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British Classics: Works of Holst, Vaughan Williams, Grainger, Langford & Tomlinson / RAF Central Band; Stubbs

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : English Folk Song Suite
>Holst, Gustav : Suite for Military Band no 1 in E flat major, Op. 28 no 1
>Holst, Gustav : Suite no 2 in F
>Grainger, Percy : Lincolnshire Posy
>Tomlinson, Ernest : Suite of English Folk Dances, for orchetra
>Langford, Gordon : Rhapsody for trombone & brass band
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Central Band of the RAF and conductor Wing Cmdr. Duncan Stubbs here offer up some of the greatest British pieces in the repertoire. The first military band broadcast on BBC Radio, and still the most frequently featured on the airwaves, it is at the forefront of military band and contemporary wind ensemble recording. "The music represents some of the most iconic wind band repertoire, Holst's Suites in particular having close links to our military heritage. Including Langford's Rhapsody also continues our record of 'firsts' achieved by a British military band." (WC Duncan Stubbs)

Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
With such brilliant performances recorded vividly, there is no risk of the sequence outstaying its welcome. Pure delight for anyone in love with English folk music.

Classical Music, May 2015
Holst's two suites are marvels of concision and inventiveness, and work well alongside Vaughan Williams and Grainger in nostalgic vein.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Chandos gives us an excellent collection of mostly familiar Brit band classics, played by an excellent Brit band. Their tone quality is full-bodied and mellow with good intonation. Rhythmically, the players are accurate without becoming mechanical. The balance between the choirs and between contrapuntal lines is consistently good. Stubbs's interpretations favor the English concert band tradition of slightly slower, but more harmonious, blended readings, versus the American approach. His interpretations work especially well in the Holst and Vaughan-Williams pieces, which, for sheer richness of sound would be hard to beat. In Langford's Rhapsody, trombonist Hill handles an exacting assignment with skill and humor. If you like band music, this one's for you. If you're not familiar with it, this album could change your mind.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: RAF Music Studios, Northolt, London (2014-10-03&2014-10-06_2014-).



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>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : English Folk Song Suite
  • Conductor: Duncan Stubbs
  • Ensemble: The Central Band of the Royal Air Force
  • Notes: RAF Music Studios, Northolt, London (2014-10-03&2014-10-06_2014-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Holst, Gustav : Suite for Military Band no 1 in E flat major, Op. 28 no 1
  • Conductor: Duncan Stubbs
  • Notes: RAF Music Studios, Northolt, London (2014-10-03&2014-10-06_2014-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Holst, Gustav : Suite no 2 in F
  • Conductor: Duncan Stubbs
  • Notes: RAF Music Studios, Northolt, London (2014-10-03&2014-10-06_2014-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Grainger, Percy : Lincolnshire Posy
  • Conductor: Duncan Stubbs
  • Notes: RAF Music Studios, Northolt, London (2014-10-03&2014-10-06_2014-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1937

>Tomlinson, Ernest : Suite of English Folk Dances, for orchetra
  • Conductor: Duncan Stubbs
  • Notes: RAF Music Studios, Northolt, London (2014-10-03&2014-10-06_2014-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Langford, Gordon : Rhapsody for trombone & brass band
  • Performer: Jonathan Hill (Trombone)
  • Conductor: Duncan Stubbs
  • Notes: RAF Music Studios, Northolt, London (2014-10-03&2014-10-06_2014-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary