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Sir Malcolm Sargent (conductor) with Isobel Baillie, Gladys Ripley, James Johnston, Norman Walker, etc

[ Warner Classics / EMI Icon / 18 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Saturday 1 August 2015

Malcolm Sargent's reputation as one of the great popularisers of classical music in Britain arose not only through his long association with the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (1947-67), but was in evidence much earlier through chief conductorships of the Hallé (1939-42), Liverpool Philharmonic (1942-8) and BBC Symphony Orchestras (1950-57).

By the time he became a fixture at the Proms in 1947 (now as Sir Malcolm: he was knighted in 1947) his was one of the best-known names in England. In personality, showmanship and energy he was ideal for the nightly concerts.

Sargent amassed a commercial discography of imposing breadth and variety. His first HMV recordings date from as far back as 1924 with excerpts from Vaughan Williams's opera Hugh the Drover captured by the pre-electric acoustic process, and his career with the company ended in 1966 with Walton's First Symphony.

Sargent's wide-ranging repertoire extended from the Handel oratorios on the one hand to the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas on the other: 'Messiah and The Mikado have been the twin pillars of my career,' he once joked; it was hardly true, though his inspirational handling of choral bodies ensured that Handel's oratorios and others such as Mendelssohn's Elijah would be indelibly associated with him all his life.

Tracks:

Arne:
Rule, Britannia (from Alfred)
God save the Queen

Bax:
Morning Song (Maytime in Sussex)

Beethoven:
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Berlioz:
Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

Bliss:
Piano Concerto in B flat major

Britten:
Simple Symphony, Op. 4
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Coleridge-Taylor:
Hiawatha's Wedding Feast

Delius:
A Song before sunrise
Songs of Farewell

Dohnányi:
Suite for Orchestra Op. 19 (1908-09)

Elgar:
Enigma Variations, Op. 36
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

German:
Henry VIII - Incidental music
Nell Gwyn: suite

Grieg:
Lyric Suite, Op. 54

Handel:
Messiah
Dame Isobel Baillie, Gladys Ripley, James Johnston, Norman Walker
Overture in D minor

Holst:
St Paul's Suite, Op. 29 No. 2
The Perfect Fool, Op. 39/H 150: Ballet Music
Beni Mora, Op. 29 No. 1
The Planets, Op. 32

Ibert:
Suite Elisabethaine

Mendelssohn:
Elijah, Op. 70

Parry:
Jerusalem

Rossini:
La Boutique fantasque
Il barbiere di Siviglia Overture
Guillaume Tell Overture
Il viaggio a Reims Overture
Semiramide Overture
La scala di seta Overture

Rubbra:
Piano Concerto in G, Op. 55

Schubert:
Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Sibelius:
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39
Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49
Finlandia, Op. 26
En Saga, Op. 9
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: The Swan of Tuonela (No. 2)
Karelia Suite, Op. 11

Smetana:
The Bartered Bride Overture
Má Vlast

Vaughan Williams:
The Wasps Overture
Fantasia on Greensleeves
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Serenade to Music
Toward the Unknown Region
Romanza

Wagner:
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Walton:
Belshazzar's Feast
Façade (excerpts)
Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor

Warlock:
Capriol Suite