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Donald Macleod focuses on Coleridge-Taylor's early successes, from his remarkably mature student compositions to Hiawatha's Wedding Feast.

Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the life and music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Coleridge-Taylor composed his setting of Longfellow's poem Hiawatha's Wedding Feast in 1898 when he was only 23, and it remained a hugely popular part of the choral reperoire throughout his life and long after his death in 1912. However, although his reputation will always be associated with this piece, which made his name famous throughout the musical world, it has sometimes overshadowed the beauty of much of his other work, such as his elegant and original Clarinet Quintet, composed while he was still a student.

Symphony in A Minor
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Douglas Bostock (conductor)
Classico ClASSCD684, tr 5

Drake's Drum
BBC Singers, Richard Pearce (piano), Paul Brough (conductor)

Hiawatha's Wedding Feast - ending
Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera, Kenneth Alwyn (conductor)
ARGO 430 356-2 CD1 T 7 -10

Clarinet Quintet
Nash Ensemble
Hyperion GCD12311 Tr 6 - 9.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    Symphony in A minor

    Conductor: Douglas BOSTOCK Performer: Aarhus S O Performer: BBC Singers

    • Classico.
    • CLASSCD-684.
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    Drake's Drum for chorus (TTBB), arr. Percy E Fletcher

    Conductor: Paul BROUGH Performer: Richard PEARCE - Piano Performer: BBC Singers Men's Voices

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    Hiawatha's wedding feast Op.30`1 - part 1 of Scenes from 'Hiawatha'

    Conductor: Kenneth ALWYN Performer: Welsh National Opera Chorus Performer: Welsh National Opera Orchestra

    • ARGO.
    • 436-401-2.
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    Quintet in F sharp minor Op.10 for clarinet and strings

    Performer: Richard HOSFORD - Clarinet Performer: Nash Ensemble

    • HYPERION.
    • CDA-67590.

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