Product code: cd hll 7503
Released on 4 October 2003
GEORGE BUTTERWORTH (1885-1916)
1. A Shropshire Lad: Rhapsody for Orchestra
Two English Idylls
4. The Banks of Green Willow (Idyll)
FREDERICK DELIUS (1862-1934)
5. Irmelin: Prelude
6. The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Brigg Fair: An English Rhapsody
8. Theme; Variations 1-6
9. Interlude (slow and very quietly)
10. Variations 7-12; Transition
11. Variations 13-17; Coda
PERCY GRAINGER (1882-1961)
12. Brigg Fair
James Gilchrist tenor
James Burton Choral Director
13. Trad. Brigg Fair (recorded 1908)
Joseph Taylor singer
Sir Mark Elder conductor
'Orchestra the finest I ever heard, Elgar wrote in 1901. You might well be inclined to agree, you feel the Orchestra blooming inside Elder's grip.'
The Times, April 2003
'Mark Elder has been Music Director of the Hallé since autumn 2000 and has really made his presence felt in Manchester. The Orchestra is enjoying a renaissance. It is a sign of its new confidence that the Orchestra has launched its own CD label. The results are first rate.'
The Guardian, April 2003
The folk song Brigg Fair was collected by Percy Grainger in Lincolnshire in 1905. In the following year, Frederick Delius heard Grainger's choral setting of the tune and fell in love with the melody. He asked Grainger to allow him to use it for an orchestral rhapsody which was subsequently first performed in 1908, dedicated to Grainger.
Both pieces, plus a recording of Jospeh Taylor singing the song in 1908, are included on this CD.
A Shropshire Lad is dark pastoral indeed, set in a semi-mythical country of "blue remembered hills". This was Butterworth's first mature work for orchestra, followed only by a couple more before the composer was killed on the Somme at the age of 31.