Started by Mark, October 25, 2007, 12:26:56 PM
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Quote from: 71 dB on October 25, 2007, 01:38:45 PMI listened to Vaughan Williams today (Tallis Fantasia etc on Naxos). I don't know what I am missing in his music but I find it boring. Nothing seems to happen. It's all white snow to me.
Quote from: marvinbrown on October 25, 2007, 01:16:51 PMI went looking through my CDs and there are only two English Composers in my whole Collection :
Quote from: Don on October 25, 2007, 01:41:12 PMIsn't all snow white as it comes down?
Quote from: Peregrine on October 25, 2007, 01:47:56 PMI'll go Delius, VW, Britten, Bridge and Butterworth. In that order...
Quote from: vandermolen on October 25, 2007, 02:13:04 PMNo mention of Havergal Brian so far. symphonies 1,3,6,8,10 are all masterpieces of sorts.Look out for the Lyrita reissue of nos 6 and 16 in Feb 2008.Patrick Hadley's "The Trees so High" is one of my favourite works by a British composer (Lyrita and Chandos). It should be much better known. I have seen it (incorrectly) described as "Vaughan Williams with water"...infact it is a much more personal work than anything Vaughan Williams wrote (with the possible exception of Symphony 9). Vaughan Williams's music, for all its great beauty has a strangely impersonal quality to it.Also, Phillip Sainton's "Nadir" (a masterpiece in 13 minutes), The Island and Moby Dick film score are all favourites as are Lennox Berkeley's First Symphony and double piano concerto. Arthur Benjamin's Symphony is like the VW No 6 (Benjamin was actually an Australian). Cyril Scott is having something of a CD revivival. John Gardner's 1st Symphony on Naxos is also worthwhile as is Edgar Bainton's movingly valedictory Third Symphony (Dutton).
Quote from: Lethe on October 25, 2007, 01:37:08 PMYou picked the strongest era
Quote from: 71 dB on October 25, 2007, 01:38:45 PMI listened to Vaughan Williams today (Tallis Fantasia etc on Naxos). I don't know what I am missing in his music but I find it boring. Nothing seems to happen.
Quote from: Mark on October 25, 2007, 02:18:34 PMKnew you'd show up soon with a list of composers (save Berkeley and Scott) whom I hadn't even considered. And of course, we shouldn't neglect Ferneyhough, Birtwistle, Turnage, Ades and Maxwell Davis.
Quote from: vandermolen on October 25, 2007, 02:33:36 PMCan't get on with Maxwell Davies and don't know much of Ades, Ferneyhough and the others. I think that I am more conservative in my taste but will investigate. I have time for Fricker and really like the First Symphony by the Scotsman Robin Orr (EMI British Composers). If you are into the British pastoral school, give yourself a treat and get hold of Hadley's The Trees So High; a heartbreakingly sad and deeply moving work. I forgot to mention Howells's "Hymnus Paradisi" one of the most moving works I have ever heard.
Quote from: Mark on October 25, 2007, 02:35:55 PMThanks for the recommendation. Have you tried Howells' chamber works? Or those of Bliss, for that matter? Check them out on Naxos - thoroughly recommended.
Quote from: vandermolen on October 25, 2007, 02:54:17 PMThe Oboe Quintet by Bliss is a wonderful score.
Quote from: Lethe on October 25, 2007, 01:32:53 PMTraditional-costumed staging of Peter Grimes, stat...
Quote from: marvinbrown on October 25, 2007, 03:02:43 PMI'll also have to pick up Holst's' Planets- I can't believe I don't have that !!
Quote from: Mark on October 25, 2007, 03:10:27 PMPM Greta - she has over 50 recordings and can almost certainly recommend one (or 12) to get you started.
Quote from: Dundonnell on October 25, 2007, 03:08:52 PMSupplemental consolidated 20th century list-Richard ArnellSir Lennox BerkeleyYork BowenHavergal BrianAlan BushGeoffrey BushArnold CookeFrederick CowenBenjamin FrankelPeter Racine FrickerJohn GardnerCecil Armstrong GibbsPatrick HadleyIain HamiltonAlun HoddinottJoseph HolbrookeGordon JacobDaniel JonesGeorge LloydWilliam MathiasColin MatthewsDavid MatthewsJohn McCabeAnthony MilnerCyril RoothamCyril ScottHumphrey SearleRobert SimpsonBernard StevensRobert StillEgon Wellesz(all his symphonies were written in Britain)Hugh WoodWilliam Wordsworthapologies to those still missing!!
Quote from: Peregrine on October 25, 2007, 03:12:00 PMBloody hell! OCD alert!
Quote from: Peregrine on October 25, 2007, 01:50:27 PMTry and get hold of the Barbirolli/English String music disc, then you'll know what you've been missing...
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