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Best of British from the BBC Proms 2007
     

Best of British from the BBC Proms 2007

by BBC Symphony Orchestra
 
As fine a two-disc set of twentieth century English music as one could imagine without the inclusion of anything by Ralph Vaughan Williams, this package featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra called Best of the British from the BBC Proms 2007 includes some old and new favorites and

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As fine a two-disc set of twentieth century English music as one could imagine without the inclusion of anything by Ralph Vaughan Williams, this package featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra called Best of the British from the BBC Proms 2007 includes some old and new favorites and even some world premieres. The first disc opens with Walton's zesty "Portsmouth Point Overture," followed by Elgar's elegiac "Cello Concerto," and closes with Britten's evocative "Four Sea Interludes" from his opera "Peter Grimes." The second disc opens with Delius' nostalgic "A Song of Summer," followed by the world premiere of Knussen's lyrical "Violin Concerto" and Tippett's angular "Triple Concerto," and closes with the world premiere of Richard Rodney Bennett's a cappella setting of "Four Poems of Thomas Campion." The whole of the first disc is led by Jirí Belohlávek, and the Czech-born conductor turns in brilliantly colorful, strongly emphatic performances of the Walton and Britten works and a deeply searching account of the Elgar concerto with cellist Paul Watkins. On the second disc, Andrew Davis leads a passionate performance of the Delius work and a luminous performance of the Tippett work with violinist Daniel Hope, violist Philip Dukes, and cellist Christian Poltéra, while Knussen himself directs his concerto's lyrical debut with fiery violinist Leila Josefowicz and Stephen Jackson directs the BBC Symphony Chorus in Bennett's sweeping Campion settings. Caught in brightly colorful and brilliantly clear sound by Deutsche Grammophon, these performances will please the most discerning Anglophile.

Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer - David Patrick Stearns
Packed with goodies.
Newark Star-Ledger - Bradley Bambarger
The performances, as with most at the Proms, have the zing of a real occasion.... [An] excellent introduction to modern British music.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2008
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947773528
catalogNumber:
001061002

Tracks

  1. Portsmouth Point, overture for orchestra  - William Walton  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Jirí Belohlávek  - Philipp Starke
  2. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Jirí Belohlávek  - Paul Watkins  - Philipp Starke
  3. Sea Interludes (4) from Peter Grimes, for orchestra, Op. 33a  - Benjamin Britten  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Jirí Belohlávek  - Philipp Starke
  4. A Song of Summer, for orchestra, RT vi/26  - Frederick Delius  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Philipp Starke
  5. Violin Concerto  - Oliver Knussen
  6. Triple Concerto, for violin, viola, cello & orchestra  - Michael Tippett  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Philip Dukes  - Andrew Davis  - Daniel Hope  - Philipp Starke  - Christian Poltéra
  7. Four Poems of Thomas Campion, for chorus  - Richard Rodney Bennett

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