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Bax, Britten, Bridge, Stanford / Handley, Ulster Orchestra

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
>Britten, Benjamin : Passacaglia, for orchestra, Op. 33b (from "Peter Grimes")
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : The Sea, suite for orchestra, H. 100
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : On the Sea-Shore, tone poem for orchestra (completed & orchestrated by Parlett)
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Irish Rhapsody for orchestra No 4 in A Minor, Op. 141 ("Fisherman of Loch Neagh")
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Britten's Peter Grimes has been described as "the most successful of all modern English operas". The opera is distinguished by a series of Interludes, linking the scenes in each of the three acts and thereby ensuring continuity of sound. Realising the popularity of the Interludes, Britten took the most compact four and placed them together as a single work piece in four sections. The result is Four Sea Interludes, rich and evocative pieces which encapsulate the spirit of the opera and the atmosphere of the Suffolk coast. Frank Bridge's The Sea is a richly atmospheric work, sumptuously orchestrated and full of ravishing melodies which proved a great influence on a young Benjamin Britten - in particular the haunting third movement "Moonlight". Handley and the Ulster Orchestra perform the work with brilliance and heartfelt compassion. Bax's Prelude, On the Sea Shore makes a colorful and atmospheric companion to the masterly Bridge and Britten pieces on the disc. Completing this collection is Stanford's The Fisherman of Loch Neagh and What He Saw, a distinctive, sharply constrasted, colorful and atsmopheric works. Available for the first time at mid-price this collection is sure to inspire all lovers of British orchestral music.



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: Ulster Orchestra
  • Notes: Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland (03/25/1986-03/27/1986)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Britten, Benjamin : Passacaglia, for orchestra, Op. 33b (from "Peter Grimes")
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: Ulster Orchestra
  • Notes: Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland (03/25/1986-03/27/1986)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : The Sea, suite for orchestra, H. 100
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: Ulster Orchestra
  • Notes: Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland (03/25/1986-03/27/1986)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1910-1911

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : On the Sea-Shore, tone poem for orchestra (completed & orchestrated by Parlett)
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: Ulster Orchestra
  • Notes: Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland (03/25/1986-03/27/1986)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Irish Rhapsody for orchestra No 4 in A Minor, Op. 141 ("Fisherman of Loch Neagh")
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: Ulster Orchestra
  • Notes: Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland (09/07/1987-09/09/1987)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913