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The British Composers Guide to Britain

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>Coates, Eric : Knightsbridge March
>Elgar, Edward : Cockaigne (In London Town), concert overture, Op. 40
>     Conclusion
>Grainger, Percy : Handel in the Strand
>Holst, Gustav : Brook Green Suite
>     1. Prelude
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Folksongs from the Eastern Counties (15)
>Howells, Herbert : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, for chorus & organ (Collegium Regale)
>Britten, Benjamin : Four Sea Interludes, Op. 33a
>     1. Dawn
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Yarmouth Fair, for voice & piano
>Grainger, Percy : Brigg Fair
>Britten, Benjamin : The Lincolnshire poacher, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 5)
>Parry, Charles H. : Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Tune
>     Repton), anthem
>Hadley, Patrick : From Chinley Churn and Rushup Ridge, for soprano, tenor, chorus & orchestra
>Hook, James : The Lass of Richmond Hill
>Smith, William : Preces
>Britten, Benjamin : Come you not from Newcastle?, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 3)
>Gurney, Ivor : Black Stitchel, for voice & piano
>MacCunn, Hamish : The Land of the Mountain and the Flood, concert overture, Op. 3
>     Opening
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Loch Lomond, folk song for baritone & male chorus
>Arnold, Malcolm : Scottish Dance no 3
>Moffat, Alfred : The Wee Cooper o' Fife, song for tenor, baritone & piano
>Edwards, John David : Rhosymedre, hymn tune for organ
>Britten, Benjamin : The Ash Grove, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 1)
>Parry, John : Jesu, Lover of my soul (Tune
>     Aberystwyth)
>Holst, Gustav : Six Choral Folk Songs
>     6. Swansea Town
>Peel, Graham : In Summertime on Bredon for voice & piano
>Elgar, Edward : Severn Suite, Op. 87
>     1. Worcester Castle
>Butterworth, George : A Shropshire Lad
>     1. Loveliest of trees
>Elgar, Edward : Caractacus, Op. 35
>     Scene 3. Woodland Interlude
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : On Wenlock Edge
>     6. Clun
>Wood, Arthur : My Native Heath Suite
>     3. Barwick Green
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : An Oxford Elegy
>     Excerpt
>Howells, Herbert : In Gloucestershire, String Quartet no 3
>     2. Fairly quick, but always rhythmical
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : English Hymnal
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : English Folk Songs, suite
>     3. Folk Songs from Somerset, march
>Britten, Benjamin : The Trees They Grow So High (Benjamin Britten)
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of the Sea, Op. 91
>     3. Devon, O Devon, in wind and rain
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Tintagel
>     Opening
>Rutter, John : Sans Day Carol
>Arnold, Malcolm : Cornish Dances (4), for orchestra, Op. 91
>Sanderson, Wilfrid : Devonshire Cream and Cider, song for voice & orchestra
>Holst, Gustav : Homage to Thomas Hardy, Op. 47
>     Opening
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
>Walton, William : Portsmouth Point
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : In Windsor Forest
>     4. Wedding Chorus
>Holst, Gustav : St Paul's Suite, Op. 29, no 2
>     4. Finale
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Ten Blake Songs
>     4. London
>Coates, Eric : London Suite
>     1. Covent Garden. Tarentelle
>Ireland, John [Composer] : London Pieces
>     2. Ragamuffin
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A London Symphony
>     4. Epilogue. Andante sostenuto

Album Summary

>Coates, Eric : Knightsbridge March
>Elgar, Edward : Cockaigne (In London Town), concert overture, Op. 40
>Grainger, Percy : Handel in the Strand
>Holst, Gustav : Brook Green Suite
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Folksongs from the Eastern Counties (15)
>Howells, Herbert : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, for chorus & organ (Collegium Regale)
>Britten, Benjamin : Four Sea Interludes, Op. 33a
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Yarmouth Fair, for voice & piano
>Grainger, Percy : Brigg Fair
>Britten, Benjamin : The Lincolnshire poacher, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 5)
>Parry, Charles H. : Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Tune
>Hadley, Patrick : From Chinley Churn and Rushup Ridge, for soprano, tenor, chorus & orchestra
>Hook, James : The Lass of Richmond Hill
>Smith, William : Preces
>Britten, Benjamin : Come you not from Newcastle?, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 3)
>Gurney, Ivor : Black Stitchel, for voice & piano
>MacCunn, Hamish : The Land of the Mountain and the Flood, concert overture, Op. 3
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Loch Lomond, folk song for baritone & male chorus
>Arnold, Malcolm : Scottish Dance no 3
>Moffat, Alfred : The Wee Cooper o' Fife, song for tenor, baritone & piano
>Edwards, John David : Rhosymedre, hymn tune for organ
>Britten, Benjamin : The Ash Grove, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 1)
>Parry, John : Jesu, Lover of my soul (Tune
>Holst, Gustav : Six Choral Folk Songs
>Peel, Graham : In Summertime on Bredon for voice & piano
>Elgar, Edward : Severn Suite, Op. 87
>Butterworth, George : A Shropshire Lad
>Elgar, Edward : Caractacus, Op. 35
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : On Wenlock Edge
>Wood, Arthur : My Native Heath Suite
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : An Oxford Elegy
>Howells, Herbert : In Gloucestershire, String Quartet no 3
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : English Hymnal
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : English Folk Songs, suite
>Britten, Benjamin : The Trees They Grow So High (Benjamin Britten)
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of the Sea, Op. 91
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Tintagel
>Rutter, John : Sans Day Carol
>Arnold, Malcolm : Cornish Dances (4), for orchestra, Op. 91
>Sanderson, Wilfrid : Devonshire Cream and Cider, song for voice & orchestra
>Holst, Gustav : Homage to Thomas Hardy, Op. 47
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
>Walton, William : Portsmouth Point
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : In Windsor Forest
>Holst, Gustav : St Paul's Suite, Op. 29, no 2
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Ten Blake Songs
>Coates, Eric : London Suite
>Ireland, John [Composer] : London Pieces
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A London Symphony
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This bright and breezy guide takes us in 50 stops from London, round Essex and East Anglia, up to Scotland, then - via Wales and the border counties - to the west country and the south coast. Finally, back to the capital, and a quiet diminuendo as we drift down the Thames. Along the way we encounter the Lincolnshire Poacher, the Lass of Richmond Hill, the Wee Cooper o' Fife, a few favourite hymns tunes and the taste of Devonshire Cream and Cider.



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>Coates, Eric : Knightsbridge March
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Elgar, Edward : Cockaigne (In London Town), concert overture, Op. 40 :: Conclusion
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Grainger, Percy : Handel in the Strand
  • Performer: Daniel Adni (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911-1930

>Holst, Gustav : Brook Green Suite :: 1. Prelude
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1933

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Folksongs from the Eastern Counties (15)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Howells, Herbert : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, for chorus & organ (Collegium Regale)
  • Performer: Garth Benson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Boris Ord
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Britten, Benjamin : Four Sea Interludes, Op. 33a :: 1. Dawn
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Yarmouth Fair, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Owen Brannigan (Bass); Ernest Lush (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Grainger, Percy : Brigg Fair
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Polyphony (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1906

>Britten, Benjamin : The Lincolnshire poacher, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 5)
  • Performers: Philip Ledger (Piano); Robert Tear (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Parry, Charles H. : Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Tune :: Repton), anthem
  • Performers: Thomas Bullard (Baritone); Benjamin Bayl (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Hadley, Patrick : From Chinley Churn and Rushup Ridge, for soprano, tenor, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Felicity Palmer (Soprano); Robert Tear (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hook, James : The Lass of Richmond Hill
  • Performer: Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Smith, William : Preces
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.

>Britten, Benjamin : Come you not from Newcastle?, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 3)
  • Performers: Philip Ledger (Piano); Robert Tear (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gurney, Ivor : Black Stitchel, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Anthony Rolfe Johnson; David Willison (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>MacCunn, Hamish : The Land of the Mountain and the Flood, concert overture, Op. 3 :: Opening
  • Conductor: Alexander Gibson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 11/05/1887

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Loch Lomond, folk song for baritone & male chorus
  • Performer: Ian Partridge
  • Conductor: Christopher Bishop
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921

>Arnold, Malcolm : Scottish Dance no 3
  • Conductor: Robert Irving
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Moffat, Alfred : The Wee Cooper o' Fife, song for tenor, baritone & piano
  • Performers: Benjamin Luxon; Robert Tear (Tenor); Andre Previn (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Edwards, John David : Rhosymedre, hymn tune for organ
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Britten, Benjamin : The Ash Grove, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 1)
  • Performers: Philip Ledger (Piano); Robert Tear (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, John : Jesu, Lover of my soul (Tune :: Aberystwyth)
  • Performer: David Bell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Owain Hughes
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Holst, Gustav : Six Choral Folk Songs :: 6. Swansea Town
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Peel, Graham : In Summertime on Bredon for voice & piano
  • Performer: Frederick Harvey (Baritone)
  • Conductor: George Weldon
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Elgar, Edward : Severn Suite, Op. 87 :: 1. Worcester Castle
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1930

>Butterworth, George : A Shropshire Lad :: 1. Loveliest of trees
  • Performers: Anthony Rolfe Johnson; David Willison (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Elgar, Edward : Caractacus, Op. 35 :: Scene 3. Woodland Interlude
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1898

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : On Wenlock Edge :: 6. Clun
  • Performer: Ian Partridge
  • Ensemble: London Music Group
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1908-1909

>Wood, Arthur : My Native Heath Suite :: 3. Barwick Green
  • Conductor: Sidney Torch
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : An Oxford Elegy :: Excerpt
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1947-1949

>Howells, Herbert : In Gloucestershire, String Quartet no 3 :: 2. Fairly quick, but always rhythmical
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1923

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : English Hymnal
  • Performer: Thomas Williamson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1905

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : English Folk Songs, suite :: 3. Folk Songs from Somerset, march
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Britten, Benjamin : The Trees They Grow So High (Benjamin Britten)
  • Performers: Philip Ledger (Piano); Robert Tear (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of the Sea, Op. 91 :: 3. Devon, O Devon, in wind and rain
  • Performer: Benjamin Luxon
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Tintagel :: Opening
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1917-1919

>Rutter, John : Sans Day Carol
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1969

>Arnold, Malcolm : Cornish Dances (4), for orchestra, Op. 91
  • Conductor: Malcolm Arnold
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Sanderson, Wilfrid : Devonshire Cream and Cider, song for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Frederick Harvey (Baritone)
  • Conductor: George Weldon
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Holst, Gustav : Homage to Thomas Hardy, Op. 47 :: Opening
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1927

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1901.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Walton, William : Portsmouth Point
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924-1925

>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
  • Performer: John Wells (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post-Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1892

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : In Windsor Forest :: 4. Wedding Chorus
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1930

>Holst, Gustav : St Paul's Suite, Op. 29, no 2 :: 4. Finale
  • Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Ten Blake Songs :: 4. London
  • Performer: Ian Partridge
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1957

>Coates, Eric : London Suite :: 1. Covent Garden. Tarentelle
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Ireland, John [Composer] : London Pieces :: 2. Ragamuffin
  • Performer: Desmond Wright (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917-1920

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A London Symphony :: 4. Epilogue. Andante sostenuto
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1911-1913