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Butterworth; Hadley; Howells - Orchestral Works CD


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'In musical and general education the conductor must be unusually well equipped. He must have a great deal of musical knowledge; and I don't just mean of orchestral scores. He must also have a working knowledge of all instruments with which he is to come in contact, including the human voice.' Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983) spoke these words in a broadcast talk in February 1947. As a ... Read more in Amazon's Adrian Boult Store

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  • Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Composer: George Butterworth^Herbert Howells^Patrick Hadley^Peter Warlock
  • Audio CD (30 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Lyrita
  • ASIN: B000PGTICA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Two English Idylls - No.1London Philharmonic Orchestra 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Two English Idylls - No.2London Philharmonic Orchestra 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Banks of Green WillowLondon Philharmonic Orchestra 5:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A 'Shropshire Lad' RhapsodyLondon Philharmonic Orchestra 8:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. An Old Song for small orchestraLondon Philharmonic Orchestra 5:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. One Morning in Spring (Rhapsody for small orchestra)London Philharmonic Orchestra 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. ProcessionLondon Philharmonic Orchestra 4:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Merry-EyeNew Philharmonia Orchestra 8:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Elegy for Viola, String Quartet And String OrchestraNew Philharmonia Orchestra 9:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Music for a Prince: I. Corydon's DanceNew Philharmonia Orchestra 7:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Music for a Prince: II. Scherzo in ArdenNew Philharmonia Orchestra 5:17£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Œuvres de Butterworth, Warlock, Hadley, Howells / London Philharmonic Orchestra - New Philharmonia Orchestra - Sir Adrian Boult, direction

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Oct 2007
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This is wonderful. Everything about the performances of these glorious but mostly little-known pieces is authoritative, placing them in the best possible light, and the recordings are vintage 70s, very clean, clear and sonorous. The music itself is quite beautiful. 'The Banks of Green Willow' and 'A Shropshire Lad' are quite well known, and Boult's association with these pieces went back many, many years - Butterworth was a friend, I imagine ; he was the dedicatee of Vaughan Williams' Second ('London') Symphony and died in the Great War. In fact, the first performance of 'The Banks of Green Willow' was given in 1914 by Boult, in what was his first public conducting engagement with a professional orchestra. These pieces are indescribably beautiful here, and the strong control of structure in these essentially rhapsodic works gives them a strength they do not always have. Howells was a friend too, one of many years (he and Boult died within a day of each other in 1983), and all of his short pieces here have character - hauntingly lyrical in 'Elegy', where the persuasive soloist is Herbert Downes, jaunty and lively in 'Merry Eye' and the 'Scherzo in Arden', dignified and purposeful in 'Procession'. The Hadley piece, written for Vaughan Williams' 70th. birthday, is delightfully airy ; Peter Warlock's 'Old Song' I find less to my taste, but it is interesting. All in all, this beautifully crafted music which is often very English finds memorable expression here, and the CD is a fine tribute to these good composers and the conductor who championed them.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DH Dixon on 6 Aug 2009
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I'd just like to add another five stars for this record. Boult's performances of the Butterworth works are a lot better than his earlier ones I think - he allows the music to unfold naturally here and is beautfully recorded. These are surely the best recordings of Butterworth's valuable works that we have ever had. This disc starts with the two English Idylls which I think work better placed after the two most famous works. After this the Warlock piece is particularly pleasing and so is everything else. This is a lovely and valuable record.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. H. Gallienne on 1 Jun 2013
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I have been studying the "English School of music" prior to the First World War, and the music of George Butterworth in particular. In this CD we have absolutely excellent performances of the First and Second English Idylls, together with "Banks of Green Willow" and A 'Shropshire Lad' Rhapsody.
The everlasting question remains what would have Butterworth produced had he not been taken from us at The Somme in 1916.
I can recommend this CD to anyone with an interest in English Classical Music. This stands with any of the contemporary composers - the real joy is it's quintessential 'Englishness'.
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