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Music from BBC ensembles. Elgar: Froissart. Delius: Paris: The Song of a Great City. Holst: The Planets. Britten: Canticle 2. Hadley: Kinder Scout. D'Erlanger: Concerto Symphonique.

Louise Fryer continues this week's Best of British selection from the BBC's orchestras.

Elgar's Froissart overture was inspired by the French chronicler of the 100 years war - Jean Froissart, while Patrick Hadley fought in a more recent conflagration in northern France, the First World War. 'Kinder Scout', his first orchestral work, celebrates a landscape he loved: the Derbyshire Peaks, where his parents first met, and where he spent many holidays walking in the hills - despite having lost a leg during the War!

Gustav Holst, meanwhile, lived in Thaxted in Essex - where during the Great War he was allegedly denied planning permission to extend his house because of his odd, Germanic sounding surname. It was around the same time that he wrote his most enduring work, his Planets Suite, which had its first semi-public performance in the last days of the war in 1918.

France, or specifically Paris, was the inspiration for the hedonist Frederick Delius; and our final composer of the day Baron Frederic D'Erlanger was born in Paris - but opted to become a naturalised Englishman in the 1880s. Known as "Baron Fred", he was a keen supporter of the arts, and a composer who had two operas staged at Covent Garden.

And Ben Johnson and James Baillieu are joined by counter tenor Chris Ainslie for the second of Britten's 5 Canticles: Abraham and Isaac.

Elgar: Froissart - Concert Overture, Op. 19
BBC National Orchestra of Wales,
Tadaaki Otaka (conductor).

Delius: Paris - The Song of a Great City
BBC National Orchestra of Wales,
Rumon Gamba (conductor).

Holst: The Planets
BBC Philharmonic,
Manchester Chamber Choir (women's voices),
Andrew Davis (conductor).

Britten: Canticle II - Abraham and Isaac, Op. 51
Ben Johnson (tenor),
Chris Ainslie (counter-tenor),
James Baillieu (piano).

Hadley: Kinder Scout - sketch for orchestra
BBC Philharmonic,
John Wilson (conductor).

D'Erlanger: Concerto Symphonique
Victor Sangiorgio (piano),
BBC Concert Orchestra,
Johannes Wildner (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    Froissart - concert overture Op.19

  • Frederick Delius

    Paris - the song of a great city RT.6.14 for orchestra

  • Gustav Holst

    The Planets - suite Op.32

  • Benjamin Britten

    Canticle II - Abraham and Isaac Op.51 for alto, tenor and piano

  • Patrick Hadley

    Kinder Scout - sketch for orchestra

  • Ernest Walker

    One generation passeth away Op.56 for chorus

  • Frederic d` Erlanger

    Aon3Wk3 D'Erlanger Piano Concerto