Browse: British Composers (series)
A series celebrating the numerous recordings of British composers which EMI have made over the years. From the very early recordings of Elgar conducting his own works, through a whole host of other composer-conductors to the more recent recordings of Nicholas Maw and Peter Maxwell Davies, this series celebrates all that is good about EMI's commitment to British music.
Richard Lewis (tenor), Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-Soprano) & Kim Borg (bass)
Hallé Choir, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Ambrosian Singers & Hallé Orchestra, John Barbirolli
Bryn Terfel (baritone), Yvonne Kenny (soprano), Philip Langridge (tenor)
London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Richard Hickox
...Richard Hickox [has a] superb team on his outstanding version: Yvonne Kenny, a top-form Bryn Terfel and a tiny but telling contribution from the late and very much lamented Philip Langridge. — More…
New Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Sir Adrian Boult
Sheila Armstrong (soprano), Dame Janet Baker (contralto), Robert Tear (tenor), Ida Haendel (violin), Aléxander Barantschik (violin), John Alley (piano), Paul Silverthorne (viola), Moray Welsh (cello), John Lenehan (piano), Roy Carter (oboe), Janice Graham (violin), Israela Margalit (piano), Tom Kerstens...
Nicolai Gedda (Gerontius), Helen Watts (Angel), Robert Lloyd (Priest/Angel of the Agony), Janet Baker (mezzo)
London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Adrian Boult
Nicolai Gedda is the tortured soul approaching death in this recording conducted by Sir Adrian Boult. Gedda's cry of "Take me away!" as he is allowed a glimpse of God for the first time is memorable... — More…
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult
Boult's 1970 recording of the Enigma Variations offers similar riches to those of Barbirolli with the additional bonus of a slightly superior recorded sound. Boult's account has authority, freshness... — More…