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- The Basics
Instantly recognisable and fixed forever on the cultural landscape, these signature pieces of British Classical music are as familiar as they are inspiring: the great Ralph Vaughan Williams gets us underway with his 1934 Fantasia on "Greensleeves", which sounds so much better in the hands of Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields than it did when we all struggled to learn it on the recorder in primary school. He's followed by Edward Elgar, whose "Nimrod" from the Enigma Variations has been known to make grown London cabbies weep, and Yorkshireman Frederick Delius, who wrote the lovely tone poem, "On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring".
We take you from parlour to church, Victorian style, with our British Classical Next Steps.£14.43 The Basics
- Next Steps
We continue our ramble through the vast realm of great British Classical music with several distinctive Victorian pieces: the moving, truly awe-inspiring, chorus "God So Loved the World" from John Stainer's oratorio The Crucifixion would precede its author's 1888 knighthood (by Queen Vic herself, of course) and his tenure as professor of music at Oxford University, while André Previn (accompanying Welsh tenor Robert Tear) transports us to the golden age of the Victorian parlour song with Michael Balfe's Tennyson-inspired "Come into the Garden, Maud". Eric Coates brings us into the 20th Century with his serenade, "By the Sleepy Lagoon", aka the dreamy theme from Desert Island Discs.
Lesser known British Classical pieces are given the spotlight, in Deep Cuts.£11.85 Next Steps
- Deep Cuts
Up to this point we've offered many of the best known pieces in British Classical music, but these Deep Cuts follow several less-trodden byways and snickets, the better to reflect a sense of diversity and scope. Sophia Rahman and Clare Howick perform the scherzo from Violin Sonata in A Minor, Op 7> by Ethel Smyth, not just a multi-faceted composer but also a leading figure within the women's suffrage movement (for which she provided an anthem) during the early part of the 20th Century, while James Gourlay brings his finesse with the tuba to bear on the beautiful third movement of Roger Steptoe's Tuba Concerto.£12.05 Deep Cuts
Name Artist Time Price 1 Five Bagatelles, Op. 23A, IV. Forlana: Allegretto grazioso Howard Griffiths, Northern Sinfonia & Robert Plane 2:58 £0.79 View In iTunes 2 English Idylls No. 1 English String Orchestra & William Boughton 4:47 £0.79 View In iTunes 3 Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in D Major: I. Allegro Maestoso Colin Bradbury & Oliver Davies 8:04 £0.79 View In iTunes 4 In A Persian Market A.W. Ketelbey 5:33 £0.79 View In iTunes 5 Flourish with Fireworks, Op. 22 Tempo giusto e vigoroso - Molto vivace Oliver Knussen & London Sinfonietta 4:00 £0.99 View In iTunes 6 Flow My Tears Dorothy Linell & Steven Rickards 4:02 £0.79 View In iTunes 7 Stalham River Eric Parkin 5:16 £0.79 View In iTunes 8 Severn Bridge Variations: Variation 2 BBC Symphony Orchestra & Jac van Steen 2:32 £0.79 View In iTunes 9 Serenade for Strings: I. Barcarolle City of London Sinfonia & Richard Hickox 2:26 £0.79 View In iTunes 10 Violin Sonata in A minor, Op. 7: II. Scherzo: Allegro grazioso Sophia Rahman & Clare Howick 3:00 £0.79 View In iTunes 11 Symphony No. 1, "A Sea Symphony": III. Scherzo: The Waves London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra & Richard Hickox 7:54 £0.79 View In iTunes 12 Sonatina for Guitar: I. Allegretto Graham Anthony Devine 5:28 £0.79 View In iTunes 13 Little Serenade Ernest Tomlinson & Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra 3:22 £0.79 View In iTunes 14 Tuba Concerto: III. Molto calmo James Gourlay 5:55 £0.79 View In iTunes 15 Fight the Good Fight The Choir of Truro Cathedral & Andrew Nethsingha 2:05 £0.79 View In iTunes 15 Songs
- Complete Set
Inspired by European classical forms — notably through the work of Henry Purcell and later the hugely influential German-born naturalized Briton, George Frideric Handel — fuelled by the growth of Empire, and destined to remain a vital cultural force during the upheavals of the 20th Century, British Classical music has produced a phenomenal collection of works by extraordinary composers. These Essentials pay homage to that legacy, encompassing the pastoral, the patriotic, the ceremonial, the mythical, the modern, the Baroque . . . in fact, whatever your preference within the sprawling canon, you're sure to find it here. Whether you go for something big enough to blow the roof off the Royal Albert Hall, or favour a melody more suited to the gentler pleasures of a day-out in the country, all these pieces confirm that British classical music is truly great.£38.33 Complete Set