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Time Traveller: Wartime Britain

Audio Samples

>Walton, William : Prelude and Fugue "Spitfire"
>Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong : Dusk, for voice & piano
>Addinsell, Richard : Warsaw Concerto
>Kent, Walter : The White Cliffs of Dover
>Alford, Kenneth : Colonel Bogey
>Walton, William : Henry V
>     Touch her soft lips and part
>Coates, Eric : Knightsbridge March
>Coward, Noël : London Pride
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 5 in D
>     3. Romanza. Lento
>Davies, Henry Walford : March for the Royal Air Force
>Noble, Ray : Goodnight, Sweetheart (for the Earl Carroll "Vanities of 1931")
>Coates, Eric : Calling All Workers, march for orchestra
>Bath, Hubert : Cornish Rhapsody for piano & orchestra
>Charles, Hughie : There'll Always Be an England
>Curzon, Frederic : Boulevardier
>Hess, Myra : Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring), transcription for solo piano (after Bach,
>Coates, Eric : The Dam Busters

Album Summary

>Walton, William : Prelude and Fugue "Spitfire"
>Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong : Dusk, for voice & piano
>Addinsell, Richard : Warsaw Concerto
>Kent, Walter : The White Cliffs of Dover
>Alford, Kenneth : Colonel Bogey
>Walton, William : Henry V
>Coates, Eric : Knightsbridge March
>Coward, Noël : London Pride
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 5 in D
>Davies, Henry Walford : March for the Royal Air Force
>Noble, Ray : Goodnight, Sweetheart (for the Earl Carroll "Vanities of 1931")
>Coates, Eric : Calling All Workers, march for orchestra
>Bath, Hubert : Cornish Rhapsody for piano & orchestra
>Charles, Hughie : There'll Always Be an England
>Curzon, Frederic : Boulevardier
>Hess, Myra : Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring), transcription for solo piano (after Bach,
>Coates, Eric : The Dam Busters
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Notes & Reviews:

Britain's Finest Hour - and six years of cataclysm, stoicism and heroism - are recalled by this richly varied collection of music associated with the Second World War. From Forces' Sweetheart Vera Lynn to the National Gallery's pianist, Dame Myra Hess, and from the cinematic sweep of William Walton and Richard Addinsell to the dapper sophistication of Eric Coates and restrained sentiment of Noël Coward, this treasury of hits from the blitz salutes an era never to be forgotten. This musical portrait of Britain at war takes off with the Spitfire and lands with the Lancasters of 617 Squadron - the Dam Busters. In between are many of the best-loved melodies that helped unite all ranks and classes in the conflict. The collection's still center is the serene slow movement of Vaughan Williams's Fifth Symphony, a work whose 1943 première was sensed as a harbinger of piece. Either side are marches, popular film scores, light-music hits and - impossible without - Dame Vera Lynn. The favorite marches include Colonel Bogey, the RAF March Past and (as well as the Dam Busters) Coates's Knightsbridge. The films scores lead with Walton's First of the Few and take in his celebrated music for Olivier's Henry V as well as the romantic mini-concertos for Dangerous Moonlight ('Warsaw Concerto') and Love Story. Among the vintage recordings, Sir Noël Coward stirs our 'London Pride', the crooner Al Bowlly (killed in the Blitz) bids 'Goodnight, Sweetheart', and - just before the final fly-past and busting of dams - Dame Myra Hess reminds us of the legendary National Gallery concerts with her own arrangement of 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring'.



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Works Details

>Walton, William : Prelude and Fugue "Spitfire"
  • Conductor: William Walton
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong : Dusk, for voice & piano
  • Conductor: Vivian Dunn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>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

>Kent, Walter : The White Cliffs of Dover
  • Performer: Vera Lynn (Voice)
  • Conductor: Tony Osborne
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Alford, Kenneth : Colonel Bogey
  • Conductor: Vivian Dunn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1913

>Walton, William : Henry V :: Touch her soft lips and part
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1943-1944

>Coates, Eric : Knightsbridge March
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March

>Noël Coward (1899 - 1973) : London Pride
  • Performer: Noel Coward (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carroll Gibbons
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 5 in D :: 3. Romanza. Lento
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 12 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1938-1943

>Davies, Henry Walford : March for the Royal Air Force
  • Conductor: J.L. Wallace
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: ?19th Century

>Noble, Ray : Goodnight, Sweetheart (for the Earl Carroll "Vanities of 1931")
  • Performer: Al Bowlly (Voice)
  • Conductor: Ray Noble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Coates, Eric : Calling All Workers, march for orchestra
  • Conductor: Reginald Kilbey
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1940

>Bath, Hubert : Cornish Rhapsody for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Daniel Adni (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Charles, Hughie : There'll Always Be an England
  • Performer: Vera Lynn (Voice)
  • Conductor: Tony Osborne
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Curzon, Frederic : Boulevardier
  • Conductor: Vivian Dunn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hess, Myra : Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring), transcription for solo piano (after Bach,
  • Performer: Myra Hess (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

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