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Simon Heffer presents a personal selection of music from the British Isles, including pieces by Bliss, Moeran, Howells, Stanford, Warlock, Cyril Scott and Ethel Smyth.

Journalist Simon Heffer presents the first of four programmes making a personal selection of music from the British Isles, including works by familiar composers as well as some attractive pieces by less well-known names.

The programme features Arthur Bliss' complete "Colour Symphony" as well as choral music by Peter Warlock, orchestral works by Stanford, EJ Moeran and Cyril Scott, a short piano sonata by Ethel Smyth, some Vaughan Williams songs, and it ends with Malcolm Arnold's lively brass quintet.

2 hours

Music Played

  • E J Moeran - Overture to a masque

    Conductor: Adrian BOULT Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    5 Songs of the fleet Op.117 for baritone, chorus and orchestra

    Conductor: Richard HICKOX Performer: Gerald FINLEY - Bass Performer: BBC National Chorus Of Wales Performer: BBC National Orchestra Of Wales

    • CHANDOS.
    • CHSA-5043.
  • Herbert Howells

    Concerto no. 1 in C minor Op.4 for piano and orchestra, compl. John Rutter

    Conductor: Richard HICKOX Performer: Howard SHELLEY - Piano Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra

    • CHANDOS.
    • 9874.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    4 Poems by Fredegond Shove for voice and piano

    Performer: Iain BURNSIDE - Piano Performer: Roderick WILLIAMS - Baritone

    • NAXOS.
    • 8.-557643.
  • Arthur Bliss

    A Colour symphony T.24

    Conductor: Arthur BLISS Performer: London Symphony Orchestra

    • DUTTON.
    • CDLXT-2501.
  • Ethel SMYTH

    Sonata no. 3 for piano

    Performer: Liana SERBESCU - Piano (Piano)

    • C.P.O..
    • 999-327-2.
  • Peter Warlock

    All the flowers of the spring for chorus a 8 [words: Webster]

    Conductor: Paul SPICER Performer: Finzi Singers

    • CHANDOS.
    • 9182.
  • Cyril Scott

    3 Symphonic dances, rev. from "Symphony no.2"

    Conductor: Martyn BRABBINS Performer: BBC Philharmonic

    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN-10407.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Quintet no. 1 Op.73 for brass

    Performer: Philip Jones Ensemble

    • DECCA.
    • 430-369-2.