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Best Of British / Addinsell, Arnold, Britten, Butterworth, et al.

Audio Samples

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32
>     4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
>     3. Adagio
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     Hallelujah Chorus
>     For unto us a child is born
>Elgar, Edward : 'Enigma' Variations, Op. 36
>     9. Nimrod
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 1 in F
>     Air
>     Bourrée
>Jenkins, Karl : A Mass for Peace "The Armed Man"
>     A Mass for Peace
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39
>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
>     The Angel's Farewell
>     Praise to the holiest (conclusion)
>Bodorov, Sylvie : Juda Maccabeus, oratorio
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Variants (5) of 'Dives and Lazarus'
>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Butterworth, George : Banks of Green Willow
>Rutter, John : A Gaelic Blessing
>Arnold, Malcolm : English Dances, Set 2
>     English Dance no 5
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Three Preludes Founded on Welsh Tunes
>     no 2. Rhosymedre
>Parry, Charles H. : Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Tallis, Thomas : Spem in alium
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 2 in D
>     Alla Hornpipe
>     Bourrée
>Jenkins, Karl : Adiemus [I], Songs of Sanctuary, for voice & orchestra
>Walton, William : Coronation March "Crown Imperial"
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : English Folk Song Suite
>     1. March (Seventeen Come Sunday)
>Rutter, John : Requiem
>     1. aeternam
>Elgar, Edward : Chanson de matin, Op. 15 no 2
>Coates, Eric : The Dam Busters
>Jenkins, Karl : Requiem
>     In Paradisum
>Handel, George Frideric : Music for the Royal Fireworks
>     La Réjouissance
>     Minuets 1 & 2
>Britten, Benjamin : Simple Symphony, Op. 4
>     3. Sentimental Saraband
>Addinsell, Richard : Warsaw Concerto
>Elgar, Edward : Serenade in E minor, Op. 20
>     1. Larghetto
>Jenkins, Karl : Benedictus (from The Armed Man
>     A Mass for Peace
>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
>Delius, Frederick : Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra
>Walton, William : Facade Suite no 2
>     5. Popular Song
>Walton, William : Henry 5 Suite
>     no 4. Touch her soft lips and part
>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode, Op. 44
>     Finale. Land of Hope and Glory

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Elgar, Edward : 'Enigma' Variations, Op. 36
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 1 in F
>Jenkins, Karl : A Mass for Peace "The Armed Man"
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39
>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
>Bodorov, Sylvie : Juda Maccabeus, oratorio
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Variants (5) of 'Dives and Lazarus'
>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Butterworth, George : Banks of Green Willow
>Rutter, John : A Gaelic Blessing
>Arnold, Malcolm : English Dances, Set 2
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Three Preludes Founded on Welsh Tunes
>Parry, Charles H. : Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Tallis, Thomas : Spem in alium
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 2 in D
>Jenkins, Karl : Adiemus [I], Songs of Sanctuary, for voice & orchestra
>Walton, William : Coronation March "Crown Imperial"
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : English Folk Song Suite
>Rutter, John : Requiem
>Elgar, Edward : Chanson de matin, Op. 15 no 2
>Coates, Eric : The Dam Busters
>Jenkins, Karl : Requiem
>Handel, George Frideric : Music for the Royal Fireworks
>Britten, Benjamin : Simple Symphony, Op. 4
>Addinsell, Richard : Warsaw Concerto
>Elgar, Edward : Serenade in E minor, Op. 20
>Jenkins, Karl : Benedictus (from The Armed Man
>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
>Delius, Frederick : Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra
>Walton, William : Facade Suite no 2
>Walton, William : Henry 5 Suite
>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode, Op. 44
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Celebrate the United Kingdom's favorite classical music with this exclusive EMI Classics release - Best of British. Get your tea and crumpets ready as you listen to this beautifully packaged 3-CD set that includes classic recordings such as 'The Lark Ascending', 'Jerusalem', 'Music for the Royal Fireworks', Elgar's 'Nimrod' and many more. Best of British features an all-star line up of British performers, ensembles, and conductors such as Richard Hickox, Sir Neville Marriner, Guy Johnston, Virtuosi of England, Adiemus, Sir Adrian Boult and Vernon Handley. If you enjoy watching a tennis match at Wimbledon, shopping at Piccadilly Circus, or taking pictures with the Royal Guards - Best of British is just for you.



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Works Details

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
  • Performer: David Nolan (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Running Time: 14 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32 :: 4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello :: 3. Adagio
  • Performer: Robert Cohen (Cello)
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1919

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah Chorus
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Elgar, Edward : 'Enigma' Variations, Op. 36 :: 9. Nimrod
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 1 in F :: Air
  • Conductor: Arthur Davison
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi of England
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Jenkins, Karl : A Mass for Peace "The Armed Man" :: A Mass for Peace
  • Performer: Paul Beniston (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Karl Jenkins
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Running Time: 14 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: For unto us a child is born
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Performers: Mair Jones (Harp); Colin Chambers (Flute)
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1907

>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 :: The Angel's Farewell
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1900

>Bodorov, Sylvie : Juda Maccabeus, oratorio
  • Performer: Thomas Williamson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Variants (5) of 'Dives and Lazarus'
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 10 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1939

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1727

>Butterworth, George : Banks of Green Willow
  • Conductor: Neville Dilkes
  • Notes: Composition written: 1913.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Rutter, John : A Gaelic Blessing
  • Performer: Andrew Lucas (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: Composition written: 1978.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1978

>Arnold, Malcolm : English Dances, Set 2 :: English Dance no 5
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 :: Praise to the holiest (conclusion)
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi of England
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1900

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 1 in F :: Bourrée
  • Conductor: Arthur Davison
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi of England
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Three Preludes Founded on Welsh Tunes :: no 2. Rhosymedre
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1920

>Parry, Charles H. : Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  • Conductor: Owain Hughes
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
  • Conductor: Owain Hughes
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Tallis, Thomas : Spem in alium
  • Performers: Alan Wilson (Organ); Wim Becu (Bass Sackbut); USA] Paul Nicholson [Choral (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi of England
  • Running Time: 10 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 2 in D :: Alla Hornpipe
  • Conductor: Arthur Davison
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi of England
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Jenkins, Karl : Adiemus [I], Songs of Sanctuary, for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Mike Taylor (Quena); Miriam Stockley (Voice); Mary Carewe (Voice)
  • Conductor: Karl Jenkins
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Walton, William : Coronation March "Crown Imperial"
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1937-1963

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : English Folk Song Suite :: 1. March (Seventeen Come Sunday)
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Rutter, John : Requiem :: 1. aeternam
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1985

>Elgar, Edward : Chanson de matin, Op. 15 no 2
  • Conductor: Lawrance Collingwood
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi of England
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879-1899

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 2 in D :: Bourrée
  • Conductor: Arthur Davison
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi of England
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Coates, Eric : The Dam Busters
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1954

>Jenkins, Karl : Requiem :: In Paradisum
  • Performer: Catrin Finch (Harp)
  • Conductor: Karl Jenkins
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi of England
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Handel, George Frideric : Music for the Royal Fireworks :: La Réjouissance
  • Conductor: Arthur Davison
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi of England
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1749

>Britten, Benjamin : Simple Symphony, Op. 4 :: 3. Sentimental Saraband
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1934

>Addinsell, Richard : Warsaw Concerto
  • Performer: Daniel Adni (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn
  • Running Time: 8 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1941

>Elgar, Edward : Serenade in E minor, Op. 20 :: 1. Larghetto
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi of England
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Handel, George Frideric : Music for the Royal Fireworks :: Minuets 1 & 2
  • Conductor: Arthur Davison
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi of England
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1749

>Jenkins, Karl : Benedictus (from The Armed Man :: A Mass for Peace
  • Performer: Guy Johnston (Cello)
  • Conductor: Karl Jenkins
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
  • Conductor: Lawrance Collingwood
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Delius, Frederick : Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Notes: Composition written: 1912.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1912

>Walton, William : Façade Suite no 2 :: 5. Popular Song
  • Conductor: Louis Frémaux
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Walton, William : Henry 5 Suite :: no 4. Touch her soft lips and part
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945-1963

>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode, Op. 44 :: Finale. Land of Hope and Glory
  • Performers: Stephen Roberts (Horn); Richard Morton (Tenor); Felicity Lott
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901-1902