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BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH SYMPHONIES
FROM THE NINETEENTH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT

A Discography Of CDs And LPs
Prepared by Michael Herman

Page 1

Index


SAMUEL WESLEY
(1766-1837)

Born in Bristol, he was the nephew of the founder of Methodism. A child prodigy, he was taught the organ and began to compose at the age of 8. He composed prolifically and his output included sacred works as well as works for orchestra, chamber groups and solo organ and other keyboard instruments. His 4 early Symphonies date from his teenage years (1781-4). He also wrote multiple Concertos for Organ, Harpsichord and Violin.

Symphony in B flat major (1802)

Mathias Bamert/London Mozart Players
( + Symphonies: in D major "Sinfonia Obligato," A major, D major and E flat major)
CHANDOS CHAN 9823 (2000)

Hilary Davan Wetton/Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra
( + Symphonies: in A major, D major and E flat major)
UNICORN-KANCHANA DKPCD 9098 (1991)

 

WILLIAM CROTCH
(1775-1847)

Born in Norwich. He was a child prodigy whose first public appearance was at the age of three and a half. His musical education was at Oxford where he was later appointed a professor and he also taught at the Royal Academy of Music. He was best known as an organist and pedagogue, but his compositions received many performances in his lifetime, especially his choral works. In addition to the Symphonies listed here, his mature orchestral output also includes 3 Organ Concertos.

Symphony in F major (1814)

Hilary Davan Wetton/Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra
( + Symphony in E flat major, Organ Concerto No. 2 and Overture in G major)
UNICORN-KANCHANA DKPCD 9126 (1992)

Symphony in E Flat major (unfinished) (1817)

Hilary Davan Wetton/Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra
( + Symphony in F major, Organ Concerto No. 2 and Overture in G major)
UNICORN-KANCHANA DKPCD 9126 (1992)

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PHILLIP CIPRIANI POTTER
(1792-1871)

Born in London. He studied with Joseph Atwood, Thomas Woellfl and William Crotch and became one of the first teachers at the Royal Academy of Music at its establishment in 1822. He composed at least 10 Symphonies whose dates and order are confusing. Symphony No. 1 (1819) is not extant and the remaining unrecorded numbered ones are: No. 2 in D major (1833), (No. 3) in B major (1834), No. 4 in D major (1834), No 5 in G minor (1833), No. 6 in C minor (1826) and (No. 9) in C minor. There is also a Symphony in E-flat (1846), 3 Piano Concertos and other orchestral works.
 
Symphony No. 7 in F major (1826)

Douglas Bostock/Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Sterndale Bennett: Symphony in G minor)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 634 (2004) (The British Symphonic Collection - Vol. 14)

Symphony No. 8 in E flat major (1828)

Hilary Davan Wetton/Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 10)
UNICORN DKP 9091 (1989)

Symphony No. 10 in G minor (1833)

Hilary Davan Wetton/Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 8)
UNICORN DKP 9091 (1989)

SIR GEORGE MACFARREN
(1813-1887)

Born in London. He studied with his father (also named) George Macfarren and with Charles Lucas (1808-1869, composed 3 Symphonies) and Cipriani Potter at the Royal Academy of Music where he became a professor and then Principal. He also taught at Cambridge. He wrote 9 Symphonies of which the following have not been recorded: No.1 in C major (1828), No. 2 in D minor (1829) No. 3 in E minor (1831), No. 5 in A minor (1833), No. 6 in B flat major (1836), No. 8 in D major (1845) and No. 9 in E minor (1874). He also composed a Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto and several concert overtures.

Symphony No. 4 in F minor (1833)

Werner Andreas Albert/Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7)
CPO 999 443-2 (1998)

Symphony 7 in C sharp minor (1839-40)

Werner Andreas Albert/Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
CPO 999 443-2 (1998)

SIR WILLIAM STERNDALE BENNETT
(1816-1875)

Born in Sheffield. He studied with Charles Lucas, William Henry Holmes (1812-1885, composed a Symphony in B minor and several others) and William Crotch at the Royal Academy of Music and went to Germany in 1833 where he was championed by Mendelssohn and Schumann. He conducted and taught at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of which he became Principal. He wrote 5 Symphonies while still a student. The initial 4 early Symphonies are: No. 1 in E-flat (1832), No. 2 in D minor (1833), No. 3(1834) and No. 4 in A major (1834). He also wrote 5 Piano Concertos and several concert overtures.

Symphony (No. 5) in G Minor, WO 31 (1835)

Hilary Davan Wetton/Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto No. 4 & Fantasy for piano { Malcolm Binns - (pno)})
UNICORN KANCHANA UKCD2032 (1999)
(original LP release: MILTON KEYNES MUSIC SERIES MKM 861) (1986)

Symphony in G minor op. 43 (1867)

Douglas Bostock/Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Cipriani Potter: Symphony No. 7)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 634 (2004) (The British Symphonic Collection - Vol. 14)

Nicholas Braithwaite/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Overtures: Naiades, Woodnymphs, Parisina and May Queen)
LYRITA SRCD.206 (2007)

ALICE MARY SMITH
(1839-1884)

Born in London. She studied with William Sterndale Bennett and George Macfarren at the Royal Academy of Music. She composed prolifically producing both large and small-scale works and had considerable fame in her day and is thought to be the first Englishwoman to write a symphony. In addition to the examples listed below she also wrote a Symphony in G major, a Clarinet Concerto and several other works for orchestra.
 
Symphony in C minor (1863)

Howard Shelley/London Mozart Players
( + Symphony in A minor and Andante for Clarinet & Orchestra)
CHANDOS CHAN 10283 (2005)

Symphony in A minor (1876)

Howard Shelley/London Mozart Players
( + Symphony in C minor and Andante for Clarinet & Orchestra)
CHANDOS CHAN 10283 (2005)


 


SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN
(1842-1900)

Born in London. The son of a bandmaster, he studied with William Sterndale Bennett, Arthur O’Leary and John Goss at the Royal Academy and went to Leipzig for further study with Ignaz Moscheles, Julius Rietz and Ferdinand David. In addition to composing, he had great success as a conductor and was also a teacher and organist. He gained immortality for his operas written with W.S.Gilbert. His other orchestral works include a Cello Concerto, 6 concert overtures and several marches.
 
Symphony in E major "The Irish" (1866)

Sir Charles Groves/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
( + Cello Concerto {Julian Lloyd Webber - cello} & Overture di Ballo & Elgar: Romance)
EMI CDM 7 64726 2
(original LP release: HMV ASD 2435) (1969)

Richard Hickox/BBC Philharmonic
( + Suite from "The Tempest" & Overture in C "In Memoriam" )
CHANDOS CHAN 9859 (2000)

Owain Arwel Hughes/BBC Concert Orchestra
(+ Imperial March, Ballet "Victoria and Merrie
England" & Overture in C "In Memoriam")
CPO 999171-2  (1994)

David Lloyd-Jones/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Pineapple Poll)
NAXOS 8.570351 (2007)

 

SIR (CHARLES) HUBERT H. PARRY
(1848-1918)

Born in Bournemouth. He studied with Henry Hugo Pierson in Stuttgart and William Sterndale Bennett and George Macfarren at the Royal Academy of Music and became one of the leading composers of his time. At the Royal College of Music, together with Stanford, Parry taught a long list of prominent British composers. His musical catalogue is vast and is particularly dominated by choral works. Among his other major orchestral works are a Piano Concerto, Symphonic Variations and the symphonic poem, "From Death to Life." His setting of William Blake’s "Jerusalem" is practically a second national anthem.

Symphonies Nos. 1 – 5

Matthias Bamert/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonic Variations)
CHANDOS CHAN 9120 (3 CDs) (1994)

Symphony No. 1 in G major (1882)

William Boughton/English Symphony Orchestra
( + From Death to Life)
NIMBUS N15296 (1991)

Matthias Bamert/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Concertstück)
CHANDOS CHAN 9062 (1992)

Symphony No. 2 in F major "The Cambridge" (1887)

Matthias Bamert/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonic Variations)
CHANDOS CHAN8961 (1991)

Andrew Penny/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphonic Variations & Overture to an Unwritten Tragedy)
NAXOS 8.553469 (1996)

Symphony No. 3 in C major "The English" (1889)

Leopold Hager/Luxembourg Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Concertstück + Havergal Brian: The Tigers Suite & John Foulds: St. Joan Suite, Pasquinade Symphonique No. 1 & Mirage)
FORLANE UCD 16724/25 (2 CDs)
(original LP release: FORLANE UM 3529/31 (3 LPs) (1982)

Matthias Bamert/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
CHANDOS CHAN 8996 (1990)


Symphony 4 in E minor (1889)

Matthias Bamert/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
CHANDOS CHAN 8996 (1990)
 
 
Symphony No. 5 in B minor
"Symphonic Fantasia 1912"

Sir Adrian Boult/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonic Variations, Elegy for Brahms & Blest Pair of Sirens)
EMI CDC 7 49022 2 (1987)
(original LP release of: EMI ASD 3725) (1979)

Matthias Bamert/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + From Death to Life & Elegy for Brahms)
CHANDOS CHAN 8955 (1991)

SIR CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD
(1852-1924)

Born in Dublin. After private studies with Arthur O’Leary and Robert P. Stewart as well as additional lessons at Cambridge, Stanford had further training in Germany by the eminent composers Carl Reinecke and Friedrich Kiel. He was one of the twin pillars of the Royal College of Music (along with Parry) responsible for the teaching of almost an entire generation of important British composers. Besides the cycle of Symphonies, Stanford’s major orchestral works include 3 Piano Concertos, a Violin Concerto, a Cello Concerto and 7 Irish Rhapsodies.
 
Symphonies Nos. 1-7

Vernon Handley/Ulster Orchestra
CHANDOS CHAN 9279 (4 CDs) (1994)

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major (1879)

Vernon Handley/Ulster Orchestra
( + Irish Rhapsody 2)
CHANDOS CHAN 9049 (1992)

David Lloyd-Jones/ Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Clarinet Concerto. {Robert Plane - clarinet})
NAXOS 8.570356 (2008)


Symphony 2 in D minor
"Elegiac" (1880)

Vernon Handley/Ulster Orchestra
( + Clarinet Concerto {Janet Hilton - clarinet})
CHANDOS CHAN 8991 (1991)

David Lloyd-Jones/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
NAXOS 8.570289 (2007)

Symphony 3 in F minor, Op. 28 "Irish" (1887)

Norman Del Mar/Bournemouth Sinfonietta
( + Elgar: Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands)
EMI CDM 5 65129 2 DM5651292
(original LP release: EMI ASD 4221) (1982)

Vernon Handley/Ulster Orchestra
( + Irish Rhapsody No. 5)
CHANDOS CHAN 8545 (1987)

David Lloyd-Jones/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
NAXOS 8.570355 (2008)

Symphony No. 4 in F major, Op. 31 (1889)

Vernon Handley/Ulster Orchestra
( + Irish Rhapsody No. 6 {Lydia Mordkovitch - violin} & Prelude to "Oedipus Rex")
CHANDOS CHAN 8884 (1990)

David Lloyd-Jones/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7)
NAXOS 8.570285 (2007)

Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 56 "L’Allegro ed il Penseroso" (1895)

Vernon Handley/Ulster Orchestra ley
( + Irish Rhapsody No. 4)
CHANDOS CHAN 8581 (1988)

David Lloyd-Jones/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
NAXOS 8.570289 (2007)

Symphony No. 6 in E flat major, Op. 94 (1905)

Vernon Handley/Ulster Orchestra
( + Irish Rhapsody No. 1)
CHANDOS CHAN 8627 (1988)

David Lloyd-Jones/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
NAXOS 8.570355 (2008)

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 124 (1911)

David Lloyd-Jones/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
NAXOS 8.570285 (2007)

Vernon Handley/Ulster Orchestra
( + Irish Rhapsody No. 3 {Raphael Wallfisch – cello} & Concert Piece {Gillian Weir – organ})
CHANDOS CHAN 8861 (1990)

SIR FREDERIC HYMEN COWEN
(1852-1935)

Born in Kingston, Jamaica but came to England in early childhood. As a child prodigy he had instructions from Julius Benedict (1804-1885, composed 2 Symphonies) and John Goss. He completed his musical education in Germany with Ignaz Moscheles, Moritz Hauptmann and Carl Reinecke. He wrote 6 Symphonies (the first 2 are not extant) that had great popularity in their time. In addition to those listed below, they are: No. 1 in C minor (1869), No. 2 in F minor (1872), No, 4 in B flat minor "Welsh" (1884) and No. 5 in F major (1887). There is also a Sinfonietta in A major (1881), a Piano Concerto and other works for orchestra.
 
Symphony No. 3 in C minor "Scandinavian" (1880)

Adrian Leaper/Czechoslovak State Philharmonic (Košice)
( + The Butterfly’s Ball & Indian Rhapsody)
MARCO POLO 8.223273 (1990)

Symphony No. 6 in E major "The Idyllic" (1897)

Douglas Bostock/Ĺrhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Coleridge-Taylor: Symphony in A minor)
CLASSICO CLASS CD 84 (2006) (The British Symphonic Collection - Vol. 15)

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SIR EDWARD ELGAR - see separate page


FREDERIC CLIFFE
(1857-1931)

Born in Bradford, Yorkshire. Studied with Arthur Sullivan, Ebenezer Prout (1835-1909, composer of 4 Symphonies), John Stainer and Frederick Taylor. He taught at both the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Music and produced a Second Symphony in E minor in 1892 as well as a Violin Concerto.
 
Symphony No. 1 in C minor (1889)

Christopher Fifield/Malmö Opera Orchestra
( + Cloud and Sunshine)
STERLING CDS-1055-2 (2003)

Symphony No. 2 in E minor (1893)

Christopher Fifield/Lambeth Orchestra
( + Coronation March)
ELYROSE PROMOTIONS (no catalogue number - privately issued CD) (2015)

WILLIAM WALLACE
(1860-1940)

Born in Greenock, Scotland. Trained as a medical doctor, he entered the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 29 where he later became a teacher. In addition to the Symphony, his orchestral works include a series of 6 symphonic poems on literary and historical subjects, suites and overtures.
 
Creation Symphony in C sharp minor (1899)

Martyn Brabbins/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Pelleas and Melisande Suite & Prelude to The Eumenides)
HYPERION HELIOS CDH55465 (2014)
(original CD release HYPERION CDA66987 (1997))

 

SIR EDWARD GERMAN
(1862-1936)

Born in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Charles Steggal, Thomas Weist-Hill and Alfred Burnett. Better known for his music for the theater he is often considered Arthur Sullivan’s successor. His other major orchestral works include the suite "The Seasons," Theme and Six Diversions and the symphonic poem "Hamlet."
 
Symphony No. 1 in E minor (1887)

John Wilson/BBC Concert Orchestra
( + The Tempter Overture, Romeo and Juliet Prelude, Hamlet & The Willow Song)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7156 (2005)

Symphony No. 2 in A minor "The Norwich" (1893)

Geoffrey Heald-Smith/City of Hull Youth Orchestra
( + Gordon Jacob: Barber of Seville Goes to the Devil)
GOUGH 7 DAVY GD2001 (LP) (1977)

Andrew Penny/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Valse Gracieuse & Welsh Rhapsody)
MARCO POLO 8.223726 (1994)

John Wilson/BBC Concert Orchestra
( + Symphonic Suite in D minor and March Rhapsody)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7202 (2008)

GEORGE W. H. MARSHALL-HALL
(1862-1915)

Born in London. He studied at the Royal College of Music with Walter Parratt, Hubert Parry and Frederick Bridge. He settled in Melbourne, Australia in 1891 and spent most of the remainder of his life there as composer, conductor, teacher and administrator. He composed over 60 works but nothing else major for orchestra.
 
Symphony in C minor (1892)
(adagio sostenuto movement only)

Warren Bebbington/Queensland Theatre Orchestra (rec.1986)
( + Symphony in E flat major)
MOVE MD 3081 (1995)

 

Symphony in E Flat major (1903)

Warren Bebbington/Queensland Theatre Orchestra (rec.1986)
( + adagio sostenuto movement from Symphony in C minor)
MOVE MD 3081 (1995)

 

ARTHUR SOMERVELL
(1863-1937)

Born in Windermere, Cumbria. After initial studies with Charles Stanford at Cambridge, he went to Berlin for training under Friedrich Kiel and Woldemar Bargiel. He then returned to England to finish his education at the Royal College of Music with Stamford and privately with Parry. He taught at this institution and later became Inspector of Music for England, Scotland and Wales. His musical output was substantial and covered most categories but he is best known for his songs. His other major orchestral woks are Highland Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1921), Violin Concerto (1930) and Normandy Variations for Piano and Orchestra.

Symphony in D major "Thalassa" (1912)

Michael Laus/Malta Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Mackenzie: La Belle Dame Sans Merci and Holbrooke: Pantomime Suite)
CAMEO CLASSICS CC9034CD (2012)

 

EUGČNE D’ALBERT
(1865-1932)

Born in Glasgow. He studied at the National Training School in London with John Stainer, Arthur Sullivan and Ebenezer Prout. He went to Vienna for further study with Franz Liszt. He spent the rest of his life as a German opera composer who repudiated his British origins. Other major orchestral works include two Piano Concertos and a Cello Concerto.
 

Symphony in F major, Op. 4 (1886)

Hermann Bäumer/Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra
( + Seejungfräulein)
CPO 777264-2 (2010)

Jun Märkl/MDR Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig
( + Tiefland: Symphonic Prelude)
NAXOS 8.572805 (2013)

Ronald Zollman/Basel Symphony Orchestra
( + Piamo Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 and Cello Concerto)
PAN CLASSICS PC10336 (2 CDs) (2015)
(original CD release: PAN CLASSICS 510 066) (1993)

FREDERIC LAMOND
(1868-1948)

Born in Glasgow. All of his musical studies were in Germany and included instructions from Franz Liszt and Hans von Bűlow. He achieved great fame as a concert pianist and composed very few works.
 
Symphony in A major, Op.3 (1889)

Martyn Brabbins/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Overture "From the Scottish Highlands" & Sword Dance + Eugčne d’Albert: Esther Overture)
HYPERION CDA67387 (2004)

SIR JOHN BLACKWOOD McEWEN
(1868-1948)

Born in Hawick, Scotland. Studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Frederick Corder, Tobias Matthay and Ebenezer Prout and later became that institution’s principal. He wrote 4 other Symphonies as well as other orchestral works including a Viola Concerto, 4 suites and 3 Border Ballads.
 
Symphony in c sharp minor "A Solway Symphony" (1911)

Cuthbert Whitemore/Aeolian Orchestra (rec. 1923)
( + Holbrooke: Bronwen (excerpts)
PEARL OPAL 808 (LP) (1982)

Alasdair Mitchell/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Hills o’Heather & Where the Wild Thyme Blows)
CHANDOS CHAN 9345 (1995)

SIR GRANVILLE BANTOCK
(1868-1946)

Born in London. Studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Frederick Corder. He was an enormously prolific composer whose orchestral output also included an early (incomplete) Symphony in C major (1884) and 6 large-scale tone poems. He also wrote 4 choral symphonies (unaccompanied) with the titles "Christus," "Atalanta in Calydon," "Vanity of Vanities" and "A Pageant of Human Life."
 
A Hebridean Symphony (Symphony No. 1) (1913)

Geoffrey Heald-Smith/City of Hull Youth Orchestra
( + Macbeth Overture)
GOUGH & DAVY GD2002 (1978)

Sir Adrian Boult/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Pagan Symphony)
INTAGLIO INCD 704-1 (1993) ▼

Adrian Leaper/Czechoslovak State Philharmonic (Košice)
( + Old English Suite & Russian Scenes)
NAXOS 8.555473
(original CD release: MARCO POLO 8.223274) (1990)

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Celtic Symphony, The Witch of Atlas & The Sea Reivers)
HYPERION CDA66450 (1991)

Pagan Symphony (Symphony No. 2) (1927)

Maurice Handford/BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra
( + Hebridean Symphony)
INTAGLIO INCD 704-1 (1993) ▼

Sir Edward Downes/BBC Philharmonic (rec. 1984)
( + Arnold Bax: Tintagel and Northern Ballads Nos. 2 & 3)
CARLTON BBC RADIO CLASSICS IMP 5691592 (1996)

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Fifine at the Fair & Two Heroic Ballads)
HYPERION CDA66630 (1992)

"Claude Dupré/Versailles Symphony Orchestra"
(probably Maurice Handford/BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra)
ARIES LP 1606 ▼

The Cyprian Goddess (Symphony No. 3) (1938-9)

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Helena Variations & Dante and Beatrice)
HYPERION CDA66810 (1995)

Celtic Symphony (Symphony No. 4) (1940)

Walter Collins/London Promenade Orchestra
( + The Frogs Overture & Women’s Festival Overture)
PAXTON LPT 1003 (10" LP) (1959)

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Hebridean Symphony, The Witch of Atlas & The Sea Reivers)
HYPERION CDA66450 (1991)

ALFRED FRANCIS HILL
(1870-1960)

Born in Melbourne, Australia. Studied with Gustav Schreck, Oscar Paul and Hans Sitt at the Leipzig Conservatory. He was active in both New Zealand and Australia as composer, conductor and teacher. He wrote 13 Symphonies of which only No. 1 in B flat major "The Maori" (1896-1900) was an original work for orchestra. This work and the Symphony No. 11 in E flat major "Four Nations" (1958) are the only unrecorded Hill Symphonies. All of the Symphonies after No. 1 were adapted from String Quartets that had mostly been written in the 1930’s. Other major works include Concertos for Piano, Violin and Viola.
 
Symphony No. 2 "Joy of Life" (1941)

Patrick Thomas/Genty Stevens (soprano), Norma Hunter (mezzo), Malcom Potter (tenor), Alan McKie (baritone), Adelaide Singers, Adelaide Philharmonic Choir/South Australian Symphony Orchestra
( + James Penberthy: Cantata on Hiroshima Panels)
FESTIVAL SFC-80018 (LP) (1972)

Symphony No. 3 in B minor "Australia" (1951)

Henry Krips/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
( + Viola Concerto {Robert Pikler – viola})
HMV (Australia) QALP 7524 (LP) (c. 1960)
 
Wilfred Lehmann/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7, The Lost Hunter and The Moon’s Golden Horn)
MARCO POLO 8.223537 (1995)

Thomas Mayer/West Australian Symphony Orchestra
( + John Antill, Raymond Hanson, et. al.: Variations on a Theme of Alfred Hill)
ABC RRCS-377 (non-commercial LP) (1975)

Symphony No. 4 in C minor "The Pursuit of Happiness" (1955)

Wilfred Lehmann/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6 and The Sacred Mountain)
MARCO POLO 8.220345 (1985)

Symphony No. 5 in A minor "Carnival" (1955)

Wilfred Lehmann/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 10, As Night Falls, Regrets and Tribute to a Musician)
MARCO POLO 8.223538 (1999)

Symphony No. 6 in B flat major "Celtic" (1956)

Wilfred Lehmann/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4 and The Sacred Mountain)
MARCO POLO 8.220345 (1985)

Symphony No. 7 in E minor (1956)

Wilfred Lehmann/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7, The Lost Hunter and The Moon’s Golden Horn)
MARCO POLO 8.223537 (1995)

Symphony No. 8 in A for String Orchestra "The Mind of Man" (1957)

Tibor Paul/West Australian Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 9)
WORLD RECORD CLUB (Australia) R 02332 (LP) (1974)

Symphony No. 9 in E for String Orchestra "Melodious" (1957)

Georg Tintner/West Australian Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 8)
WORLD RECORD CLUB (Australia) R 02332 (LP) (1974)

Symphony No. 10 in C major "Short Symphony" (1958)

Wilfred Lehmann/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5, As Night Falls, Regrets and Tribute to a Musician)
MARCO POLO 8.223538 (1999)

Symphony No. 12 in E flat (1959)

Georg Tintner/West Australian Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 13)
ABC AC1015 (non-commercial LP) (1975)

Symphony No. 13 in A minor for String Orchestra (1959)

Tibor Paul/West Australian Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 12)
ABC AC1015 (non-commercial LP) (1975)



FREDERIC AUSTIN
(1872-1952)

Born in London. He studied privately with his mother and uncle amd began his musical career as an organist, singer and teacher. He became one of the leading baritones of his day on both the operatic and recital stage. His compositional career was naturally overshadowed by his vocal fame but he produced, in addition to the Symphony, the symphonic rhapsody "Spring," the overture "The Sea Venturers" and several sets of incidental music.

Symphony in E major (1913)

Douglas Bostock/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Overture: The Sea Ventures, Rhapsody: Spring and Richard II Overture)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7288 (2012)
(original CD release: CLASSICO CLASSCD1501) (2001)

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS - see separate page

WILLIAM HENRY BELL
(1873-1946)

Born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Charles Steggall, Alfred Izard, Alfred Burnett and Frederick Corder. He emigrated to Cape Town, South Africa in 1912 to become director of the South African College of Music. He remained there for the rest of his and composed works for both the stage and concert hall. He wrote 5 Symphonies: the 1st,"Walt Whitman" while still in England in 1899 and the remaining 4 in South Africa between 1918 and 1932. Other major orchestral works include a Viola Concerto and 5 symphonic poems.
 

Symphony No. 4 in A minor "A South African Symphony" (1927)

Peter Marchbank/National Symphony Orchestra of the South African Broadcasting Corporation
( + Gideon Fagan: Concert Overture in D & Ilala)
MARCO POLO 8223833 (1995)

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FRITZ BENNICKE HART
(1874-1949)

Born in Bromley, Kent. He studied at the Royal College of Music where his teachers included Hubert Parry and Charles Stanford. He emigrated to Australia in 1908 and became principal of the Melbourne Conservatory of Music. In 1937 he relocated to Honolulu where he spent the rest of his life. He had a distinguished career as conductor, teacher and administrator and still found the time to write music (primarily operas and songs), poetry and prose. In addition to "The Bush" he wrote another Symphony (Op. 107) in 1934 and a number of smaller orchestral works.
 

Symphony, Op. 59 "The Bush" (1923) (also called "Symphonic Suite in 5 Movements")

Richard Divall/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1993)
( + Idyll for Violin and Orchestra)
ANTHOLOGY OF AUSTRALIAN MUSIC ON DISC CSM:38 (2003)

 
 
GUSTAV HOLST
(1874-1934)

Born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire of Swedish ancestry. Attended the Royal College of Music where his teachers were Charles Stanford and William Rockstro. Started his musical career as a trombonist but spent the remainder of his life as a composer, teacher and administrator. He achieved great fame for his symphonic suite "The Planets." He composed in all genres and began his orchestral output with a Symphony in C minor in 1894. At the end of his life he started a Symphony of which only the Scherzo remains as well as an unfinished Second Choral Symphony. His other works for orchestra and band have been extensively recorded.
 
Symphony in F major, Op. 8 "The Cotswolds" (1900)

David Atherton/London Philharmonic Orchestra
(2nd movement "Elegy in Memory of William Morris" only)
( + A Winter Idyll, Indra, A Song of the Night, Sita - Interlude from Act III, Invocation, The Lure, Ballet Music and Dances from The Morning of the Year)
LYRITA SRCD.209 (2003)

Douglas Bostock /Munich Symphony Orchestra
( + Ballet Music from The Perfect Fool, A Hampshire Suite, Walt Whitman Overture and Scherzo)
ALTO ALC 1170 (2012)
(original CD release: CLASSICO CLASSCD 284 (1999)
(The British Symphonic Collection - Vol. 5)

JoAnn Falletta/Ulster Orchestra
( + Japanese Suite, Walt Whitman Overture, A Winter Idyll and Indra)
NAXOS 8.572914 (2012)

First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 (1924)

Sir Adrian Boult/Felicity Palmer (soprano)/London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + The Hymn of Jesus, The Wandering Scholar and At the Boar's Head)
EMI BRITISH COMPOSERS 968929-2 (2 CDs) (2009)
(original LP release: HMV SAN 354/ANGEL S-37030 (1974)

Hilary Davan Wetton/Guildford Choral Society/Royal Philharmoni Orchestra
( + A Choral Fantasia)
HYPERION HELIOS CDH 55104 (2002)
(original CD release: HYPERION CDA66660) (1994)

Sir Andrew Davis/Susan Gritton (soprano)/BBC Symphony Chorus/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + The Mystic Trumpeter)
CHANDOS CHS 5127 (2012)

 

Scherzo (from unfinished symphony) (1933-4)

Douglas Bostock /Munich Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony in F, Ballet Music from The Perfect Fool, A Hampshire Suite and Walt Whitman Overture )
ALTO ALC 1170 (2012)
(original CD release: CLASSICO CLASSCD 284 (1999)
(The British Symphonic Collection - Vol. 5)

Sir Adrian Boult/BBC Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1944)
( + Berlioz: King Lear Overture, Borodin: Polovetski March, Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, Auber: Masaniello Overture, Mozart: Cosi fan Tutte Overture and Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin-Polonaise)
DUTTON LABORATORIES CDBP 9763 (2006)

Sir Adrian Boult/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Beni Mora, A Fugal Overture, Hammersmith, Japanese Suite, and A Somerset Rhapsody)
LYRITA SRCD.222 
(original LP release: Lyrita SRCS.56) (1972)

Richard Hickox/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Capriccio, Egdon Heath, A Fugal Overture, Hammersmith, and A Somerset Rhapsody)
CHANDOS CHAN 9420 (1996)

SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR
(1875-1912)

Born in Holborn, London to an English mother and a father from Sierra Leone. Studied at the Royal College of Music with Charles Stanford. Embarked upon a career as composer, conductor and teacher and achieved fame with his choral setting of Longfellow’s "Song of Hiawatha." Beyond the early Symphony, his orchestral output was mostly on a smaller scale with the exception of a Violin Concerto and Symphonic Variations on an African Air.
 
Symphony in A minor, Op. 8 (1896)

Douglas Bostock/Ĺrhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Cowen: Symphony No 3)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 84 (2006) (The British Symphonic Collection - Vol. 15)

 
 
CYRIL ROOTHAM
(1875-1938)

Born in Bristol. Studied with his father, at Cambridge and at the Royal College of Music under Charles Stanford, Walter Parratt and Marmaduke Barton. He was a teacher and conductor and composed vocal, chamber and orchestral music. He started a Second Symphony with chorus in 1936 but illness interfered with its completion. The orchestration was finished by Patrick Hadley and was performed posthumously in 1939. He also wrote two rhapsodies, two suites and a concert overture.
 
Symphony No. 1 in C minor (1932)

Vernon Handley/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Josef Holbrooke: Birds of Rhiannon and Bantock: Overture to a Greek Tragedy)
LYRITA SRCD.269 (2007)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.103) (1979)

Symphony No. 2 for Chorus and Orchestra (1938) (orch. completed by P. Hadley)

Vernon Handley/Scottish Philharmonic Singers/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr (rec. 1984)
( + Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity)
LYRITA REAM.2118 (2 CDs) (2015)

SIR DONALD FRANCIS TOVEY
(1875-1940)

Born in Eton. Studied privately with Hubert Parry and Walter Parratt. More generally known for his distinguished career as a writer on music, teacher and conductor, Tovey also composed a number of large-scale works. These include, besides the Symphony, a Piano Concerto and a Cello Concerto.
 
Symphony in D, Op. 32 (1913)

Donald Tovey/ Reid Symphony Orchestra (rec.1937)
SYMPOSIUM 1352 (2006)

George Vass/Malmö Opera Orchestra
( + Bride of Dionysus Prelude)
TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC 0033 (2006)

HAVERGAL BRIAN
(1876-1972)

Born in Dresden, Staffordshire. Except for some instrumental lessons by local teachers, Britain’s most prolific symphonist was basically self-taught. He composed incessantly throughout his long life but only saw his music discovered when he was in his eighties. Prior to the 32 numbered Symphonies he wrote a "Fantastic Symphony" in 1907 that was later broken up to become "Fantastic Variations on an Old Rhyme" and "Festal Dance." For orchestra his other works include a Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto, 5 English Suites and 3 Comedy Overtures.

Symphony No. 1 in D minor "The Gothic" (1919-27)
 
Sir Adrian Boult/Honor Shepherd (soprano)/Shirley Minto (alto)/Ronald Dowd (tenor)/Roger Stalman (bass)/BBC Chorus, BBC Choral Society, City of London Choir, Hampstead Choral Society, Emmanuel School Choir, Orpington Junior singers/BBC Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1966)
TESTAMENT SBT21454 (2 CDs) (2009)
(original release: ARIES LP 2601{2 LPs}) (c. 1970)

Martyn Brabbins/Susan Gritton (soprano)/Christine Rice (mezzo)/Peter Auty (tenor)/Alastair Miles (bass)/The Bach Choir/Brighton Festival Chorus/Côr Caerdydd/City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus/Eltham College Boys' Choir/Huddersfield Choral Society/London Symphony Chorus, Southend Boys' and Girls' Choirs/BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Concert Orchestra
HYPERION CDA67971-2 (2 CDs) (2011)

Ondrej Lenard/Eva Jenisová (sop), Dagmar Pecková (alto), Vladimir Dolezal (ten), Peter Mikulás (bass)/Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Slovak National Opera Chorus, Slovak Folk Ensemble Chorus, Bratislava City Choir, Lucnica Choir, Bratislava Childrens Choir, Youth 'Echo' Choir; CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
NAXOS 8.557418-19 (2 CDs) (2004)
(original CD release: MARCO POLO 8.223280-81 {2 CDs}) (1989)

Symphony No. 2 in E minor (1930-31)

Martyn Brabbins/Royal Scottish National Oorchestra
( + Symphony No. 14)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7330 (2016)

Sir Charles Mackerras/BBC Symphony Orchestra (1979)
{attributed to "Ernest Weir/Dresden Symphony Orchestra"}
ARIES LP 1631 ▼

Tony Rowe/Moscow Symphony Orchestra
( + Festival Fanfare)
NAXOS 8.557775 (2007)
(original CD release: MARCO POLO 8.223790) (1989)

Symphony No. 3 in C-sharp minor (1931-32)

Stanley Pope/Ronald Stevenson & David Wilde (pianos)/BBC Symphony Orchestra/ (1974)
{attributed to "Peter Michaels/Lisbon Conservatory Orchestra"}
ARIES LP 1617 ▼

Lionel Friend/BBC Symphony Orchestra
HYPERION HELIOS CDH 55029 (1999)
(original CD release: HYPERION CDA 66334) (1989)

Symphony No. 4 "Siegeslied" (Psalm of Victory) (1931-2)

John Poole/Felicity Palmer (sop)/BBC Singers, BBC Choral Society, Goldsmith’s Choral Union/London Philharmonic (1974)
{attributed to "Sir Alexander MacKenzie/Valerie MacLennan (sop)/Edinburgh Youth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra"}
ARIES LP 1621 ▼

Adrian Leaper/Jana Valásková (sop)/Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Slovak National Opera Chorus, Brno Philharmonic Choir, Youth 'Echo' Choir, Mixed 'Cantus' Choir; CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)
( + Symphony No. 12)
NAXOS 8.570308 (2007)
(original CD release: MARCO POLO 8.223 447) (1992)

Symphony No. 5 "Wine of Summer" (1937)

Stanley Pope/Brian Rayner Cook (bar)/New Philharmonia Orchestra (1976)
{attributed to "Francisco Teatro/John Hoffman (bar)/San Paulo Symphony Orchestra/"}
( + Symphony No. 25)
ARIES LP 1629 ▼

Martyn Brabbins/ Roderick Williams (baritone)/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 19 and 27 and Festal Dance)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7314 (2015)

Symphony No. 6 "Sinfonia tragica" (1948)

Myer Fredman/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 16 and Cooke: Symphony No. 3)
LYRITA SRCD.294 (2008)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.67) (1973)

Alexander Walker/New Russia State Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 28, 29 and 31)
NAXOS 8.573408 (2015)

Symphony No. 7 in C major (1948)

Sir Charles Mackerras/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 8, 9, 31 & The Tinker’s Wedding )
EMI 57557822 (2 CDs) (2003)
(original CD release: EMI CDC 7 49558 2) (1988)

Symphony No. 8 in B-flat minor (1949)

Myer Fredman/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1971)
{attributed to "Colin Wilson/Wales Symphony Orchestra"}
( + Symphony No. 14)
ARIES LP 1603 ▼

Sir Charles Groves/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 7, 9, 31 & The Tinker’s Wedding )
EMI 57557822 (2 CDs) (2003)
(original LP release: EMI ASD 3486) (1977)
(original CD release: EMI CDM 7 69890 2) (1989)

Symphony No. 9 in A minor (1951)

Norman Del Mar/London Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1959)
( + Symphony No. 11 and Dr. Merryheart)
DUTTON LABORATORIES CDBP 9798 (2010)

Myer Fredman/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1971)
{attributed to "Colin Wilson/Wales Symphony Orchestra"}
( + Symphonies Nos. 12 & 23)
ARIES LP 1604 ▼

Sir Charles Groves/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 7, 8, 31 & The Tinker’s Wedding)
EMI 57557822 (2 CDs) (2003)
(original LP release: EMI ASD 3486) (1977)
(original CD release: EMI CDM 7 69890 2) (1989)

Symphony No. 10 in C minor (1954)

Martyn Brabbins/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 30, English Suite No.3 and Concerto for Orchestra)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7267 (2011)

James Loughran/Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 21, 22. English Suite No.5 and Psalm 23)
HERITAGE HTGCD 256-7 (2 CDs) (2013)
(original LP release: UNICORN RHS 313) (1973)

Symphony No. 11 (1954)

Adrian Leaper/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 15, Dr Merryheart and For Valour)
NAXOS 8.572014 (2010)
(original CD release: MARCO POLO 8.223588) (2000)

Harry Newstone/London Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1959)
( + Symphony No. 9 and Dr. Merryheart)
DUTTON LABORATORIES CDBP 9798 (2010)

Symphony No. 12 (1957)

Norman Del Mar/BBC Symphony Orchestra (1966)
{attributed to "Colin Wilson/Wales Symphony Orchestra"}
( + Symphonies Nos. 9 & 23)
ARIES LP 1604 ▼

Adrian Leaper/CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)
( + Symphony No. 4)
NAXOS 8.570308 (2007)
(original CD release: MARCO POLO 8.223 447) (1992)

Symphony No. 13 in C major (1959)

Martyn Brabbins/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto, English Suite No. 4 and The Tinker’s Wedding)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7296 (2012)

Stanley Pope/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1976)
{attributed to "Peter Michaels/Lisbon Conservatory Orchestra"}
( + Symphonies Nos. 15, 17, 20, 24 & 26)
ARIES LP 3601 (3 LPs) ▼

Symphony No. 14 in F minor (1959-60)

Martyn Brabbins/Royal Scottish National Oorchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7330 (2016)

Sir Edward Downes/London Symphony Orchestra (1969)
{attributed to "Colin Wilson/Wales Symphony Orchestra"}
( + Symphony No. 8)
ARIES LP 1603 ▼

Symphony No. 15 in A major (1960)

Stanley Pope/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1976)
{attributed to "Peter Michaels/Lisbon Conservatory Orchestra"}
( + Symphonies 13, 17, 20, 24 & 26)
ARIES LP 3601 (3 LPs) ▼

Tony Rowe /National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 11, Dr Meryheart and For Valour)
NAXOS 8.572014 (2010)
(original CD release: MARCO POLO 8.223588) (2000)

Symphony No. 16 (1960)

Myer Fredman/London Philharmonic Orchestra/
( + Symphony No. 6 and Cooke: Symphony No. 3)
LYRITA SRCD.294 (2008)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.67) (1973)

Symphony No. 17 (1960-1)

Stanley Pope/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1976)
{attributed to "Horst Werner/Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra"}
( + Symphonies Nos. 13, 15, 20, 24 & 26)
ARIES LP 3601 (3 LPs) ▼

Adrian Leaper/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 32, For Valour and Festal Dance)
NAXOS 8.572020 (2010)
(original CD release: MARCO POLO 8.223481) (1992)

Symphony No. 18 in E minor (1961)

Bryan Fairfax New Philharmonia Orchestra (1974)
{attributed to "Colin Wilson/Wales Symphony Orchestra"}
( + Symphonies Nos. 19 & 22)
ARIES LP 1611 ▼

Lionel Friend/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto {Marat Bisengaliev - violin} & The Jolly Miller)
NAXOS 8.55775 (2007)
(original CD release: MARCO POLO 8.223479) (1993)

Symphony No. 19 in E minor (1961)

Martyn Brabbins/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 5 and 27 and Festal Dance)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7314 (2015)

John Canarina/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (1976)
{attributed to "Colin Wilson/Wales Symphony Orchestra"}
( + Symphonies Nos. 18 & 22)
ARIES LP 1611 ▼

Symphony No. 20 in C sharp minor (1962)

Vernon Handley/New Philharmonia Orchestra (1976)
{attributed to "John Freedman/Edinburgh Youth Orchestra"}
( + Symphonies 13, 15, 17, 24 & 26)
ARIES LP 3601 (3 LPs) ▼

Andrew Penny/Ukraine State Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 25 and Fantastic Variations on an Old Rhyme)
NAXOS 8.572461 (2011)
(original CD release: MARCO POLO 8.223731 (1995)

Symphony No. 21 (1963)

Eric Pinkett/Symphony Leicestershire Schools Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 10, 22. English Suite No.5 and Psalm 23)
HERITAGE HTGCD 256-7 (2 CDs) (2013)
(original LP release: UNICORN RHS 313) (1973)

Symphony No. 22 "Symphonia brevis" (1964-65)

Myer Fredman/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1971)
{attributed to "Colin Wilson/Wales Symphony Orchestra"}
( + Symphonies Nos. 18 and 19)
ARIES LP 1611 ▼

Laszlo Heltay/Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 10, 21. English Suite No.5 and Psalm 23)
HERITAGE HTGCD 256-7 (2 CDs) (2013)
(original LP release: CBS 61612) (1974)

Alexander Walker/New Russia State Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 23 and 24 and English Suite No. 1)
NAXOS 8572833 (2013)

Symphony No. 23 (1965)

Bernard Goodman/University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra (1973)
{attributed to "Colin Wilson/Wales Symphony Orchestra"}
( + Symphonies Nos. 9 & 12)
ARIES LP 1604 ▼

Alexander Walker/New Russia State Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 22 and 24 and English Suite No. 1)
NAXOS 8572833 (2013)

Symphony No. 24 in D major (1965)

Alexander Walker/New Russia State Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 22 and 23 and English Suite No. 1)
NAXOS 8572833 (2013)

Symphony No. 25 in A minor (1965-6)

John Canarina/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (1976)
{attributed to "Francisco Teatro/San Paulo Symphony Orchestra"}
( + Symphony No. 5)
ARIES LP 1629 ▼

Andrew Penny/Ukraine State Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 20 and Fantastic Variations on an Old Rhyme)
NAXOS 8.572461 (2011)
(original CD release: MARCO POLO 8.223731 (1995)

Symphony No. 26 (1966)

Vernon Handley/New Philharmonia Orchestra (1976)
{attributed to "John Freedman/Edinburgh Youth Orchestra"}
( + Symphonies Nos. 13, 15, 17, 20 & 24)
ARIES LP 3601 (3 LPs) ▼

Symphony No. 27 in C minor (1966-7)

Martyn Brabbins/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 5 and 19 and Festal Dance)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7314 (2015)

Symphony No. 28 in C major (1967)

Leopold Stokowski/New Philharmonia Orchestra (1973)
{attributed to "Horst Werner/Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra"}
( + Violin Concerto { Stanley Pope/Ralph Holmes (vln)/New Philharmonia Orchestra})
ARIES LP 1607 ▼

Alexander Walker/New Russia State Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 6, 29 and 31)
NAXOS 8.573408 (2015)

Symphony No. 29 in E-flat major (1967)

Alexander Walker/New Russia State Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 6, 28 and 31)
NAXOS 8.573408 (2015)

Symphony No. 30 in B flat Minor (1967)

Martyn Brabbins/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 10, English Suite No.3 and Concerto for Orchestra)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7267 (2011)

Symphony No. 31 (1968)

Sir Charles Mackerras/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 7, 8, 9 & The Tinker’s Wedding )
EMI 57557822 (2 CDs) (2003)
(original CD release: EMI CDC 7 49558 2) (1988)

Alexander Walker/New Russia State Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 6, 28 and 29)
NAXOS 8.573408 (2015)

Symphony No. 32 in A flat major (1968)

Adrian Leaper/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 17, For Valour and Festal Dance)
NAXOS 8.572020 (2010)
(original CD release: MARCO POLO 8.223481) (1992)

THOMAS DUNHILL
(1877-1946)

Born in London. He studied at the Royal College of Music with Franklin Taylor and Charles Stanford and later became a professor at that school andd also taught at Eton. He founded the "Thomas Dunhill Chamber Concerts" in 1907 to promote the music of his contemporaries. His compositional output was not vast but included light operas, ballets, orchestral works, chamber music and songs. Some of his other works for orchestra are Elegiac Variations on an Original Theme, Rhapsody in A minor, a suite for small orchestra "The Pixies", Concertstück, Manx Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra and Capricious Variations on an Old English Tune for Cello and Orchestra.

Symphony in A minor. Op. 48 (1914-16)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Arnell: Lord Byron)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7195 (2007)

 RUTLAND BOUGHTON
(1878-1960)

Born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Studied at the Royal College of Music with Charles Stanford and Henry Walford Davies (1869-1941, composed a Symphony in G major and a Children’s Symphony). In addition to teaching, his musical career basically revolved around the composition and performances of his operas. His attempt to establish an English operatic cycle similar to Wagner was unsuccessful. He also wrote symphonic poems and concertos.
 
Symphony No. 1 in C minor "Oliver Cromwell" (1906)

Vernon Handley/Roderick Williams (baritone)/BBC Concert Orchestra
( + Edgar Bainton: Symphony No. 3)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7185 (2007)

Symphony No. 2 "Deirdre: A Celtic Symphony" (1927)

Sir Edward Downes/BBC Philharmonic (rec. 1985)
( + Symphony No. 3)
CARLTON BBC RADIO CLASSICS 15656 91892 (1996)

Symphony No. 3 in B minor (1937)

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Oboe Concerto {Sarah Francis – oboe})
HYPERION CDA66343 (1989)

Sir Edward Downes/BBC Philharmonic (rec. 1983)
( + Symphony No. 2)
CARLTON BBC RADIO CLASSICS 15656 91892 (1996)

 

JOSEPH HOLBROOKE
(1878-1958)

Born in Croydon. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Frederick Westlake and Frederick Corder. His musical career began with time spent in music halls as a pianist and conductor and he supplemented his income as a music critic. He eventually had success as a conductor and pianist but his compositions never really made a breakthrough. His catalogue was vast and included operas, symphonies, large-scale symphonic poems based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe and much else in all genres. He wrote 2 Piano Concertos, Violin Concerto,, Cello Concerto, Saxophone Concerto and 2 later Concertos for various combinations of instruments. His other Symphonies are as follows: No. 1 "Homage to Edgar Allan Poe" - A Dramatic Choral Symphony (1907), No. 2 "Apollo and the Seaman" for Chorus and Orchestra (1907), No. 3 in E minor,"Ships" (1925), No. 5 "Wild Wales" for Brass Band (1930's), No. 6 "Old England" for Military Band (1928), No. 7 for Strings (1929), No. 8 "Dance Symphony" for Piano and Orchestra (1930) and Symphonietta in D for 14 Wind Instruments (1930's).

Symphony No.4 in B Minor, Op. 95 "The Little One: Homage to Schubert" (1928)

George Vass/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Cello Concerto, Pandora and The Pit and the Pendulum)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7251 (2010)

 

FRANK BRIDGE
(1879-1941)

Born in Brighton. Studied with Charles Stanford at the Royal College of Music. Bridge was probably the most qualified British composer who never wrote a symphony. When he finally started one it was too late. The fragment listed below was arranged by Anthony Pople in 1979. Bridge had a successful career as a conductor and teacher and composed much music of the highest quality. His major works for orchestra include the suite "The Sea," Piano Concerto, Oration for Cello and Orchestra, the tone poem "Summer" and the rhapsody "Enter Spring."
 
Allegro Moderato (from unfinished symphony for strings) (1940-1)

Nicholas Braithwaite/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Dance Rhapsody,Dance Poem,Two Poems and Rebus)
LYRITA SRCD.243 (2007)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.104) (1979)

Richard Hickox/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Oration {Alban Gerhardt - cello}, Rebus, Lament and A Prayer)
CHANDOS CHAN 10188 (2004)

SIR HAMILTON HARTY
(1879-1941)

Born in Hillsborough, County Down, Ireland. His musical education was obtained from his father and he went on to have great success as a piano accompanist and conductor. He moved to England in 1901. His major works for orchestra include a Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, the "John Field Suite" and the symphonic poem, "With the Wild Geese."
 
An Irish Symphony (1904)

Bryden Thomson/Ulster Orchestra
( + A Comedy Overture, In Ireland and With the Wild Geese)
CHANDOS CHAN 7034
(original LP release: CHANDOS ABRD 1027 (1981)

Prionnsías O'Duinn/Ireland National Symphony Orchestra
( + With the Wild Geese)
Naxos 8.554732 (2001)

 

 

CYRIL SCOTT
(1879-1970)

Born in Oxton, Cheshire. Went to Frankfurt am Main at the age of 12 to study with Engelbert Humperdinck and Lazarro Uzielli and returned there for further study with Iwan Knorr. He composed prolifically in all genres during his long life and had great success at an early stage. This did not last and his music is only starting to be revived at the present time after many decades of obscurity. He wrote a Symphony No. 1 in C major in 1898 and No. 2 in A minor in 1901-2. Both of these works appear to be lost. There is a Sinfonietta for Strings, Organ and Harp from 1954 and a Sinfonietta for Strings from 1962. There are also 2 Piano Concertos, a Violin Concerto and many other works for orchestra.

 

Symphony No. 1 in C major (1898)

Martin Brabbins/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Cello Concerto {Paul Watkins – cello})
CHANDOS CHAN 10452 (2008)

 

Symphony No. 3 "The Muses" (1937)

Martyn Brabbins/Huddersfield Choral Society/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto No. 2 {Howard Shelley - piano} and Neptune)
CHANDOS CHAN 10211 (2004)

Symphony No. 4 (1951-2)

Martyn Brabbins /BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto No. 1 and Early One Morning {Howard Shelley - piano})
CHANDOS CHAN 10376 (2006)

 

Three Symphonic Dances, Op. 22 (revised from Symphony No. 2 in A minor, 1901-2) (1907)

Martyn Brabbins /BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto {Olivier Charlier - violin}, Festival Overture and Aubade)
CHANDOS CHAN 10407 (2007)

Peter Marchbank/National Symphony Orchestra of the South African Broadcasting Corporation
( + Aubade. Neapolitan Rhapsody, Suite Fantastique and Two Passacaglias on Irish Themes)
MARCO POLO 8.223485 (1994)

 

PERCY FLETCHER
(1879-1932)

Born in Derby. He took piano, violin and organ lessons before embarking on a career in London as a theater conductor and light music composer. Most of his output consists of light orchestral music of which he was an acknowledged master in his time. Today his fame rests basically on his two popular works for band, the "Epic Symphony" and "Labour and Love."
 

An Epic Symphony for Brass Band (1926)

Major Peter Parkes/Black Dyke Mills Band
( + Elgar: Servern Suite, Rubbra: Variations on "The Shining River", Ball: Sinfonietta and Vinter: James Cook - Circumnavigator)
CHANDOS CHAN 4508 (1992)
(original LP release: RCA RED SEAL RL 25078) (1977)

Major Peter Parkes/Grimethorpe Colliery Band
( + works by Philip Wilby, Howard Snell, John McCabe and Thomas Wilson)
CHANDOS CHAN 4559 (1997)

 


MARY DICKENSON-AUNER
(1880-1965)

Born in Dublin. Studied at the Royal Academy of Music. She went to Prague for further training on the violin and started her career as a soloist. She remained in Central Europe for the rest of her life after her marriage in 1913. The outbreak of World War I as well as motherhood effectively ended her days as a virtuoso. She took up composing full time in 1938. In the next quarter century she wrote 6 Symphonies as well as many other works.
 
Symphony No. 1, Op. 16 "Irish" (1941)

Manfred Müssauer/Moravian Philharmonic
( + Johanna Müller-Hermann: Heroic Overture & Epilog to a Tragedy and Maria Bach: Silhouettes)
THOROFON CTH 2259 (1994)
 
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HEALY WILLAN
(1880-1968)

Born in Balham, Surrey. He received most of his musical training at St. Saviour’s Choir School in Eastbourne and then had further organ studies with William Stevenson Hoyte. He emigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1913 and established himself as an organist and teacher. He specialized in liturgical and organ music but composed in most other genres as well. His 1st Symphony in D minor was written in 1936 and for orchestra there is also a Piano Concerto as well as several shorter works.
Symphony No. 2 in C minor (1948)

Karel Ančerl/Toronto Symphony Orchestra
CBC SM-133 (LP) (1970)

Uri Meyer/Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
( + Benjamin Britten: Canadian Carnival and Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes)
CBC RECORDS SMCD 5123 (1993)

 

EDGAR LESLIE BAINTON
(1880-1956)

Born in London. Studied at Royal College of Music with Charles Stanford, Henry Walford Davies and Charles Wood. Worked as a pianist, teacher and administrator. He settled permanently in Sydney, Australia in 1933 where he became director of the State Conservatorium of Music. In addition to the 3 numbered Symphonies, he wrote a Symphony in B flat major in 1903 with the title "A Phantasy of Life and Progress," a Concerto-Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra and a number of shorter works for orchestra.
 
Symphony No. 1 "Before Sunrise" (1907)
(1st movement "Genesis" only)

Douglas Bostock/Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra
( + Bowen: Symphony No. 2 and Austin: Symphonic Rhapsody "Spring")
CLASSICO CLASSCD404

Symphony No. 2 in D minor (1939-40)

Edgar Bainton/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
ABC PRX/3875 (non-commercial LP) (1955)

Joseph Post/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
( + Peter Sculthorpe: Sun Music IV & David Ahern: Ned Kelly Music)
ABC RRC/401 (non-commercial LP) (1968)

Vernon Handley/BBC Philharmonic
( + Hubert Clifford: Symphony 1940 & John Gough: Serenade)
CHANDOS CHAN 9757 (1999)

Symphony No. 3 in C minor (1956)

Sir Bernard Heinze/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
BROLGA BZM12 (LP) (1958)

Vernon Handley/BBC Concert Orchestra
( + Rutland Boughton: Symphony No. 1)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7185 (2007)

CHARLES O'BRIEN
(1882-1968)

Born in Eastbourne, East Sussex,, the son of an Edinburgh musical family, he received his musical degrees from Pembroke College, Oxford and Trinity College, Dublin. He studied composition with Hamish MacCunn in Edinburgh and bt correspondence. He produced a considerable amount of orchestral, chamber and piano music.

Symphony in F minor, Op. 23 (1922)

Paul Mann/Liepaja Symphony Orchestra
( + Ellangowan: Concert Overture)
TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0262 (2015)

 SIR ARNOLD BAX
(1883-1953)

Born in London. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Frederick Corder and Tobias Matthay. Coming from a wealthy background, Bax needed no musical employment to be able to pursue his creativity in both music and literature. Beyond the Symphonies, he composed a large amount of works for orchestra including Concertos for Violin and Cello and a series of tone poems from which "Tintagel," "The Garden of Fand" and "November Woods" are the most popular. He was appointed Master of the King’s Musick in 1942.
 
Spring Fire (Symphony) (1913)

Sir Mark Elder/Hallé Orchestra
( + Bridge: Enter Spring, Delius: Idylle de Printemps and North Country Sketches-The March of Spring)
HALLE CDHLL 7528 (2011)

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonic Scherzo and Northern Ballad No. 2)
CHANDOS CHAN 8464 (1986)

Symphony in F major (1907, realised and orchestrated by M.Yates, 2013)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7308 (2013)

Symphonies Nos. 1 – 7

Vernon Handley/BBC Philharmonic
( + Tintagel and Rogue’s Comedy Overture)
CHANDOS CHAN 10122 (5 CDs) (2003)

Bryden Thomson/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Ulster Orchetra
CHANDOS CHAN 8906-10 (5 CDs) (1990)

Symphony No. 1 in E flat major (1922)

Myer Fredman/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7)
LYRITA SRCD.232
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.53 (1971)

David Lloyd-Jones/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + In the Faery Hills and The Garden of Fand)
NAXOS 8.553525 (2001)

Bryden Thomson/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Christmas Eve)
CHANDOS CHAN 8480 (1986)

Symphony No. 2 in E minor and C major (1926)

Myer Fredman/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
LYRITA SRCD.233 (2007)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.54) (1971)

David Lloyd-Jones/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + November Woods)
NAXOS 8.554093 (1999)

Bryden Thomson/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Nympholept)
CHANDOS CHAN 8493 (1987)

Symphony No. 3 in C major (1929)

Sir John Barbirolli/Hallé Orchestra (rec.1943)
(+ Violin Concerto {Eda Kersey – violin})
DUTTON LABORATORIES CDLX 7111 (2001)
(original LP release: HMV TREASURY EX 29 0107 3 {2 LPs}) (1984)

Sir Edward Downes/London Symphony Orchestra
( + The Happy Forest)
RCA RED SEAL SB 6806 (LP) (1969)

Myer Fredman/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
ABC CLASSICS L 38227 (LP) (1984)

David Lloyd-Jones/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + The Happy Forest)
NAXOS 8.553608 (2000)

Bryden Thomson/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Dance of Wild Irravel and Paean)
CHANDOS CHAN 8454 (1986)

Symphony No. 4 in E flat major (1931)

Vernon Handley/Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra
CONCERT ARTISTCACD 9009-2
(original LP release: CONCERT ARTIST LPA 1097) (1965)

David Lloyd-Jones/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Nympholept and Overture to a Picaresque Comedy)
NAXOS 8.555343 (2002)

Bryden Thomson/Ulster Orchestra
( + Tintagel)
CHANDOS CHAN 8312 (1983)

Symphony No. 5 in C minor (1932)

Raymond Leppard/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
LYRITA SRCD.233 (2007)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.58) (1972)

David Lloyd-Jones/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Tale the Pine Trees Knew)
NAXOS 8.554509 (2000)

Bryden Thomson/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Russian Suite)
CHANDOS CHAN 8669 (1989)

Symphony No. 6 in C major (1934)

Douglas Bostock/Munich Symphony Orchestra ( + Overture to Adventure and Tintagel)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 254 (2000)
 
Norman Del Mar/New Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Irish Landscape, Overture to Adventure, Rogue’s Comedy Overture and Overture: Work in Progress)
LYRITA SRCD.296 (2007)
(original LP release: Lyrita SRCS.35) (1967)

David Lloyd-Jones/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Into the Twilight and Summer Music)
NAXOS 8.557144 (2003)

Bryden Thomson/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Festival Overture)
CHANDOS CHAN 8586 (1988)

Symphony No. 7 in A flat major (1939)

Raymond Leppard/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
LYRITA SRCD.232
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.83 (LP) (1975)

David Lloyd-Jones/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Tintagel)
NAXOS 8.557145 (2003)

Bryden Thomson/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Four Songs for Tenor and Orchestra {Martyn Hill - tenor})
CHANDOS CHAN 8628 (1988)

Sinfonietta (1932)

Barry Wordsworth/Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Overture, Elegy and Rondo)
NAXOS 8.555109
(original CD release: MARCO Polo 8.223102) (1987)

Vernon Handley/BBC Philharmonic
( + In the Faery Hills, November Woods and The Garden of Fand)
CHANDOS CHAN 10362 (2006)

 
SIR GEORGE DYSON
(1883-1964)

Born in Halifax, Yorkshire. Studied with Charles Stanford at the Royal College of Music (he later became director of that institution) and traveled to Germany and Italy on A Mendelssohn Scholarship. The choral work "The Canterbury Pilgrims" is considered his masterpiece. His other important works for orchestra include a Violin Concerto, Concerto Leggiero for Piano and Strings and 2 Concertos for String Orchestra.
 
Symphony in G major (1937)

Richard Hickox/City of London Sinfonia
CHANDOS CHAN 9200 (1994)

David Lloyd-Jones/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Concerto da Chiesa { Duncan Riddell, Helen Cox violins, Stuart Green - viola and Timothy Walden - cello}) and At the Tabard Inn)
NAXOS 8. 557720 (2005)

YORK BOWEN
(1884-1961)

Born in London. Studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Tobias Matthay, Frederick Corder and Walter Haynes and taught at that institution upon graduation. He achieved great fame as a concert pianist. Among the other orchestral works of his prolific output were his Symphony No. 3, Op. 137 (1951), Symphony No. 4 in G major (1954, not extant), Sinfonietta Concertante for Brass and Orchestra, 4 Piano Concertos as well as Concertos for Violin, Viola and Horn.

Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 4 (1902)

Sir Andrew Davis/BBC Philharmonic
( + Symphony No. 2)
CHANDOS CHAN 10670 (2011)

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 31 (1912)

Douglas Bostock/Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra
( + Austin: Symphonic Rhapsody "Spring" and Bainton: Symphony No. 1)
CLASSICO CLASSCD404 (2002)

Sir Andrew Davis/BBC Philharmonic
( + Symphony No. 1)
CHANDOS CHAN 10670 (2011)

 

 
MONTAGUE PHILLIPS
(1885-1969)

Born in Tottenham, London. Studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Frederick Corder. Had long-term careers as teacher and church organist. Best known for his light orchestral music and songs but also composed in larger forms including 2 Piano Concertos and the Symphony listed below (whose 2 remaining movements have yet to be reconstructed).
 
Symphony in C minor, Op. 15 (1911, rev. 1924-5)
( 2nd and 3rd movements "Spring Rondo" and "Summer Nocturne" only)

Gavin Sutherland/BBC Concert Orchestra
( + Sinfonietta, A Shakespearean Scherzo, 4 Dances from The Rebel Maid, Arabesque, A Surrey Suite, Moorland Idyll and Revelry Overture)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7140 (2004)

Sinfonietta in C major, Op. 70 (1943)

( + Symphony, A Shakespearean Scherzo, 4 Dances from The Rebel Maid, Arabesque, A Surrey Suite, Moorland Idyll and Revelry Overture)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7140 (2004)

 

 
EGON WELLESZ
(1885-1974)

Born in Vienna. Studied at the University of Vienna and received further private training from Arnold Schoenberg. The advent of Nazism brought about his emigration to Oxford in 1938 where he became a lecturer and continued his illustrious career as a musicologist. He composed prolifically and among his other orchestral works there is a Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto and the symphonic poem, “Vorfrűhling.”
Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 62 (1945)

Gottfried Rabl/Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 8 and Symphonic Epilogue)
CPO 999 998-2 (2004)

 
Symphony No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 65 "The English" (1948)

Gottfried Rabl/Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 9)
CPO 999 997-2 (2003)

Symphony No. 3 in A major, Op. 68 (1951)

Gottfried Rabl/Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
CPO 999 999-2 (2005)

Symphony No. 4 in G major, Op. 70 "Symphonia Austraica" (1953)

Gottfried Rabl/Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7)
CPO 999 808-2 (2003)

Symphony No. 5, Op. 75 (1956)

Gottfried Rabl/Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
CPO 999 999-2 (2005)

Symphony No. 6, Op. 95 (1965)

Gottfried Rabl/Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7)
CPO 999 808-2 (2003)

Symphony No. 7, Op. 102 "Contra Torrentem" (1967)

Gottfried Rabl/Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6)
CPO 999 808-2 (2003)

Symphony No. 8, Op. 110 (1970)

Gottfried Rabl/Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Symphonic Epilogue)
CPO 999 998-2 (2004)

Symphony No. 9, Op. 111 (1971)

Gottfried Rabl/Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
CPO 999 997-2 (2003)





BERNARD VAN DIEREN (1887-1936)

Born in Rotterdam. He learned the violin as a child, but was basically self-taught in composition. In 1909 , he left the Netherlands and settled in London. There he worked as a music critic and correspndent, However, recurring serious illness made it necessary for him to be supported by his piano recitalist wife as well as several prominent artistic friends. Among these were Jacob Epstein, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell, Augustus John, Philip Heseltine (the composer Peter Warlock), Constant Lambert and Cecil Gray. He composed works in various genres ranging from opera to solo piano works. His Symphony (No. 2) in 3 Dance Movements remained unfinished.

 

Symphony No. 1 for Soloists, Mixed Choir and Orchestra, Op. 6 "Chinese Symphony" (1914)

William Boughton/Rebecca Evans (soprano)/Catherine Wyn Rogers (contralto)/Nathan Vale (tenor)/Morgan Pearse (baritone)/David Soar (bass)/BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales
( + Introit to Topers' Tropes and Elegy)
LYRITA SRCD 357 (2016)

CECIL ARMSTRONG GIBBS
(1889-1960)

Born in Great Baddow, Essex. Studied at Cambridge with E.J. Dent and Charles Wood and then at the Royal College of music under Adrian Boult and Ralph Vaughan Williams. He taught at the latter school for almost two decades. He composed in all genres though he is best remembered for his songs. His 2nd Symphony, Op. 90 (1938) is a large choral work with the title "Odysseus." His other works for orchestra include several suites for string or small orchestra and various shorter pieces.
 
Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 70 (1931-2)

Andrew Penny/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 3)
MARCO POLO 8.223553 (1994)

 
Symphony (No. 2), Op. 90 "Odysseus" for Soprano, Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra (1937- 8)

David Drummond/Susan Gritton (soprano), Mark Stone (baritone), London Oriana Choir/BBC Concert Orchestra
( + Dyson: 4 Songs for Sailors)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7201 (2008)

 

Symphony No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 104 "Westmorland" (1944)
Andrew Penny/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 3)
MARCO POLO 8.223553 (1994)

HANS GÁL
(1890-1987)

Born in Brunn, Austria. Studied at the University of Vienna with Eusebius Mandyczewski and Guido Adler. Nazism compelled him to flee to Ediburgh in 1938 where he took employment at the University as a lecturer, a post he held until 1965. He composed many works in various genres. His other major works for orchestra include Symphony No. 4 (Sinfonia Concertante for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello & Orchestra, 1976) and Concertos for Violin, Cello and Piano.

Symphony No.1 in D major (originally Sinfonietta), Op.30 (1927)

Thomas Zehetmair: Northern Sinfonia
( + Schuber: Symphony No. 6)
AVIE AV2224 (2011)

Kenneth Woods/Orchestra of the Swan
( + Schumann: Symphony No. 1)
AVIE AV 2233 (2014)

Symphony No. 2 in F major, Op.53 (1942-3)

Kenneth Woods/Orchestra of the Swan
( + Schumann: Symphony No. 4)
AVIE AV 2232 (2013)

Thomas Zehetmair/Northern Sinfonia
( + Schubert: Symphony No. )
AVIE AV 2225 (2011)

Symphony No.3 in A major, Op.62 (1951-2)

Kenneth Woods/Orchestra of the Swan
( + Schumann: Symphony No. 3)
AVIE AV 2230 (2011)

Sinfonietta No. 1 for Mandolin Orchestra, Op. 81

Volker Gerland/Baden Mandolin Orchestra
( + Biedermeiertänze, Divertimento, Op.68c and Divertimento, Op. 80)
ANTES EDITION (BELLA MUSICA): BM319 171 (2002)

Sinfonietta No. 2 for Mandolin Orchestra, Op. 86

Volker Gerland/Baden Mandolin Orchestra
( + Capriccio, Suite for Three Mandolins and Lyrical Suite)
ANTES EDITION (BELLA MUSICA): BM319 177 (2002)

SIR ARTHUR BLISS
(1891-1975)

Born in London. Studied first with Charles Wood at Cambridge and then at the Royal College of Music with Charles Stanford, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. He taught in the United States before returning to England where he became director of the BBC and succeeded Bax as Master of the Queen’s Musick in 1953. In addition to the Symphonies, his major orchestral works include Concertos for Piano, Violin and Cello and the suite from the film "Things to Come."
 
A Colour Symphony, Op. 24 (1921-2; rev. 1934)

Sir Arthur Bliss/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Music for Strings and Introduction and Allegro)
HERITAGE HTGCD222 (2011)
( + Introduction and Allegro, Things to Come Suite, The Beatitudes, Pastoral and March: The Phoenix)
DUTTON LABORATORIES 2CDBP 9818 (2 CDs) (2013)
(original LP release: DECCA LXT 5170) (1955)

Sir Charles Groves/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
( + Cello Concerto {Arto Noras – cello}, Two Piano Concerto {Phyllis Sellick and Cyril Smith – pianos}, Discourse for Orchestra, Things to Come Suite and Adam Zero Suite)
EMI CLASSICS BRITISH COMPOSERS 586589 (2 CDs) (2005)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 3416) (1971)

Vernon Handley/Ulster Orchestra
( + Cello Concerto {Raphael Wallfisch – cello} and The Enchantress {Linda Finnie – mezzo})
CHANDOS CLASSICS 10221
(original CD release: CHANDOS CHAN 8503) (1987)

Richard Hickox/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Violin Concerto { Lydia Mordkovitch - violin})
CHANDOS CHAN 10380 (2006)

David Lloyd-Jones/English Northern Philharmonia
( + Adam Zero)
NAXOS 8.553460 (1996)

Barry Wordsworth/Ulster Orchestra
( + Metamorphic Variations)
NIMBUS NI 5294 (1982)

Morning Heroes (A Symphony for Orator, Chorus and Orchestra), Op 48 (1930)

Sir Andrew Davis/Samuel West (orator)/ BBC Symphony Chorus/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Hymn to Apollo)
CHANDOS CHSA5159 (2015)

Sir Charles Groves/John Westbrook (orator), Liverpool Philharmonic Choir/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
( + Britten: War Requiem)
EMI BRITISH COMPOSERS 505909 2 (2 CDs) (2007)
(original LP release: HMV SAN365) (1975)

Michael Kibblewhite/Brian Blessed (orator), East London Chorus, Harlow Chorus, Hertfordshire Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Investiture Antiphonal Fanfare and Prayer for St, Francis of Assisi)
CALA CACD 1010 (1991)

CLAUDE CHAMPAGNE
(1891-1965)

Born in Montreal. He received his musical education at the Dominion College of Music and the Conservatoire National de Montréal and went for further studies in Paris with André Gedalge, Charles Koechlin and Raoul Laparra. Served for many years as teacher and director in Montreal training a long list of incipient composers. His other major works for orchestra include a Piano Concerto, Altitudes and the early symphonic poem "Hercule et Omphale."
 
Symphonie Gaspésienne (1945)

Jean Beaudet/Orchestre de Radio-Canada
( + Jean Vallerand: Cordes en Mouvement and Alexander Brott: Circle, Triangle, Four Squares)
RCA VICTOR (Canada) CCS 1010 (& RCI 216) (LP) (1967)

MIRRIE HILL
(1892-1986)

Born in Sydney, Australia (née, Solomon). After some piano studies, she received composition instruction from her future husband Alfred Hill. She attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and then joined its staff. She composed in a broad range of genres. Her other works for orchestra included a Rhapsody for Piano and Orch and the suites "The Little Dream" and "Carnival Night".

Symphony in A major "Arnhem Land" (1954)

Henry Krips/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
( + Margaret Sutherland: Three Temperaments)
ABC RRC 145 (non-commercial LP) (c. 1980)

 
 
ARTHUR BENJAMIN

(1893-1960)

Born in Sydney. He went to England in 1911 to study with Charles Stanford at the Royal College of Music and also had lessons with Thomas Dunhill (1877-1946, composer of a Symphony in A minor) and Frederic Cliffe. After World War I he taught and conducted in Australia, England, Canada and the USA. He settled permanently in England after World War II. He excelled in light orchestral music but also composed, in addition to the Symphony, a Violin Concerto and a Concerto Quasi una Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra
 
Symphony (1944-5)

Sir John Barbirolli/Hallé Orchestra (rec. 1948)
( + Vaughan Williams: Smphony No. 4)
BARBIROLLI SOCIETY SJB1064 (2012)

Chistopher Lyndon-Gee/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + Ballade for String Orchestra)
MARCO POLO 8.223764 (1996)

Barry Wordsworth/London Philharmonic Orchestra (rec.1982)
( + Overture to an Italian Comedy, Cotillon and North American Square Dance Suite)
LYRITA SRCD.314 (2007)

SIR EUGENE GOOSSENS
(1893-1962)

Born in London into a distinguished musical family of Belgian descent. Had training at music schools in Bruges and Liverpool before attending the Royal College of Music where his teachers of composition were Charles Stanford and Charles Wood. He had a distinguished career as a conductor in England, Australia and America. He composed a number of works for orchestra including Concertos for Piano, Violin (both entitled "Phantasy Concerto") and Oboe.
 
Symphony No. 1, Op. 58 (1940)

Sir Eugene Goossens/Sydney Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1947)
ABC FESTIVAL FC-30866 (LP) (1962)

Vernon Handley/West Australian Symphony Orchestra
( + Oboe Concerto {Joel Marangella – oboe}, Tam O’Shanter and Concert Piece for Two Harps, Oboe and Cor Anglais {Joel Marangella – oboe & cor anglais/Jane Geeson and Sebastian Lipman – harps})
ABC CLASSICS 462 –014-2 (1998)

Richard Hickox/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
( + Phantasy Concerto for Piano and Orchestra)
CHANDOD CHSA 5068 (2009)

David Measham/Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
UNICORN KP8000 (LP) (1980)

Symphony No. 2, Op. 62 (1943-4)

Vernon Handley/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
( + Concertino for Double String Orchestra and Fantasy for Nine Wind Instruments)
ABC CLASSICS 8.77013 (1993)

Sinfonietta, Op. 34 (1922)

John Hopkins/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Sonata No. 2 and Suite for flute, violin and harp)
ABC AC1016 (non-commercial LP) (1975)

 
 
ANTHONY COLLINS
(1893-1963)

Born in Hastings. Studied at the Royal College of Music with Gustav Holst and Adrian Boult. He gained fame as a composer of film and light orchestral music and as a conductor in England and America. There is a 2nd Symphony for Strings from 1946 but his 3rd and 4th Symphonies as well as 2 Violin Concertos appear to be lost.
 

Symphony for Strings (No. 1) (1940)

John Wilson/BBC Concert Orchestra
( + Festival Royal Overture, The Song of Erin, Victoria the Great, The Saga of Odette, The Lady With a Lamp, Eire, Santa Cecila and Louis XV Silhouettes)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7162 (2006)

 
 
ERNEST JOHN MOERAN
(1894-1950)

Born in Heston, Middlesex. Studied at the Royal College of Music with Charles Stanford and John Ireland. He was strongly influenced by English folksong as well as by the music of Vaughan Williams and Delius. He began a 2nd Symphony in E flat major in 1945 but only fragments of that score still exist. His other major works for orchestra are a Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto, Serenade and 3 Rhapsodies.
 
Symphony in G minor (1937)

Sir Adrian Boult/New Philharmonia Orchestra
LYRITA SRCD.247 (2007)
( + Sinfonietta)
(original LP release: LYRITA.SRCS70) (1975)

Neville Dilkes/English Sinfonia
( + 2 Pieces for Small Orchestra and Violin Sonata)
EMI CDM 7 69419 2 (2005)
( original LP release: HMV ASD 2913) (1973)

Vernon Handley/Ulster Orchestra
( + Rhapsody No. 3 {Margaret Fingerhut - piano} and Overture for a Masque)
CHANDOS CLASSICS 10169 (2004)
(original CD release: CHANDOS CHAN 8577) (1988)

Leslie Heward/Hallé Orchestra (rec.1942)
( + Ireland: Piano Concerto {Eileen Joyce - piano})
DUTTON LABORATORIES CDBP 9807 (2011)
(original LP release: HMV EM290462-3 (1985)

David Lloyd-Jones/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Sinfonietta)
NAXOS 8.555837 (2002)

Symphony No. 2 in G minor in E flat (unfinished, c.1939-50, "Sketches"
realised and completed by M. Yates, 2011)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Overture for a Festival and Ireland: Sarnia)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7281 (2011)

Sinfonietta (1944)

Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1947)
( + Berners: The Triumph of Neptune and d'Indy: Jour d’Été ŕ la Montagne)
SOMM BEECHAM COLLECTION SOMM B24 (2008)

Sir Adrian Boult/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony)
LYRITA SRCD.247 (2007)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.37) (1968)

Sir Adrian Boult/Philharmonia Orchestra (rec.1963)
( + Bliss: Music for Strings and Rawsthorne: Concerto for Strings)
CARLTON BBC RADIO CLASSICS IMP 5691632 (1996)

Norman Del Mar/Bournemouth Sinfonietta
( + Cello Concerto {Raphael Wallfisch – cello})
CHANDOS CHAN 8456 (1986)

Richard Hickox/Northern Sinfonia
( + Serenade + Finzi: Fall of the Leaf and New Year Music)
EMI   CDM7 64721-2 (1994)

GORDON JACOB
(1895-1984)

Born in Norwood, London. He was a student of Hubert Parry, Charles Stanford and Charles Wood at the Royal College of Music. He later joined the staff of that institution and stayed for 40 years. He was an enormously prolific composer but seems to have gained greater fame as an arranger and orchestrator. His unrecorded Symphonies are a Symphony for Strings (1943), York Symphony for Brass (1970), Sinfonia Brevis (1974), and 3 Sinfoniettas (1943, 1950 and 1954). His other works for orchestra are legion.
 
Symphony No. 1 in C major (1928-9)

Barry Wordsworth/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
LYRITA SRCD.315 (2007)

Symphony No. 2 in C major (1944-5)

Douglas Bostock/Munich Symphony Orchestra
( + Little Symphony and A Festival Overture)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 204 (1997) (The British Symphonic Collection - Vol. 1)

Barry Wordsworth/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
LYRITA SRCD.315 (2007)

A Little Symphony (1957)

Douglas Bostock/Munich Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and A Festival Overture)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 204 (1997) (The British Symphonic Collection - Vol. 1)  


Symphony AD 78 for Band (1978)

Geoffrey Brand/European Winds
( + Holst: Fugal Concerto and Hammersmith, Ireland: Downland Suite and Franck: Choral No. 2)
ALBANY TROY120 (1995)

 

MAURICE BLOWER
(1896-1982)

Born in Surrey. He studied at the RAF School of Music with Sir Walford Davies and received his musical doctorate at Oxford under Harold Darke. He was associated with the Petersfield Music Festival for 40 years and founded the Rake Choir. The bulk of his compositional output consisted of works for choirs and part songs but he also produced a Horn Concerto for Dennis Brain as well as a number of works for string orchestra.

Symphony in C Major (1939)

Peter Craddock/Havant Symphony Orchestra
( + Elgar: Wand of Youth Suite No. 2 and Brahms: Academic Festival Overture)
HAVANT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (privately issued CD) (2008)

Marius Stravinsky/Karelia Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Holbrooke: Variations on "The Girl I Left Behind" and D. Howell: Lamia.
CAMEO CLASSICS CC9036CD (2008)

 

 
ROBERTO GERHARD
(1896-1970)

Born in Valls, Catalonia, Spain. Studied in Barcelona with Enrique Granados and Felipe Pedrell and later took master classes with Arnold Schoenberg in Vienna. He settled in England at the end of the Spanish Civil War (1939) and remained there for the rest of his life. He left a 5th Symphony unfinished and also wrote a Violin Concerto, Concerto for Piano and Strings, Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings and Percussion and a Concerto for Orchestra during his years in England.
 
Symphony "Homenaje a Pedrell" (1941)

Matthias Bamert/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Harpsichord Concerto {Geoffrey Tozer-harpsichord})
CHANDOS CHAN 9693 (1998)


Symphony No. 1 (1952-2)

Matthias Bamert/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto {Olivier Charlier –violin})
CHANDOS CHAN 9599 (1998)

Antal Dorati/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Don Quixote - Ballet Muite)
HMV ASD 613 (LP) (1965)

Victor Pablo Pérez/Tenerife Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
VALOIS MONTAIGNE MO782103 (1999)

Symphony No. 2 "Metamorphosis" (1959)

Matthias Bamert/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Concerto for Orchestra)
CHANDOS CHAN 9694 (1999)

Victor Pablo Pérez/Tenerife Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
VALOIS MONTAIGNE MO782102 (1999)

Symphony No. 3 "Collages" (1960)

Matthias Bamert/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto {Geoffrey Tozer - piano} and Epithalamion)
CHANDOS CHAN 9556 (1997)

Victor Pablo Pérez/Tenerife Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
VALOIS MONTAIGNE MO782103 (1999)

Frederick Prausnitz/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Peter Maxwell Davies: Revelation and Fall)
HMV ASD 2427 (LP) (1968)

Symphony No. 4 "New York" (1967)

Matthias Bamert/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Pandora Suite)
CHANDOS CHAN 9651 (1998)

Sir Colin Davis/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto {Yfrah Neaman - violin})
LYRITA SRCD.274 (2008)
(original LP release: ARGO ZRG 701) (1972)

Victor Pablo Pérez/Tenerife Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2
VALOIS MONTAIGNE MO782102 (1999)
 
Leo (Chamber Symphony) (1969)
Ed Spanjaard/Nieuw Ensemble
( + Libra, Gemini, Concert for 8 and Impromptus)
LARGO 5134 (1996)

 
SIR THOMAS ARMSTRONG
(1898-1994)

Born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Armstrong--as well as his father, A.E. Armstrong--was a lifelong music teacher and organist. He studied at first with his father who was an organist and music teacher and later at the Royal College of Music under Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. His musical career centered on the organ and he held several positions in this capacity. As an academic, his career reached its peak when he was he was appointed Principal of the Royal Academy of Music and he also served on the boards of several musical organizations. His busy career left him little time for composition but he managed to turn out anthems, carols, services and a large number of songs.

Sinfonietta for Small Orchestra (c. 1930)

Paul Daniel/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Fantasy Quintet, Rhapsody: A Passer-By, songs and choral pieces)
CHANDOS CHAN 9657 (1998)

 

SOPHIE-CARMEN ECKHARDT- GRAMMATÉ
(1899-1974)

Born in Moscow. Her earliest musical training came from her mother who was a pupil of Anton Rubinstein. She later studied at the Paris Conservatory where her teachers included Vincent d'Indy and Alfred Brun. She pursued a career as a violin virtuoso and studied composition in Berlin with Max Trapp before settling in Canada in 1953. She wrote 2 other Symphonies: No. 1 in C major (1939) and No. 2 Manitoba Symphony” (1970). There are also 2 other Piano Concertos, a Concerto for Orchestra and a Triple Concerto for Trumpet, Clarinet and Bassoon.

Symphony-Concerto (Piano Concerto No. 3) (1967)

Anton Kuerti (piano)/Alexander Brott/CBC Festival Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto No. 1: Andante, Piano Concerto No. 2, Triple Concerto, Piano Sonata No. 5, Weinachtslieder and Molto Sostenuto)
ECKHARDT-GRAMMATÉ FOUNDATION PBM 303 (2 CDs) (1999)
(original LP release: RCA RED SEAL (Canada) LSC-3175) (1968)

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PATRICK HADLEY
(1899-1973)

Born in Cambridge. He studied there with Cyril Rootham and Charles Wood and then at the Royal College of Music with Vaughan Williams and R.O. Morris. He taught at Cambridge and composed mostly vocal music. "The Trees so High" is essentially a symphony with a vocal finale. He wrote a few short works for orchestra of which only "One Morning in Spring" has been published and recorded.

The Trees So High (Symphonic Ballad in A minor) (1931)

Matthias Bamert/David Wilson-Johnson (baritone), Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Philip Sainton: The Island)
CHANDOS CHAN 9181 (1993)

Vernon Handley/Thomas Allen (baritone), Guildford Philharmonic Choir/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Finzi: Intimations of Immortality)
LYRITA SRCD.238 (2007)
(original LP issue: LYRITA SRCS.106) (1979)


 
WILLIAM LOVELOCK
(1899-1986)

 
Born in London. Studied there at the Trinity School of Music and became a member of its faculty. He came to Australia in 1956 to become director of the Queensland State Conservatorium of Music. He composed concertos for various instruments, a Divertimento for Strings and short orchestral pieces. He returned to England in 1981.

 
Symphony in C sharp minor (1975)

Joseph Post/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
( + Robert Hughes: Farrago Suite)
ABC PRX-5614 (non-commercial LP) (1975)

Sinfonietta (1964)

Patrick Thomas/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
( + Robert Hughes: Synthesis, Peter Rorke: Divertimento for Strings and Clive Douglas: Essay for Strings)
ABC RRCS-380 (non-commercial LP) (c.1970)

Sinfonia Concertante for Organ and Orchestra (1968)

Patrick Thomas/Robert Boughen (organ)/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
( + Poulenc Organ Concerto and Respighi: Suite for Organ and Orchestra)
ABC CLASSICS 464 193 (1999)
(original LP release: RCA (Australia) VRL 1-0129) (1976)

 
ALAN BUSH
(1900-1995)

Born in Dulwich, London. Studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Frederick Corder and Tobias Matthay and had private lessons with John Ireland. Taught for 30 years at the Royal Academy and was very active in social causes. His 3rd Symphony, "Byron Symphony" for baritone, chorus and orchestra, from 1960, remains unrecorded and 4th. His other major orchestral works are a Piano Concerto (with baritone and male choir), Violin Concerto, Concert Suite for Cello and Orchestra and two other large works for piano and orchestra: Africa and Variations, Nocturne and Finale on an English Sea Song.
 

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 (1940)

Douglas Bostock/Royal Northern College of Music Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 484 (2004) (The British Symphonic Collection - Vol. 13)

Symphony No. 2, Op. 33 "The Nottingham" (1949)

Douglas Bostock/Royal Northern College of Music Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 484 (2004) (The British Symphonic Collection - Vol. 13)
 
Alan Bush/USSR State Symphony Orchestra
( + Birthday Overture + Rawsthorne: Symphony No. 2 and Concerto for String Orchestra)
MELODIYA D012687-90 (2 LPs) (c.1960)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Africa and Fantasia on Soviet Themes)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7306 (2013)

Lascaux Symphony (Symphony No. 4), Op. 98 (1983)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Dorian Passacaglia and Fugue and Dance Overture)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7294 (2012)

 

COLIN McPHEE
(1900-1964)

Born in Toronto. Studied at the Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore, Maryland) with Harold Randolph and Gustav Strube and had further lessons with Paul Le Flem in Paris and Edgard Varčse in New York. Spent the 1930’s in Bali and utilized its gamelan music in his own compositions with "Tabuh-Tabuhan" becoming his most famous work. His 1st Symphony (1930) is not extant and his 3rd Symphony (1960-2) was not completed. There were also 2 early Piano Concerto but neither of these survives.
 
Symphony No. 2 "Pastoral" (1957)

Dennis Russell Davies/Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Concerto for Piano and Winds, Balinese Ceremonial Music and Nocturne)
MUSIC MASTERS 01612-67159-2 (1996)

Alex Pauk/Esprit Orchestra
( + Concerto for Winds, Tabuh-Tabuhan, Transitions and Nocturne)
CBC SM 5181 (1998)

Robert Whitney/Louisville Orchestra
( + Bliss: Discourse for Orchestra)
LOUISVILLE 592 (LP) (1959)

 

EDMUND RUBBRA
(1901-1986)

Born in Northampton, Northamptonshire. His musical education started at Reading University and then he went to the Royal College of Music where Gustav Holst and R.O. Morris were among his teachers. He also received some instruction from Ralph Vaughan Williams. He composed prolifically in various genres with an emphasis on Symphonies and choral music. In addition, he was a chamber musician and teacher. His other major orchestral works are a Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto and Viola Concerto.
 
Symphonies Nos. 1 – 11

Richard Hickox/ BBC National Orchestra of Wales
CHANDOS CHAN 9994 (5 CDs) (2001)

Symphony No. 1, Op. 44 (1936)

Richard Hickox/ BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Sinfonia Concertante and A tribute)
CHANDOS CHAN 9538 (1997)

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 45 (1937)

Vernon Handley/New Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7 and Festival Overture)
LYRITA SRCD.235 (1992)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.96) (1978)

Richard Hickox/ BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Symphony No. 6)
CHANDOS CHAN 9481 (1996)

Symphony No. 3, Op. 49 (1939)

Norman Del Mar/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4, A Tribute and Overture Resurgam)
LYRITA SRCD.202 (1990)

Richard Hickox/ BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Symphony No. 7)
CHANDOS CHAN 9634 (1998)

Symphony No. 4, Op. 53, (1951)

Norman Del Mar/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3, A Tribute and Overture Resurgam)
LYRITA SRCD.202 (1990)

Vernon Handley/London Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1976)
( + Piano Concerto and Soliloquy)
CARLTON BBC RADIO CLASSICS 15656 91932 (1997)

Richard Hickox/ BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Symphonies Nos. 10 and 11)
CHANDOS CHAN 9401 (1995)

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 63 (1947-8)

Sir John Barbirolli/Hallé Orchetra (rec. 1950)
( +Symphony No. 6)
BARBIROLLI SOCIETY SJB1081 (2014)
( + Improvisations on Virginal Pieces by Giles Farnaby, Loth to Depart + Britten: Violin Concerto and Threnody for a Soldier Killed in Action)
EMI CDM 566 053-2 (2000)
(original LP release: HMV BLP 1021 (10") (1953)

Richard Hickox/ BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Symphony No. 8 and Ode to the Queen)
CHANDOS CHAN 9714 (1999)

Hans-Hubert Schönzeler/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
( + Bliss: Checkmate Suite and Tippett: Little Music for Strings)
CHANDOS COLLECT CHAN 6576
(original LP release: RCA RL25027) (1977)

Symphony No. 6, Op. 80 (1954)

Sir John Barbirolli/Hallé Orchetra (rec. 1956)
( +Symphony No. 5)
BARBIROLLI SOCIETY SJB1081 (2014)

Sir Adrian Boult/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1971)
( + Symphony No. 8)
INTAGLIO INCD 7311 (1992) ▼

Norman Del Mar/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 8 and Soliloquy)
LYRITA SRCD.234 (1992)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.127 (1982)

Richard Hickox/ BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( Symphony No. 2)
CHANDOS CHAN 9481 (1996)

Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 88 (1957)

Sir Adrian Boult/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Festival Overture)
LYRITA SRCD.235 (1992)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.118) (1970)

Richard Hickox/ BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Symphony No. 3)
CHANDOS CHAN 9634 (1998)

Symphony No. 8, Op. 132 "Hommage ŕ Teilhard de Chardin" (1966-8)

Sir Charles Groves/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (rec. 1971)
( + Symphony No. 6)
INTAGLIO INCD 7311 (1992) ▼

Norman Del Mar/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6 and Soliloquy)
LYRITA SRCD.234 (1992)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.127 (1982)

Richard Hickox/ BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Symphony No. 5 and Ode to the Queen)
CHANDOS CHAN 9714 (1999)

Symphony No. 9 for Soprano, Alto, Baritone, Orchestra and Chorus, Op. 140 "Sinfonia Sacra" (1971-2)

Richard Hickox/ Lynne Dawson (soprano), Della Jones (contralto), Stephen Roberts (bass), BBC National Chorus of Wales/
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
CHANDOS CHAN 9441 (1996)

Symphony No. 10, Op. 145 "Sinfonia da Camera" (1974)

Richard Hickox/ BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Symphonies Nos. 4 and 11)
CHANDOS CHAN 9401 (1995)

Hans-Hubert Schönzeler/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
CHANDOS COLLECT CHAN 6599 (1994)
(original LP release: RCA RL25027) (1977)

Symphony No. 11, Op. 153 (1978-9)

Richard Hickox/ BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Symphonies Nos. 4 and 10)
CHANDOS CHAN 9401 (1995) 

Sinfonia Concertante for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 38 (1936)

Richard Hickox/Howard Shelley (piano)/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Symphony No. 1 and A tribute)
CHANDOS CHAN 9538 (1997)

 
Sinfonietta for Large String Orchestra, Op. 163 (1986)

Hans-Hubert Schönzeler/City of London Sinfonia
( + Four Medieval Latin Lyrics, Five Spencer Sonnets and Amoretti)
VIRGIN CLASSICS VC 790752-2 (1989)

 

VICTOR HELY-HUTCHINSON
(1901-1947)

Born in Cape Town, South Africa. He received his musical education at Oxford and the Royal College of Music where Adrian Boult was his conducting teacher. He taught in both England and South Africa and later became an administrator at the BBC. His fame rests solely on the Carol Symphony but he wrote a considerable amount of other music during his brief life. Most of his orchestral music is of the short and light variety but there is also the more substantial Symphony for Small Orchestra from 1947, South African Suite and Variations, Intermezzo and Finale.
 

A Carol Symphony (1927)

Barry Rose/Pro Arte Orchestra
( + Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Quilter: Children’s Overture, Tomlinson: First Suite of English Folkdances etc.
EMI CDM 64131-2 (1991)
(original LP release: HMV CSD 3580) (1968)
 
Gavin Sutherland/Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
( + works by Bryan Kelly: Improvisations on Christmas Carols, Peter Warlock: Bethlehem Down, Philip Lane: Wassail Dances and Patric Standford: A Christmas Carol Symphony)
NAXOS 8.557099 (2003)


 
 

SIR WILLIAM WALTON
(1902-1983)

Born in Oldham, Lancashire. Studied at Oxford but was basically self-taught in composition. Had the patronage of the highly influential Sitwell family and achieved early fame with his settings of Edith Sitwell’s "Façade." His early unconventionality of style later turned conservative and he developed into one of the leading composers in the accepted British tradition. He wrote marches for the coronations of George VI and Elizabeth II that were worthy successors to the marches of Elgar and brilliant scores for the Shakespearean films of Sir Laurence Olivier. His other major orchestral works were Concertos for Violin, Viola and Cello.
 
Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor (1932-5)

Vladimir Ashkenazy/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2, Violin Concerto { Kyung Wha Chung – violin},  Cello Concerto {Robert Cohen – cello} and Viola Concerto {Paul Neubauer – viola})
DECCA DOUBLE DECCA 4756534 (2005)
(original CD release: DECCA 433 703-2) (1991)

William Boughton/New Haven Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto)
NIMBUS NI 6119 (2010)

Sir Adrian Boult/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Belshazzar’s Feast)
SOMM SOMM094 (2010)
(original LP release: NIXA NCL 16020/WESTMINSTER 18374) (1958)

Sir Adrian Boult/BBC Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1975)
( + Variations on a Theme by Hindemith)
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE BBC MM 308 (2009)
(original CD release: CARLTON BBC RADIO CLASSICS IMP 569178-2) (1995)

Martyn Brabbins/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Siesta)
HYPERION CDA67794 (2011)

Paul Daniel/English Northern Philharmonia
( + Partita for Orchestra)
NAXOS 8.553180 (1998)

Sir Colin Davis/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Belshazzar's Feast)
LSO LIVE LSO 681 (2011)
(original CD release: LSO LIVE LSO 76) (2006)

Louis Frémaux/Philharmonia Orchestra
(+ Violin Concerto)
ALTO ALC1130 (2011)
(original CD release: COLLINS CLASSICS 10312) (1989)

Edward Gardner/BBC Symphony Orchestra
(+ Violin Concerto)
CHANDOS CHSA 5136 (2014)

Sir Alexander Gibson/Scottish National Orchestra
( + Cello Concerto {Ralph Kirshbaum – cello}, Crown Imperial, Orb and Sceptre,Belshazzar’s Feast, Coronation Te Deum and Anniversary Fanfare)
CHANDOS CHAN 241-10 (2 CDs) (1999)
(original CD release: CHANDOS CHAN 8313) (1983)

Vernon Handley/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
( + Spitfire: Prelude and Fugue)
RESONANCE CDRSN3067 (2006)
(original LP release: ASV ACM 2006) (1978)

Vernon Handley/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Variations on a Theme by Hindemith)
EMI BRITISH COMPOSERS 5865962 (2005)
(original CD release: EMI Classics 86596) (1988)

Bernard Haitink/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2, Portsmouth Point Overture, Scapino. Cello Concerto {Paul Tortelier - cello} and Violin Concerto {Ida Haendel - violin})
EMI FORTE 5733712 (2 CDs) (1999)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 4091) (1982)

Sir Hamilton Harty/London Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1935)
( + Viola Concerto {Frederick Riddle - viola} and Façade)
DUTTON LABORATORIES CDAX 8003 (1993)

Jascha Horenstein/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1971)
( + Wagner: Faust Overture)
INTAGLIO INCD 7231 (1993)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Orchestre National de Lille
( + Symphony No. 2)
BIS SACD-1646 (2010)

Herbert von Karajan/Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della RAI (rec. 1953)
EMI CLASSICS 5 62869 2 (2004)

Herbert von Karajan/Philharmonia Orchestra (rec. 1951)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 457 433-2GH (2006)

Adrian Leaper/Orquesta Filharmonia de Gran Canaria
( + Siesta and Scapino)
ARTE NOVA 74321391242 (2006)

Andrew Litton/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2, Violin Concerto, Viola Concerto and Cello Concerto)
DECCA DOUBLE DECCA 4784606 (2 CDs) (2012)
(original CD release: DECCA 443 450-2 (1996)

Sir Charles Mackerras/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2, Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto and The Wise Virgins)
EMI 20TH CENTURY CLASSICS 0947082 (2 CDs) (2011)
(original CD release: EMI CLASSICS 5 75569 2) (1989)

Tadaaki Otaka /BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Takemitsu: From Me Flows What You Call Time)
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE CD Vol. 2 Number 11 (1994)

André Previn/ London Symphony Orchestra
( + Vaughan Williams: Wasps Overture)
RCA GOLD SEAL 7830-2
(original LP release: RCA RED SEAL SB6691) (1967)

André Previn/ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Crown Imperial and Orb and Sceptre)
TELARC 80125 (1990)

Simon Rattle/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
( + Cello Concerto {Lynn Harrell – cello})
EMI CLASSICS CDC 54572-2 (1992)

Sir Malcolm Sargent/New Philharmonia Orchestra
HMV ASD2299 (LP) (1967)

Leonard Slatkin/ London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Portsmouth Point Overture)
VIRGIN CLASSICS CUV 61146-2 (1994)
(original CD release: VIRGIN CLASSICS VC7 90715 2) (1988)

Jeffrey Tate/Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
(included in collection: "Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra: 75th Anniversary")
RPHO 9394/1-4 (4 CDs) (1993)

Bryden Thomson/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Varii Capricci)
CHANDOS CHAN 8862 (1991)

Sir William Walton/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Belshazzar's Feast, Violin Concerto and Viola Concerto)
EMI BRITISH COMPOSERS 968944-2 (2 CDs) (2009)
(original LP release: HMV ALP 1027/RCA VICTOR LHMV-1041 (1953)

Sir William Walton/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1964)
( + Violin Concerto {Berl Senofsky – violin}, Partita and Henry V – 2 Pieces for Strings)
BRIDGE 9133 (2 CDs) (2003)

Sir William Walton/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1965)
( + Belshazzar’s Feast)
BBC LEGENDS4097-2 (2002)

Symphony No. 2 (1959-60)

Vladimir Ashkenazy/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1, Violin Concerto { Kyung Wha Chung – violin},  Cello Concerto {Robert Cohen – cello} and Viola Concerto {Paul Neubauer – viola})
DECCA DOUBLE DECCA 4756534 (2005)
(original CD release: DECCA 433 703-2) (1991)

Vladimir Ashkenazy/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1989)
( + Britten: Serenade and Oliver Knussen: Symphony No. 3)
RPO CDRPO 7015 (1993)

William Boughton/New Haven Symphony Orchestra
( + Viola Concerto, Spitfire Prelude and Fugue and Crown Imperial)
NIMBUS RECORDS NI6290 (2014)

Martyn Brabbins/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Sibelius: Symphony No. 1)
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE MM39 (1995)

Martyn Brabbins/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Siesta)
HYPERION CDA67794 (2011)

Paul Daniel/English Northern Philharmonia
( + Viola Concerto {Lars Anders Tomter – viola} and Johannesburg Festival Overture)
NAXOS 8.553402 (1996)

Edward Gardner./BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Cello Concerto and Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten)
CHANDOS CHSA 5153 (2015)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Orchestre National de Lille
( + Symphony No. 1)
BIS SACD-1646 (2010)

Andrew Litton/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2, Violin Concerto, Viola Concerto and Cello Concerto)
DECCA DOUBLE DECCA 4784606 (2 CDs) (2012)
(original CD release: DECCA 444-114-2) (1996)

Sir Charles Mackerras/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1, Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto and The Wise Virgins)
EMI 20TH CENTURY CLASSICS 0947082 (2 CDs) (2011)
(original CD release: EMI CLASSICS 5 75569 2) (1989)

André Previn/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1, Portsmouth Point Overture, Scapino. Cello Concerto {Paul Tortelier - cello} and Violin Concerto {Ida Haendel - violin})
EMI FORTE 5733712 (2 CDs) (1999)

George Szell/Cleveland Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto {Zino Francecatti – violin}, Johannesburg Festival Overture, Variations on a Theme by Hindemith, Partita for Orchestra, Capriccio Burlesco and Belshazzar's Feast)
SONY ESSENTIAL CLASSICS SB2K89934 (2 CDs) (2002)
(original UK LP release: COLUMBIA SAX 2459) (1962)

Bryden Thomson/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Troilus and Cressida Suite)
CHANDOS CHAN 8772 (1989)

Sinfonia Concertante for Piano and Orchestra (1926-7, rev. 1943)

Paul Daniel/Peter Donohoe (piano)/English Northern Philharmonia
( + Variations on a Theme of Hindemith, A History of English Speaking Peoples: March and Spitfire: Prelude and Fugue)
NAXOS 8.553869  (1999)

Vernon Handley/ Kathryn Stott (pno)/ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Ireland: Piano Concerto and Bridge: Phantasm)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7223 (2009)
(original CD release: CONIFER CDCF 175) (1990)

Jan Latham-König/Eric Parkin (piano)/ London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Façade Suites, Portsmouth Point Overture, Siesta and Popular Birthday)
CHANDOS CHAN 9148 (1994)

Sir William Walton/Phyllis Sellick (piano)/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1945)
( + Violin Concerto {Jascha Heifetz – violin} and Viola Concerto {William Primrose - viola})
AVID 604 (2004)
(original LP release: WORLD RECORD CLUB SH128) (1970)

Sir William Walton/Peter Katin (piano)/ London Symphony Orchestra
( + Music for Children, Portsmouth Point Overture, Scapino, Siesta, Capriccio Burlesca and The Quest)
LYRITA SRCD.224 (1993)(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.49) (1971)

CLIVE DOUGLAS
(1903-1977)

Born in Rushworth, Victoria, Australia. Studied at the Melbourne University Conservatorium of Music. He joined the Australian Broadcasting Commission in 1936 as a staff conductor and continued his conducting career until his retirement in 1966. As a composer he did much to establish an Australian national idiom by incorporating Aboriginal music into his compositional style. His 1st Symphony with the title "Jubilee" was written in 1951 while his 3rd appeared in 1963. He also composed for orchestra a Symphonic Fantasy, Symphonic Variations and the symphonic poems "Carwoola" and Sturt 1829."
 
Symphony No. 2, Op. 67 "Namatjira" (1952-6, rev. 1959)

Clive Douglas/Victorian Symphony Orchestra
( + Frank Hutchens: Airmail Palestine)
ABC PRX4137 (non-commercial LP) (1956)

Three Frescoes (1969) (revised from Symphony No. 3, Op. 86, 1963)

Moshe Atzmon/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
( + Nigel Butterley: Explorations and John Antill: Momentous Occasion Overture)
FESTIVAL SFC-80019 (LP) (1972)

Sinfonietta, Op. 79 "Festival of Perth" (1961)

Clive Douglas/Victorian Symphony Orchestra
( + ? )
ABC 2XS/2687 (non-commercial LP) (c. 1965)


 
 

ERIC BALL
(1903-1989)

Born in Bristol. He came from a Salvation Army family and naturally was orientated towards music for band. Over a long lifetime he wrote 110 compositions for brass that included original works as well as arrangements of orchestral works by other composers such as Elgar’s "Enigma Variations." He ranked as one of the most important figures in the world of brass band music.
 
Sinfonietta "The Wayfarer" (1976)

Major Peter Parkes/Black Dyke Mills Band
( + Fletcher: An Epic Symphony, Elgar: Servern Suite, Rubbra: Variations on "The Shining River" and Vinter: James Cook - Circumnavigator)
CHANDOS CHAN 4508 (1992)
(original LP release: RCA RED SEAL RL 25078) (1977)

SIR LENNOX BERKELEY
(1903-1989)

Born in Boar’s Hill, Oxfordshire. After studies at Oxford he went to Paris for composition lessons with Nadia Boulanger. Worked successively at the BBC and then at the Royal Academy of Music where he taught for more than two decades. Composed prolifically in genres ranging from opera to solo instrumental music. He wrote many works for orchestra beyond the numbered Symphonies including a Symphony for Strings (1931), Concertos for Piano, Two Pianos, Cello, Flute and for Violin and Chamber Orchestra.
 

Symphony No. 1, Op. 60 (1940)

Norman Del Mar/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
LYRITA SRCD.249 (2007)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCD.80) (1975)

Richard Hickox/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Serenade in Four Movements + Michael Berkeley: Horn Concerto {David Pyatt – horn} and Coronach)
CHANDOS CHAN 9981 (2001)

Symphony No. 2, Op. 51 (1956-8)

Nicholas Braithwaite/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
LYRITA SRCD.249 (2007)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCD.94) (1978)

Richard Hickox/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Voices of the Night + Michael Berkeley: Organ Concerto {Thomas Trotter – organ} and Viola Concerto {Paul Silverthorne – viola})
CHANDOS CHAN 10167 (2003)

Symphony No. 3, Op. 74 (1969)

Sir Lennox Berkeley/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Maconchy: Proud Thames Overture, Geoffrey Bush: Music 1957 and Alwyn: Elizabethan Dances)
LYRITA SRCS.57 (LP) (1972)

Richard Hickox/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Sinfonia Concertante + Michael Berkeley: Oboe C oncerto {Nicholas Daniel – oboe} and Secret Garden)
CHANDOS CHAN 10022 (2001)

Symphony No. 4, Op. 94 (1976-8)

Richard Hickox/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Michael Berkeley: Cello Concerto {Alban Gerhardt – cello) and The Garden of Earthly Delights)
CHANDOS CHSA 5014 (2002)

Sinfonietta, Op. 34 (1950)

Anthony Bernard/London Chamber Orchestra (rec. 1961)
( + Stevens: Sinfonietta, Benjamin: Ballade for String Orchestra, Panufnik: Lullaby and Bax: Variations on the Name Gabriel Faure)
LYRITA REAM.1117 (2015)

Norman Del Mar/English Chamber Orchestra
( + Arnold: Sinfonietta No. 1, Britten: Sinfonietta, Rawsthorne: Divertimento and Tippett: Divertimento)
LYRITA SRCD.257 (2007)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.111) (1982)

Sinfonia Concertantefor Oboe and Orchestra, Op. 84 (1973)

Richard Hickox/ Nicholas Daniel (oboe)/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Symphony No. 3 + Michael Berkeley: Oboe Concerto {Nicholas Daniel – oboe} and Secret Garden)
CHANDOS CHAN 10022 (2001)

PERCY WHITLOCK
(1903-1946)

Born at Chatham, Kent. He obtained his higher musical education at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music. He held various posts as an organist at Rochester and Bournemouth and gained fame as a recitalist. He wrote a number of light orchestral pieces but most of his other compositions were for the organ.

Symphony in G minor for Organ and Orchestra (1936)

Francis Jackson (organ)/Jonathan Wainwright/University of York Orchestra
( + Jackson: Organ Concerto)
AMPHION PHI CD155 (1991)

ERIK CHISHOLM
(1904-1965)

Born in Glasgow. He studied at the Scottish National Academy of Music in Glasgow as well as in London at and the University of Edinburgh where Donald Tovey was his teacher of composition. He had an extremely full musical life as a composer, conductor, critic, teacher, academic and operatic administrator and promoter of contemporary music. He went to Cape Town in 1946 where he took the positions of Professor and Director of the South African College of Music. He remained in South Africa until his death. He composed operas, ballets, orchestral, chamber and instrumental works. Other major orchestral works include Symphony No. 1 (1938, 2 Piano Concertos, a Violin Concerto (1952) and a Concerto for Orchestra (1952).

Symphony No. 2 "Ossian" (1939)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Fogg: Sea Sheen, Merok and Hold: The Unreturning Spring)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7196 (2007)

 
HUBERT CLIFFORD
(1904-1959)

Born in Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia. Studied at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with Fritz Hart. Went to England (where he stayed permanently) in 1930 to study with Ralph Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music. Joined the BBC in 1941 where he eventually became the Head of Light Music Programmes. He also taught at the Royal Academy of Music and had a thriving career as a film composer. His other orchestral works include a Serenade for Strings and a number of suites and shorter works in a lighter vein.
 
Symphony in E-flat major "1940" (1938-40)

Vernon Handley/BBC Philharmonic
( + Bainton: Symphony No. 2 & John Gough: Serenade)
CHANDOS CHAN 9757 (1999)

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GIDEON FAGAN
(1904-1980)

Born in Somerset, West Cape Province, South Africa. Studied with William Henry Bell at the South African College of Music and later at the Royal College of Music with Ralph Vaughan Williams, Adrian Boult and Malcolm Sargent. He embarked on a conducting career in London and eventually returned to South Africa in this rôle. His other works for orchestra include a Suite for Strings, and a South African Folk Tune Suite.
 
Karoo Symphony (1976-7)

Peter Marchbank/National Symphony Orchestra of the South African Broadcasting Corporation
( + works by Henry Lissant-Collins, Michael Mosoeu and Theo Wendt)
MARCO POLO 8.223709 (1995)

 

MURRAY ADASKIN
(1905-2002)

Born in Toronto. After extensive training on the violin he studied composition with John Weinzweig, Darius Milhaud and Charles Jones. He taught at the University of Saskatchewan where he was also composer-in-residence. His musical output was extensive ranging from opera to solo instrument pieces. He wrote an Algonquin Symphony in 1958, a Concerto for Orchestra and other works for orchestra.
 

Ballet Symphony (1951)

Geoffrey Waddington/Toronto Symphony Orchestra
(+ Alexander Brott: Violin Concertino {John Dembrck – violin})
RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL RCI 71 (LP) (1950s)

ALAN RAWSTHORNE
(1905-1971)


Born in Haslington, Lancashire. Studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music with Frank Merrick (1886-1981, composed a Symphony in D minor in 1912) and Carl Fuchs. He held various teaching posts but was able to devote most of his energies to composition producing a large body of works ranging from chamber music to film scores. His other major orchestral works include 2 Piano Concertos, a two Piano Concerto, 2 Violin Concertos, Cello Concerto, Oboe Concerto, Concerto for Strings and Symphonic Sketches.

Symphony No. 1 (1950)

Sir John Pritchard/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3)
LYRITA SRCD.291 (1995)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.90) (1977)

David Lloyd-Jones/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos 2 and 3)
NAXOS 8.557480 (2005)

Symphony No. 2 for Soprano and Orchestra "A Pastoral Symphony" (1959)

Alan Rawsthorne/V.Ivanova (soprano)/USSR State Symphony Orchestra
( + Concerto for String Orchestra + Alan Bush: Symphony No. 2 and Birthday Overture)
MELODIYA D012687-90 (2 LPs) (c.1960)

Nicholas Braithwaite/Tracy Chadwell (soprano)/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3)
LYRITA SRCD.291 (1995)

David Lloyd-Jones/Charlotte Ellett (soprano/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos 1 and 3)
NAXOS 8.557480 (2005)

 
Symphony No. 3 (1964)

Norman Del Mar/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2)
LYRITA SRCD.291 (1995)
(original LP release: ARGO ZRG553 (1968)

David Lloyd-Jones/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos 1 and 2)
NAXOS 8.557480 (2005)

 
WILLIAM ALWYN
(1905-1985)

Born in Northampton. Studied at the Royal Academy of Music with John McEwen. He was a professor at that institution from 1926 to 1956 while pursuing a highly successful career as a composer for films. In addition to the Symphonies, his large-scale orchestral works included 2 Piano Concertos, Violin Concerto, Oboe Concerto and "Lyra Angelica" for harp and strings.
 
Symphonies Nos. 1 – 5

Richard Hickox/Symphony Orchestra
( + Sinfonietta for Strings)
CHANDOS CHAN 9429 (3 CDs) (1996)

Symphony No. 1 in D major (1949)

William Alwyn/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
LYRITA SRCD.227 (1992)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.86) (1977)

Sir John Barbirolli/Hallé Orchestra (rec. 1952)
( + Symphony No. 2)
DUTTON LABORATORIES CDSJB 1029 (2006)

Richard Hickox/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto No. 1 {Howard Shelley – piano})
CHANDOS CHAN 9155 (1992)

David Lloyd-Jones/ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
NAXOS 8.557648 (2006)

Symphony No. 2 (1953)

William Alwyn/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5)
LYRITA SRCD.228 (1992)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.85) (1975)

Sir John Barbirolli/Hallé Orchestra (rec. 1953)
( + Symphony No. 1)
DUTTON LABORATORIES CDSJB 1029 (2006)

Richard Hickox/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Derby Day Overture, The Magic Island, Overture to a Masque and Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion)
CHANDOS CHAN 9093 (1992)

David Lloyd-Jones/ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5 and Lyra Angelica)
NAXOS 8.557647 (2005)

Symphony No. 3 (1955-6)

William Alwyn/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5)
LYRITA SRCD.228 (1992)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.63) (1972)

Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1956)
( + Grieg: Symphonic Dances and Mozart: Symphony No. 29)
SOMM SOMM B23 (2008)

Richard Hickox/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto {Lydia Mordkovitch – violin})
CHANDOS CHAN 9187 (1993)

David Lloyd-Jones/ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
NAXOS 8.557648 (2006)

Symphony No. 4 (1959)

William Alwyn/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
LYRITA SRCD.227 (1992)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.76) (1975)

Richard Hickox/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Elizabethan Dances and Festival March)
CHANDOS CHAN 8902 (1992)

David Lloyd-Jones/ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Sinfonietta for Strings)
NAXOS 8.557469 (2006)

Symphony No. 5 "Hydriotaphia" (1972-3)

William Alwyn/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3)
LYRITA SRCD.228 (1992)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.76) (1975)

Richard Hickox/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Sinfonietta for Strings and Piano Concerto No. 2 {Howard Shelley – piano})
CHANDOS CHAN 9196 (1993)

David Lloyd-Jones/ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Lyra Angelica)
NAXOS 8.557647 (2005)

Sinfonietta for Strings (1976)

William Alwyn/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Derby Day Overture, The Magic Island, Six Elizabethan Dances and Festival March)
LYRITA SRCD.229 (1992)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.85) (1975)

Richard Hickox/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Sinfonietta for Strings and Piano Concerto No. 2 {Howard Shelley – piano})
CHANDOS CHAN 9196 (1993)

David Lloyd-Jones/ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
NAXOS 8.557649 (2005)

 

FRANCIS CHAGRIN
(1905-1972)

Born in Bucharest, Romania his original name was Alexander Pauker. His varied musical education included composition studies with Mihail Jora in Bucharest as well as with Paul Dukas and Nadia Boulanger at L’École Normale in Paris. While in Paris he supported himself by writing popular songs and employment as a nightclub pianist and began his career as a composer of film music. He moved to England in 1936 anticipating the rising tide of fascism. The rest of his composing career was divided among compositions for the movies (over 200 scores), radio, the theater and the concert hall. He wrote 2 Symphonies and left a 3rd unfinished as well as a Piano Concerto.

Symphony No. 1 (1959)

Martyn Brabbins/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
NAXOS 8571371 (2016)

Symphony No. 2 (1970)

Martyn Brabbins/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
NAXOS 8571371 (2016)

ARNOLD COOKE
(1906-2005)

Born at Gomersal, West Yorkshire.After some earlier training at Cambridg University, he studied composition and piano at the Berlin University of the Arts under Paul Hindemith. He later became Musical Director of the Festival Theatre at Cambridge, and in 1933 was appointed a professor at the Royal Manchester College of Music (now merged into the Royal Northern College of Music). He moved to London where he.started building up a reputation as a promising composer. Later on he was a founding member of the Composers' Guild of Great Britain, and Professor of Harmony and Composition at Trinity College of Music in London He compose prolifically ndhis output included a ballet, symphonies, concertos, and copious chamber, instrumemtal and vocal works. His Symphony No. 2 (1963) remains unrecorded.

Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major (1947)

Nicholas Braithwaite/ London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Concerto for String Orchestra and Jabez and the Devil: Suite)
LYRITA SRCD 203 (2007)

Symphony No. 3 in D major (1967)

Nicholas Braithwaite/ London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Brian: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 16)
LYRITA SRCD 295 (2008)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS. 7) (1975)


 

Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat major (1974)

Sir John Pritchard/BBC Symphony Orchestra rec. 1975)
( + Symphony No. 5)
LYRITA REAM. 1123 (2016)

Symphony No. 5 in G major (1979)

Bernard Keeffe/BBC Northen Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1981)
( + Symphony No. 4)
LYRITA REAM. 1123 (2016)

 SIR MICHAEL TIPPETT
(1905-1998)

Born in London. Studied at the Royal College of Music initially with Charles Wood and C.H. Kitson and later with R.O. Morris. He held various posts as a teacher and conductor and involved himself in various social causes. His musical output was very large and covered most genres from opera to works for solo piano. Additional large orchestral works include a Symphony in 1933 that preceded the numbered cycle as well as a Piano Concerto, a Triple Concerto for Violin, Viola, Cello and Orchestra, Concerto for Double String Orchestra and the Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli for Strings.
 
Symphonies Nos. 1 – 4

Richard Hickox/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + New Year’s Suite)
CHANDOS CHAN 10330 (3 CDs) (2005)

Symphony No. 1 (1944-5)

Sir Colin Davis/London Symphony Orchestra
(+ Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 & Suite in D)
DECCA BRITISH MUSIC 4730922 (2002)
(original LP release: PHILIPS 9500 107 (!976)

Richard Hickox/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto {Howard Shelley – piano})
CHANDOS CHAN 9333 (1995)

Symphony No. 2 (1956-7)

Sir Adrian Boult/BBC Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1958)
( + Bliss: Music for Lighter Mood)
PRISTINE AUDIO PASC460 (2016)

Sir Colin Davis/London Symphony Orchestra
(+ Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 & Suite in D)
DECCA BRITISH MUSIC 4730922 (2002)
(original LP release: ARGO ZRG 535) (1968)

Richard Hickox/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + New Year Suite)
CHANDOS CHAN 9299 (1994)

Sir Michael Tippett/BBC Symphony Orcherstra
( + Symphony No. 4)
NMC 104 (c.1990)

Symphony No. 3 for Soprano and Orchestra (1970-72)

Sir Colin Davis/Heather Harper (soprano)London Symphony Orchestra
(+ Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 & Suite in D)
DECCA BRITISH MUSIC 4730922 (2002)
(original LP release: PHILIPS 6500 662)(1975)

Richard Hickox/Faye Robinson (soprano)/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Praeludium for Brass , Bells and Percussion)
CHANDOS CHAN 9276 (1994)

Raymond Leppard/Josephine Barstow (soprano)/BBC Symphony Orchestra
(rec. 1976)
( + Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli)
CARLTON BBC RADIO CLASSICS IMP 9140 (1995)

Symphony No. 4 (1976-7)

Richard Hickox/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli and Fantasia on a Theme of Handel)
CHANDOS CHAN 9233 (1994)

Sir George Solti/Chicago Symphony Orchestra
( + Byzantium)
DECCA 433668  (1993)
(original LP release: DECCA SXDL 7546) (1981)

Sir Michael Tippett/BBC Symphony Orcherstra
( + Symphony No. 2)
NMC 104 (c.1990)


ARNOLD COOKE
(1906-2005)

Born in Gomersal, Yorkshire. He studied with E.J. Dent at Cambridge and then had further lessons in Germany with Paul Hindemith. He taught from 1933 to 1977 first at the Royal Manchester College of Music and then at the Trinity College of Music in London. He wrote a total of 6 Symphonies the unrecorded ones are: No. 2 in F major (1963), No. 4 in E flat major (1974), No. 5 in G major (1978-9), No. 6 in E flat major (1983-4) and also a Sinfonietta for Chamber Orchestra (1954). Other works include a Concerto for Strings, Concerto for Orchestra and Concertos for Piano, Violin, Cello, Oboe and 2 for Clarinet.

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major (1947)

Nicholas Braithwaite/London Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1989)
( + Jabez and the Devil Suite and Concerto in D for Strings)
LYRITA SRCD.203 (2007)

Symphony No. 3 in D major (1967)

Nicholas Braithwaite/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Brian: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 16)
LYRITA SRCD.294 (2008)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.78) (1975)

 

 



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