On Tue, 13 Apr 2010 20:26:11 +1000, GIAM wrote
Post by GIAM
I'm looking for recordings of English composers, but I don't really
know where to start. I'm particularly interested in Mauice Greene,
William Boyce, Ralph Vaughn Williams and Gustav Holst. Can anyone
suggest pointers to recordings for these composers?
For Vaughan Williams, it will be the symphonies. Reliable conductors are Sir
Andrew Davis, Vernon Handley, Sir Adrian Boult, Andre Previn and Bernard
Haitink. Look out for the Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, The Lark
Ascending, Flos Campi and Sancta Civitas. I would strongly recommend looking
out for the 30-CD set ³Vaughan Williams, the Collector's Edition² put out by
EMI -- an astonishing bargain.
For Holst it will be ³The Planets². There are many good recordings, but that
by Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra on Decca is as good as any.
Then there will be the Suites for Military Band, and the Mercury recording
conducted by Frederick Fennell is good. There's a nice Naxos CD containing
³Bena Mori², ³Somerset Rhapsody² and ³Egdon Heath². You might like his choral
music (I do), so I strongly recommend ³This Have I Done for my True Love², a
Hyperion CD by Stephen Layton and the Holst Singers.
Can't help you with Maurice Greene. I have only one item by him, on a disc
called (appropriately enough) ³Musica Oscura², by Anthony Rooley and the
Consort of Musicke. You could do a search at, say, Arkiv Music's website to
see what's available, but I'm not in a position to comment.
I think of William Boyce as a fairly minor composer compared with Vaughan
Williams and Gustav Holst, but there are some nice recordings of his
overtures on Chandos, where Adrian Shepherd conducts Cantilena. I've only
heard one or two of these on the radio, and find them attractive.