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Bridge: Orchestral Works Volumes 1-6 [Chandos: CHAN 10729[6] X] [Sarah Connolly/ Philip Langridge/ BBC National Orchestra of Wales/ Richard Hickox] [Box set]

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  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Composer: Frank Bridge
  • Audio CD (2 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0085AXSE2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,830 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Philip Langridge, ténor - Roderick Williams, baryton - Alban Gerhardt, violoncelle - Howard Shelley, piano - BBC National Chorus & Orchestra of Wales - Richard Hickox, direction

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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If you don't know any of Frank Bridge's orchestral music or if you are only familiar with the more famous works ('Enter Spring' or 'The Sea', say) this generously repackaged survey by the late Richard Hickox for Chandos should come as quite an ear-opener to you. And that's not least because of the sheer diversity of music it contains - from his early symphonic poems, rooted in the nineteenth century innovations of Liszt and his successors, to the more mature pieces such as those mentioned above that display an increasingly individual and sophisticated approach to structure and harmony; but of great value too in rounding out our knowledge of Bridge is the inclusion of music he wrote on commission - much of which might be termed 'light music' nowadays - and his orchestral songs, a genre he was to abandon as he matured and hardly central to his output yet still a collection of pieces that demonstrates his melodic gifts as well as his talent for subtle but apt scoring.

Of the two early symphonic poems, 'Isabella' (after Keats) made the strongest impression on me, perhaps because its construction is tauter and more clearly connected to a poetic narrative than the more nebulous programme that inspired its predecessor, 'Mid of the Night'; both works pale in comparison to the masterpiece, 'Enter Spring', with which they share the first disc but in their own way they make for rewarding listening and 'Isabella' certainly strikes me as worthy of an occasional outing in our concert halls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bridge at its best 5 Feb 2013
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I knew if I waited long enough that Chandos would eventually release these six recordings of Frank Bridge's orchestral music in a box, and here it is, 2 cm of wonderful music. Originally recorded between 2000 and 2004, they represent a most valuable part of the late, and much lamented, Richard Hickox, no one seems to have filled the void left by Hickox and Handley yet, and we need a new champion of British music!
The six discs represent a great recording achievement, all of Bridge's major orchestral works are here along with the vast majority of his smaller ones. All the works are given a stirling performance, the BBC Welsh are on exceptional form throughout while Howard Shelly (Phantasam) and Alban Gerhardt (Oration) give fine performances in the concertante works, the Welsh chorus are excellent in A Prayer, and the three solo singers, Roderick Williams, Sarah Connolly and the late great Philip Langridge give spirited performaces of the orchestral songs.
I dare say there are favourite recordings of some of these works, Charlie Groves recording of The Sea with the RLPO, for example, which in my opinion will never be surpassed, although the present recording comes close, but to have all these fine works recorded so well and collected together in one slim-line box is most valuable. The note, while not as in depth as the original, give an excellent insight into the man and his music, which coupled with the wonderful, as always, Chandos sound, make this my re-issue of the year!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SELECTION 7 Feb 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well... 25 Aug 2013
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If you are SO interested in British history of music & composers, you ought to buy this product. But if you expect to find amazing compositions to listen to while hanging out at home, better you look for Waughan Williams or Holst, since this collection contains compositions of inequal interest or quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem 12 Mar 2013
By Alec Mckay - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a simply wonderful collection. As in my title it is a gem. Considered a secondary composer by many his compositions are very pastoral and under the influence of Ravel and Scriabin. Is there a more atmospheric work than "There is a willow grows aslant a brook"? Chando is to be congratulated in gathering these works into a decently priced compilation. If you like Vaughan Williams you will like this masterly introduction to English 20th century music. Bridge has always been a "fill in" on many CDs but this collection standa alone on it's own merit. Bridge was a mentor and teacher to Benjamin Britten and his "Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge" paid homage to this underrated composer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bargain for Bridge 19 May 2013
By J. Stimson - Published on Amazon.com
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Bridge was a contemporary of Holst and Vaughan Williams and wrote some really nice music. This is a 6 CD set of his orchestral works, conducted by Richard Hickox and recorded digitally. Which you can get for the price of 2-3 individual CDs. As bargains go, this is right up there with the Beethoven Symphonies by Gardiner. That one is cheap because it's been out for 10 years and the production costs were amortized long ago. This one is cheap, I think because no one has heard of Bridge. I don't think you'd spend any less money if you took your time and figured out just a few pieces by Bridge that you had to have and bought only recordings of those.
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