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Simon Heffer: Best of British Playlist

Simon Heffer chooses favourite music by British composers, including Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Edward German, George Dyson, John Ireland, Havergal Brian and Arnold Bax.

Inspired by Radio 3 Breakfast's "Best of British" playlist which ran throughout 2014, journalist Simon Heffer continues the choice of his favourite music by British composers, including works by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Edward German, George Dyson, John Ireland, Havergal Brian and Arnold Bax.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Edward German

    The Yeomen of England

    Performer: Peter Dawson.
    • Pearl : GEMM CD 9336.
    • Pearl.
  • Sir George Dyson

    They are at rest, from Quo Vadis

    Performer: Philip Langridge. Performer: Roderick Williams. Performer: Jean Rigby. Performer: Cheryl Baker. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN 10061.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 7.
  • Edward Elgar

    Falstaff

    Conductor: Edward Elgar. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • EMI : CDS 7 54560 2.
    • EMI.
    • 5.
  • John Ireland

    Nation with Nation, from These Things Shall Be

    Performer: John Carol Case. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Choir: London Philharmonic Choir. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • Lyrita : SRCD 241.
    • Lyrita.
    • 8.
  • Havergal Brian

    Allegro Assai from the Gothic Symphony

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • Testament : SBT2 1454.
    • Testament.
    • 1.
  • Arnold Bax

    2nd movement from the Sonata for Cello and Piano

    Performer: Florence Hooton. Performer: Wilfred Parry.
    • Lyrita : REAM 2104.
    • Lyrita.
    • 3.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    Songs of the Sea

    Performer: Gerald Finley. Choir: BBC National Chorus of Wales. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Chandos : CHSA 5043.
    • Chandos.
    • 12.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Piano Concerto in C, third movement

    Performer: Howard Shelley. Conductor: Vernon Handley. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Lyrita : SRCD 211.
    • Lyrita.

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