“Sir Adrian Boult – Vaughan Williams: The Complete Emi Recordings”
|Ralph Vaughan Williams||
A Song of Thanksgiving,
Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra,
Dona Nobis Pacem,
English Folk Song Suite,
Fantasia on Greensleeves,
Fantasia on the Old 104th,
In the Fen Country,
Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1,
Partita for double string orchestra,
Piano Concerto in C for two pianos,
Scherzo from Symphony No. 7 'Sinfonia antartica',
Symphony No. 1 'A Sea Symphony',
Symphony No. 2 'A London Symphony',
Symphony No. 3 'A Pastoral Symphony',
Symphony No. 4 in F minor,
Symphony No. 5 in D major,
Symphony No. 8 in D minor,
Symphony No. 9 in E minor,
The Pilgrim's Progress (complete),
The Wasps – Aristophanic Suite,
Toward the Unknown Region,
Violin Concerto in D minor 'Concerto Accademico'.
John Carol Case (Baritone), John Noble (Baritone), John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Raimond Herincx (Baritone), Robert Lloyd (Bass), Alfreda Hodgson (Contralto), Peter Katin (Piano), Norma Burrowes (Soprano), Margaret Price (Soprano), Sheila Armstrong (Soprano), John Elwes (Tenor), Joseph Ward (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Ian Partridge (Tenor), William Primrose (Viola), Jean Pougnet (Violin), Hugh Bean (Violin), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin).
London Philharmonic Choir.
BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra – Sir Adrian Boult.
Sir Adrian Boult was born on 8th April 1889 in Chester and died on 22nd February 1983 in London and hence 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of his death. He was attending concerts first in Liverpool, primarily with Hans Richter, and then in London, whilst a pupil at Westminster School, with Sir Henry Wood, Claude Debussy, Arthur Nikisch and Richard Strauss. He met Elgar for whose music he was to do so much during his life as was another composer he befriended whilst at Christ Church, Oxford, before graduating in 1912, Ralph Vaughan Williams.
He spent a year studying in Leipzig where Arthur Nikisch had the greatest influence on him. He gained experience conducting for both the Royal Opera House, where he assisted in the first production there of Wagner’s Parsifal , and Serge Diaghilev’s ballet company. He was appointed conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1924 and six years later the BBC made him director of music where he established the BBC Symphony Orchestra and became its chief conductor. During these years he introduced works by Bartók, Stravinsky and the Second Viennese School composers – Schönberg, Webern and Berg including his opera Wozzeck.
Forced to leave the BBC when he reached their retirement age, he became chief conductor of the LPO retiring in 1957. He became a champion of British music, giving numerous performances of Bliss, Britten, Delius, Tippett, Walton and Holst, whose Planets he had premiered, and the aforementioned Elgar and Vaughan Williams. This set brings together all the recordings he made of the latter starting in 1940 to the early 1950’s.
There was a pause until 1967 when he started to commit this set’s stereo recordings to disc ending in 1975. He continued to give concerts and record for a further three years until retiring just before reaching the age of 90.
CD 13 includes audio footage of Sir Adrian in rehearsal.