DISCOGRAPHY of the works of Frank Bridge


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BRIDGE Orchestral Works. This disc is a perfect introduction to the orchestral music of Bridge

The Sea—suite for orchestra. Summer—symphonic poem. Cherry ripe. Enter Spring—rhapsody. Lament for strings.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Charles Groves.

EMI British Composers CDM5 66855-2 (midprice re-issue from 1976 ) Crotchet

BRIDGE Orchestral Works

Suite, There's a willow grows aslant a brook, The Two hunchbacks, Threads, Rosemary, Canzonetta, Berceuse, Serenade

Britten Sinfonia/Nicholas Cleobury

Conifer Classics 75605 51327-2 (9/98) Deleted


Bax (ed./orch. Parlett.) On the sea-shore.

Britten Peter Grimes—Four Sea Interludes; Passacaglia.

Ulster Orchestra / Vernon Handley.

Chandos digital CHAN8473  (3/87)  Crotchet

BRIDGE Suite for strings (1908). Summer (1914). There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook (1928).

Bantock The Pierrot of the Minute—comedy overture (1908).

Butterworth The Banks of Green Willow (1913). Bournemouth Sinfonietta / Norman Del Mar.

Chandos CHAN6566.  (8/85)Digitally remastered from RCA Red Seal RL25184 Crotchet

BRIDGE Orchestral Works.

Bridge: Sally in our Alley, H119a. Cherry Ripe, H119b. Two Entr'actes. Lament, H117. Sir Roger de Coverley, H155. There is a willow grows aslant a brook, H174. An Irish melody (Londonderry Air), H86.

Finzi Eclogue

Parry An English Suite.

English String Orchestra / William Boughton.

Nimbus NI5366 (8/93) Crotchet

BRIDGE Works for Strings.

Suite, H93. Cherry Ripe, H119b. There is a willow grows aslant a brook, H174. Sir Roger de Coverley, H155.

Delius Sonata for strings.

New Zealand Chamber Orchestra / Nicholas Braithwaite.

Koch International Classics 37139-2 (11/92) Crotchet

BRIDGE The Christmas Rose Opera: 3 scenes

Wendy Eathorne (sop/ Miriam) Eirian James (mez/ Reuben) Maldwyn Davies (ten/ First Shepherd) Henry Herford (bar/ Second Shepherd) David Wilson-Johnson (bass-bar/ Third Shepherd) Chelsea Group Chorus and Orchestra / Howard Williams.

Pearl SHECD9582.(10/85) Crotchet

BRIDGE Oration – Concerto elegiaco

Britten Cello Symphony, Op. 68.

Steven Isserlis (vc); City of London Sinfonia / Richard Hickox.

EMI CDM7 63909-2 (2/92) (midprice) Deleted

BRIDGE Phantasm.

Ireland Piano Concerto.

Walton Sinfonia concertante (original version).

Kathryn Stott (pf); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Vernon Handley.

Conifer CDCF175 (1/90)  Deleted

BRIDGE Piano Trios

Phantasie Trio in C minor (1907);

Piano Trio No. 2 (1929).

Phantasie in F sharp minor (1911)

Dartington Trio (Oliver Butterworth, vn, Michael Evans, vc; Frank Wibaut, pf) with Patrick Ireland (va).

Hyperion CDA66279 (11/88) Crotchet


Piano Trio No. 2

Cello Sonata

Spring song

Hiroko Yajima (vn); Lowri Blake (vc); Stephen Prutsman, Caroline Palmer (pfs).

Pearl SHECD9610 (9/89)

Recorded in association with the Frank Bridge Trust.

BRIDGE Piano Trio No. 2 (1929).

Borodin Trio (Luba Edlina (pf) Rotislav Dubinsky (vn) Yuli Turovsky (vc)).

Bax Piano Trio in B flat (1946).

Chandos digital CHAN8495 (4/87)

BRIDGE Piano Quintet in D minor.

Elgar Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84.

Coull Quartet (Roger Coull, Philip Gallaway, vns; David Curtis, va; John Todd, vc); Allan Schiller (pf).

ASV CDDCA678    Crotchet

BRIDGE Piano Works, Volume 1.

Arabesque. Capriccios—No. 1; No. 2. A Dedication. A Fairy Tale Suite. Gargoyle. Hidden Fires. In Autumn. Three Miniature Pastorals—Set 1; Set 2. A Sea Idyll. Three Improvisations for the Left Hand. Winter Pastoral.

Peter Jacobs.

Continuum CCD1016 (9/90) Crotchet

Recorded in association with the Frank Bridge Trust.

BRIDGE Piano Works, Volumes 2 and 3.

CCD1018—Etude rhapsodique, H58. Berceuse, H8. Dramatic Fantasia. Three Poem Poems, H112a-c. Three Piece Pieces, H108. Four Characteristic Piece Pieces, H112. Lament, H117. Canzonetta, H169. Pensees Pensées fugitive, H16. Scherzettino, H20. Moderato, H29. Four Piece Pieces, H116. CCD1019—Three Sketches, H68. The Hour Glass, H148. Graziella, H170. Miniature Pastorals—Set 3, H150. Miniature Suite (ed. Hindmarsh). Three Lyrics, H161. Piano Sonata, H160. Bach (arr. Bridge): Komm, susser Tod, BWV478 (H181).

Peter Jacobs (pf).

Continuum CCD1018/19 (6/91) Crotchet CCD1018 CCD1019

Recorded in association with the Frank Bridge Trust.

BRIDGE Piano Works.

A Sea Idyll, H54a. Capriccios—No. 1 in A minor, H52; No. 2 in F sharp minor, H54b. Three poems—Ecstasy, H112b. The Hour Glass, H148. Piano Sonata, H160. Vignettes de Marseille, H166.

Kathryn Stott

Conifer CDCF186  (9/91)  Deleted

BRIDGE Works for Violin and Piano.

Violin Sonata, H183. Romanza, H45. Cradle Song, H96. Norse Legend, H60. Serenade, H23. Heartsease, H161a.

Britten Suite, Op. 6. Reveille.

Lorraine McAslan (vn); John Blakely (pf).

Continuum CCD1022 (4/92). Recorded in association with the Frank Bridge Trust and Britten Estate. Crotchet

BRIDGE String Quartets 1-4

CCD1035 (5/92) No. 1 in E minor, H70; No. 3, H175.

CCD1036 (5/92) —No. 2 in G minor, H115; No. 4, H188.

Brindisi Quartet (Jacqueline Shave, Patrick Kiernan, vns; Katie Wilkinson, va; Jonathan Tunnell, vc).

Continuum CCD1035/6 (two discs, oas: 59 and 46 minutes: DDD). Recorded in association with the Frank Bridge Trust.

Buy here: CCD1035   CCD1036

BRIDGE String Quartets

Meridian CDE 84369 (9/98) Nos 1 & 4 String Quartets Crotchet

Meridian CDE 84311 (8/97) Nos 2 & 3 Crotchet

Bridge Quartet. (Catherine Schofield, Kaye Barker, vns; Michael Schofield, va; Lucy Wilding, vc).


When most I wink H5, If I could choose H12, The primrose H13, A Dirge H21, The Devon Maid H25,  Dawn and Evening H26, Two Heine Songs H27, Blow, blow, thou winter wind H33, Go not, happy day H34, Night lies on the silent highways H36, A dead violet H38, Cradle song H46, Lean close they cheek H50, Fair daffodils H51, Adoration H57, So perverse H6, Tears, idle tears H62, The Violets Blue H70, Come to me in my dreams H71, My pent-up tears oppress my brain H72, Three songs H76, All things we clasp H77, Love is a rose H81, Dear, when I look into thine eyes H85, Isobel H102, O that it were so! H105, Strew no more red roses H109, Where she lies asleep H113, Love went a-riding H114, Thy hand in mine H124, So early in the morning,O H130, Mantle of Blue H131, The last invocation H136, When you are old and gray H142, Into her keeping H143, What shall I your true love tell? H145 'Tis but a week H146, Three Tagore songs H164, Goldenhair H165, Journey's end H167.

Janice Watson/Louise Winter/Jamie MacDougall/Gerald Finley/Roger Vignoles (piano)/Roger Chase (viola)

Hyperion CDA67181/2  Crotchet

Recorded in association with the Frank Bridge Trust



Urgently requiring re-issue on CD are Nicholas Braithwaite’s series of Bridge recordings on Lyrita. Also we need from the same company the Boult disc which included Suite for Strings and a host of other string works. The prospect however seem bleak. A tragedy since these performances and analogue recordings are of the highest quality.