Essential British Classics - Over 2 hours of rousing classical anthems

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Handel, George Frideric : Sarabande
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 2 in D
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas
>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Lark Ascending
>Traditional, Gaelic : Morning has broken (Bunessan), song
>Holst, Gustav : The Planets
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
>Delius, Frederick : Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra
>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : Pie Jesu, for soprano, treble & orchestra (from the Requiem)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
>Britten, Benjamin : Simple Symphony
>Jenkins, Karl : A Mass for Peace "The Armed Man"
>Coates, Eric : The Dam Busters
>Butterworth, George : Banks of Green Willow
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Purcell, Henry : Funeral Music for Queen Mary
>Handel, George Frideric : Music for the Royal Fireworks
>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations, Op. 36
>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : The Heart Asks Pleasure First, song (for the film "The Piano")
>Traditional, English : O Waly, Waly, folk song
>Britten, Benjamin : Four Sea Interludes
>Grainger, Percy : Country Gardens
>Addinsell, Richard : Warsaw Concerto
>Elgar, Edward : Sea Pictures
>Alford, Kenneth : Colonel Bogey
>Arnold, Malcolm : English Dances, Op. 33
>Rutter, John : Requiem
>Walton, William : Coronation March "Crown Imperial"
>Wood, Henry J. : Fantasia on British Sea Songs
>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Rule Britannia
>Parry, Charles Hubert : Jerusalem
>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode, Op. 44
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Notes & Reviews:

Essential Classics is a series of 2-CD sets drawn from the catalogs of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics. Presenting the bestloved and most popular works by the great composers, this series showcases world celebrated performances of these timeless classics, performed by the world's leading artists. This latest batch of the series is composed of a selection of Benjamin Britten's most popular and successful works, 38 pieces from the finest films of all time, favorite encores for solo instruments, orchestra and voice, popular works by famous British composers, and a cornucopia of many of the best-known carols. The series provides a great introduction to classical music and will appeal to those who are seeking the most familiar classical pieces that have been heard in the popular media such as major films and TV commercials.

Essential Classics is a series of 2-CD sets drawn from the catalogs of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics. Presenting the bestloved and most popular works by the great composers, this series showcases world celebrated performances of these timeless classics, performed by the world's leading artists. This latest batch of the series is composed of a selection of Benjamin Britten's most popular and successful works, 38 pieces from the finest films of all time, favorite encores for solo instruments, orchestra and voice, popular works by famous British composers, and a cornucopia of many of the best-known carols. The series provides a great introduction to classical music and will appeal to those who are seeking the most familiar classical pieces that have been heard in the popular media such as major films and TV commercials.



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Handel, George Frideric : Sarabande
  • Conductor: Alexander Briger
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1745

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 2 in D :: Alla Hornpipe
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas :: When I am laid in earth
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Ensemble: Le Concert d'Astrée
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
  • Performers: Jane Parker-Smith (Organ); Maurice Andre (Trumpet)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1697.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1697

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Lark Ascending :: [Opening]
  • Performer: Hugh Bean (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Traditional, Gaelic : Morning has broken (Bunessan), song
  • Performer: Sioned Williams (Harp)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets :: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity [conclusion]
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello :: 1. Adagio - Moderato
  • Performer: Jacqueline du Pré (Cello)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1919

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello :: 2. Lento - Allegro molto
  • Performer: Jacqueline du Pré (Cello)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1919

>Delius, Frederick : Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Notes: Composition written: 1912.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1912

>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : Pie Jesu, for soprano, treble & orchestra (from the Requiem)
  • Performers: Jane Gilchrist (Mezzo Soprano); Fergus Thirlwell (Boy Soprano); Simon Gibson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis :: [Opening]
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Britten, Benjamin : Simple Symphony :: 2. Playful Pizzicato
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1934

>Jenkins, Karl : A Mass for Peace "The Armed Man" :: A Mass for Peace
  • Performer: Paul Beniston (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Karl Jenkins
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Coates, Eric : The Dam Busters
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1954

>Butterworth, George : Banks of Green Willow
  • Conductor: Neville Dilkes
  • Notes: Composition written: 1913.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah Chorus
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Purcell, Henry : Funeral Music for Queen Mary :: March
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Funeral Music for Queen Mary :: Thou knowest, Lord
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Music for the Royal Fireworks :: La Réjouissance
  • Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1727

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations, Op. 36 :: Nimrod
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1982

>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : The Heart Asks Pleasure First, song (for the film "The Piano")
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, English : O Waly, Waly, folk song
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1765

>Britten, Benjamin : Four Sea Interludes :: Sunday Morning
  • Conductor: Libor Pesek
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Grainger, Percy : Country Gardens
  • Conductor: Vivian Dunn
  • Notes: Composition written: 1908-18.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908-1918

>Addinsell, Richard : Warsaw Concerto :: [Opening]
  • Performer: Daniel Adni (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1941

>Elgar, Edward : Sea Pictures :: Where Corals Lie
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1897-1899

>Alford, Kenneth : Colonel Bogey
  • Conductor: Vivian Dunn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1913

>Arnold, Malcolm : English Dances, Op. 33 :: no 1
  • Conductor: Owain Hughes
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Rutter, John : Requiem :: Pie Jesu
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1985

>Walton, William : Coronation March "Crown Imperial"
  • Performer: Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1937-1963

>Wood, Henry J. : Fantasia on British Sea Songs :: Jack's the Lad (Hornpipe)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Rule Britannia
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1740

>Parry, Charles Hubert : Jerusalem
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode, Op. 44
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1901