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  • Composer: Sir Granville Bantock
  • Audio CD (1 Jun. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dutton Laboratories
  • ASIN: B00004THEV
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Song Of Songs: II. The Second Day: The Shulamite - Laelia Finneberg
2. The Song Of Songs: II. The Second Day: My Beloved Spake, And Said Unto Me... - Laelia Finneberg
3. The Song Of Songs: II. The Second Day: Arise, My Love, My Fair One, And Come Away, And Come Away... - Laelia Finneberg
4. The Song Of Songs: II. The Second Day: Take Us The Foxes, The Little Foxes, That Spoil The Vines... - Laelia Finneberg
5. The Song Of Songs: II. The Second Day: Orchestral Interlude - Laelia Finneberg
6. The Glory Of The Sun - London Promenade Orch/Walter Collins
7. Macbeth: Ov - Metropole SO/Dolf Van Der Linden
8. Circus Life: Ov - London Promenade Orch/Walter Collins
9. Four Chinese Landscapes: 1. Distant Mountains And The Wild Geese - London Promenade Orch/Walter Collins
10. Four Chinese Landscapes: 2. Mist Over The Village - London Promenade Orch/Walter Collins
11. Four Chinese Landscapes: 3. Fisherman Play Their Flutes - London Promenade Orch/Walter Collins
12. Four Chinese Landscapes: 4. Anchoring At Evening - London Promenade Orch/Walter Collins
13. Russian Scenes - 3: Polka - BBC Welsh Orch/Mansel Thomas
14. King Solomon: Processional - London Promenade Orch/Sir Granville Bantock
15. King Solomon: Narration - Harman Grisewood
16. King Solomon: Choral Hymn: Praise Ye The Lord (Psalm XLVIII) - London Select Chor
17. Songs Of Egypt: The Invocation To The Nile - Leila Megane
18. Songs Of Egypt: Lament Of Isis - Leila Megane
19. Songs Of Egypt: Now (Song) - Frank Mullings
20. Pilgrim's Progress: The Pilgrim Now Hath Found His Lord - Nat Chor
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The disc is rounded out by the voice of Bantock speaking about his idol, Sibelius. This generous disc deserves to do well and I recommend it to Bantock fanciers and anyone caught up by the diversity and inventiveness of British music in the 1910s and 1920s. Bantock had little time for nobilmente or pastoralism or jazz. Instead his very evident models were Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Sibelius and the Gaelic hegemony. More strength to Dutton and the Bantock Society. -- Rob Barnett, Music on the Web

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This CD "The Song of Songs" by Sir Granville Bantock has been in my CD player numerous times since receiving it. Although supposedly second hand it's virtually new and I was very pleased to get it as it had been deleted some years ago. My main reason for buying it was because it contained recordings made specifically for the Paxton Mood Music Library of Bantock's works that he'd written for the brothers who ran the company and also these original 78rpm discs had been recorded by Levy's Sound Studios which had a unique sound. Excellent!
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The Exoticism and Splendor of Sir Granville Bantock 1 Oct. 2000
By Thomas F. Bertonneau - Published on Amazon.com
This compilation of historical recordings of music by Sir Granville Bantock (1868-1946) transcends the category of archival curiosa and demands attention from anyone who has been following the revelation on compact disc of lesser known twentieth century music that deserves rediscovery and reassessment. Listeners unacquainted with Bantock's work should review the performances of his Hebridean and Pagan Symphonies, his Helena Variations, and his Sappho Songs on the enterprizing Hyperion label. In sum: Bantock derives his harmonic vocabulary and orchestral elan from Wagner and Strauss, but mines an un-Germanic vein. His music, just as drammatic as anything from the composer of Also Sprach Zarathustra or Ein Heldenleben, cultivates a variety of atmospheres, from the sunny Arcadian clime of Greek myth to the cloudy skies of the Scottish Isles. He is slightly more backward-looking than Bax but infinitely more exotic than Elgar. Along comes the new disc from Dutton Laboratories. It publishes material from the BBC archives of performances in the late 1920s and the 1930s and adds items taken from commerical 78rpm sources, often with Bantock himself conducting, from the British Paxton label of the 1940s. The chief work in the anthology is "The Shulamite's Song," Part II of Bantock's cantata on "The Song of Songs." This is vocal-orchestral exoticism of a high-flown sort. Bantock always charges his writing with abundant vitality and joy. It might be "corny" now and then, but it is so masterful in its unrepentantly romantic demonstrativeness that only a snob could really dislike it. The 1936 air-check provides a good basis for Dutton's remastering. Equally brilliant (minus the human voice) is the brief "Glory of the Sun" overture, under Walter Collins, from two years after Bantock's death. The "Macbeth" overture shows the composer in his Nordic mood, lowering and dramatic. The CD concludes with Bantock himself talking about Jean Sibelius. Many avid music-lovers shy from "historical" releases. This is a shame, since (a) older recordings are by no means always as "primitive" as casual opinion thinks them, and (b) digital remastering can discover hidden lustres in old pressings and bring them out as never before. Anyone one who has fallen in love with the modern performances of Bantock's oeuvre on Hyperion should snap up this Dutton CD immediately. Should anyone else consider diminishing his account to purchase this offering? Clearly its primary audience will be made up of Bantockians, but its intrinsic musical value is so enormous that I would say that it could be listened to with pleasure by anyone open-minded enough to find delectation in a novel venue. The booklet is beautiful and its character matches that of the music. The notes are full and explanatory. Superb production all around. The small print, incidentally, describes this as "volume I" of a Bantock series.
If you love Bantock, find this CD 20 Mar. 2006
By Juizgax - Published on Amazon.com
This recording is valuable if only for the opportunity it provides of being able to hear this music, much of which is unavailable elsewhere. The performances are splendid; the sound quality is not bad at all, although, being recorded in the thirties, it does retain a feeling of time past, which does actually suit the music. Not that I wouldn't mind seeing more Handley-conducted recordings on Hyperion, covering this, as well as other Bantock compositions that have long since, and undeservedly, fallen into obscurity.
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