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George Butterworth (1885-1916): Fantasia for Orchestra; Suite for String Quartet; The Banks of Green Willow; A Shropshire Lad; Two English Idylis; Love Blows as the Wind Blows; includes world premiere recordings / Kriss Russman, BBC NO Wales

Audio Samples

  1. Butterworth — The Banks of Green Willow $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Butterworth — 6 Songs from a Shropshire Lad (Orch. K. Russman): No. 1, Loveliest of Trees $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Butterworth — 6 Songs from a Shropshire Lad (Orch. K. Russman): No. 2, When I Was One and Twenty $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Butterworth — 6 Songs from a Shropshire Lad (Orch. K. Russman): No. 3, Look Not in My Eyes $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Butterworth — 6 Songs from a Shropshire Lad (Orch. K. Russman): No. 4, Think No. More, Lad $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Butterworth — 6 Songs from a Shropshire Lad (Orch. K. Russman): No. 5, The Lads in Their Hundreds $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Butterworth — 6 Songs from a Shropshire Lad (Orch. K. Russman): No. 6, Is My Team Ploughing? $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Butterworth — A Shropshire Lad
  9. Butterworth — 2 English Idylls: No. 1, Allegro scherzando $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Butterworth — 2 English Idylls: No. 2, Adagio non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Butterworth — Suite for String Quartet (Arr. K. Russman for String Orchestra): I. Andante con moto, molto espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Butterworth — Suite for String Quartet (Arr. K. Russman for String Orchestra): II. Scherzando, non allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Butterworth — Suite for String Quartet (Arr. K. Russman for String Orchestra): III. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Butterworth — Suite for String Quartet (Arr. K. Russman for String Orchestra): IV. Molto moderato ed espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Butterworth — Suite for String Quartet (Arr. K. Russman for String Orchestra): V. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Butterworth — Love Blows as the Wind Blows (Verion for Voice & Orchestra): No. 2, Life in Her Creaking Shoes $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Butterworth — Love Blows as the Wind Blows (Verion for Voice & Orchestra): No. 4, On the Way to Kew $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Butterworth — Fantasia (Completed by K. Russman) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Butterworth, George : Banks of Green Willow
>Butterworth, George : Songs (6) from "A Shropshire Lad," for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Butterworth, George : A Shropshire Lad
>Butterworth, George : English Idylls (2)
>Butterworth, George : Suite for string quartet
>Butterworth, George : Love Blows as the Wind Blows, songs (4) for voice & string quartet (or orchestra)
>Butterworth, George : Fantasia for orchestra (incomplete)
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Produced in association with BBC Radio 3 and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. When George Butterworth joined the army in 1914, his most recent works included the song cycle Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad' as well as the Rhapsody 'A Shropshire Lad', which he called 'an orchestral epilogue' to his settings of A. E. Housman's poems. The Rhapsody has since been described as 'one of the greatest of all English orchestral works' and when Butterworth left England to fight in the First World War, he was seen as one of the bright hopes of British music - a hope that in August 1916 was extinguished in the trenches at the Somme. When Butterworth joined up he stopped composing and also destroyed several manuscripts that he felt were inferior. An exception was an Orchestral Fantasia which he had started just before the war broke out: a 92-bar full score manuscript lasting some three-and-a-half minutes has been preserved. On the first page Butterworth wrote 'see short score' which implies that the work may have been completed - but if so, the score in question has been lost. The composer and conductor Kriss Russman has therefore taken up where the manuscript breaks off, adding some 5 minutes of music through a process which he describes in his liner notes as 'developing Butterworth's original ideas and combining them with additional material derived from an analysis of his other music.' Performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Russman himself, the world première recording of the Fantasia closes the present disc which also includes some of Butterworth's best loved pieces, such as The Banks of Green Willow. Russman has also made orchestral arrangements of the five-movement Suite for String Quartette and the Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad', both of which are recorded here for the first time. The soloist in the song cycle, and in the three songs that make up Love Blows as the Wind Blows, is James Rutherford, who has previously recorded the Shropshire Lad songs for BIS in the original version with piano accompaniment.

The Guardian, 7th July 2016
A Shropshire Lad [is] sung with typical care and sensitivity by James Rutherford.

Sunday Times, 10th July 2016
This is a beautiful look at the all too exiguous oeuvre of a composer killed at the Somme aged 31...Russman's completion of the 1914 Orchestral Fantasia fragment is impressive.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2016
It's impossible not to sympathise with Russman's motives, and his accounts of Butterworth's four completed orchestral works are fresh and passionate, with a wide dynamic range captured in crystal-clear BIS sound. And Rutherford gives an ardent reading of [Love Blows as the Wind Blows]. Butterworth's admirers will want to hear this disc.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2016
[Russman] brings out the poignant lyricism with exceptional freshness and strength... to the AE Housman settings James Rutherford brings characteristic mellow-toned vigour and expressive delivery... congratulations are due to Russman and BIS... on such powerful advocacy for one of British music's most grievous losses.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Wales (01/2015); Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Wales (09/2015).



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Works Details

>Butterworth, George : Banks of Green Willow
  • Conductor: Kriss Russman
  • Ensemble: BBC Natoinal Orchesetra of Wales
  • Notes: Composition written: 1913.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Butterworth, George : Songs (6) from "A Shropshire Lad," for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: James Rutherford (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Kriss Russman
  • Running Time: 12 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Butterworth, George : A Shropshire Lad
  • Conductor: Kriss Russman
  • Notes: Composition written: 1912.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Butterworth, George : English Idylls (2)
  • Conductor: Kriss Russman
  • Notes: Composition written: 1911.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Butterworth, George : Suite for string quartet
  • Conductor: Kriss Russman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Butterworth, George : Love Blows as the Wind Blows, songs (4) for voice & string quartet (or orchestra)
  • Performer: James Rutherford (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Kriss Russman
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1912

>Butterworth, George : Fantasia for orchestra (incomplete)
  • Performer: James Rutherford (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Kriss Russman
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914