Two Very Different Worlds Delius and Holst

February 23, 2014, 7:00 pm

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Music of two English composers, Frederick Delius and Gustav Holst: both born of German parentage, both dead in the same year of 1934, and with little else in common.

We start with Delius, and In all of the years that Bill played as a trombonist in orchestras around the US, he doesn’t recall ever having performed a Delius symphony. Bill describes Delius as having an affinity with Benjamin Britten and we will listen to On Hearing the first Cuckoo in Spring which evokes sounds of the Yorkshire Moors.

Playlist

Episode 1

Delius: Florida Suite, Nocturne, II (excerpt)
Abramovic, p.
DTR 2001
1:22

Delius: La Calinda fr. Koanga
Hallé Orchestra/John Barbirolli
EMI 65119
4:32

Delius: Piano Concerto (excerpt)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Norman Del Mar; Philip Fowke, p.
Unicorn 2072
4:47

Delius: The Walk To The Paradise Garden fr. A Village Romeo & Juliet
London Symphony Orchestra/John Barbirolli
EMI 65119
4:47

Delius: Sea Drift (excerpt)
Bournemouth Symphony & Chorus/Richard Hickox; Bryn Terfel, bar.
Chan 9214
8:34

Delius: Brigg Fair
Hallé Orchestra/John Barbirolli
EMI 65119
18:20

Episode 2

Frederick Delius: On Hearing The First Cuckoo In Spring
Hallé Orchestra/John Barbirolli
EMI 65119
7:23

Delius: A Mass Of Life
Part I: O Du Mein Wille! & Erhebt Eure Herzen

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bach Choir/David Hill; Janice Watson, Catherine Wyn-Rodgers, Andrew Kennedy, Alan Opie, soloists
Naxos 8.572861-62
7:14

Delius: Over The Hills & Far Away
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomas Beecham
EMI 47509-8
12:57

Delius: Suite for Violin & Orchestra, I & II
BBC Concert Orchestra/David Lloyd-Jones; Philippe Graffin, v.
BBC Collection
7:46

Delius: A Song Of Summer
London Symphony Orchestra/John Barbirolli
EMI 65119
11:16

Episode 3

Gustav Holst: Walt Whitman, Op. 7
Ulster Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta
Naxos 8.572914
7:21

Holst: Symphony in F major, Op. 8, The Cotswolds
I. Allegro con brio
II. Elegy: Molto adagio (In Memoriam William Morris)
Ulster Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta
12:12

Holst: A Somerset Rhapsody
Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Norman Del Mar
EMI 47812
9:40

Albert Ketelbey: In a Persian Market (excerpt)
Ambrosian Chorus
Phil 400011
1:01

Gustav Holst: Second Dance from Beni Mora
LSO/Holst
Pearl 9417
3:11

Holst: Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda – Hymn to the Dawn &
Hymn to the Waters

Osian Ellis & The Purcell Singers
ARGO 6
4:54

Holst: Dance of the Marionette & Song of the Fisherman fr. Japanese Suite, Op. 33
BBC Philharmonic/Andrew Davis
Chandos 5086
2:50

Holst: “In the Bleak Midwinter”
Robert Shaw Chamber Singers/Robert Shaw
Telarc 80377
3:43

Episode 4

Gustav Holst: First Suite in E-flat for Military Band
I. Chaconne
II. Intermezzo
III. March
The Staff Band Of The Norwegian Armed Forces
Simax 1208
10:43

Gustav Holst: Six Choral Folk Songs, H. 136 (Op. 36b)
IV. The Song of the Blacksmith
Baccholian Singers
EMI 40471
1:16

Gustav Holst: Suite #2 In F For Military Band, Op. 28/2 4. Fantasia On The Dargason
London Wind Orchestra/Denis Wick
AVS 6021
3:10

Gustav Holst: The Planets, Op. 32 – Mars, The Bringer Of War
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Colin Davis
Phi 422403
6:59

Gustav Holst: The Planets – II. Venus, The Bringer Of Peace
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/James Levine
DG 429730
7:25

Gustav Holst: The Planets – III. Mercury, the Winged
Messenger (excerpt)

Gustav Holst Conducts The Planets
GEMM 9417
:20

Gustav Holst: The Planets – III. Mercury, the Winged
Messenger

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Davis
Chandos 5086
7:33

Gustav Holst: The Planets – IV. Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/James Levine
DG 429730
7:33, :23

Gustav Holst: “I Vow to Thee, my Country”
Della Jones
Philips 454172
3:44

Episode 5

Gustav Holst: The Planets, Op. 32, H. 125 – V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
BBC Philharmonic/Andrew Davis
Chandos 5086
8:20

Holst: The Planets – VI. Uranus, The Magician
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/James Levine
DG 429730
5:49

Holst: The Planets – VII. Neptune, The Mystic
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Simon Rattle
EMI 69690
7:02

Holst: Lyric Movement for Viola & Small Orchestra
English Chamber Orchestra/Imogen Holst; Cecil Aronowitz, vla.
Lyrita 223
9:59

Holst: Brook Green Suite for Strings
English Chamber Orchestra/Imogen Holst
Lyrita 223
:34, 6:59

Holst: Capriccio for Orchestra
English Chamber Orchestra/Imogen Holst
Lyrita 223
6:04

Holst: “Ave Maria”, Op. 9b
The Finzi Singers/Paul Spicer
Chan 9425
3:56