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English Spring: Bax: Spring Fire; Bridge: Enter Spring; Delius / Elder

Audio Samples

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Spring Fire, symphony for orchestra
>Delius, Frederick : Idylle de printemps, for orchestra, RT vi/5
>Delius, Frederick : North Country Sketches
>     The March of Spring
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Enter Spring, rhapsody for orchestra, H. 174

Album Summary

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Spring Fire, symphony for orchestra
>Delius, Frederick : Idylle de printemps, for orchestra, RT vi/5
>Delius, Frederick : North Country Sketches
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Enter Spring, rhapsody for orchestra, H. 174
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"I'd rather listen to [the Hallé] play English music than any other orchestra in the world." - The Times

"The music had a slow-burning intensity, with the conductor Elder bringing out exactly the right sound from the orchestra." - The Telegraph

A collection of lesser-known English orchestral works that displays the highly accomplished playing of the award-winning Hallé ensemble, under its Musical Director Sir Mark Elder.

"[Enter Spring] is a brilliantly extrovert display of his skill as a colourist, sustained by an irresistible rhythmic energy. The Hallé plays it with fabulous finesse, and the orchestra is equally assured in Arnold Bax's quasi-symphonic Spring Fire" -The Guardian

"Elder's grasp of [Enter Spring's] structure is idea, the pacing convincing...The golden glow of the strings and the ripe, thrusting brass are extremely satisfying...There is no finer orchestra with a pedigree in this repertoire than the Hallé" -International Record Review

"Firstly, the Hallé's stellar playing: it's genuinely hard to imagine how music of this English vintage could be performed better. Not only is everything beautifully idiomatic and clear, there's also strong characterisation in every department, with a particularly vivid response to Bridge's intricate solo woodwind writing." -BBC Music Magazine

"Not only is Elgar adept at teasing out the myriad details in Bridge's meticulous orchestral canvas, his bracingly cogent conception also manages to stress this music's more daringly progressive, "continental" features without stinting on its gorgeous local colour...a truly cherishable account of a great work to crown a collection that bids fair to be one of my records of the year." -Gramophone

"There couldn't be better advocates for this neglected corner of the repertoire than the Halle and Elder. His conducting is superb in the way it teases out the detail through the overall drive, balancing out the galvanising passion with attention to hummingbird-like flashes of colour. Where there's a danger of galumphing - heavy scoring, supposedly bouncy rhythms - he manages to make the music dance instead." -Classic FM

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.



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Works Details

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Spring Fire, symphony for orchestra
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1913
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Delius, Frederick : Idylle de printemps, for orchestra, RT vi/5
  • Running Time: 10 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Delius, Frederick : North Country Sketches :: The March of Spring
  • Notes: BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (06/23/2010-06/24/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Enter Spring, rhapsody for orchestra, H. 174
  • Notes: BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (06/23/2010-06/24/2010)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926-1927