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July 1999

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Sir ARTHUR BLISS Checkmate Suite* Quintet for Clarinet and Strings** Hymn to Apollo* Music for Strings Pastoral 'Lie Strewn the White Flocks'         Janet Hilton (clarinet)**, Della Jones (mezzo) Lindsay String Quartet** Ulster Orchestra/Handley* Northern Sinfonia/Hickox     CHANDOS 2for1 CHAN 241-1

BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-76) Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes (1945) [22:58] *  Young Apollo (1939) [8:02] ** Suite from Death in Venice (arr Steuart Bedford) (1976) [26:53] ***  Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (1937) [29:32] **  Lachrymae - Reflections on a song of John Dowland (1950, 1976) [16:12] **  Simple Symphony (1934) [18:23 ]**    * Ulster Orchestra/Vernon Handley ** I Musici de Montréal/Yuli Turovsky *** English Chamber Orchestra/Steuart Bedford Rivka Golani (viola) in Lachrymae    Recorded Ulster Hall, Belfast, 26 March 1986 (Grimes); Tooting 27 Nov 1984 (Death in Venice); Paroisse La Nativité, Montréal, 3-4 June 1989 (remainder) CHANDOS 2for1  CHAN 241-2 [122:20]

Antonin DVORÁK (1841-1904) Complete Symphonic Poems:- Overture: My Home; The Water Goblin; The Golden Spinning Wheel; The Noon Witch; The Wood Dove; The Hero's Song.     Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi    2 CDs - CHANDOS CHAN 241-3 [111:11]

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma'/Pomp and Circumstance Marches 1-5 Sir Alexander Gibson conducting the Royal National Scottish Orchestra   Chanson de matin/Chanson de nuit/Serenade lyrique/Salut d'amour/Dream Children/Contrasts/Soliloquy for Oboe and Orchestra/Woodland Interlude from Caractacus/Two Interludes from Falstaff/Three Bavarian dances/Sospiri*/Minuet from Beau Brummel*/ Burlesco from The Spanish Lady */ Adieu*/Waltz from The Starlight Express*/Sursum corda* Norman Del Mar and George Hurst* conducting the Bournemouth Sinfonietta      2CDs CHANDOS CHAN 241-4 [133:55]

GUSTAV HOLST The Cloud Messenger, The Hymn of Jesus, Ave Maria, The Evening Watch, Seven Part Songs, A Choral Fantasia, A Dirge for Two Veterans, Ode to Death, This I have done for my true love, Four Part Songs.   Dellaa Jones (mezzo), LSO Chorus and Orchestra/ Hickox (Cloud & Hymn); The Finzi Singers/Paul Spicer (Ave & Evening-watch/This I have done[Rachel Wheatley -soprano], Four part songs); Patricia Rozario, Joyful Company of Singers, City of London Sinfonia/Hickox (7 part songs, Chorla Fantasia, Dirge, Ode) CHANDOS 2for1 CHAN 241-6

LEOŠ JANÁCEK (1954-1928) Idyll for String Orchestra (1878) [30:10] Suite for Strings (1877) [21:59] Jupiter Orchestra/Gregory Rose Sinfonietta (1926) [23:18] Overture - Jealousy (1894) [5:58] The Fiddler's Child (1912) [12:50] The Cunning Little Vixen Suite (1937) [17:43] Taras Bulba (1918) [23:28] Czech PO/Jirí Behlolávek     CHANDOS 2for1 CHAN 241-7

ALEXANDER SCRIABIN (1872-1915) The Poem of Ecstasy (1904) [19:43]* Symphony No. 2 (1902) [39:59] ** Symphony No. 3 The Divine Poem (1904) [46:46] ***  Rêverie (1898) [3:51] **    * Chicago SO ** Royal Scottish National Orchestra *** Danish National Radio SO Conducted by Neeme Järvi      recorded Orchestra Hall, Chicago 27-28 Nov 1989 (Ecstasy); Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, 9-10 December 1985 (Sym 2 and Reverie); Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, 31 May - 2 June 1990 (Sym 3). CHANDOS 2for1 CHAN 241-5 [110:30]

STRAVINSKY +Symphony no l in E flat, Op 1; +Symphony in C; +Ode; +Symphony in three movements: *Symphonies of wind instruments; ^The Fairy's Kiss.    +Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sir Alexander Gibson, *Nash Ensemble, Sir Simon Rattle; ^Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi.    Chandos 2 CD set CHAN 241-8 [70' 45" and 76' 44"].

WILLIAM WALTON Symphony  no 1 (a) Cello Concerto (a) Belshazzar's Feast (a & b), Coronation Te Deum (a & c) Coronation March: Crown Imperial (d) Anniversary Fanfare (d) Coronation March: Orb and Sceptre (d)       Ralph Kirshbaum (cello) Sherill Milnes (baritone) George McPhee (organ) Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus (b & c) Scottish Festival Brass bands (c) Royal Scottish National Orchestra (a & d) Philharmonia Orchestra (d) conducted by Alexander Gibson (a) David Willcocks (d)    CHANDOS 2for1 CHAN 241-10

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Overture; The Poisoned Kiss; Overture The Wasps; 2 Hymn Tune Preludes; The Running Set; Flos Campi; Suite for viola and orchestra; Sea Songs; Three Songs from The House of Life; Six Studies in English Folksong; Romance for harmonica and strings; Linden Lea; Fantasia on Greensleeves; Serenade to Music.     Various artistes    Chandos 2for1 set CHAN 241-9 [70' 02" and 55' 43"].



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