RECORDINGS

I 

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

SYMPHONY IN G

CHAN10308

London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia – Richard Hickox

Symphony in G

I. Energico

II. Andante

III. Allegro risoluto – Molto moderato

IV. Poco adagio – Andante

At the Tabard Inn: Overture

In Honour of the City

VIOLIN CONCERTO

CHAN9369

Lydia Mordkovitch violin, City of London Sinfonia – Richard Hickox

Violin Concerto

I. Molto moderato 

II. Vivace

III. Poco andante

IV. Allegro ma non troppo

 

Children’s Suite after Walter de la Mer

I. Leggiero

II. Pastoral. Tranquillo

III. March. Alla marcia

IV. Whirligig. Di Ballo

CONCERTO LEGGIERO

CHAN9076

Eric Parkin piano, City of London Sinfonia – Richard Hickox

 

Concerto Leggiero

I. Allegro – Vivace – Andante sostenuto ed espressivo

II. Andante – Largamente sempre – Molto largamente

III. Vivace

Concerto da Camera

I. Allegro assai

II. Andante

III. Larghetto – Con brio

Concerto da Chiesa

I. Veni, Emmanuel. Andante

II. Corde natus. Allegretto – Quasi allegro – Tempo I

III. Laetatus sum. Allegro

SYMPHONY IN G MAJOR

DDD 8.557720

Symphony in G major

At the Tabard Inn – overture

Concerto da Chiesa for String Orchestra

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – Lloyd Jones

SONG OF THE BIRDS: ENGLISH CELLO MUSIC

WHL2153

Prelude, fantasy and chaconne for cello and orchestra (1936)

Raphael Wallfisch cello, BBC Concert Orchestra – Vernon Handley

with: Murrill, Cello Concerto No.2, Rubbra, Soliloquy for cello and orchestra, Op.57, Haydn Wood, Philharmonic Variations.

II 

CHAMBER MUSIC

CHAMBER WORKS

CDLX 7137

Epigrams for piano • Cello sonata • Prelude & ballet for piano • Three violin pieces • My birthday, for piano • Twilight: four preludes for piano • Three • Lyrics for violin and piano • Primrose Mount, for piano • Three War Pieces, for piano

David Owen Norris piano, Joseph Spooner cello, David Juritz violin

III 

PIANO MUSIC

CHAMBER WORKS

CDLX 7137

Epigrams for piano • Cello sonata • Prelude & ballet for piano • Three violin pieces • My birthday, for piano • Twilight: four preludes for piano • Three • Lyrics for violin and piano • Primrose Mount, for piano • Three War Pieces, for piano

David Owen Norris piano, Joseph Spooner cello, David Juritz violin

IV 

ORGAN MUSIC

THE COMPLETE ORGAN MUSIC

Larigot: LARICD003

Malcolm Pearce

Recorded on the Makin WMC3-45 organ at The Warren, Abingdon, Oxfordshire 

March 2013 (tracks 14-17), 

March-April 2014 (tracks 1-13)

Processed in the acoustic of St Joseph’s Utrecht by Joseph Porter at t-beat.

Discover more about the performer and the organ at Warren Minster at: www.malcolmpearce.com

Variations on Old Psalm Tunes

Book 1 

01 Orlando Gibbons: Forth in thy name, 0 Lord, I go (3:19)

02 Pry's Psalter (1621): O Lord, turn not away Thy face (2:38)

03 Thomas Campion: By the waters of Babylon (3:48)

04 Scottish Psalter (1635): God moves in a mysterious way (3:17)

Book 2

05 Ravenscroft's Psalter (1621): O God, my strength and fortitude (3:53)

06 Este's Whole Book of Psalms (1592): O for a heart to praise (3:50)

07 Scottish Psalter (1635): O God of truth (3:42)

08 Orlando Gibbons: Song 22 Love of the Father (3:41)

Book3

09 Ravenscroft's Psalter (1621): Hark the glad sound (3:31)

10 Orlando Gibbons: Song 24, O word immortal (2:58)

11 Orlando Gibbons: Song 5, O Prince of Peace (3:52)

12 Scottish Psalter (1615): I was glad (3:09)

from An Album of Praise

13 Voluntary in D (3:31)

Prelude and Postlude

14 Prelude (5:59)

15 Postlude (3:34)

Fantasia and Ground Bass

16 Fantasia (9:14)

17 Ground Bass (6:30)

Total playing time: 70.26

GREAT EUROPEAN ORGANS, No.80

Priory Recordings: PRCD 1029

Recorded in Hereford Cathedral on 31 March and 1 April 2009

Variations on Old Psalm Tunes for Organ, 

Books 1 and 2

Peter Dyke plays the Organ of Hereford Cathedral.

Front Cover: The Organ of Hereford Cathedral.

One of the UK's favourite organs is heard here in a recital of English music. The main work is a stunning transcription by Peter Dyke of Elgar's Enigma Variations using the full colours of the organ. 

1. Variations on Old Psalm Tunes, Book 1 :  Forth in thy name 

George Dyson (3:21)

2. Book 1: O Lord turn not away 

Dyson (2:44)

3. Book 1: By the waters of Babylon 

Dyson (3:28)

4. Book 1: God moves in a mysterious way 

Dyson (3:05)

5. Book 2: O God my strength 

Dyson (4:08)

6. Book 2: O for a heart to praise 

Dyson (4:27)

7. Book 2; O God of truth 

Dyson (4:27)

8. Book 2: Love of the Father 

Dyson (3:53)

9. Chorale Prelude on a theme by Tallis 

Harold Darke (6:48)

10. A Wedding Prelude 

Peter Dyke (3:01)

11. Variations on an Original Theme (Enigma) 

Elgar (36:27)

Total playing time: 77:25

THE COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS OF SIR GEORGE DYSON

PRCD1136

Daniel cook plays the Organ on St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol.

Recorded and produced by Neil Collier

Digital editing: Paul Crichton

1. Fantasia (8:37)

2. Ground Bass (6:40)

Variations on Old Psalm Tunes Book 1:

3. No 1 ‘Forth in thy name O Lord I go’ (2:59)

4. No 2 ‘O Lord tun not away Thy face’ (2:07)

5. No 3 ‘By the waters of Babylon’ (3:21)

6. No 4 ‘God moves in a mysterious way’ (2:52)

7. Prelude (5:31)

Variations on Old Psalm Tunes Book 2:

8. No 5 ‘O God my strength and fortitude’ (3:35)

9. No 6 ‘O for a heart to praise’ (3:22)

10. No 7 ‘O God of truth’ (3:50)

11. No 8 ‘Love of the Father’ (3:32)

12. Voluntary (3:07)

Variations on Old Psalm Tunes Book 3:

13. No 9 ‘Hark, the glad sound!’ (3:23)

14. No 10 ‘O word immortal’ (2:40)

15. No 11 ‘O Prince of Peace’ (3:27)

16. No 12 ‘I was glad’ (2:51)

17. Postlude (3:03)

HIERUSALEM AND OTHER CHORAL WORKS

CDH55046

Hierusalem • 3 Songs of praise • 3 Choral Hymns • O praise God in his holiness (Psalm 150) • Fantasia and ground bass

St Michael’s Singers, RPO – Jonathan Rennert, Thomas trotter organ

V 

MUSIC FOR CHORUS 

AND ORCHESTRA

For SATB and full orchestra, except where stated otherwise.

ODYSSEUS

Dutton Digital Epoch: CDLX7201

Recorded at The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, 24-25 November 2007

Odysseus

Cecil Armstrong Gibbs

Symphony in four movements (1937-8) for soprano and baritone soli, mixed chorus and orchestra (words by Mordaunt Currie)

Susan Gritton soprano

Mark Stone baritone

Four Songs for Sailors

Sir George Dyson

for chorus, strings, brass and timpani (1948)

BBC Concert Orchestra

London Oriana Choir

David Drummond conductor

Armstrong Gibbs was once a favourite composer of local choral societies, but his masterpiece, the choral symphony Odysseus, has seldom been heard because it immediately preceded the Second World War and afterwards never really established itself. Yet it is a cherishable score, and if you like Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony you will love this tuneful and evocative work. Here Susan Gritton and Mark Stone revel in their roles as soprano and baritone soloists respectively. Telling the familiar story of Odysseus’s legendary wanderings around the eastern Mediterranean after the fall of Troy , and his return to Ithaca, Odysseus – which in fact is Gibbs’s second symphony – has long been requested by enthusiasts. It is vividly realised by the London Oriana Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by David Drummond. The choir also make Four Songs for Sailors, Dyson’s tuneful songs for chorus, strings, brass and timpani, sound effortless, and with the work’s theme of ships and sailors is the perfect complement to Armstrong Gibbs’s epic vision.

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NEBUCHADNEZZAR

Chandos CHAN10439

Two coronation anthems, Three Songs of Praise, Woodland Suite

This is  the first recording ever of Sir George Dyson’s choral cantata Nebuchadnezzar, performed by the BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra with Mark Padmore and Neal Davies, conducted by Richard Hickox. Composed in 1935 for the Worcester Festival, Dyson’s post-romantic work is dramatic, sumptuous, and richly melodic, recalling the work of Vaughan Williams, Howells and Bliss. Dyson achieved his greatest popularity in England during the 1930s and 1940s with large-scale choral / orchestral pieces such as In Honour of the City, The Canterbury Pilgrims and Nebuchadnezzar. Sadly, his work faded from view after 1950, but by the end of the century was being rediscovered by a new generation of audiences and performers.

After returning from several years of studies and travel in Europe in 1907, Dyson became, thanks to Sir Hubert Parry, the first Director of Music of the Royal Naval College , Osborne. The outbreak of World War I, however, had a profound effect on him. He left his post and enlisted. After a period of distinguished but shattering service in the trenches he was invalided out. He returned to the Royal College of Music, shaken and transformed. Fortunately, he recovered and after 1918 his career resumed almost where he had left it on the outbreak of war. In 1924 he was appointed head of the music department at Winchester College and it was during the ensuing years that he began writing the choral works that would make him famous.

Dyson took the text for Nebuchadnezzar from the Book of Daniel, incorporating the ‘Song of the Three Holy Children’ from the Apocrypha. Emulating Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Dyson set the story in four parts.  In the first three the music tells the well-known biblical story of the Jews Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and the burning fiery furnace, while the fourth is a more conventional hymn of praise, ‘All the works of the Lord, Bless Ye the Lord’ – the Benedicite. The tenor Mark Padmore sings the Herald, and Nebuchadnezzar is sung by the bass-baritone Neal Davies.

This superb performance further demonstrates Richard Hickox’s understanding for Dyson and follows The Canterbury Pilgrims and Quo Vadis in the Chandos discography.

Mark Padmore tenor

Neal Davies bass-baritone

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra / Richard Hickox

SYMPHONY IN G

CHAN10308

London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia – Richard Hickox

See Orchestral Music for audio samples.

THE CANTERBURY PILGRIMS

CHAN241-43

The Canterbury Pilgrims

At the Tabard Inn

In Honour of the City

Yvonne Kenny, Robert Tear, Stephen Roberts, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra – Richard Hickox

QUO VADIS

CHAN10061

Cheryl Baker, Jean Rigby, Philip Langridge, Roderick Williams, BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Chamber Choir – Richard Hickox.

HIERUSALEM AND OTHER CHORAL WORKS

CDH55046

Hierusalem • 3 Songs of praise • 3 Choral Hymns • O praise God in his holiness (Psalm 150) • Fantasia and ground bass

St Michael’s Singers, RPO – Jonathan Rennert, Thomas trotter organ

CHORAL MUSIC BY GEORGE DYSON

SOMM CD014

Sweet Thames Run Softly 

The Blacksmiths 

A Spring Garland

To Music

Stephen Roberts baritone, Ossian Ellis harp, RPO, Royal College of Music Chamber Choir – David Willcocks

ST PAUL’S VOYAGE TO MELITA, NOCTURNE AND AGINCOURT

SOMMCD234

St Paul’s Journey to Melita • Agincourt • Nocturne from “Quo Vadis”

Neil Mackie tenor, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus – Vernon Handley

ELGAR AND THE ENGLISH CHORAL TRADITION INCLUDING THE BLACKSMITHS

CLASSCD 456

Elgar and the English Choral Tradition – The Blacksmiths (World premiere recording of the orchestral version). Also contains works by Elgar, Bridge, Howells, Brian and Purcell orch. Elgar.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus, conductor Douglas Bostock

MY BELOVED SPAKE

GNCD7200

"My beloved spake": music for strings and voices. Includes Hierusalem, and works by Finzi, Rutter, Hadley, Bridge and Holst.

Hannah Garner soprano, Hampstead Singers, Emmanuel Chamber Orchestra – Mark Denza

VI 

MUSIC FOR CHORUS

A CHORAL FESTIVAL

CHAN6603

O Praise God

Westminster Abbey Choir – Douglas Guest

HIERUSALEM AND OTHER CHORAL WORKS

CDH55046

Hierusalem • 3 Songs of praise • 3 Choral Hymns • O praise God in his holiness (Psalm 150) • Fantasia and ground bass

St Michael’s Singers, RPO – Jonathan Rennert, Thomas trotter organ

CHORAL MUSIC BY GEORGE DYSON

SOMM CD014

Sweet Thames Run Softly 

The Blacksmiths 

A Spring Garland

To Music

Stephen Roberts baritone, Ossian Ellis harp, RPO, Royal College of Music Chamber Choir – David Willcocks

ST PAUL’S VOYAGE TO MELITA, NOCTURNE AND AGINCOURT

SOMMCD234

St Paul’s Journey to Melita • Agincourt • Nocturne from “Quo Vadis”

Neil Mackie tenor, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus – Vernon Handley

THEY THAT GO DOWN TO THE SEA

CLCD12601

“They that go down to the sea…” 

Four songs for sailors

Ely Cathedral Choir conducted by Paul Trepte (also contains works by Sumsion, Ireland, Holst, Britten, Head, Vaughan Williams, Hemingway)

MAGNIFICAT & NUNC DIMITTIS VOL 7

PRCD535

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis vol.7; 

Dyson in F

Hereford Cathedral Choir – Roy Massey

TE DEUM AND JUBILATE VOL 4

PRCD934

Dyson in D

Ripon Cathedral Choir – 

Kerry Beaumot

MY OWN COUNTRY

HAVP311

My Own Country – a recital of English song including Dyson’s, A Poet’s Hymn and Song of the Cyclops

Harry Sever boy soprano and 

Robert Bottone piano

Recorded January 2005

VII 

HYMNS

VIII 

SONGS

MY OWN COUNTRY

HAVP311

My Own Country – a recital of English song including Dyson’s, A Poet’s Hymn and Song of the Cyclops

Harry Sever boy soprano and 

Robert Bottone piano

Recorded January 2005

IX 

COMPILATIONS

SEA FEVER

Dutton Digital Epoch: CDLX7199

English songs with orchestra, including:

Five Songs of Valour and Praise

Sir George Dyson

This survey of music for baritone and orchestra includes songs written between 1903 and 1935, and includes a duet – featuring soprano Ailish Tynan – from Parry’s opera Guenever, which dates from 1886. Works by composers such as Bax, Boughton and Bainton are heard and, in Boughton’s case, we are treated to three songs from his early Kipling settings ‘Songs of the English’. These and many other delights are on offer, and the combined forces of Roderick Williams and the BBC Concert Orchestra under Martin Yates give impassioned performances of these glorious works.

Roderick Williams, baritone

BBC Concert Orchestra

Martin Yates, conductor

Also contains songs by Bainton, Bax, Boughton, Ireland and Parry

“Roderick Williams ... is here on peak form: wonderfully clear diction, steady, even tone throughout his range, an exceptional alertness to mood and nuance. His voice has become a real pleasure to hear, the top especially thrilling, Add to that a willingness to explore esoteric repertoire such as this, and we are greatly privileged.”

“… a labour of love duly rewarded in performance.”

Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review, January 2008

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