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Malcolm Sargent: The Great Recordings

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Cat No: 2564634121

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 18

Release Date: 7th April 2014

Contents

Works

Arne, Thomas

Alfred
» Rule, Britannia

Bax, Arnold

Morning Song 'Maytime in Sussex'

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Symphony no.3 in E flat major, op.55 'Eroica'

Berlioz, Hector

Le Carnaval Romain (Roman Carnival): overture, op.9 H95

Bliss, Arthur

Piano Concerto in B flat major

Britten, Benjamin

Simple Symphony, op.4
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34

Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel

Hiawatha's Wedding Feast

Delius, Frederick

A Song Before Sunrise
Songs of Farewell (5)

Dohnanyi, Erno

Suite for Orchestra, op.19

Elgar, Edward

Enigma Variations, op.36
Serenade for Strings in E minor, op.20
The Dream of Gerontius, op.38

German, Edward

Henry VIII: 3 dances
Nell Gwyn: 3 dances

Grieg, Edvard

Lyric Suite, op.54

Handel, George Frideric

Messiah, HWV56
Overture in D minor (trans. Edward Elgar)

Holst, Gustav

Beni Mora (Oriental Suite), op.29 no.1
St Paul's Suite, op.29 no.2
The Perfect Fool: Ballet Music, op.39
The Planets, op.32

Ibert, Jacques

Suite Elisabethiane (from the incidental music to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream')

Mendelssohn, Felix

Elijah, op.70
The Hebrides Overture 'Fingals Cave', op.26

Parry, Charles Hubert

Jerusalem

Rossini, Gioacchino

Guillaume Tell
» Overture
Il viaggio a Reims (The journey to Reims)
» Overture
La Boutique fantasque (arr. Respighi)
La scala di seta (The silken ladder)
» Overture
Semiramide
» Overture

Rubbra, Edmund

Piano Concerto in G major, op.55

Schubert, Franz

Symphony no.8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Sibelius, Jean

En saga, op.9
Finlandia, op.26
Karelia Suite, op.11
Lemminkainen suite, op.22
» no.2 The Swan of Tuonela
Pohjola's Daughter, op.49
Symphony no.1 in E minor, op.39
Symphony no.5 in E flat major, op.82

Smetana, Bedrich

Ma vlast (My Country)
The Bartered Bride (Prodana nevesta)
» Overture

Traditional

National Anthem (arr. Elgar)

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Fantasia on 'Greensleeves' (arr. Greaves)
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Romance in D major for harmonica with strings and piano
Serenade to Music
The Wasps: Overture
Toward the Unknown Region

Wagner, Richard

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
» Overture

Walton, William

Belshazzar's Feast
Facade Suite no.1
Facade Suite no.2
» II Scotch Rhapsody
» VI Old Sir Faulk
» V Popular Song
Symphony no.1 in B flat minor

Warlock, Peter

Capriol Suite

Artists

Arda Mandikian (soprano)
Norman Walker (bass)
Isobel Baillie (soprano)
Gladys Ripley (contralto)
James Johnston (tenor)
Harold Williams (baritone)
James Milligan (bass-baritone)
Marjorie Thomas
John Cameron
Arnold Greir (organ)
Elsie Morison (soprano)
Marjorie Thomas (contralto)
Duncan Robertson (tenor)
Trevor Anthony (bass)
Larry Adler (harmonica)
Eric Gritton (piano)
Richard Lewis (tenor)
Harriet Cohen (piano)
Trevor Barnard (piano)
Denis Matthews (piano)
Gunter Lorenz (cor anglais)
BBC Women’s Chorus
Royal Choral Society
Huddersfield Choral Society
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Pro Arte Orchestra
New Philharmonia Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Wiener Philharmoniker
Philharmonia Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Malcolm Sargent

Works

Arne, Thomas

Alfred
» Rule, Britannia

Bax, Arnold

Morning Song 'Maytime in Sussex'

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Symphony no.3 in E flat major, op.55 'Eroica'

Berlioz, Hector

Le Carnaval Romain (Roman Carnival): overture, op.9 H95

Bliss, Arthur

Piano Concerto in B flat major

Britten, Benjamin

Simple Symphony, op.4
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34

Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel

Hiawatha's Wedding Feast

Delius, Frederick

A Song Before Sunrise
Songs of Farewell (5)

Dohnanyi, Erno

Suite for Orchestra, op.19

Elgar, Edward

Enigma Variations, op.36
Serenade for Strings in E minor, op.20
The Dream of Gerontius, op.38

German, Edward

Henry VIII: 3 dances
Nell Gwyn: 3 dances

Grieg, Edvard

Lyric Suite, op.54

Handel, George Frideric

Messiah, HWV56
Overture in D minor (trans. Edward Elgar)

Holst, Gustav

Beni Mora (Oriental Suite), op.29 no.1
St Paul's Suite, op.29 no.2
The Perfect Fool: Ballet Music, op.39
The Planets, op.32

Ibert, Jacques

Suite Elisabethiane (from the incidental music to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream')

Mendelssohn, Felix

Elijah, op.70
The Hebrides Overture 'Fingals Cave', op.26

Parry, Charles Hubert

Jerusalem

Rossini, Gioacchino

Guillaume Tell
» Overture
Il viaggio a Reims (The journey to Reims)
» Overture
La Boutique fantasque (arr. Respighi)
La scala di seta (The silken ladder)
» Overture
Semiramide
» Overture

Rubbra, Edmund

Piano Concerto in G major, op.55

Schubert, Franz

Symphony no.8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Sibelius, Jean

En saga, op.9
Finlandia, op.26
Karelia Suite, op.11
Lemminkainen suite, op.22
» no.2 The Swan of Tuonela
Pohjola's Daughter, op.49
Symphony no.1 in E minor, op.39
Symphony no.5 in E flat major, op.82

Smetana, Bedrich

Ma vlast (My Country)
The Bartered Bride (Prodana nevesta)
» Overture

Traditional

National Anthem (arr. Elgar)

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Fantasia on 'Greensleeves' (arr. Greaves)
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Romance in D major for harmonica with strings and piano
Serenade to Music
The Wasps: Overture
Toward the Unknown Region

Wagner, Richard

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
» Overture

Walton, William

Belshazzar's Feast
Facade Suite no.1
Facade Suite no.2
» II Scotch Rhapsody
» VI Old Sir Faulk
» V Popular Song
Symphony no.1 in B flat minor

Warlock, Peter

Capriol Suite

Artists

Arda Mandikian (soprano)
Norman Walker (bass)
Isobel Baillie (soprano)
Gladys Ripley (contralto)
James Johnston (tenor)
Harold Williams (baritone)
James Milligan (bass-baritone)
Marjorie Thomas
John Cameron
Arnold Greir (organ)
Elsie Morison (soprano)
Marjorie Thomas (contralto)
Duncan Robertson (tenor)
Trevor Anthony (bass)
Larry Adler (harmonica)
Eric Gritton (piano)
Richard Lewis (tenor)
Harriet Cohen (piano)
Trevor Barnard (piano)
Denis Matthews (piano)
Gunter Lorenz (cor anglais)
BBC Women’s Chorus
Royal Choral Society
Huddersfield Choral Society
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Pro Arte Orchestra
New Philharmonia Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Wiener Philharmoniker
Philharmonia Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Malcolm Sargent

About

Malcolm Sargent’s reputation as one of the great popularisers of classical music in Britain arose not only through his long association with the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (1947–67), but was in evidence much earlier through chief conductorships of the Hallé (1939–42), Liverpool Philharmonic (1942–8) and BBC Symphony Orchestras (1950–57).

By the time he became a fixture at the Proms in 1947 (now as Sir Malcolm: he was knighted in 1947), his was one of the best-known names in England. In personality, showmanship and energy he was ideal for the nightly concerts.

Sargent amassed a commercial discography of imposing breadth and variety. His first HMV recordings date from as far back as 1924, with excerpts from Vaughan Williams’ opera Hugh the Drover captured by the pre-electric acoustic process, and his career with the company ended in 1966 with Walton’s First Symphony.

Sargent’s wide-ranging repertoire extended from the Handel oratorios on the one hand to the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas on the other: ‘Messiah and The Mikado have been the twin pillars of my career’, he once joked. It was hardly true, though his inspirational handling of choral bodies ensured that Handel’s oratorios and others such as Mendelssohn’s Elijah would be indelibly associated with him all his life.

Contents:
CD 1
[76.50]
Ludwig van Beethoven
- Symphony No.3 in E flat Op.55 ‘Eroica’

Franz Schubert
- Symphony No.8 in B minor D759 ‘Unfinished’
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: 1961/1960

CD 2 [75.31] Overtures
Gioachino Rossini
- Il barbiere di Siviglia
- Guillaume Tell
- Il viaggio a Reims
- Semiramide

Wiener Philharmoniker
Recorded: 1960, Musikverein, Vienna

- La scala di seta
Hector Berlioz
- Le Carnaval romain
Felix Mendelssohn
- The Hebrides (‘Fingal’s Cave’) Op.26
Richard Wagner
- Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: 1960, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

CD 3 [75.44]
Gioachino Rossini 1792–1868
- La Boutique fantasque: Concert Suite (orch. Respighi, arr. Sargent)
Ernst von Dohnányi
- Suite in F sharp minor Op.19
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: 1961, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Jacques Ibert
- Suite élisabéthiane (from the incidental music to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Arda Mandikian (soprano)
Female chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded: 1955, Kingsway Hall, London

CD 4 [68.22] / CD 5 [78.50]
George Frideric Handel: Messiah HWV56 (Complete concert version arr. Sargent)
Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gladys Ripley (contralto), James Johnston (tenor), Norman Walker (bass)
Huddersfield Choral Society, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Recorded: 1946, Huddersfield Town Hall / 1944, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Mono

CD 6 [64.19] / CD 7 [59.44]
Felix Mendelssohn: Elijah Op.70
Cast:
- Widow/Angel: Isobel Baillie (soprano)
- Angel I/Queen: Gladys Ripley (contralto)
- Obadiah/Ahab: James Johnston (tenor)
- Elijah: Harold Williams (baritone)
Huddersfield Choral Society, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: 1947, Huddersfield Town Hall
Mono

CD 8 [76.24]
Edward Elgar
- Variations on an Original Theme ‘Enigma’ Op.36
- Serenade in E minor Op.20

Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded: 1959, St Augustine’s, Kilburn, London

George Frideric Handel
- Overture in D minor (transcr. Elgar)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: 1959, Kingsway Hall, London

Frederick Delius
- A Song before Sunrise
Recorded: 1965, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

- Songs of Farewell (Whitman)
Royal Choral Society
Recorded: 1964, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

CD 9 [71.15] / CD 10 [67.22]
William Walton
- Belshazzar’s Feast
James Milligan (bass-baritone)
Huddersfield Choral Society, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: 1958, Huddersfield Town Hall

Edward Elgar
- The Dream of Gerontius Op.38
Cast:
- Gerontius/The Soul of Gerontius: Richard Lewis
- The Angel: Marjorie Thomas
- The Priest/The Angel of the Agony: John Cameron
Huddersfield Choral Society, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: 1954, Huddersfield Town Hall
Mono

Charles Hubert H Parry
- Jerusalem

Thomas Arne
- Rule Britannia (arr. Sargent)

- The National Anthem (arr. Elgar)

Arnold Greir (organ)
Royal Choral Society,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded: 1952, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Mono

CD 11 [74.33]
Ralph Vaughan Williams
- Aristophanic Suite ‘The Wasps’: Overture
- Fantasia on Greensleeves (arr. Ralph Greaves)

London Symphony Orchestra
Recorded: 1957, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

- Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded: 1959, St Augustine’s, Kilburn, London

- Serenade to Music
Elsie Morison (soprano), Marjorie Thomas (contralto), Duncan Robertson (tenor), Trevor Anthony (bass)

- Toward the Unknown Region
London Symphony Orchestra
Recorded: 1957, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

- Romance in D for harmonica with strings and piano
Larry Adler (harmonica), Eric Gritton (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Recorded: 1952, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Mono

Gustav Holst
- St Paul’s Suite Op.29 No.2/H118
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: 1965, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

CD 12 [74.45]
Gustav Holst
- The Perfect Fool: Ballet Music Op.39/H150
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: 1961, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

- Beni Mora: Oriental Suite Op.29 No.1/H114
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Recorded: 1956, Kingsway Hall, London

- The Planets: Suite Op.32/H125
BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Women’s Chorus
Recorded: 1957, Kingsway Hall, London

CD 13 [75.52]
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
- Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast Op.30 No.1
Richard Lewis (tenor)
Royal Choral Society, Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded: 1961, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Edward German
- Henry VIII: 3 dances (1892)
- Nell Gwynn: 3 dances (1900)

Pro Arte Orchestra
Recorded: 1960, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Peter Warlock
- Capriol Suite
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: 1965, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Benjamin Britten
- Simple Symphony Op.4
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: 1961, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

CD 14 [80.44]
Benjamin Britten
- Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op.34: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Recorded: 1956, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

William Walton
Façade: excerpts from Suites Nos 1 & 2
- Polka (1st Suite No.1)
- Valse (1st Suite No.2)
- Swiss Jodelling Song (1st Suite No.3)
- Tango-Pasodoble (1st Suite No.4)
- Tarantella – Sevillana (1st Suite No.5)
- Scotch Rhapsody (2nd Suite No.2)
- Popular Song (2nd Suite No.5)
- Old Sir Faulk (2nd Suite No.6)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: 1961, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

- Symphony No.1 in B flat minor
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded: 1966, Kingsway Hall, London
Recorded in the presence of the composer

CD 15 [73.54]
Arnold Bax
- Morning Song (Maytime in Sussex)
Harriet Cohen (piano)
Unnamed orchestra
Recorded: 1947, No.2 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Mono

Arthur Bliss
- Piano Concerto
Trevor Barnard (piano)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded: 1962, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Edmund Rubbra
- Piano Concerto Op.85
Denis Matthews (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Recorded: 1956, Kingsway Hall, London

CD 16 [79.37]
Jean Sibelius
- Symphony No.1 in E minor Op.39
Recorded: 1956, Kingsway Hall, London

- Pohjola’s Daughter: Symphonic Fantasy Op.49
- Symphony No.5 in E flat Op.82

Recorded: 1958, Kingsway Hall, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra

CD 17 [73.12]
Jean Sibelius
- Finlandia: Symphonic Poem Op.26
- En saga: Tone Poem Op.9


Lemminkäinen Legends Op.22
- The Swan of Tuonela
Günter Lorenz (cor anglais)

- Karelia Suite Op.1
Wiener Philharmoniker
Recorded: 1961, Musikverein, Vienna

Edvard Grieg
- Lyric Suite Op.54
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded: 1959, Kingsway Hall, London

Bedrich Smetana
- The Bartered Bride: Overture
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: 1960, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

CD 18 [73.50]
Bedrich Smetana
- Má vlast
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: 1964, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

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