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English Music for Strings - Elgar: Serenade for strings; Britten: 'Bridge' Variations; Vaughan Williams: Tallis Fantasia; Tippett: Corelli Fantasia / Royal PO, Groves

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
>Britten, Benjamin : Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, for strings, Op. 10
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
>Tippett, Michael : Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone
Fresh and vital performances, a thrilling challenge for any string orchestra which the RPO players meet splendidly, with real wit and convincing intensity of feeling... Music superbly evocative of England... This is a radiant, richly textured and spacious account [ of Vaughan Williams' Fantasia] A most desirable collection.

Penguide Guide
With gloriously full and real recording, most beautiful string textures, this is one of Groves's finest records. RPO players give deeply felt, vibrant accounts of four great masterpieces of English string music.

Sir Charles Groves was one of the most accomplished English conductors of the latter 20th century, with major posts at Bournemouth, the Royal Liverpool, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This remarkable album is one of his finest recordings, with exceptional reviews including a highly-coveted Penguin Guide Rosette. The album features some of the finest English string compositions of the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries: Elgar: Serenade for Strings, Op. 20; Britten: Varations on a Theme of Frank Bridge; Vaughan Williams: Tallis Fantasia; and Tippett: Corelli Fantasia.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Barnabus, Mitcham, Surrey (09/1989).



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Britten, Benjamin : Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, for strings, Op. 10
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 25 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
  • Performers: Barry Griffiths (Violin); Mats Lidstrom [Composer/Cello] (Cello); Ian Rhodes (Violin); Andrew Williams (Viola)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 15 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Tippett, Michael : Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli
  • Performers: Barry Griffiths (Violin); Mats Lidstrom [Composer/Cello] (Cello); Ian Rhodes (Violin)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 19 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953