivace is especially pleasant. Speaking of continental models, John Collett's work is influenced by the Manheim school and has a typical "rocket" theme in the first movement, along with some ingratiating solos for the horns and oboes that also recall Manheimer symphonies.
Abel's symphony will remind one of J. C. Bach: gracious, sophisticated music with sauve melodies and treatments of them. Pleasant--but it must, like the other symphonies on this disk, give pride of place to the Conversation Sinfonie by John Marsh. Lea-Cox has recorded this music before, on an Olympia disk that I've not heard, but I can't imagine a more rousing performance than the one on this ASV disk. Perhaps the most British of all, with an Allegro finale that the liner notes rightly call a "hunting" movement, it employs two antiphonal orchestras, which gives the work its name. They converse most attractively in the first and second movements especially. The first movement is also the most fully worked-out on the disk, with a development section that actually rings interesting changes on the themes rather than just supplies a brief transition to the recapitulation. But it's the finale, propelled by bracing horns and drums, that truly makes this a memorable work.
I've always thought the Hanover Band perhaps the best period-instrument groups around, but they outdo themselves in this music, with characterful solo work from the strings, liquid clarinet playing, and virtuoso performances from the horns. Wonderfully vivid, stereoistic sound rounds out a package that I can't recommend enough.
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