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Simon Heffer celebrates music from the British Isles. With Holst, Howells and Arnold, plus Ethel Smyth, John Foulds, Donald Tovey and Thea Musgrave, plus Stanley Bate.

Celebrating British Music.

Journalist Simon Heffer presents the first of four programmes of his personal choices of music from the British Isles - some familiar, some not so well known. This programme includes works by Gustav Holst, Herbert Howells, Malcolm Arnold, Dame Ethel Smyth, John Foulds, Donald Tovey, Thea Musgrave, and the remarkable Viola Concerto by Stanley Bate.

2 hours

Music Played

  • John Foulds

    April-England Op.48 No.1

    Performer: Kathryn Stott

    • BIS CD-933.
  • Gustav Holst

    Japanese suite Op.33

    Conductor: Adrian Boult Performer: London Symphony Orchestra

    • LYRITA SRCD-2223.
  • Ethel Smyth

    The Wreckers - Act II: Prelude & Scene 1

    Conductor: Odaline de La Martinez Performer: BBC Philharmonic

    • CONIFER 75605-51250-2.
  • Thea Musgrave

    Monologue for piano

    Performer: Thea Musgrave

    • LYRITA : SCRD 253.
  • Stanley Bate

    Concerto Op.46 for viola and orchestra

    Conductor: Stephen Bell Performer: Roger Chase Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra

    • DUTTON CDLX-7216.
  • Herbert Howells

    In Green Ways Op.43

    Conductor: Richard Hickox Performer: London Symphony Orchestra Performer: Yvonne Kenny

    • CHANDOS CHAN241-20.
  • Sir Donald Francis Tovey

    Trio in B minor Op.1 for piano and strings – 4th movement

    Performer: London Piano Trio

    • TOCCATA TOCC 0068.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Symphony no. 5 Op.74 – 3rd movement

    Conductor: Andrew Penny Performer: National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland

    • NAXOS 8.55256.