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BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH SYMPHONIES
FROM THE NINETEENTH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT


A Discography Of CDs And LPs
Prepared by Michael Herman

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Discography Listing: Index ~~ Page 1 ~~ Page 2



 
BENJAMIN FRANKEL
(1906-1973)

Born in London. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music after some lessons as a teenager in Germany. Worked as a jazz musician, taught at the Guildhall and wrote numerous scores for motion pictures. His cycle of Symphonies is supplemented by a Violin Concerto, Viola Concerto and Serenata Concertante for Piano Trio and Orchestra.
 
Symphonies Nos. 1 – 8

Werner Andreas Albert/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + May Day Overture; Mephistopheles Serenade and Dance;
A Shakespeare Overture)
CPO 999661-2 (4 CDs) (2002)


Symphony No. 1, Op. 33 (1958)

Werner Andreas Albert/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5 and May Day Overture)
CPO 999240-2 (1995)


Symphony No. 2 (1962)

Werner Andreas Albert/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
CPO 999241-2 (1994)


Symphony No. 3 (1964)

Werner Andreas Albert/ Werner Andreas Albert/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
CPO 999241 (1994)


Symphony No.4, Op. 44 (1966)
 
Werner Andreas Albert/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6 and Mephistopheles Serenade and Dance)
CPO 999242-2 (1996)


Symphony No. 5, Op. 46 (1967)

Werner Andreas Albert/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and May Day Overture)
CPO 999240-2 (1995)


Symphony No. 6 (1967)

Werner Andreas Albert/ Werner Andreas Albert/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6 and Mephistopheles Serenade and Dance)
CPO 999242-2 (1996)


Symphony No. 7 (1970)

Werner Andreas Albert/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 8, A Shakespeare Overture and Overture to a Ceremony)
CPO 999 243-2 (1998)


Symphony No. 8 (1971)

Werner Andreas Albert/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7, A Shakespeare Overture and Overture to a Ceremony)
CPO 999 243-2 (1998)

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GRACE WILLIAMS
(1907-1977)

 
Born in Barry, Glamorganshire, Wales. Studied at the Royal College of Music with Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob. She had further lessons in Vienna with Egon Wellesz. Her employment included school teaching and writing for the BBC. She destroyed most of her early works. Her 1st Symphony was written in 1943 and there is also a Sinfonia Concertante for Piano and Orchestra from 1941 as well as Concertos for Violin and Trumpet.

 
Symphony No. 2 (1956)

Vernon Handley/BBC Welsh Symphon Orchestra
( + Ballads for Orchestra and Fairest of Stars)
LYRITA SRCD.327 (1996)
(original LP release: BBC REGL 381) (1980)

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DAME ELIZABETH MACONCHY
(1907-1994)

Born in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. Studied at the Royal College of Music with Charles Wood, Ralph Vaughan Williams and C.H. Kitson and had further training with Karel Jirák at the Prague Conservatory. She was able to devote herself almost solely to composing but was very active with professional composers associations such as the Composers Guild of Great Britain and the Society for the Promotion of New Music. She wrote a Symphony for full orchestra (1945-8) as well as a Sinfonietta (1976) and a Little Symphony (1980). Other major works for orchestra are 2 Concertos for Piano and a Viola Concerto.
 

Symphony for Double String Orchestra (1953)

Vernon Handley/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Serenade Concertante, Proud Thames Overture and Music for Strings)
LYRITA SRCD.288 (2007)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.116) (1982)

Odaline de la Martinez /BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + The Land, Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orchestra and Music for Wind and Brass)
LORELT LNT133 (2011)

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WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
(1908-1988)

Born in London, an indirect descendant of his more famous poetical namesake. His first teacher was George Oldroyd and then he studied with Donald Tovey at the University of Edinburgh. He settled in Scotland in 1961 and was very active in the promotion of the music of contemporary composers. He composed a large body of music for orchestra including 8 numbered Symphonies, a Sinfonia for Strings in A minor, Op. 6 (1939), Sinfonietta for Small Orchestra, Op. 62 (1957) and Sinfonia Simplice for Strings, Op. 87 (1969). The unrecorded Symphonies are: No. 1 in F, Op. 23 (1944), No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 54 (1951), No. 5 in A minor, Op. 68 (1960), No. 6, Op. 102 "Elegiaca" (1977), No. 7. Op. 107 "Cosmos" (1980) and No. 8, Op. 117 (1986). There are also Concertos for Piano, Violin and Cello.
 

Symphony no.2 in D major, Opus 34 (1947-8)

Nicholas Braithwaite/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
LYRITA SRCD.207 (1990)


Symphony No. 3 in C major, Opus 48 (1951)

Nicholas Braithwaite/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
LYRITA SRCD.207 (1990)

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MINNA KEAL
(1909-1999)

Born in London. She was an early pupil of William Alwyn at the Royal Academy of Music. Her budding musical career was replaced by familial duties and did not resume until she was in her sixties. In addition to the Symphony she also produced a large-scale Cello Concerto and several chamber works.

Symphony, Op. 3 (1980-5)

Nicholas Cleobury/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + String Quartet No. 1, Wind Quintet and Cantillation)
LORELT LNT 110 (1996)

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ROBIN ORR
(1909-2006)

Born in Brechin, Scotland. Studied at the Royal College of Music with Arthur Benjamin and at Cambridge with E.J. Dent. He also had further composition lessons in Siena with Alfredo Casella and Paris with Nadia Boulanger. He had distinguished teaching careers in teaching and administration in Cambridge, London and Glasgow. He wrote two further Symphonies, the 2nd in 1970 and the 3rd in 1978. There is also a Sinfonietta Helvetica from 1990 and several shorter orchestral works.
 
Symphony (No. 1) in One Movement (1963)

Sir Alexander Gibson/Scottish National Orchestra
( + Fricker: Symphony No. 2 and Simpson: Symphony No. 1)
EMI BRITISH COMPOSER 5 75789 2 (2003)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 2279) (1966)

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GILBERT VINTER
(1909-1969)

Born in Lincoln. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and later taught at this school. He worked as a conducter and bassoonist and made his name in the BBC Wireless Band and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. During World War II he conducted the Royal Air Force Central Band and afterwards rejoined the BBC as staff conductor and led the well-known BBC Midlands Light Orchestra for many years. He composed numerous works for brass band, the cantata "The Trumpets" and also a ballet, an opera, "Concerto Burlando" for Saxophone, Christmas Sinfonietta and other works for orchestra.

Symphony of Marches for Brass Band (1963)

Stanley H. Boddington/G.U.S. (Footwear) Band
( + Lisbon Carnival, Frieddmann: Slavonic Rhapsody No.1, Zimmermann: Anchors Aweigh, Anklin: March Of The Swiss Alpine Cl, Yorke: Shipbuilders, Rossini: Una voce poco fa, Dykes: Melita, Jones: Gwalchmai and Sullivan: The Lost Chord)
COLUMBIA SX 6050 (LP) (1966)

Peter Parkes/Williams-Fairey Engineering Band
( + Triumphal Rhapsody, John O'Gaunt, Portuguese Party, Simon Called Peter, Taproom Ballade, Variations On A Ninth and Raff/Vinter: Cavatina)
POLYPHONIC REPRODUCTIONS QPRL 068 D (1994)

Frank A. Renton/The C.W.S. (Manchester) Band
( + trad.: Prince Rupert's March. Gould: American Salute, trad. Swiss: Alte Berner Marsch, Holst: Moorside Suite, Hatch: Airline, Gounod: Funeral March Of A Marionette, Rimmer: Ravenswood, Kelly: Arnhem, Work: Marching Through Georgia. Johnstone: County Palatine and Ely: Bruneval Raid)
BANDLEADER BNB 2002 (LP) (c. 1982)

Denzil S. Stephens/Cory Band
( + Prokofiev: March, Hawkins: Tuxedo Junction, Parry: Myfanwy/, Verdi: Anvil Chorus, D. Stephens: Aces High, Grundman: Blue And The Gray, Welsh: Dove and trad. Irish: Londonderry Air)
DECCA SB 340 (LP) (1979)



 
ROBERT STILL
(1910-1971)


Born in London. He studied music at Oxford with Ernest Walker and Hugh Allen and then at the Royal College of Music with Gordon Jacob, George Dyson and C.H. Kitson. He was a very prolific writer on subjects having little to do with music with a special intererest in psychology. His 1st Symphony was written in 1954 followed by a 2nd in 1956. He also wrote a Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto and a Concerto for Strings. A Viola Concerto was left unfinished.

 
Symphony No. 3 in C major (1960)

Sir Eugene Goossens/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4 and Searle: Symphony No. 2)
LYRITA SRCD.285 (2009)
(original LP release: SAGA STXID 5256) (1966)


Symphony No. 4 (1964)

Myer Fredman/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3 and Searle: Symphony No. 2)
LYRITA SRCD.285 (2009)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.46) (1971)

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RONALD BINGE
(1910–1979)


Born in Derby. He had some piano lessons but was basically self-taught, getting most of his early experience on the job accompanying silent movies. He became one of the leading composers, conductors and arrangers of light orchestral music and worked for many years with Mantovani. The Saturday Symphony was his only large-scale work but his Saxophone Concerto, Scottish Rhapsody and Elizabethan Serenade are more ambitious examples of his usual type of piece.

 
Saturday Symphony (1966-8)

Ronald Binge/South German Radio Orchestra
( + Saxophone Concerto {Aage Voss – saxophone} and various light orchestra pieces)
ASV WHITELINE CDWLZ245 (2 CDs) (2000)
(original LP release: REDIFFUSION ZS75) (1971)

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ALOYS FLEISCHMANN
(1910-1992)


Born in Munich to Irish-based German parents, he studied music at University College Cork and then studied composition and conducting at the Akademie für Tonkunst, Munich, and musicology at Munich University. He subsequently became Professor of Music at University College Cork until his retirement in 1980. He composed ballets, orchestral, chamber, choral and vocal works.
.
Sinfonia Votiva (1977)

Robert Houlihan/RTÉ Symphony Orchestra
( + The Four Masters Overture, An Cóitín Dearg: Ballet Suite and Clare's Dragoons)
RTE LYRIC FM CD127

 

STANLEY BATE
(1911-1959)

Born in Plymouth. At the Royal College of Music he studied composition with Ralph Vaughan Williams, R. O. Morris and Gordon Jacob as well as piano with Arthur Benjamin. He then took further composition lessons with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and Paul Hindemith in Berlin. His output was extensive in various genres including ballets, incidental music, film scores and chamber music. His orchestral catalogue also includes 3 other Symphonies: Nos. 1 in E flat (c. 1934), 2, Op. 20 (1939) and 4 (1955), Sinfoniettas No. 2, Op. 39 (1944), 5 Piano Concertos, 3 Violin Concertos, Concerto Grosso for Piano and Strings and Concertos for Cello and Harpsichord.

Symphony No.3, Op. 29 (1940)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Arnell: Prelude 'Black Mountain' op.46, Robert Flaherty - Impression op.87 and Chisholm: Pictures from Dante after Dore)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7239 (2009)

Symphony No. 4 (1954-5)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Arnell: Symphony No. 7)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7255 (2010)

Sinfonietta No. 1, Op.22 (1938)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto No. 2 and Reizenstein: Piano Concerto No. 2 )
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7282 (2011)



ROBERT HUGHES
(1912-2007)

Born in Levan, Scotland. His family emigrated to Australia in 1929 and he studied with A.E.H. Nickson at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. After World War II he began working for the Australian Broadcasting Commission first as a librarian and writer and later as an arranger and music editor. He also wrote a Serenade, the suites "Farrago" and "Forbidden Rite," the ballet suite "Xanadu" and a number of shorter pieces for orchestra.

Symphony No. 1 (1951-71)

Joseph Post/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
( + Tahourdin: Symphony No. 2)
FESTIVAL SFC 80023 (LP) (1973)


Sinfonietta (1957)

Nikolai Malko/Sydney Symphony orchestra
( + George English: Death of a Wombat)
RCA (Australia) L-16233 (LP) (1961)

Willem van Otterloo/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
( + Nigel Butterley: In the Head the Fire and Alfred Hill: Linthorpe)
WORLD RECORD CLUB (FOUNDATION FOR THE RECORDING OF AUSTRALIAN MUSIC) S/FRAM 2 (LP) (1968)

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DANIEL JONES
(1912-1995)

Born in Pembroke, Wales. Studied at the Royal Academy with Harry Farjeon (1878-1948, composed a Symphony in D major) and Henry Wood. He had a deep interest in literature and was a close friend of Dylan Thomas. In much of his music he employed a unique metrical system. He wrote 12 Symphonies of which the unrecorded ones are: No. 1 (1945), No. 2 (1950), No. 3 (1951), No. 5 (1958), No. 10 (1981), No. 11 (1983) and No. 12 (1985). There is also a Symphony "In Memory of John Fussell" (1992) as well as 2 Sinfoniettas (1972 and 1991) and Concertos for Violin and Cello among his other works for orchestra.
 
Symphony No. 4 "In Memory of Dylan Thomas" (1954)

Sir Charles Groves/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8)
LYRITA SRCD.329 (2007)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 2855)(1973)


Symphony No. 6 (1964)

Sir Charles Groves/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 9 and The Country Beyond the Stars)
LYRITA SRCD.326 (2007)
(original LP release: PYE VIRTUOSO TPLS 13023 (1970)


Symphony No. 7 (1971)

Sir Charles Groves/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 4 and 8)
LYRITA SRCD.329 (2007)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 2855) (1973)


Symphony No. 8 (1972)

Bryden Thomson/BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestrra 
( + Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7)
LYRITA SRCD.329 (2007)
(original LP release: BBC REGL 359) (1979)


Symphony No. 9 (1974)

Bryden Thomson/BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestrra 
( + Symphony No. 6 and The Country Beyond the Stars)
LYRITA SRCD.326 (2007)
(original LP release: BBC REGL 359) (1979)

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PEGGY GLANVILLE-HICKS
(1912-1990)

Born in Melbourne. Studied at the Royal College of Music with Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arthur Benjamin and Constant Lambert. She also had further composition lessons with Egon Wellesz in Vienna and Nadia Boulanger in Paris. She basically relocated to America in 1942 and wrote most of her major works there, returning permanently to Australia in 1976. She was most known for her operas. Her other large works for orchestra are Etruscan Concerto for piano and strings and Concerto Romantico for viola and chamber orchestra.
 
Sinfonia da Pacifica (1952-3)

Carlos Surinach/MGM Chamber Orchestra
( + Three Gymnopedies and Surinach: Hollywood Carnival)
MGM 3336 (LP) (c.1955)

Richard Mills/Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
( + Don Kay: The Legend of Moinee)
VOX AUSTRALIS VAST013-2 (2002)

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BARBARA PENTLAND
(1912-2000)

Born in Winnipeg. She went to America to study with Frederick Jacobi and Bernard Wagenaar at the Juilliard School of Music and also took courses with Aaron Copland at the Berkshire Music Center. She taught successively at the Toronto Conservatory and the University of British Columbia. She composed in all genres but appears to have specialized in instrumental music. Her other Symphonies are: No. 1 (1945-8), No. 2 (1950) and No. 4 (1959)
 

Symphony No. 3 for Ten Parts (1957)

Victor Feldbrill/Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble
( + Robert Turner: Variations and Toccata, Murray Adaskin: Rondino, Leslie Mann: Five Improvisations and Dirk Keetbaas: Three Miniatures)
RCA VICTOR (Canada) CCS-1009 (& RCI 215) (LP) (1967)

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VIOLET ARCHER
(1913-2000)

Born in Montreal. She first studied composition with Claude Champagne and Douglas Clarke at McGill University and then studied with Bela Bartók in New York and Paul Hindemith and Richard Donovan at Yale. She pursued careers as both teacher and percussionist at various posts. Her very large catalogue of works ranged from keyboard solos to opera. She wrote a Symphony in 1946 and a Sinfonia in 1969 as well as Concertos for Piano and Violin.
 

Sinfonietta (1968)

John Avison/CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra
( + Godfrey Ridout: Frivolités Canadienne)
CBC BR SM-226 (LP) (1975)

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN
(1913-1976)

Lord Britten of Aldeburgh, to give him his full title, was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk. At the age of 13 he received composition lessons from Frank Bridge. He later studied at the Royal Academy of Music with John Ireland for composition and Arthur Benjamin and Harold Samuel for piano. His professional composing career began with scores for documentary films but he went on to become the most played, recorded and famous English composers of the second half of the twentieth century composing successfully in all genres especially opera. The major works for orchestra that supplement his rather unconventional Symphonies are Concertos for Piano and Violin, Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, Diversions for Piano Left-Hand and Orchestra and his most popular pieces, Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Sinfonietta for Chamber Orchestra, Op. 1 (1932)

Glen Barton Cortese/ Manhattan Chamber Sinfonia
( + Holst:Savitri and Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending)
PHOENIX PHCD 145 (2000)

Jane Glover/London Mozart Players
( + Les Illuminations and Nocturne)
ASV 682 (1993)

Christopher Hogwood/Basel Chamber Orchestra
( + Tippett: Divertimento on Sellinger’s Round and Stravinsky: Pastorale, Suites Nos. 1 and 2, etc.)
ARTE NOVA 926500 (2005)

Norman Del Mar/English Chamber Orchestra (version for small orchestra - 1934)
( + Arnold: Sinfonietta No. 1, Berkeley: Sinfonietta, Rawsthorne: Divertimento and Tippett: Divertimento)
LYRITA SRCD.257 (2007)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.111) (1982)

Lionel Friend/Nash Ensemble
( + Phaedra, Lachrymae, Sword in the Stone, Nightmail and Sextet for Winds)
HYPERION HELIOS  55225 (2006)

Edward Gardner/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Phaedra, A Charm of Lullabies, Lachrymae and Two Portraits)
CHANDOS CHAN 10671 (2011)

Sir Neville Marriner/Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart
( + Sinfonia da Requiem and Honegger: Symphony No. 3)
CAPRICCIO 10428 (1993)

Kent Nagano/Hallé Orchestra
( + Concerto for Violin and Viola {Gidon Kremer (Violin), Yuri Bashmet (Viola}. Young Apollo and Portaits)
WARNER MAESTRO 2564694521 (2008)
(original CD release: ERATO 398425022) (1999)

Izler Solomon/MGM Chamber Ensemble
( + Ernest Bloch: Four Episodes)
MGM E-290 (10" LP)

Osmo Vänskä/Tapiola Sinfonietta
( + Serenade, Nocturne and Now Sleeps the Crimson Pääetal)
BIS 540 (1994)

Vienna Octet (Members)
(+String Quartets 2 & 3)
DECCA 475051-2
(original LP release: DECCA (1965)

West Jutland Chamber Ensemble
( + Fanfare for St Edmundsbury, Suite for Cello Solo No 1, Nocturnal after John Dowland and Songs from the Chinese)
BIS 31 (1994)


Simple Symphony, Op. 4 (1934)

Eivind Aadland/European Community Chamber Orchestra
( + Barber: Adagio for Strings, Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances, Hindemith: Fünf Stücke and Puccini: Cristantemi)
IMP CLASSICS PCD 1001 (1991)

Otto Ackermann/Netherlands Philharmonic
( + Metamorphoses after Ovid and Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge)
CONCERT HALL 1252 (LP)

Enrique Garcia Asensio/English Chamber Orchestra
(+Hindemith: Fünf Stücke and Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances)
PYE/ENSAYO NEL 2012 (LP) (1974)

Jean-Walter Audoli/Audoli Instrumental Ensemble
( + Les Illuminations and Phaedra)
ARION ARN 68035

Hayden Beck/Sydney Civic Symphony
( + Elgar: Introduction and Allegro)
DIAPHON DPM 3 (LP) (1951)

Steuart Bedford/Northern Sinfonia
( + Temporal Variations, A Charm of Lullabies, Lachrymae and Suite on English Folk Tunes)
NAXOS 8.557205 (2005)

William Boughton/English Symphony Orchestra
( + Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Suite on English Folk Tunes, Prelude and Fugue, Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes, Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Serenade, Nocturne, Lachrymae and Gloriana: Symphonic Suite)
NIMBUS 1751 (3 CDs) (1999)
(original CD release: NIMBUS NI 5025) (198 )

Benjamin Britten/English Chamber Orchestra
( + Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra)
DECCA 417509 (1990)
(original LP release: SXL 6405 (1969)

Boris Brott/Northern Sinfonia
( + Arnold: Sinfonietta No. 1 and Rawsthorne: Divertimento)
MACE S-9068 (LP) (1967)

Iona Brown/Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
( + Lachrymae, Prelude and Fugue and Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge)
VIRGIN CLASSICS CDC 5 45121-2 (1995)

Budapest Strings
( + Holst: St. Paul's Suite and Fugal Concerto, Walton: Henry V - 2 Pieces for Strings, Bridge, Sally in Our Alley and Cherry Ripe)
CAPRICCIO 10584 (2002)

Vladislav Czarnecki/ Southwest German Chamber Orchestra
( + Holst: Suite No. 2 and Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances (excerpts))
EBS 6114  (2001)

Plamen Djurov/ Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra
( + Telemann: Don Quichotte Suite and Schubert: String Quartet no 14)
GEGA NEW 286 (2005)

John Farrer/English Sinfonia
( + Lacrymae, Prelude And Fugue +Tippett: Concerto For Double String Orchestra)
IMP CLASSICS 6600542 (1997)

Achim Felder/Festival Strings Lucerne
( + Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and Prelude and Fugue)
OEHMS OC 723 (2003)

Nicholas Flagello/Rome Chamber Orchestra
( + Warlock: Capriol Suite and Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy and other woks for band)
PHOENIX 119 (1993)
(original LP release: PETERS INTERNATIONAL PLE 054) (1977)

Leonard Friedman/Scottish Baroque Ensemble
( + Elgar: Serenade for Strings, Warlock: Capriol Suite and Williamson: 6 English Lyrics)
ABBEY ABY810 (LP) (1980)

Thomas Furi/Camerata Bern
( + Prelude and Fugue and Vaeiations on a Theme of Frank Bridge Variations)
DENON 77409

Sir Eugene Goossens/New Symphony Orchestra of London
DECCA LW5163 (10" LP) (c.1954)

Lazar Gosman/Leningrad Chamber Orchestra
( + Prelude & Fugue and Violin Concerto {Boris Gutnikov – violin})
MANCHESTER CLASSICAL GALLERY CDMAN 180 (2007)
 
Guildhall String Ensemble
( + Tippett: Little Music, Walton: Sonata for String Orchestra and Variations on an Elizabethan Theme)
RCA RED SEAL 7846-2-RC (1988)

Hartmut Haenchen/ CPE Bach Chamber Orchestra
( + Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, CPE Bach: Symphony, J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Handel, Water Music Suite #2)
SONY SK 48062

Richard Hickox/Northern Sinfonia
( + Prelude and Fugue and Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge)
ASV CD 6214 (1997)
(original CD release: ASV CDCDCA 591) (1985)
 
I Musici
( + Spring Symphony and Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interlude)
ALTO ALC 1228 (2013)
(original LP release: PHILIPS SABL 216 (1962)

Instrumental Ensemble of France
( + Barber: Adagio for Strings, Hindemith: Trauermusik, Landowski: Preludes and Stravinsky: Concerto for Strings)
PIERRE VERANAY PV789121

Antonio Janigro/I Solisti di Zagreb
( + works by Corelli, Couperin and Mozart)
RCA RED SEAL LSC-2653 (LP)

Roman Kofman/Kiev Chamber Orchestra
( + Les Illuminations and Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge)
MD & G 6011275  (2004)

Jean-Pierre Lecaudrey/Orchestre de Chambre 13
( + Barber: Adagio for Strings, Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances and Lekeu: Adagio)
PAVANE ADW 7361

Gerald Levine/English Chamber Orchestra
( + Les Illuminations and Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge)
ARABESQUE Z6603

Sir Neville Marriner/Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
( + Delius: Two Aquarelles, Vaughan Williams: Rhosymedre, Holst: St. Paul’s Suite, Purcell: Chacony and Walton : Henry V - The Death of Falstaff and Touch Her Soft Lips and Part)
EMI CDC 7 47842 2 (1986)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 2831) (1973)

Boyd Neel/Boyd Neel String Orchestra (rec. 1939)
( + A Ceremony of Carols, Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra)
PEARL PRL 002 (1998)

Boyd Neel/Toronto Chamber Orchestra
( + Elgar: Serenade for Strings and Arne: Air and Gigue)
ULTRA FI ULDD 10 (LP) (1979)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
( + Bizet: Symphony in C and Prokofiev: Classical Symphony)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 423624

Ross Pople/London Festival Orchestra
( + Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and Lachrymae)
ARTE NOVA 340520 (2006)

Karl Ristenpart/Saar Chamber Orchestra
( + Jolivet: Bassoon Concerto, Milhaud: Divertissenent and Poulenc: Suite Française)
MUSIC GUILD S-39 (LP)

Sir Malcolm Sargent/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Holst: Perfect Fool-Ballet Suite and Walton: Façade (excerpts))
HMV ASD 1873 (1961)

Kenneth Sillito/Academy of St. Martin's in the Fields
( + Tippett: Fantasia Concertante, Berkeley: Serenade, Holst: St. Paul's Suite and Walton: Henry V: Passacaglia and Touch Her Sweet Lips and Part)
COLLINS CLASSICS 12342 (1991)

Izler Solomon/MGM String Orchestra
( + Ireland: Concertino Pastorale)
MGM 3074 (LP)

Johannes Somary/English Chamber Orchestra
( + Wirén: Serenade for Strings, Grieg: Holberg Suite and Last Spring)
VANGUARD CVAN 45 (1996)
(original LP release: VANGUARD Everyman Classics SRV 344 SD) (1975)

Richard Studt/Bournemouth Sinfonietta
( + Bartók: Divertimento for String Orchestra, Stravinsky: Concerto for String Orchestra and Walton: Henry V: Death of Falstaff)
NAXOS 8.550979 (1995)

Ronald Thomas/ Bournemouth Sinfonietta
( + Prelude and Fugue and Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge)
CHANDOS COLLECT 6592 (1994)
(original CD release: CHANDOS CHAN 8376) (1985)

Terje Tonnesen/Camerata Nordica
( + Frank Bridge Variations, Lachrymae, Elegy for Strings and Two Portraits)
BIS SACD-2060 (2013)

Yuli Turovsky/ I Musici de Montreal
( + Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia, Death in Venice Suite, Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Young Apollo and Lachrymae)
CHANDOS CHAN 2412 (2 CDs)
(original CD release: CHANDOS CHAN 8817) (19 )

Dirk Vermeulen/Sinfonia Flanders Chamber Orchestra
( + Suk:Serenade for Strings, Turina: La oración del torero,
Kersters: Drie bagatellen and Van der Roost: Lento e mesto & Allegro con brio)
EUFODA 1138

Bohdan Warchal/Slovak Chamber Orchestra
( + Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and Serenade)
CAMPION 1313 (1995)

Christopher Warren-Green/London Chamber Players
( + Lachrymae, Prelude and Fugue and Purcel/Brittenl: Chaconne)
VIRGIN CLASSICS VCY 791080-2 (1988)

Christopher Warren-Green/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow), Elgar: Serenade for Strings and Holst: St Paul's Suite)
APEX 2564614372 (2004)


Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 (1940)

Sir John Barbirolli/New York Philharmonic (rec. 1941)
( + Les Illuminations and Sonnets of Michelangelo)
NMC 30 (2000)

Sir John Barbirolli/Hallé Orchesta (rec. 1967)
( + Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra + Elgar: In the South Overture and Walton: Partita)
BBC LEGENDS 4013 (1999)

Sir John Barbirolli/Concertgebouw Orchestra (rec. 1969)
( + Dvořak: Symphony No. 7 and Satie: Gymnopedies)
TESTAMENT SBT 1252 (2003)

Steuart Bedford/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Gloriana: Symphonic Suite and Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes)
NAXOS 8.557196  (2005)
(original CD release: COLLINS CLASSICS 1019-2)(1989)

Jiří Bělohlávek/Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 2008)
( + Suk: Symphony No. 2)
SUPRAPHON SU 40952 (2 CDs) (2012)

Benjamin Britten/Danish Radio Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto and Diversions)
HERITAGE HTGCD244 (2012)
(original LP release:DECCA LXT 2981)(1954)

Benjamin Britten/New Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Cello Symphony and Cantata Misericordium)
DECCA 425100-2  (1989)
(original LP release: DECCA SXL 6175) (1965)

Benjamin Britten/Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1956)
( + Gloriana - Suite, Variations on an Elizabethan Theme and Purcell/Britten:: Chaconne)
HANSSLER HAEN 94213 (2010)

Sergiu Celibidache/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1946)
( + works by Purcell, Mozart, Brahms, Roussel, Mendelssohn, Barber, Busoni, Dvořak, Hindemith and Stravinsky)
MEMBRAN 222336 (4 CDs) (2006)

Mark Elder/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Elgar: Frossart Overture and Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring)
BBC PROMS BBCP 1001-2 (1999)

Myer Fredman/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia and An American Overture)
NAXOS 8.553107 (1995)

Mark Elder/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Elgar: Froissart Overture and Stravinsky: Rite of Spring)
BBC BBCP 1001-2

Richard Hickox/London Symphony Orchestra
( + War Requiem and Ballad of Heroes)
CHANDOS CHAN 5007 (2003)
(original CD release: CHANDOS CHAN 8993-4) (1992)

Carlos Kalmar/Oregon Symphony
( + Vaughan Williams: ymphony No. 4, J. Adams: The Wound-Dresser and Ives: The Unanswered Question)
PENTATONE PTC5186393 (2011)

Rudolf Kempe/Dresden State Orchestra (rec. 1976)
( + Stravinsky: Firebird Suite)
BERLIN CLASSICS 1097 (2005)

Sir Neville Marriner/Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart
( + Sinfonietta and Honegger: Symphony No. 3)
CAPRICCIO 10428 (1993)
 
Libor Pešek/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
(+ Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia and Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra)
VIRGIN CLASSICS UV 61195  (2000)
(original CD release: VIRGIN CLASSICS 59550) (1989)

André Previn/London Symphony Orchestra
(+ Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia + Holst: Egdon Heath and Perfect Fool-Ballet Music)
EMI GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY 62616  (2003)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 3154) (1976)

André Previn/St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
( + Diversions and Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra)
SONY SMK 58930 (1993)
(original US LP release: COLUMBIA MS 6583) (1964)

Sir Simon Rattle/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
( + An American Overture, Ballad of Heroes, Diversions, Building of the House Overture, Suite on English Folk Tunes, Canadian Carnival, Young Apollo, Chansons Françaises, Scottish Ballad, Occasional Overture and Praise We Great Men)
EMI CLASSICS CDC 754270 2 (2 CDs) (1991)
(original CD release: EMI CDM 747343-2) (1984)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky/BBC Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1980)
( + Gloriana Suite, Peter Grimes: Passacaglia, Bridge: 2 Poems and Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten)
CARLTON BBC RADIO CLASSICS BBCRD 9129 (1995)

Donald Runnicles/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
( + Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos. 1 and 4, Turnage: 3 Screaming Popes, MacMillan: Britannia and Maxwell Davies: Orkney Wedding and Sunrise)
TELARC CD80677 (2007)

Leonard Slatkin/London Philharmonic
( + Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia, Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Chacony)
RCA RED SEAL 61226 (1993)

Michael Stern/Kansas City Symphony
( + The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Lacrymosa, Dies Irae, Requiem Aeternam and Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia)
REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR120 (2010)

Walter Susskind/Toronto Symphony Orchestra
( + Somers: Symphony No. 1 and Mather: Symphonic Ode)
CBC INTERNATIONAL SERVICE RM 161-2) (LP) (1967)

Mark Wigglesworth/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6)
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE MM 101 (1992)

Mark Wigglesworth/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
( + Vaugjhan Williams: The Lark Ascending, Flos Campi and On Wenlock Edge)
MELBA MR301131 (2011)


Spring Symphony, Op. 44 (1949)

Karel Ančerl/Milada Šubrtová (soprano)/Vera Soukupová (alto)/Beno Blachut (tenor)/Prague Philharmonic Choir/
Kühn Children's Chorus/Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1964)
( + War Requiem and The Young Person´s Guide to the Orchestra)
SUPRAPHON SU 4135-2 (2 CDs) (2013)

Benjamin Britten/Jennifer Vyvyan (soprano), Norma Procter (contralto), Peter Pears (tenor), Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus, Wandsworth School Boys Choir / Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
( + Cantata Academica and Hymn to St. Cecilia)
DECCA 436396 (1993)
( + Simple Symphony and Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes)
ALTO ALC 1228 (2013)
(original LP release: DECCA SXL 2264/LONDON OS 25242 (1961)

Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Alison Hagley (soprano), Catherine Robin (contralto), John Mark Ainsley ( tenor), Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral, Monteverdi Choir/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + 5 Flower Songs and Hymn to St. Cecelia)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 453 433-2GH (1997)

Richard Hickox/Elizabeth Gale (soprano), Alfreda Hodgson (contralto), Martyn Hill (tenor), City of London School Choir (Boys), City of London School for Girls Choir, London Symphony Chorus, Southend Boys Choir/ London Symphony Orchestra
( + Welcome Ode and Psalm 150)
CHANDOS 8855 (1992)

André Previn/Sheila Armstrong (soprano)/Janet Baker (contralto)/Robert Tear (tenor), London Symphony Chorus, St. Clement Danes Grammar School Boys Choir/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Peter Grimes: 4 Sea Interludes)
EMI BRITISH COMPOSERS 64736 (2000)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 3650) (1979)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky/BBC Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1980)
( + Bridge: Summer and Enter Spring)
CARLTON BBC RADIO CLASSICS IMP 15656 91752 (1996)


Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68 (1963)

Steuart Bedford/Raphael Wallfisch (cello)/English Chamber Orchestra
( + Death in Venice Suite)
CHANDOS CHAN 10274  (1984)

Steuart Bedford/Cyrille Tricoire (cello)/Montpelier National Orchestra
( + Prince of the Pagodas Suite)
ACCORD 4428171 (2006)

Benjamin Britten/Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)/English Chamber Orchestra
( + Sinfonia da Requiem and Cantata Misirecordium)
DECCA 425100-2  (1989)
(original LP release: Decca SXL6138) (1964)

Benjamin Britten/Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)/Moscow Philharmonic (rec. 1964)
( + Elgar : Cello Concerto)
RUSSIAN REVELATION RV 10100 (1998)

Benjamin Britten/Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)/Moscow Philharmonic (rec. 1964)
( + Cello Suite No. 2 and Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1)
EMI GREAT ARTISTS 562828 2 (2004)

Edward Gardner/Paul Watkins (cello)/BBC Philharmonic
( + Peter Grimes: 4 Sea Interludes and Gloriana: Symphonic Suite)
CHANDOS CHAN 10658 (2011)

Alban Gerhardt (cello)/Andrew Manze/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Cello Suites Nos. 1, 2 and 3, Sonata for Cello and Piano and Tema Sacher)
HYPERION CDA 67941-2 (2 CDs) (2013)

Richard Hickox/Steven Isserlis (cello)/City of London Sinfonia
( + Bridge: Oration)
EMI CDC7 49716-2 (1992)

Pietari Inkinen/Johannes Moser (cello)/WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne
( + Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1)
HÄNSSLER HAEN 98643 (2012)

Neeme Järvi/Truls Mørk (cello)/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Peter Grimes: 4 Sea Interludes and Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten)
BIS 420 (1994)

Seikyo Kim/Pieter Wispelwey (cello)/Flanders Symphony Orchestra
( + Cello Suite No. 1)
ONYX ONYX 4058 (2010)

Sir Neville Marriner/Julian Lloyd Webber (cello)/ Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
( + Walton: Cello Concerto)
PHILIPS 454 442-2 (1997)

Sir Simon Rattle/ Truls Mørk (cello)/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
( + Elgar: Cello Concerto)
VIRGIN CLASSICS 686353-2 (2009)
(original CD release:VIRGIN CLASSICS 45356 (1999)

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky/Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)//London Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1967)
(included in collection: "Rostropovich - The 1967 Carnegie Hall Marathon")
DOREMI DHR7974-9 (6 CDs) (2010)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky/Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Bliss: Cello Concerto)
INTAGLIO INCD7151 (1992)

Jukka-Pekka Saraste/Daniel Müller-Schott (cello)/WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne
( + Prokofiev: Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra)
ORFEO C847121A (2012)

Takuo Yuasa/Timothy Hugh (cello)/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto {Rebecca Hirsch – violin})
NAXOS 8.553882 (1999)

David Zinman/Yo-Yo Ma (cello)/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
( + Barber: Cello Concerto)
CBS MASTERWORKS 44900 (1990)  

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GEORGE LLOYD
(1913-1998)

Born in St. Ives, Cornwall. He studied composition privately with Harry Farjeon and counterpoint with C.H. Kitson. He enjoyed remarkable success early on with both symphonic and operatic works but World War II left him shattered and this plus changes in musical taste saw his withdrawal from the musical scene. His late in life return as a result of BBC broadcasts and recordings stimulated a new period of creativity that lasted until his death. For orchestra, his Symphonies are supplemented by 4 Piano Concertos, 2 Violin Concertos and a Cello Concerto.
 
Symphony No. 1 in A major (1932)

George Lloyd/Albany Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 12)
ALBANY TROY 032-2 (1990)


Symphony No. 2 (1933, rev. 1982)

George Lloyd/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 9)
ALBANY TROY 055-2 (1993)
(original CD release: CONIFER CDCF 139) (1986)


Symphony No. 3 in F major (1933)

George Lloyd/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Charade)
ALBANY TROY 090-2 (1992)


Symphony No. 4 in B major "Arctic" (1946)

Sir Edward Downes/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 5 and 8)
LYRITA SRCD.2258 (3 CDs) (2007)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.129) (1984)
George Lloyd/Albany Symphony Orchestra
ALBANY AR 002-2 (1988)


Symphony No. 5 in B flat major (1948)

Sir Edward Downes/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 4 and 8)
LYRITA SRCD.2258 (3 CDs) (2007)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.124) (1982)
George Lloyd/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
ALBANY TROY 022-2 (1989)


Symphony No. 6 (1956)

George Lloyd/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 10 and John Socman Overture)
ALBANY TROY 015-2 (1989)


Symphony No. 7 (1959)

George Lloyd/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
ALBANY TROY 057-2 (1993)
(original CD release: CONIFER CDCF 143) (1986)


Symphony No. 8 (1961)

Sir Edward Downes/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5)
LYRITA SRCD.2258 (3 CDs) (2007)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.113) (1982)

George Lloyd/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
ALBANY TROY 230 (1997)


Symphony No. 9 (1969)

George Lloyd/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
ALBANY TROY 055-2 (1993)
(original CD release: CONIFER CDCF 139) (1986)


Symphony No. 10 for Brass "November Journeys" (1981)

George Lloyd/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 10 and John Socman Overture)
ALBANY TROY 015-2 (1989)

James Stobart/London Collegiate Brass
( + Wilfred Josephs: Concerto for Brass)
TRAX CLASSIQUE TRXCD 114 (1987)


Symphony No. 11 (1985)

George Lloyd/Albany Symphony Orchestra
ALBANY TROY 060-2 (1994)
(original CD release: CONIFER CDCF 144) (1987)


Symphony No. 12 (1989)

George Lloyd/Albany Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
ALBANY TROY 032-2 (1990)

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RAYMOND HANSON
(1913-1976)

Born in Sydney. He was basically self-taught but also studied with Alex Burnard at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music where he later taught for many years. He did not write many works for orchestra beyond his single Symphony but there are also Concertos for Violin, Piano, Trumpet and Trombone.
 
Symphony No. 1, Op. 28 (1951)

Georg Tintner/West Australian Symphony Orchestra
( + Dulcie Holland: Symphony for Pleasure)
ABC AC1002 (non-commercial LP) (1974)

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DULCIE HOLLAND
(1913-2000)

Born in Sydney. She studied composition with Alfred Hill at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music and then took further lessons with Roy Agnew as well as with John Ireland at the Royal College of Music. Her musical catalog consists mostly of songs, instrumental and chamber music. She also wrote many books on musical technique.
 
Symphony for Pleasure (1974)

Henry Krips/South Australian Symphony Orchestra
( + Raymond Hanson: Symphony No. 1)
ABC AC1002 (non-commercial LP) (1974)

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SIR ANDRZEJ PANUFNIK
(1914-1991)

Born in Warsaw. He studied composition at the Warsaw Conservatory with Kazimierz Sikorski, conducting with Felix Weingartner at the Vienna Academy of Music and had further lessons with Philippe Gaubert in Paris. He had a successful conducting career in Poland after 1939 until his emigration to England in 1954. He continued to conduct but was eventually able to devote himself entirely to composing. From his days in Poland he composed prolifically but most of his early works (including 2 Symphonies) were lost during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. His other major orchestral works are Concertos for Piano, Violin, Cello and Bassoon and Arbor Cosmica.
 
Symphony No. 1 "Sinfonia Rustica" (1948)

Łukasz Borowicz/Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4, Sinfonia Concertante, Polonia Suite and Lullaby)
CPO 777496-2 (2010)

Andrzej Panufnik/Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
( +Symphony No. 3 and 4)
EMI BRITISH COMPOSERS CD 352289-2 (2006)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 2298) (1967)


Symphony No. 2 "Sinfonia Elegiaca" (1957)

Łukasz Borowicz/Konzerthausorchester Berlin
( + Symphonies Nos. 3 and 10)
CPO 777683-2 (2011)

Robert Whitney/Louisville Orchestra
( + Nocturne and Rhapsody for Orchestra)
FIRST EDITION FECD 0017 (2003)
(original LP release: LOUISVILLE 624 (1962)


Symphony No. 3 "Sinfonia Sacra" (1963)

Łukasz Borowicz/Konzerthausorchester Berlin
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 10)
CPO 777683-2 (2011)

Kazimierz Kord/Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 10 and Cello Concerto {Andrzej Bauer – cello})
CD ACCORD ACD072 (2002

Andrzej Panufnik/Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
( +Symphony No. 1 and 4)
EMI BRITISH COMPOSERS CD 352289-2 (2006)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 2298) (1967)

Andrzej Panufnik/Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
( + Concertino for Timpani, Percussion and Strings, Concerto Festivo, Katyn Epitaph and Landscape)
UNICORN-KAMCHANA UKCD 2020 (1989)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 2298 (1967)

Andrzej Panufnik/Concertgebouw Orchestra
( + Arbor Cosmica)
NONESUCH 79228-2 (1991)

John Storgards/Tampere Philharmonic
( + Symphony No. 5, Landscape and Heroic Overture)
ONDINE ODE11015 (2007)

 
Symphony No. 4 "Sinfonia Concertante" (1973)

Łukasz Borowicz/Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1, Polonia Suite and Lullaby)
CPO 777496-2 (2010)

Andrzej Panufnik/Aurele Nicolet (flute), Ossian Ellis (harp)/Menuhin Festival Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3)
EMI BRITISH COMPOSERS CD 352289-2 (2006)
(original LP release: EMI EMD 2525) (1975)

Mark Stephenson/Karen Jones (flute), Rachel Masters (harp)/London Musici
( + Harmony and Concertino for Timpani, Percussion and Strings)
CONIFER CDCF 217 (1994)


Symphony No. 5 "Sinfonia di Sfere" (1974-5)

David Atherton/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
EXPLORE RECORDS EXP 0014
(original LP release: DECCA HEADLINE HEAD 22) (1979)

Łukasz Borowicz/Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Bassoon Concerto; Love Song and Landscape)
CPO 777 686-2 (2014)

John Storgards/Tampere Philharmonic
( + Symphony No. 3, Landscape and Heroic Overture)
ONDINE ODE11015 (2007)

 
Symphony No. 6 "Sinfonia Mistica" (1977)

Łukasz Borowicz/Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Autumn Music, Rhapsody and Hommage à Chopin)
CPO 777498-2 (2011)

David Atherton/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
EXPLORE RECORDS EXP 0014
(original LP release: DECCA HEADLINE HEAD 22) (1979)

Łukasz Borowicz/Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Autumn Music and Hommage à Chopin)
CPO 777498-2 (2011)


Symphony No. 7 "Metasinfonia" (1978)

Łukasz Borowicz/Konzerthausorchester Berlin
( + Symphony No. 8 and Concerto Festivo)
CPO 777684-2 (2012)

Andrzej Panufnik/Jennifer Bate (organ), Kurt Hans Goedike (timpani)/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Universal Prayer)
UNICORN DKP 9049 (LP) (1980)
 

Symphony No. 8 "Sinfonia Votiva" (1981)

Łukasz Borowicz/Konzerthausorchester Berlin
( + Symphony No. 7 and Concerto Festivo)
CPO 777684-2 (2012)

Norman Del Mar/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4)
CARLTON BBC RADIO CLASSICS IMP 9124 (1995)

Seiji Ozawa/Boston Symphony Orchestra
( + Roger Sessions: Concerto for Orchestra)
HYPERION HELIOS CDH55100 (2002)
(original LP release: HYPERION A 66050) (1982)

 
Symphony No. 9 "Sinfonia della Speranza" (1986)

Andrzej Panufnik/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto {Ewa Poblocka – piano})
CATALYST 64280 (2005)
(original CD release: CONIFER CDCF 206) (1992)
 

Symphony No. 10 (1989)

Łukasz Borowicz/Konzerthausorchester Berlin
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3)
CPO 777683-2 (2011)

Kazimierz Kord/Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3 and Cello Concerto {Andrzej Bauer – cello})
CD ACCORD ACD072 (2002)

Gerard Schwartz/Seattle Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3, Autumn Music and Heroic Overture)
JVC CLASSICS JVCC 6511-2 (1998)

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HAROLD TRUSCOTT
(1914-1992)

Born in Ilford, Essex. He was mostly self-taught except for some part time attendance at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music. He made his living as a teacher and writer on musical subjects. Although he composed continually throughout his life he did very little to promote his own works. After his death it was discovered that he had written a lot more music than anyone had known about. The Symphony listed below is the only surviving complete example of Truscott’s many attempts to write symphonies. Two early works from the 1930’s, a Symphony in E flat major and a Symphony in F major have been lost while several incomplete or fragmentary symphonies still exist. There are a few other surviving orchestral works but other major works were never completed.
 
Symphony in E major (1948-9)

Gary Brain/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Suite in G and Elegy)
MARCO POLO 8.223674 (1994)

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DORIAN LE GALLIENNE
(1915-1963)


Born in Melbourne. He studied first at the Melbourne University Conservatorium of Music with A.E.H. Nickson and then in London at the Royal College of Music with Herbert Howells and Arthur Benjamin. He had further lessons from Gordon Jacob and then he returned home to teach at the Melbourne Conservatorium. In his short he life he gained great respect as one of Australia’s leading composers and music critics. He was able to complete only one movement of his 2nd Symphony (which became "Symphonic Study") and he also left for orchestra an Overture in E flat, Contes Héraldiques and 2 ballets.

 
Symphony No. 1 in E major (1953)

Wilfred Lehmann/Sydney Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1984)
( + Eric Gross: Moonscape, Larry Sitsky: Flute Sonata, Dulcie Holland: Such is Life, Robert Trimble: Viola Sonata and Roy Agnew: Breaking of the Drought)
HERITAGE CD 14 (2003)
(original release:ABC AC 1076 {non-commercial LP}) (1987)

Walter Susskind/Victorian Symphony Orchestra
(coupling unknown)
AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING COMMISSION COL PRX 3902 (non-commercial LP) (1961)


Sinfonietta (1956)
John Hopkins/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
( + Sculthorpe: Sun Music I and Irkanda IV)
WORLD RECORD CLUB (FOUNDATION FOR THE RECORDING OF AUSTRALIAN MUSIC) S/FRAM 1 (1967)

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ROBERT BRUCE
(b. 1915)

Born in Inverkeilor, Scotland but brought up in Berkshire, England. Studied at the University of Edinburgh with Donald Tovey. He taught at University College in Cardiff from 1947 to 1977. His other works for orchestra include a Viola Concerto, a tone poem "The Dong with a Luminous Nose" and a Prelude, Theme and Variations.
 
Symphony in B flat major (1960)

Jerzy Swoboda/Czestochowa Philharmonic Orchesta
CD ISSUED PRIVATELY BY COMPOSER (1999)

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HUMPHREY SEARLE
(1915-1982)

 
Born in Oxford. Studied at the Royal College of Music with John Ireland and R.O. Morris and in Vienna with Anton Webern. After service in World War II he worked for the BBC and taught at the Royal College of Music as well in America and Germany. He also wrote several books and was very active in promoting contemporary music. His other major compositions for orchestra were 2 Piano Concertos, Zodiac Variations and Labyrinth. He also wrote a Sinfonietta for Chamber Ensemble (1968-9).

 
Symphonies Nos. 1 – 5

Alun Francis/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Night Music and Overture to a Drama)
CPO 777 131 (2 CDs) (2005)


Symphony No. 1, Op. 23 (1952-3)

Sir Adrian Boult/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
LYRITA SRCS.72 (1975)
(original LP release: DECCA SXL 2232) (1962)

Alun Francis/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4, Night Music and Overture to a Drama)
CPO 999 541-2 (1997)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 33 (1956-8)

Josef Krips/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + R. Still: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4)
LYRITA SRCD.285 (2009)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.72) (1975)

Alun Francis/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5)
CPO 999 376-2 (1995)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 ( 1960)

Alun Francis/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5)
CPO 999 376-2 (1995)


Symphony No. 4, Op. 38 (1962)

Alun Francis/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1, Night Music and Overture to a Drama)
CPO 999 541-2 (1997)
 

Symphony No. 5, Op. 43 (1964)

Alun Francis/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4
CPO 999 376-2 (1995)

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DOUGLAS LILBURN
(1915-2001)

Born in Wanganui, New Zealand. He first studied at the Canterbury University College in Christchurch and then went to England for lessons with Ralph Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music. In addition to being his country’s most famous composer, he had a distinguished career as a teacher and publisher of music. He set up a trust for the promotion of music by New Zealand composers. His best-known work is the Aotearoa Overture. Other important orchestral works are the tone poems "Forest" and "A Song of Islands," a Suite for Orchestra and Diversions for Strings.
 

Symphony No. 1 (1949)

John Hopkins/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Festival Overture and Suite for Orchestra)
KIWI SLD-75 (1987)

John Hopkins/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3)
CONTINUUM 1069 (1994)

James Judd/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3)
NAXOS 8.555862 (2002)


Symphony No. 2 in C minor (1951)

Ashley Heenan/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Aotearoa Overture and Diversions for Strings)
STRADIVARI SCD 8004 (1988)
(original LP release: KIWI SLD-48 (1976)

John Hopkins/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3)
CONTINUUM 1069 (1994)

James Judd/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3)
NAXOS 8.555862 (2002)
 

Symphony No. 3 (1961)

John Hopkins/New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation Symphony Orchestra
( + Aotearoa Overture and Farquhar: Symphony (No. 1))
KIWI SLD-14 (LP) (1969)

John Hopkins/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2)
CONTINUUM 1069 (1994)

James Judd/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2)
NAXOS 8.555862 (2002)

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PETER CROSSLEY-HOLLAND
(1916—2001)

Born in London. He studied piano at the Royal College of Music and composition with John Ireland and received his musical degree from Oxford. After World War II he started a career as Music Programme Director and also contributed articles on non=Western musc to the 5th edition of "Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians." His later years were spent in academic positions with a specialty in ethnomusicology at the University of Illinois, the University of Hawaii and UCLA. Among his other orchestral works are the Suite for Strings and the symphonic poems The Land Beyond and The Golden Pathway.

Symphony in D major (1988-94)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Goossens: Variations on Cadet Rousselle, Ireland: Merry Andrew, Bagatelle, Cavatina, Elegiac Meditation, The Holy Boy and Two Salon Pieces)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7215 (2008)


JEAN PAPINEAU-COUTURE
(1916-2000)

Born in Montreal. He first studied locally with Françoise d’Amour and Gabriel Cusson and then with Quincy Porter at the New England Conservatory of Music. He had further studies with Nadia Boulanger. He taught and served as a school administrator in Montreal for more than three decades and was very active in Canadian composers’ organizations. He composed prolifically in all genres including a Violin Concerto and Piano Concerto and a number of shorter works for orchestra.
 

Symphony No. 1 in C major (1948, rev. 1956)

Jean Beaudet/Orchestre de Radio-Canada
( + Alexander Brott: Concordia and Georges-Émile Tanguay: Lied for Strings)
RCI 3 (LP)

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 IAN PARROTT
(1916-2012)

Born in Streatham, London. He first studied with Benjamin Dale at the age of 12 and then went on for further training at the Royal College of Music and Oxford. He taught music at the University of Birmingham and at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. His musical catalogue is very extensive and ranges from operas to works for solo instruments. His larger works for orchestra include 5 Symphonies: No. 1(1943-46), No. 2 "Round the World" (1960-1), No. 3 (1966), No. 4 "Sinfonietta" (1978) and No. 5 (1979) as well as Concertos for Piano, Cello and English Horn.

Sinfonia Concertante for Recorder, Solo Violin String Orchestra and Percussion (2001-3)

John Turner (recorder)/Richard Howarth (violin)/Philip McKenzie/Camerata Ensemble
( + Gál: Concertino, Hope: Birthday Concerto, Ellis: Divertimento Elegiaco, Beck: Flûte-à-Beck and Dubery: Mrs. Harris in Paris)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7154 (2004)

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BERNARD STEVENS
(1916-1983)

Born in London. He first studied with E.J. Dent , Cyril Rootham and Donald Tovey at Cambridge and then with R.O. Morris, Gordon Jacob and Arthur Benjamin at the Royal College of Music. He then taught at the latter institution from 1948 to 1981 and was active in radical political causes that were reflected in his music. He wrote in various genres. Beyond the 2 Symphonies his orchestral output included a Sinfonietta for Strings (1948) and Concertos for Piano, Violin and Cello.
 
Symphony No. 1, Op. 7 " Symphony of Liberation" (1945)

Sir Edward Downes/BBC Philharmomic Orchestra
( + Cello Concerto {Alexander Baillie – cello})
MERIDIAN CDE 84124 (1986)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 35 (1964)

Sir Edward Downes/BBC Philharmomic Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto {Ernst Kovacic – violin})
MERIDIAN CDE 84174 (1989)

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ARNOLD VAN WYK
(1916-1983)

Born in Calvinia, Cape Province, South Africa. After initial training in Cape Town he went to London for composition studies with Theodore Holland (1878-1947, composed a Spring Sinfonietta – 1943) at the Royal Academy of Music. He worked for the BBC and then returned to South Africa for a career as composer, pianist and teacher. He wrote a number of other works for orchestra notably Southern Cross, Primavera and Maskerade.
 

Symphony No. 1 in A minor (1941-3)

Omri Hadari/Capetown Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Primavera)
CLAREMONT CD GSE 1509 (1990)


Symphony No. 2 "Sinfonia Ricercata" (1952)

Omri Hadari/Capetown Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Primavera)
CLAREMONT CD GSE 1509 (1990)

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RICHARD ARNELL
(1917-2009)

Born in London. Studied with John Ireland at the Royal College of Music. He lived in America from 1939 until 1946 when he returned home to take a teaching position at the Trinity College of Music. He composed in most genres from opera to chamber music. He also wrote a Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Chamber Orchestra (1938) as well as 2 Piano Concertos and a Violin Concerto.

Symphony No. 1, Op. 31 (1943)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6 and Sinfonia Quasi Variazioni)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7217 (2008)
 
 
Symphony No. 2, Op. 33 "Rufus" (1942, rev. 1944)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto {David Owen Norris - piano})
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7184 (2007)
 

Symphony No. 3, Op. 40 (1944-5)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + The New Age Overture)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7161 (2006)


Symphony No. 4, Op. 52 (1948)

Warren Cohen/MusicaNova Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
CON BRIO CBR27452 (2008)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7194 (2007)


Symphony No. 5, Op. 77 (1955-7)

Warren Cohen/MusicaNova Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
CON BRIO CBR27452 (2008)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7194 (2007)

Symphony No. 6, Op. 171 "The Anvil" (1992-4)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Sinfonia Quasi Variazioni)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7217 (2008)


Symphony No. 7 , Op. 201 (posth.) "Mandela" (1996-2005) (Realised and completed by Martin Yates, 2010)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Bate: Symphony No. 4)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7255 (2010)


Dagenham Symphony (Suite from the film "Opus 65") (1952)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchesstra
( + Sinfonia for String Orchestra, Landscapes and Figures and Overture ‘1940’)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7299 (2012)

Sinfonia Quasi Variazioni, Op. 13 (1941)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7217 (2008)


Sinfonia for String Orchestra (ed. M. Yates (1938/2012)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchesstra
( + Dagenham Symphony, Landscapes and Figures and Overture ‘1940’)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7299 (2012)

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ROBERT FARNON
(1917-2005)

Born in Toronto. He studied music privately and achieved great fame as a composer of light orchestral music and film scores as well as a conductor, arranger and trumpeter. His Symphonies were written when he was a young man and after some initial performances he did not want them played again in his lifetime. A 3rd Symphony also exists and there are plans for it to be recorded. His suite "Canadian Impressions" is his most famous extended work as it contains two of Farnon’s signature pieces "À la Claire Fontaine" and "Lake in the Woods."
 
Symphony No. 1 in D flat major (1941)

(scherzo movement only)
John Wilson/BBC Concert Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2, Captain Horatio Hornblower – film suite and light orchestral works)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7173 (2006)


Symphony No. 2 in B major "Ottawa" (1943)
John Wilson/BBC Concert Orchestra
( + Scherzo from Symphony No. 1, Captain Horatio Hornblower – film suite and light orchestral works)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7173 (2006)

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JOHN GARDNER
(1917-2011)

Born in Manchester. He studied composition with R.O. Morris at Oxford. After World War II he joined the staff of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden amd then held teaching posts at Morley College, the Royal Academy of Music and the St. Paul’s Girls’ School. His composition career began with a performance of his 1st Symphony and since then he has compiled a large catalogue ranging from opera to chamber music. His larger works for orchestra includes Symphony No. 2 in E flat major (1985), 2 Piano Concertos and Concertos for Trumpet and Oboe.
 
Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 12 (1946-7)

David Lloyd-Jones/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto No. 1 {Peter Donohoe – piano} and Midsummer Ale Overture
NAXOS 8.570406 (2007)


Symphony No. 3 in E minor, Op. 189 (1989)

Gavin Sutherland/Royal Ballet Sinfonia
( + Sinfonia Piccola, Half Holiday Overure, Flute Concerto {Jennifer Stinton – flute}, Prelude for Strings and Irish Suite)
ASV WHITE LINE WHL 2125 (2000

)
Sinfonia Piccola for Strings, Op. 47 (1960)

Gavin Sutherland/Royal Ballet Sinfonia
( + Symphony No. 3, Half Holiday Overure, Flute Concerto {Jennifer Stinton – flute}, Prelude for Strings and Irish Suite)
ASV WHITE LINE WHL 2125 (2000)

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OSKAR MORAWETZ
(1917-2007)

Born in Svetla, Czechoslovakia. He had his musical training with Jaroslav Krícka in Prague, Julius Isserlis in Vienna and Lazare Lévy in Paris. Nazism necessitated his emigration to Canada in 1942 where he completed his musical education at the University of Toronto. In addition to composing, he had a distinguished teaching career at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto and the University of Toronto. His Symphony No. 1 (1950-3 )has movements that can be played as independent works and he also wrote a Sinfonietta for Strings (1963) as well as Concertos for Piano, Harp and Clarinet.

Symphony No. 2 (1959)

Jean Deslauriers/Toronto Symphony Orchestra
( + Weinzweig: Piano Concerto and Symonds: The Nameless Hour)
CBC BR SM-104 (LP) (1969)


Sinfonietta for Winds and Percussion (1965)
Jean Deslauriers/Ensembles d'Instruments à Vent de Montréal
( + Weinzweig: Divertimento No. 5 and Morel: Prismes-Anamorphoses)
RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL RCI-292 (LP) (1969)

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JAMES PENBERTHY
(1917-1999)

Born in Melbourne. He had his early musical training at the Universities of Western Australia and Melbourne and then became a teacher. He later studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and conducting with John Barbirolli in London.
He composed prolifically in all genres with a special emphasis on ballet and opera. He wrote 9 Symphonies. The unrecorded Symphonies are: No. 1 in G minor (1950), No. 2 (1953), No. 3 "Uranus" (1955-6), No. 4 "Under the Sea" (1960), No. 5 "West Coast Pictures" (1961), No. 7 "Little Symphony", No. 8 "Choral" (1972) and No. 9 "Sydney" (1982). There is also a Symphony with the title "Boomerang, a Symphony for Brass Band and more than a dozen Concertos for various instruments

 
Symphony No. 6 "The Earth Mother" (1972)

Thomas Mayer/West Australian Symphony Orchestra
( + Dvořak: Hero’s Song)
ABC RRCS-146 (non-commercial LP) (1975)

Thomas Mayer/West Australian Symphony Orchestra
( + The Beach Inspector and the Mermaid)
Philips 6508 002 (LP) (1972)

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ARCHIBALD J. POTTER
(1918-1980)

Born in Belfast but brought up in Kent. He studied composition at the Royal College of Music with Ralph Vaughan Williams, After service in World War II, he relocated to Dublin where he became a professor of music at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 1955. His large output included music for the theater and many works for various instrumental genres. His other works for orchestra include a Symphony No. 2 (1976), a Concerto da Chiesa for Piano and Orchestra and a Concerto for Orchestra.
 
Symphony No. 1 "Sinfonia de Profundis" (1968)

Robert Houlihan/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Finnegan’s Wake, Fantasia Gaelach No. 1 and Overture to a Kitchen Comedy)
MARCO POLO 8.225158 (2001)

Colman Pearce/RTÉ Symphony Orchestra
( + Bodley: Symphony No. 3)
RTÉ RTE 61 (LP) (1981)

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TĀLIVALDIS ĶENIŅŠ
(1919-2008)

Born in Liepaja. He begin a course in composition at the Latvian Conservatory in Riga, where he studied piano with Arvids Žilinskis, counterpoint with Jazeps Vitols, and harmony, form and orchestration with Adolfs Abele. He later enrolled at the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris, where his teachers included Olivier Messiaen. and Tony Aubin. He fled Latvia in 1944 and eventually settled in Canada where he was appointmented as organist and music director at St Andrew's Latvian Lutheran Church in Toronto and then joined the staff of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto as a teacher of composition and counterpoint where he remaied until his retirement. A prolific composer, his output includes orchestral, chamber, instrumental, choral and vocal works. His unrecorded Symphonies are: Nos. 1 (1959), 2 (1967), 3 (1970), 5 (1975), 6 "Sinfonia ad Fugam" (1978), 7 (1980) and 8 (1986).

Symphony No. 4 (1972)

John AvisonCBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra
( + Septuor, Piano Sonata No. 1 and Quintet)
CENTREDISCS CMCCD 9403 (2 CDs) (2003)
(original LP release: CBC SM-293) (1975)


Sinfonietta (1976)

D. Ford/North Toronto Collegiate Orchestra
(couplings unknown)
WORLD RECORDS WRC-249 (LP) (1970s)



GEOFFREY BUSH
(1920-1998)

Born in London. He studied privately with John Ireland and then completed his musical education at Oxford. His musical career was divided between composing, teaching, music editing, working for the BBC and promoting the cause of British music His compositions range from opera to chamber music. Some of his other orchestral works are a Sinfonietta Concertante for Cello and Orchestra (1943), Oboe Concerto, Music for Orchestra and Concerto for Light Orchestra.

Symphony No. 1 (1954)

Nicholas Braithwaite/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2, Music for Orchestra and Yorick Overture)
LYRITA SRCD.252 (1995)


Symphony No. 2 "The Guildford" (1957)

Barry Wordsworth/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1, Music for Orchestra and Yorick Overture)
LYRITA SRCD.252 (1995)

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PETER RACINE FRICKER
(1920-1990)

Born in London. He studied with R.O. Morris at the Royal College of Music and later with Mátyás Seiber. He taught at Morley College and at the Royal College of Music and then at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He composed a vast amount of music in various genres including a large component for orchestra. His other Symphonies are: No. 3, Op. 36 (1960), No. 4, Op. 43 " in memoriam Mátyás Seiber" (1966). He also wrote a "Sinfonia in memoriam Benjamin Britten," Op. 76 for 17 wind instruments (1976-7), a Concerto for Orchestra, 2 Violin Concertos and Concertos for Piano, Viola and Oboe.
 
Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 (1948-9)

Robert Whitney/Louisville Orchestra
LOUISVILLE S-675 (LP) (1967)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 14 (1951)

Sir John Pritchard/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Orr: Symphony in One Movement and Simpson: Symphony No. 1)
EMI British Composers 5 75789 2 (2003)
(original LP release: HMV DLP 1080) (1955)


Symphony No. 5 for Organ and Orchestra, Op. 74 (1975-6)

Gillian Weir (organ)/Sir Colin Davis/BBC SymphonyOrchestra
( + Kunad: Concerto for Organ, Double String Orchestra and Percussion)
{ attributed to "Gunther Bohr (organ)/Ernest Weir/Dresden Symphony Orchestra"}
ARIES LP-1614 (LP)

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ROBERT TURNER
(b. 1920)

Born in Montreal. He studied first at McGill University with Claude Champagne and Douglas Clarke and then with Herbert Howells and Gordon Jacob at the Royal College of Music and Took further lessons in America with Roy Harris and Olivier
Messiaen. He worked as a music producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and held several teaching positions. He composed a large amount of music in various genres. His 2nd Symphony in One Movement (1985) has the title "Gift from the Sea." His other major orchestral works are a 2 Piano Concerto and a
Viola Concerto.


Symphony (No. 1) for Strings (1960)

John Avison/CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra
( + Norma Beecroft: From Dreams of Brass)
RCA VICTOR (Canada) CCS-1008 (LP) (1967)


Symphony No. 3 (1990)

Bramwell Tovey/Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1990)
( + Opening Night, Eidolons and Manitoba Memoir)
CENTREDISCS CMCD 9704 (2004)

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SIR MALCOLM ARNOLD
(1921-2006)

Born in Northampton. He studied at the Royal College of Music with Gordon Jacob for composition and Ernest Hill for Trumpet. He played the trumpet with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra before devoting the rest of his musical career to composing and conducting his own music.
He was extremely prolific in many genres and achieved great fame as a film composer. Most of his many orchestral works have been recorded. His only Symphony that has not been recorded is a Toy Symphony for 12 Toy Instruments, Piano and String Quartet (1957). His vast orchestral output also includes 17 Concertos for various instruments and 10 Overtures.
 

Symphonies Nos. 1 – 9

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony for Strings and Symphony for Brass)
DECCA UNIVERSAL 4765337 (5 CDs) (2006)
(from CONIFER CLASSICS originals – see below)

Andrew Penny/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
NAXOS WHITE BOX 8.505178 (5 CDs) (2001)


Symphony No. 1, Op. 22 (1950)

Sir Malcolm Arnold/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5, Two Piano Concerto {Phyllis Sellick and Cyril Smith – pianos}, Overtures: Beckus the Dandipratt and Peterloo/ English Dances nos 3 & 5 and Solitaire: Sarabande and Polka)
EMI 0946 3 8214625 (2 CDs)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 3823) (1980)

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
CONIFER CLASSICS 75605-51257-2 (1996)

Richard Hickox/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
CHANDOS CHAN 9335 (1995)

Keith Lockhart/BBC Concert Orchestra
( + Coates: 3 Elizabeths, Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 and J. Strauss II: Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka)
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE BBCMM 347 (2012)

Andrew Penny/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 2)
NAXOS 8.553406 (1996)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 40 (1953)

Sir Malcolm Arnold/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5, Two Piano Concerto {Phyllis Sellick and Cyril Smith – pianos}, Overtures: Beckus the Dandipratt and Peterloo/ English Dances nos 3 & 5 and Solitaire: Sarabande and Polka)
EMI 0946 3 8214625 (2 CDs) (2007)
(original LP release: PHILIPS NBL 5021) (1955)

Douglas Bostock/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Two Piano Concerto {Antonio Piricone & Martin Roscoe – Pianos},
Beckus the Dandipratt Overture, English Dances (Set 2) and
The Sound Barrier Rhapsody)
RLPO LIVE RLCD402P (2001)

Sir Charles Groves/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony Nos. 1 and 5 and Peterloo Overture)
EMI CLASSICS CDM 566324-2 (1997)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 3353) (1977)

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Two Piano Concerto {Richard Markham and David Nettle – pianos}, Carnival of the Animals and Grand, Grand Overture)
CONIFER CLASSICS 75605-51240-2 (1994)

Richard Hickox/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
CHANDOS CHAN 9335 (1995)

Andrew Penny/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 1)
NAXOS 8.553406 (1996)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 63 (1957)

Sir Malcolm Arnold/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 9)
EVEREST 9001 (1995)
(original LP release: EVEREST SDBR 3021) (1959)

Vernon Handley/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
CONIFER CLASSICS 75605-51258-2 (1996)

Richard Hickox/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
CHANDOS CHAN 9290 (1994)

Andrew Penny/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 4)
NAXOS 8.553739 (1998)


Symphony No. 4, Op. 71 (1960)

Sir Malcolm Arnold/BBC Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1960)
( + Hong Kong Overture)
{attributed to "Peter Michaels/Lisbon Conservatory Orchestra"}
ARIES LP 1631 ▼

Sir Malcolm Arnold/London Philharmonic Orchestra
LYRITA SRCD.200 (1990)

Vernon Handley/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
CONIFER CLASSICS 75605-51258-2 (1996)

Richard Hickox/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
CHANDOS CHAN 9290 (1994)

Andrew Penny/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 4)
NAXOS 8.553739 (1998)


Symphony No. 5, Op. 74 (1961)

Sir Malcolm Arnold/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5, Two Piano Concerto {Phyllis Sellick and Cyril Smith – pianos}, Overtures: Beckus the Dandipratt and Peterloo/ English Dances Nos. 3 & 5 and Solitaire: Sarabande and Polka)
EMI 0946 3 8214625 (2 CDs) (2007)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 2878) (1973)

Douglas Bostock/Munich Philharmonic
( + Divertimento for No. 2, Solitaire: Sarabande and Polka, The Belles of St. Trinians and Machines)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 294 (2000)

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
CONIFER CLASSICS 75605-51257-2 (1996)

Richard Hickox/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
CHANDOS CHAN 9385 (1995)

Andrew Penny/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 6)
NAXOS 8,552000 (2001)


Symphony No. 6, Op. 95 (1967)

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Fantasy on a Theme of John Field, Sweeney Todd Suite and Tam O’Shanter Overture)
CONIFER CLASSICS 74321-16847-2 (1993)

Vernon Handley/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Philharmonic Concerto, Inn of the Sixth Happiness: Film Suite, Beckus the Dandipratt Overture and Flourish for a 21st Birthday)
London Philharmonic Records LPO 0013 (2006)

Richard Hickox/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
CHANDOS CHAN 9385 (1995)

Andrew Penny/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 5)
NAXOS 8,552000 (2001)


Symphony No. 7, Op. 113 (1973)

Rumon Gamba/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 8 and 9 and Oboe Concerto {Jennifer Galloway - oboe})
CHANDOS CHAN 9697 (2 CDs) (2001)

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 8)
CONIFER CLASSICS 74321-15005-2 (1991)

Andrew Penny/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 8)
NAXOS 8.552001 (2001)


Symphony No. 8, Op. 121 (1979)

Rumon Gamba/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 7 and 9 and Oboe Concerto {Jennifer Galloway - oboe})
CHANDOS CHAN 9697 (2 CDs) (2001)

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7)
CONIFER CLASSICS 74321-15005-2 (1991)

Andrew Penny/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 7)
NAXOS 8.552001 (2001)


Symphony No. 9, Op. 128 (1984)

Rumon Gamba/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 and Oboe Concerto {Jennifer Galloway - oboe})
CHANDOS CHAN 9697 (2 CDs) (2001)

Vernon Handley/ Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Concertino for Oboe and Strings; Fantasy for Oboe {Nicolas Daniel, oboe})
CONIFER CLASSICS 75605-51273-2 (1996)

Andrew Penny/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
NAXOS 8.553540 (1996)


Symphony for Strings, Op. 13 (1946)

Vernon Handley/BBC Concert Orchestra
( + Philharmonic Concerto, Water Music, A Flourish for Orchestra and Overtures: Anniversary, Peterloo, Beckus the Dandipratt)
CONIFER CLASSICS 75605-51298-2 (1998)

Nicholas Ward/Northern Chamber Orchestra
( + Cello Concerto, Concertino for Flute and Strings, Fantasy for Recorder and String Quartet and Saxophone Concerto)
NAXOS 8.572640 (2011)


Symphony for Brass Instruments, Op. 123 (1972)

Fine Arts Brass
( + Brass Quintets Nos. 1 and 2, Little Suites Nos. 1, 2 and 3, Fanfare for Louis, Fantasies for B Flat Trumpet, Horn, Trombone and Tuba)
NIMBUS NI 5804 (2006)

Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 – 9 and Symphony for Strings)
DECCA UNIVERSAL 4765337 (5 CDs) (2006)
(original LP release: ARGO ZRG906 (1979)


Sinfonietta No. 1, Op. 48 (1954)

Sir Malcolm/Arnold/English Chamber Orchestra
( + Two Piano Concerto {Phyllis Sellick and Cyril Smith – pianos}, Two Violin Concerto {Alan Loveday and Frances Mason – violins}, Viola Concerto {Roger Best - viola}, Song of Simeon, Cornish Dances, Fantasy for Harp {Ossian Ellis – harp}, Horn Concerto {Alan Civil – horn}, Blake Songs and Overtures – Peterloo and Fair Field)
CARLTON BBC RADIO CLASSICS IMP 15656 91817 (2 CDs) (1996)

Donald Barra/San Diego Chamber Orchestra
( + Sinfonietta No. 2, Serenade; Concerto for 2 Violins {Igor and Vesna Gruppman – violins})
KOCH 37134-2 (1992)

Boris Brott/Northern Sinfonia
( + Britten: Simple Symphony and Rawsthorne: Divertimento)
MACE S-9068 (LP) (1967)

Norman Del Mar/English Chamber Orchestra
( + Arnold: Sinfonietta No.1, Britten: Sinfonietta, Rawsthorne: Divertimento and Tippett: Divertimento)
LYRITA SRCD.257 (2007)
(original LP release: LYRITA SRCS.111) (1982)

Neville Dilkes/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Sinfoniettas Nos. 2 and 3, Serenade, English Dances and Cornish Dances)
EMI CLASSICS CDZ 5 74780- 2 (2001)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 3487 (1978)

Ross Pople/London Festival Orchestra
( + Sinfoniettas Nos. 2 and 3, Flute Concerto No. 1 {Edward Beckett – flute} and Oboe Concerto {Malcolm Messiter – oboe})
ARTE NOVA 74321 46503-2 (1997)
(original CD release: HYPERION CDA66332) (1988)


Sinfonietta No. 2, Op. 65 (1958)

Donald Barra/San Diego Chamber Orchestra
( + Sinfonietta No. 1, Serenade; Concerto for 2 Violins {Igor and Vesna Gruppman – violins})
KOCH 37134-2 (1992)

Neville Dilkes/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Sinfoniettas Nos. 1 and 3, Serenade, English Dances and Cornish Dances)
EMI CLASSICS CDZ 5 74780- 2 (2001)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 3487 (1978)

Ross Pople/London Festival Orchestra
( + Sinfoniettas Nos. 1 and 3, Flute Concerto No. 1 {Edward Beckett – flute} and Oboe Concerto {Malcolm Messiter – oboe})
ARTE NOVA 74321 46503-2 (1997)
(original CD release: HYPERION CDA66332) (1988)


Sinfonietta No. 3, Op. 81 (1964)

Ross Pople/London Festival Orchestra
( + Sinfoniettas Nos. 1 and 2, Flute Concerto No. 1 {Edward Beckett – flute} and Oboe Concerto {Malcolm Messiter – oboe})
ARTE NOVA 74321 46503-2 (1997)
(original CD release: HYPERION CDA66332) (1988)

Ronald Thomas/Bournemouth Sinfonietta
( + Sinfoniettas Nos. 1 and 2, Serenade, English Dances and Cornish Dances)
EMI CLASSICS CDZ 5 74780- 2 (2001)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 3868 (1980)

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RUTH GIPPS
(1921-1999)

Born in Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex. She studied at the Royal College of Music with Ralph Vaughan Williams for composition, Leon Goossens for Oboe and Kendall Taylor. Besides composing, she had a very active musical career as oboist, pianist and conductor as well as a teacher at several schools including the Royal College of Music. Her other numbered Symphonies are: No. 1 in F minor, Op. 22 (1942), No. 3, Op 57 (1965), No. 4, Op. 61 (1972) and No. 5, Op. 64 (1982). There is also a Sinfonietta for Winds and Percussion, Op. 83 (1989) and Concertos for Piano, Violin, Horn and Oboe among her other works for orchestra.
 

Symphony No. 2, Op. 30 (1946)

Douglas Bostock/Munich Symphony Orchestra
( + Arthur Butterworth: Symphony No. 1)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 274 (1999)

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ERIC ROGERS
(1921-1981)

Born in Halifax, Yorkshire. He was basically self-taught and worked his way up through the popular music world as a pianist and conductor. He achieved great success as an arranger and composer of film scores. The title "Palladium" in his Symphony refers to his time as the music director of the London Palladium and aims to evoke the atmosphere of that theatrical palace.
 

Palladium Symphony (c. 1955-60)

Gavin Sutherland/Royal Ballet Sinfonia
( + Clifton Parker: Thieves’ Carnival Overture & Two Choreographic Studies, Leighton Lucas: Ballet de la Reine, Anthony Collins: Eire Suite, Bruce Montgomery: Scottish Aubade & Scottish Lullaby)
ASV WHITE LINE WHL 2145 (2003)

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ROBERT SIMPSON
(1921-1997)

Born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. He studied privately with Herbert Howells and completed his musical education at the University of Durham. He joined the BBC as a music producer in 1951 and remained on this job until 1980. He also wrote a number of books and essays including studies of some of his great symphonic predecessors such as Bruckner, Sibelius and Nielsen. His 11 Symphonies represent the peak of his compositional output but he wrote much other music in different genres including Concertos for Piano, Violin, Cello and Flute.
 

Symphonies Nos. 1 – 11

Vernon Handley/Matthew Taylor/various orchestras (see below)
( Variations on a Theme by Nielsen)
HYPERION CDS44191/7 ( 7 CDs) (2006)


Symphony No. 1 (1951)

Sir Adrian Boult/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Fricker: Symphony No. 2 and Robin Orr: Symphony in One Movement)
EMI British Composers 5 75789 2 (2003)
(original LP release: HMV BLP 1093) (1957)

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 8)
HYPERION CDA66890 (1996)


Symphony No. 2 (1955-6)

Vernon Handley/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
HYPERION CDA66505 (1992)


Symphony No. 3 (1962)

Ainslee Cox/Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1974)
( + Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 7 and Elgar: Elegy)
THEO VAN DER BURG (PRIVATE CD) (2007)

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
HYPERION CDA66728 (1994)

Jascha Horenstein/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1966)
( + Bruckner: Symphony No. 8)
INTAGLIO INCD-7272 (2 CDs) (1992) ▼

Jascha Horenstein/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Clarinet Quintet)
NMC ANCORA D109 (2006)
(original LP release: UNICORN UNS 225) (1970)


Symphony No. 4 (1970-2)

Vernon Handley/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
HYPERION CDA66505 (1992)


Symphony No. 5 (1972)

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
HYPERION CDA66728 (1994)


Symphony No. 6 (1977)

Vernon Handley/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7)
HYPERION CDA66280 (1988)


Symphony No. 7 (1977)

Vernon Handley/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
HYPERION CDA66280 (1988)


Symphony No. 8 (1981)

Vernon Handley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
HYPERION CDA66890 (1996)


Symphony No. 9 (1987)
Vernon Handley/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
HYPERION CDA66299 (1988)
 

Symphony No. 10 (1988)

Vernon Handley/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
HYPERION CDA66510 (1991)


Symphony No. 11 (1990)

Matthew Taylor/City of London Sinfonia
( + Variations on a Theme by Nielsen)
HYPERION CDA67500 (2004)

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HUBERT DU PLESSIS
(1922-2011)

Born in Malmesbury District, Cape Province, South Africa. He studied music at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Rhodes and had private lessons with W.H. Bell. He then went to London for lessons with Alan Bush and Howard Ferguson at the Royal Academy of Music. Taught for many years at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town and was also had a career as a soloist on piano and harpsichord. He wrote a number of works in several genres with no other major orchestral works.
 

Symphony No. 1, Op. 14 (1953)

Anton Hartmann/National Symphony Orchestra of the South African Broadcasting Corporation
(+ Malay Scenes)
CLAREMONT CD GSE 1538 (1995)

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IAIN HAMILTON
(1922-2000)

Born in Glasgow but brought up in London. After some informal musical training he began studying piano and composition when he was 25 years of age at the Royal Academy of Music with Harold Craxton and William Alwyn. He held teaching positions at Morley College in London and then at Duke University in North Carolina. He composed a vast amount of music in practically all genres. He wrote 4 numbered Symphonies: No. 1, Op. 3 (1948), No. 2, Op. 10 (1951), No. 3 in G major "Spring" (1981) and No. 4 in B major (1981). His orchestral catalogue also includes a Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Chamber Orchestra (1989), 2 Piano Concertos, 2 Violin Concertos, Clarinet Concerto and Symphonic Variations.
 

Sinfonia for Two Orchestras (1959)

Sir Alexander Gibson/Scottish National Orchestra
( + Robin Orr: Symphony in One Movement and Thea Musgrave: Triptych for Tenor and Orchestra)
HMV ASD 2279 (1966)

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FELIX WERDER
(b. 1922)


Born in Berlin. His family fled Germany in 1935, going to London where they were interned and transferred to Australia in 1940 "for further internment." Werder's musical awakening occurred by observing camp instrumentalists and studying scores. After the war, he stayed in Australia, where he taught music and, after 1956, was an outspoken music critic, mainly for a Melbourne newspaper and later on radio. He became incredibly prolific—and self-critical—at one point destroying 400 of the first 500 works he composed. After the mid-1960s, his music became "avant-garde," even employing twelve-tone techniques and electronics, but later he composed music in varied styles, and embraced a self-described "improvisatory, collage-like style." His catalogue of works, embracing all musical forms, remains confusing and unstable, for Werder frequently re-assigns opus numbers and continues to withdraw a sizeable quantity of works, and then some of his withdrawn works are later reinstated. He has been quoted as claiming that "a thing of beauty is a bore forever." Besides his Third Symphony, he composed the unrecorded numbered symphonies 1 (1948; withdrawn and reinstated in 1967), 2 (1959), 4 (1970), 5 (1971) and 6 (1979) and the unnumbered Symphony: The Mannheim Connection (1989).

Symphony No. 1, Op. 6 (1943, revised 1952)

performers unknown
( + Symphony No. 4, Gryphiusad, Saxophone Quartet & Percussion, Violin Sonata No. 3, Wenzel Comnnection, Belsazer, and Carrion Comfort)
FELIX WERDER PRIVATE RECORDING FW 1001 (2-CDs) (1996)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 67 "Laocoon" (1965)

Ferdinand Leitner/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
( + Tower Concerto and Abstract '67)
AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING COMMISSION (ABC) RRCS-130 (non-commercial LP) (c. 1970)


Symphony No. 4, Op. 107 (1970)

performers unknown
( + Symphony No. 1, Gryphiusad, Saxophone Quartet & Percussion, Violin Sonata No. 3, Wenzel Comnnection, Belsazer, and Carrion Comfort)
FELIX WERDER PRIVATE RECORDING FW 1001 (2-CDs) (1996)

 


ARTHUR BUTTERWORTH
(b. 1923)

Born in Manchester. He studied composition with Richard Hall (1903-1982, composed 4 Symphonies) at the Royal Manchester College of Music. He was a trumpeter in several orchestras and then became a conductor. His extensive catalogue contains more than 100 works in various genres. His other Symphonies are: No. 2, Op. 25 (1964), No. 3, Op. 52 "Sinfonia Borealis" (1979), No. 6, Op. 124 (2006), No. 7, Op. 140 (2012) and a "Moorland Symphony," Op. 32 for bass, chorus and orchestra (1967). Among his many other works for orchestra there are Concertos for Violin, Viola, Cello, Organ, Guitar, Bassoon and Trumpet..
 
Symphony No. 1, Op. 15 (1957)

Sir John Barbirolli/Hallé Orchestra (rec. 1958)
( + Symphony No. 4 and Viola Concerto)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7212 (2 CDs) (2009)

Douglas Bostock/Munich Symphony Orchestra
( + Ruth Gipps: Symphony No. 2)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 274 (1999)


Symphony No. 4 Op. 72 (1986)

Arthur Butterworth/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Viola Concerto)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7212 (2 CDs) (2009)


Symphony No. 5, Op. 115 (2001-2)

Arthur Butterworth/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( +3 Nocturnes:"Northern Summer Nights", The Quiet Tarn, The Green Wind, Coruscations and Gigues)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7253 (2 CDs) (2010)

Sinfonia Concertante for Brass Band, Op.113 (2001)

Nicholas Childs/Black Dyke Band
( + 3 Impressions for Brass, Passacaglia on a Theme of Brahms, Brahms/Butterworth: and Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel)
DOYEN RECORDS DOYCD 130 (2002)


Sinfonia for Brass Band, Op. 85 "Maoriana" (1990)

Richard Evans/BNFL Band
( + Barry: Salford Sinfonietta, Steadman-Allen: The Journeyman, Bulla: Chorale and Toccata ans Sparke: Partita)
Polyphonic Records QPRL062D (2000)

 

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LESLIE MANN
(1923-1977)

Born in Edmonton, Alberta. He had some lessons as a teenager but was basically self-taught. After service in World War II he was offered a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music but he declined it in favor of some further private lessons in Toronto. He was a prominent clarinetist in both orchestras and chamber groups. He wrote a Symphony No. 2, Op. 35 (1974), Sinfonia Concertante for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 27 (1971), a Concerto Grosso and Concertos for Flute and Clarinet.
 

Symphony No. 1, Op. 32 (1973)

Eric Wild/CBC Winnipeg Orchestra
( + Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and William Byrd: Earl of Salisbury’s Pavan)
CBC BR SM-281(LP)

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JAMES STEVENS
(b. 1923)

He studied under Benjamin Frankel at the Guildhall School of Music and was later a pupil of Darius Milhaud at the Paris Conservatoire and was also a private pupil of Nadia Boulanger. He was the recipient of a number of prestigious scholarships and prizes including the Royal Philharmonic Prize for his Symphony No. 1. He has had a very successful career as a film composer and has served as the Head of the Churchill Society Music Department. His output is large and covers various genres and his other major orchestral works include Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4, Concerto Capriccioso for Harp and Small Orchestra, Concertetto Concertato for Piano and Orchestra and Concerto Scenes de Seine for Guitar and Small Orchestra.

Symphony No. 1 (1954)

Stanford Robinson/BBC Northern Orchestra (rec. 1954)
( + Symphony No. 2, Coronation Overture, Miniature Overture and Musique Concrete)
PRISTINE AUDIO XR PASC100 (2007)


Symphony No. 2 (1955)

Stanford Robinson/BBC Northern Orchestra (rec. 1955)
( + Symphony No. 1, Coronation Overture, Miniature Overture and Musique Concrete)
PRISTINE AUDIO XR PASC100 (2007)

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TREVOR DUNCAN
(1924-2005)

Born in Camberwell, London. He was largely self-taught but did take some courses at the Trinity College of Music. He started working for the BBC in 1942 as a sound and balance engineer where he began composing and arranging. As the BBC did not broadcast works written by its employees he left that organization in 1956 to become a full time composer. He gained fame for his light orchestral music and film scores. His Little Suite (especially its March movement) became a perennial favorite.
 
Sinfonia Tellurica (1970)

Trevor Duncan/New Concert Orchestra
BOOSEY & HAWKES SBH TD46 (non-commercial LP) (c. 1972)

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ERNEST TOMLINSON
(b. 1924)

Born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire. He studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music. He performed as an organist and formed his own orchestra to play light music. His own compositions are numerous and mostly consist of light orchestral works in the form of suites and overtures. Other larger-scaled works are Symphony ‘65, a Sinfonietta, Little Symphony, Concerto for Orchestra and Concertos for Trumpet and Saxophone. He has actively promoted the cause of light orchestral music as a conductor and as the founder and maintainer of the Library of Light Orchestral Music.

Sinfonia ’62 for Orchestra and Jazz Band (1962)

Tito Petralia/Grande Orchestra Ritmo-Sinfonico di Milano
MICROFON 1003 (LP) (1962)

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ANTHONY MILNER
(1925-2002)

Born in Bristol. He studied composition privately with Mátyas Seiber and then with R.O. Morris at the Royal College of Music. He held teaching positions at several institutions including Morley College and the Royal College of Music and was also a conductor and harpsichord soloist. He compiled a significant catalogue of orchestral, chamber and vocal music. He wrote 2 additional numbered Symphonies: No. 2 for soloists, chorus and orchestra (1978) and No. 3 (1987). There is also a Chamber Symphony (1968) and a Sinfonia Pasquale for strings (1963) as well as a Concerto for Strings and an Oboe Concerto.
 
Symphony No. 1 (1971)
 
Lionel Friend/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Variations for Orchestra)
CLAUDIO RECORDS CC4317-2 (2001)
(original lp release: Hyperion A66158) (1985)

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HARRY SOMERS
(1925-1999)

Born in Toronto. Studied composition with John Weinzweig and later in Paris with Darius Milhaud. He worked as a musical copyist and eventually received both recognition and commissions for his music. His musical output was vast and ranged from operas to works for solo piano. His other major orchestral works include 3 Piano Concertos, a Guitar Concerto and the suite "North Country" for strings.
 

Symphony No. 1 (1951)

Victor Feldbrill/National Arts Centre Orchestra
( + North Country, Suite for Harp and Orchestra and Lyric
CBC SM 5162 (1996)

Seigi Ozawa/Toronto Symphony Orchestra
( + Mather: Symphonic Ode and Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem)
CBC INTERNATIONAL SERVICE RM 161-2 (LP) (1967)


Symphony for Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion (1961)

Victor Feldbrill/CBC Wind Symphony
( John Weinzweig: Divertimento No. 4)
CBC BR SM-134 (LP) (1970)

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EDWIN CARR
(1926-2003)

Born in Auckland, New Zealand. His musical studies began at the Universities of Otago and Auckland. He then went to London where he studied with Benjamin Frankel at the Guildhall School of Music and later to Rome for further lessons with Goffredo Petrassi at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory. He composed steadily while also conducting and holding teaching positions in England, Australia and his native country. Beyond the Symphonies his orchestral catalogue also includes 2 Piano Concertos as well as a Concerto Balabile for Piano and Orchestra.
 
Symphony No. 1 (1981)

John Matheson/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Gaudeamus Overture)
CORELLIA CRA.1005 (1987)


Symphony No. 2 "The Exile" (1984)

Edwin Carr/ New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Gaudeamus Overture)
CORELLIA CRA.1005 (1987)


Symphony No. 3 (1987)

John Hopkins/Auckland Philharmonia
( + John Rimmer: Symphony and Ivan Zegni: Breath of Hope)
MANU CD 1415 (1992)


Symphony No. 4 (1993)

Kenneth Young/ New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Sinfonietta, Promenade and Pacific Festival Overture)
CONTINUUM CCD 1077 (1996)


Sinfonietta (1979)

Kenneth Young/ New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Sinfonietta, Promenade and Pacific Festival Overture)
CONTINUUM CCD 1077 (1996)

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ERIC GROSS
(b. 1926)

Born in Vienna. He studied piano with Hans Erich Apostel before emigrating to England in 1938 where he completed his musical education at the Trinity School of Music and the University of Aberdeen where Reginald Barrett-Ayres was his composition teacher. He settled in Sydney in 1958 and divided his musical occupations between composing, arranging, conducting and teaching. His work list is very extensive (approximately 300 opus numbers) and covers all genres. He wrote a Symphony No. 2, Op. 123 (1980), Concertos for Piano, Violin, Oboe, Trombone and many other works for orchestra
 

Symphony No. 1 (c. 1967)

Henry Krips/Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
( + Moonscape)
ABC AC1006 (non-commercial LP) (1975)


Sinfonietta, Op. 9 (1961)

Henry Krips/South Australian Symphony Orchestra
( + Brumby: Christmas Cantata)
ABC PRX-5586 (non-commercial LP) (1975)

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JOSEPH HOROVITZ
(b. 1926)

Born in Vienna. He emigrated to England in 1938 and studied music at Oxford with Jack Allan Westrup and with Gordon Jacob at the Royal College of Music. He divided his musical career among composing, conducting and teaching including a post at the Royal College. His orchestral output tends towards the small scale. His other Symphonies are a Sinfonietta for Brass Band (1970) and a Jubilee Toy Symphony (1977) and he also wrote Concertos for Violin, Bassoon, Clarinet and Trumpet.
 
Sinfonietta for Light Orchestra (1971)

Joseph Horovitz/Royal Ballet Sinfonia
( + Oboe Concerto {Nicholas Daniel – oboe}, Trumpet Concerto {James Watson – trumpet}, Jubilee Serenade, Canzonetta and Rondino)
ASV WHITE LINE WHL 2114 (1999)

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CLERMONT PÉPIN
(1926-2006)

Born in St-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec. He was taught by a distinguished group of composers including Claude Champagne in Montreal, Arnold Walter in Toronto and Arthur Honneger, André Jolivet and Olivier Messaien in Paris. He taught for many years at the Montreal Conservatory and became its director. He wrote extensively for orchestra, chamber ensembles and the voice. He wrote a total of 5 Symphonies of which the unrecorded ones are: No. 1 (1948), No. 4 "La Messe sur le monde" for Narrator, Chorus and Orchestra (1975) and No. 5 "Implosion" (1985). He also wrote a symphonic poem after Picasso’s "Guernica" and Variations Symphoniques.
 
Symphony No. 2 (1957)

Roland Leduc/Orchestre des "Petites Symphonies"
( + François Morel: Le Rituel de l’Espace)
RCA VICTOR (Canada) CCS-1007 (& RCI 213) (LP) (1967)


Symphony No. 3 "Quasars" (1967)

Franz-Paul Decker/Montreal Symphony Orchestra
( + R. Murray Schafer: Son of Heldenleben)
SELECT CC-15.101 (LP) (1974)

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LAURIE JOHNSON
(b. 1927)

Born in Hampstead. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London and spent four years in the Coldstream Guards. In the 1950s, he began working to the entertainment industry. He composed jazz, popular songs and many film scores as well as a number of concert pieces.

Symphony for Jazz and Symphony Orchestras "Synthesis" (1968-9)

Laurie Johnson/London Jazz Orchestra
( + Concerto For Trumpet and Saxophone, The Wind In The Willows: Suite and Irma La Goose: Overture )
AVID 921028 (2004)
(original LP release: COLUMBIA SCX 6412) (1970)


 
WILFRED JOSEPHS
(1927-1997)

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne. After training as a dentist he studied at the Guildhall School of Music with Alfred Nieman and then had private lessons with Max Deutsch in Paris. He retired from dentistry and became a full time composer and produced a voluminous amount of works in all genres and gained great acclaim for his scores for movies and television. He wrote 12 Symphonies of which only No. 5 has been recorded. The others are: No. 1, Op. 9 (1955, final. rev. 1974-5), No. 2, Op. 42 (1963-4), No. 3, Op. 59 "Philadelphia" (1967), No. 4, Op. 72 (1967-70), No. 6, Op. 83 for soloists, chorus and orchestra (1972-4), No. 7, Op. 96 "Winter" for small orchestra (1976), No. 8, Op. 98 "The Four Elements" for winds (1975-7), No. 9, Op. 112 "Sinfonia Concertante" for small orchestra (1979-80), No. 10, Op. 137 "Circadian Rhythms" (1985), No. 11, Op. 167 "Fireworks Symphony" for winds and No. 12, Op. 175 "Sinfonia Quixotica" for violin, double bass and large orchestra (1995). There are also more than a dozen Concertos for various instruments and other orchestral pieces as well.
 

Symphony No. 5, Op. 75 "Pastoral" (1971)

David Measham/Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
( + Variations on a Theme of Beethoven)
UNICORN DKP9026 (LP) (1983)

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JOHN JOUBERT
(b. 1927)


Born in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied composition initially with W.H. Bell at the South African College of Music and then at the Royal Academy of Music with Theodore Holland and Howard Ferguson. He taught at the Universities of Hull and Birmingham and composed a large corpus of music in genres ranging from opera to solo pieces for piano and organ. His works Symphony No. 2, Op. 68 (1970) as well as 2 choral Symphonies with the titles "Choir Invisible," Op. 54 (1968) and "Gong Tormented Sea," Op. 96 (1981). He also wrote a Piano Concerto and other works for orchestra.

Symphony No. 1, Op. 20 (1955)

Vernon Handley/London Philharmonic (rec. 1995)
( + Mathias Symphony No. 1)
LYRITA SRCD.340 (2010)
(original CD release:LYRITA SRCD.322) (2007)


Symphony No. 2 in One Movement, Op. 68 "In Memory of Those Killed at Sharpeville, 21.3.60" (1970)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestrra
( + Martelli: Symphony, Alwyn: The Fairy Fiddler: Prelude and Derrybeg Fair)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7270 (2011)


Sinfonietta, Op. 38 (1962)

William Boughton/English String Orchestra
( + Temps Perdu and The Instant Moment)
BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS 419CD (1997)

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GRAHAM WHETTAM
(1927-2007)

Born in Swindon, Wiltshire. He was self-taught in music with the exception of some advice from Eric Fenby. He was very active in composers’ organizations and headed the Composers Guild of Great Britain. Has composed extensively for orchestra and band but withdrew most of his output written before 1959. His current catalogue lists the following Symphonies in addition to the recorded ones: Sinfonia Drammatica (1978), Sinfonia Prometeica (1999) and Symphony No. 5 (2001). Three earlier Symphonies were withdrawn and there is also a Sinfonietta Stravagante (1964), Sinfonia Concertante (1966), Concerto Drammatico for Cello and Orchestra and 2 Clarinet Concertos among his other works for orchestra.
 
Sinfonia Contra Timore (1962, Rev. 1997)

Günter Blumhagen/Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1975)
( + Concerto Drammatico {Martin Rummel – cello})
REDCLIFFE RECORDINGS RR 017 (2002)


Sinfonia Intrepida (1976)

Sir Charles Mackerras/BBC Symphony Orchestra
REDCLIFFE RECORDINGS RR016 (2001)

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THOMAS WILSON
(1927-2001)

Born in Trinidad, Colorado to British parents who moved to Glasgow soon thereafter. He received his musical education at the University of Glasgow and became a long-term member of its staff. He was active in Scottish and British musical organizations and became chairman of the Composers Guild of Great Britain. He wrote 5 Symphonies: No. 1 (1956, withdrawn), No. 2 (1965), No. 3 (1979), No. 4, "Passeleth Tapestry" (1988) and No. 5 (1998). Other major works in his orchestral catalogue are Concertos for Piano, Violin and Viola and a Concerto for Orchestra.
 

Chamber Symphony (1990)

David Davies/Paragon Ensemble
( + Edward McGuire: Songs of New Beginnings and Philip Norris: Cello Cantata)
CONTINUUM CON 1032 (1993)


Sinfonietta for Brass (1967)

Geoffrey Brand/City of London Brass
( + Gordon Langford: A London Scherzo, A West Country Fantasy, Edward Gregson: Prelude and Capriccio, Holst: A Moorside Suite and
Blow the Wind Southerly {arr. G. Langford})
RCA LFL 1-5072 (LP) (1974)

Frank Renton/National Youth Brass Band of Scotland
( + Malcolm Arnold: Little Suite for Brass No.1, Cedric Thorpe Davie:
Variations on a Theme of Lully, Philip Sparke: Summer Scene, Bryan Kelly: Divertimento and Martin Dalby: Music for Brass Band)
Amadeus AMS CD 027 (1997)

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GEORGE DREYFUS
(b. 1928)

Born in Wuppertal, Germany. He emigrated to Australia in 1939 and studied clarinet at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He worked as a clarinetist and conductor and went to the Vienna Academy of Music in 1955 to complete his musical education. He composed prolifically in most genres including motion picture scores. His other major works include a Symphonie Concertante for Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello and Strings (1978) and "German Teddy," a Symphony for Mandolin Orchestra (1984).
 
Symphony No. 1 (1967)

Ladislav Slovak/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
CLASSIC OZ COLLECTION SCCD 1024 (1992)
(original LP release: EMI (Australia) OASD 7547) (1972)


Symphony No. 2 (1977)

David Measham/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
CLASSIC OZ COLLECTION SCCD 1024 (1992)
(original LP release: WORLD RECORD CLUB (Australia) WRC R-08459) (1980)

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DAVID FARQUHAR
(1928-2007)

Born in Cambridge, New Zealand. Studied with Douglas Lilburn in New Zealand at Canterbury and Victoria Colleges and completed his musical education in London with Benjamin Frankel at the Guildhall School of Music. He taught at Victoria University in Wellington. His musical is large but contains few larger works for orchestra beyond the 3 Symphonies with the exception of several suites of which "Ring Round the Moon" is the best known.
 
Symphony No. 1 (1959)

John Hopkins/New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation Symphony Orchestra
( + Lilburn: Symphony No. 2 and Aotearoa Overture)
KIWI SLD-14 (LP) (1969)

Kenneth Young/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3)
MASSEY UNIVERSITY MMT2060 (2004)


Symphony No. 2 (1982)

Kenneth Young/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3)
MASSEY UNIVERSITY MMT2060 (2004)


Symphony No. 3 "…remembered songs" (2002)

Kenneth Young/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2)
MASSEY UNIVERSITY MMT2060 (2004)

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MICHAEL HURD
(1928-2006)

Born in Gloucester. He studied at Oxford with Thomas Armstrong and Bernard Rose and later with Lennox Berkeley. He held positions as a teacher at the Royal Marines School of Music and as a broadcaster with the BBC. In the latter capacity he was a strong advocate of the music of many of his British predecessors such as Rutland Boughton, Ivor Gurney and Gerald Finzi. His works ranged from light orchestral pieces and "pop" cantatas to more serious fare such as his Oboe Concerto.

Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and String Orchestra (1973)

Robert Gibbs (violin)/ David Lloyd-Jones/Royal Ballet Sinfonia
( + Finzi: Prelude and Romance, Holst: Brook Green Suite, Blezard: Duetto, Montgomery: Concertino, H. Wood: An Eighteenth Century Scherzo and Martelli:Persiflage)
NAXOS 8.555069 (2001)

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PETER TAHOURDIN
(1928-2009)

Born in Bramdean, Hampshire. He studied composition with Richard Arnell at the Trinity College of Music before moving to Australia in 1964. He became a teacher of composition at the University of Melbourne and became chairman of the Composers Guild of Australia. His compositional output ranges from opera to instrumental works as well electronic music. He has written 5 Symphonies. The unrecorded ones are: No. 3 (1979), No. 4 (1987) and No. 5 (1994). His other major works for orchestra are: Sinfonietta No. 1 (1952), Sinfonia Concertante for Cello and Orchestra (1966), Clarinet Concerto, Diversions for Orchestra and Partita for Strings.
 
Symphony No. 1 (1960)

Henry Krips/West Australian Symphony Orchestra
( + Sinfonietta No. 2))
ABC RRCS-132 (non-commercial LP) (1975)


Symphony No. 2 (1969)

Henry Krips/South Australian Symphony Orchestra
( + Hughes: Symphony No. 1)
FESTIVAL SFC 80023 (LP) (1973)


Sinfonietta No. 2 (1959)

Verdon Williams/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1))
ABC RRCS-132 (non-commercial LP) (1975)

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GARETH WALTERS
(b. 1928)

Born in Swansea, Wales. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Paris Conservatory. He joined the staff of the former school and the Music Department of the BBC and also founded the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. A number of his other works for orchestra have been recorded including Divertimento for Strings, A Gwent Suite and Overture: Primavera.
 
Sinfonia Breve (1998)

Gavin Sutherland/Royal Ballet Sinfonia
( + Elgar: Sospiri, Gilbert Vinter: Entertainments, Peter Warlock: Four Folksong Preludes, John Fox:Countryside Suite, Haigh Marshall: Elegy and Cyril Scott: First Suite for Strings)
ASX WHITE LINE CD WHL 2139 (2003)

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ALUN HODDINOTT
(1929-2008)

Born in Bargoed, Wales. Studied at the University College, Cardiff where he later taught and became head of the music department and had private instructions from Arthur Benjamin. He is one of the most prolific modern British composers and he writes in all genres. He has written 10 numbered Symphonies: the ones that have not been recorded are: No. 1, Op. 7 (1955), No. 4, Op. 70 (1969), No. 7 for Organ and Orchestra (1989), No. 8 for Brass and Percussion (1992), No. 9 "A Vision of Eternity" for Soprano and Orchestra (1993) and No. 10 (1999). There is also a Sinfonietta No. 4 (1971), a Sinfonia for Strings, Op. 34 (1964), 3 Piano Concertos and numerous other entries in his orchestral catalogue.
 
Symphony No. 2, Op. 29 (1962)

Norman Del Mar/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5)
LYRITA SRCD.331 (1996)
(original LP release: PYE VIRTUOSO TPLS13013 (1968


Symphony No. 3, Op. 61 (1968)

David Atherton/ London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5)
LYRITA SRCD.331 (1996)
(original LP release: DECCA SXL6570 (1972)


Symphony No. 5, Op. 81 (1972)

Sir Andrew Davis/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3)
LYRITA SRCD.331 (1996)
(original LP release: DECCA SXL6606 (1973)


Symphony No. 6, Op, 116 (1984)

Bryden Thomson/BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
( + Lanterne des Morts, Scena for Strings and A Contemplation Upon Flowers)
CHANDOS CHAN 8762 (1989)


Sinfonietta No. 1, Op. 56 (1968)

David Atherton/New Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Sinfonietta No. 3, The Sun, The Great, Luminary of the Universe, Night Music and Variants)
LYRITA SRCD.333 (2010)
(original LP release: ARGO ZRG 824) (1976)


Sinfonietta No. 2, Op. 67 (1969)

Hans-Hubert Schönzeler/New Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto No. 2 {Roger Woodward – piano} and Landscapes)
RCA RED SEAL RL 25082 (LP) (1977)


Sinfonietta No. 3, Op. 71 (1970)

David Atherton/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Sinfonietta No. 1, The Sun, The Great, Luminary of the Universe, Night Music and Variants)
LYRITA SRCD.333 (2010)
(original LP release: DECCA SXL 6570) (1973)


Sinfonia Fidei, Op. 95 (1977)

Sir Charles Groves/Jill Gomez (soprano), Stuart Burrows (tenor), Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Dives and Lazarus, Viola Concertino and Nocturnes & Cadenza)
LYRITA SRCD.332 (1996)
(original LP release: UNICORN RHD 401) (1982)

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KENNETH LEIGHTON

(1929-1988)

Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Studied composition at Oxford with Bernard Rose and went for further lessons in Rome with Goffredo Petrassi. He made his musical living as a teacher first with the Royal Marine School of Music and later at Leeds University, Worcester College and Edinburgh University. He composed in most genres and his other major orchestral works include 3 Piano Concertos, Cello Concerto, Violin Concerto and a Concerto for Orchestra.

Symphony No. 1, Op. 42 (1964)

Martyn Brabbins/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Piano Concerto No. 3)
CHANDOS CHAN 10608 (2010)

Symphony No. 2 for Soprano, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 69 "Sinfonia Mistica" (1974)

Richard Hickox/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Te Deum Laudamus)
CHANDOS CHAN 10495 (2008)

 
Symphony No. 3, Op. 90 "Laudes Musicae" (1984)

Bryden Thomson/Neil Mackie (tenor)/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Cello Concerto {Raphael Wallfisch – cello})
CHANDOS CLASSICS CHAN 10307X (2005)
(original CD release: CHANDOS CHAN 8741 (1989)


Symphony for Strings, Op. 3 (1949)

Richard Hickox/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Organ Concerto and Concerto for Strings)
CHANDOS CHAN 10461 (2008)

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MALCOLM WILLIAMSON
(1931-2003)

Born in Sydney. He studied at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music where Eugene Goossens was his composition teacher. He went to London for further study with Elizabeth Lutyens and Erwin Stein. Besides composing and teaching, he performed as a pianist, organist and conductor and was appointed Master of the Queen’s Musick in 1975. His catalogue is and covers all fields from opera to keyboard and organ solos. His other Symphonies are: No 2 "Pilgrim på havet" (1968-9), No. 3 "The Icy Mirror" for Soprano, Mezzo, 2 Baritones, Chorus and Orchestra (1977), No. 4 (1977) and No. 6 (1982). His other large orchestral works include 4 Piano Concertos, Organ Concerto, Violin Concerto and Concerto for 2 Pianos and Strings.
 
Symphony No. 1 "Elevamini" (1956-7)

Rumon Gamba/Iceland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5, Epitaphs for Edith Sitwell and Lento for Strings)
CHANDOS CHAN 10406 (2006)

Sir Charles Groves/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( +Sinfonia Concertante, Violin Concerto {Yehudi Menuhin – violin}, The Display and Santiago de Espada Overture)
HMV SLS 5085 (2 LPs) (1977)


Symphony No. 5 "Aquerò" (1979-80)
 
Rumon Gamba/Iceland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1, Epitaphs for Edith Sitwell and Lento for Strings)
CHANDOS CHAN 10406 (2007)


Symphony No. 7 for String Orchestra (1987)

Christopher Austin/Brunel Ensemble
( + McCabe: Red Leaves, Saxton:Birthday Piece for RichardBennett and Elijah’s Violin and Lutyens:Bagatelles and O Saisons, O Chateaux)
SIGNUM 053 (2005)


Sinfonia Concertante (originally called Symphony No. 2) (1961)

Sir Charles Groves/Martin Jones (piano)Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1, Violin Concerto {Yehudi Menuhin – violin}, The Display and Santiago de Espada Overture)
HMV SLS 5085 (2 LPs) (1977)

Richard Mills/Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
( + Our Man in Havana - Orchestral Suite, Santiago de Espada Overture, Sinfonietta and Epitaphs for Edith Sitwell)
ABC CLASSICS 476 8039 (2009)

Howard Shelley/Piers Lane (piano)/Yoram Levy, Mark Bain and Martin Phillipson (trumpets)/Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 and 2 Piano Concerto)
HYPERION CDA 68011-2 (2 CDs) (2014)


Sinfonietta (1965)

Rumon Gamba/Iceland Symphony Orchestra
( + Concerto Grosso, Santiago de Espada Overture and Our Man in Havana Suite)
CHANDOS CHAN 10359 (2006)

Richard Mills/Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
( + Our Man in Havana - Orchestral Suite, Sinfonia Concertante, Santiago de Espada Overture and Epitaphs for Edith Sitwell)
ABC CLASSICS 476 8039 (2009)

Yuval Zaliouk/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
( + Robert Hughes: Synthesis and The Forbidden Rite)
RCA RED SEAL (Australia) VRL1 0192 (1978)

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RICHARD MEALE
(1932-2009)

Born in Sydney. He studied at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music but taught himself composition. He had further studies at the University of California in Los Angeles and the joined the staff of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. In addition to composing, he has pursued very active careers as pianist, conductor and teacher. He has written operas but his catalogue mostly contains, orchestral, chamber and instrumental music. Further examples of his orchestra music are a Sinfonia for Piano 4-Hands and Strings (1959), Viridian and a Flute Concerto.
 

Symphony No. 1 (1995)

David Porcelijn/Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
( + Scenes from "Mer de Glace" and Viridian)
ABC 8.770015 (1995)

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ALEXANDER GOEHR
(b. 1932)

Born in Berlin, the son of the conductor Walter Goehr. The Goehrs emigrated to England in 1933. Alexander later studied composition at the Royal Manchester College of Music with Richard Hall and with Olivier Messaien and Yvonne Loriod in Paris. He held teaching positions in the UK (Morely College) and America (Yale) and was also on the staff of the BBC. He has composed prolifically in a wide range of genres and his orchestral catalogue includes these additional major works: Sinfonia with Chaconne (1985-6), Piano Concerto and Violin Concerto.
 

Little Symphony, Op. 15 (1963)

Norman Del Mar/London Symphony Orchestra
( + String Quartet No. 2 and Piano Trio)
LYRITA SRCD.264 (2008)
(original LP release: PHILIPS SAL3497) (1965)

Oliver Knussen/ASKO Ensemble
( + Colossos or Panic and The Deluge)
NMC NMCD 165 (2011)


Symphony in One Movement, Op. 29 (1969, rev. 1981)

Richard Bernas/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto {Peter Serkin – piano})
NMC DO35 (1995)

Edward Downes/New Philharmonia Orchestra (rec. 1970)
( + Romanza for Cello and Orchestra)
INTAGLIO ING 767 (1994)


Sinfonia for Chamber Orchestra, Op. 42 (1979)

Alexander Goehr/London Sinfonietta
( + Romanza for Cello and Orchestra, Behold the Syn, Metamorphosis/Dance, Lyric Pieces and ….A Musical Offering J.S.B. 1985…)
NMC DO95 (2 CDs) (2004)
(original CD release: Unicorn-Kanchana  DKPCD9102) (1991) 

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JOHN KINSELLA
(b. 1932)

Born in Dublin. He was basically self-taught in composition. While composing at a steady pace he worked for RTE (Irish Radio and Television) where he was Head of Music until 1988 when he resigned to devote himself to composing full time. He started writing Symphonies very early on and submitted one to Irish Radio for a competition when he was seventeen. He has written a cycle of 9 Symphonies two of which have been recorded. The others are: No. 1(1980-4), No. 2 (1986-8), No. 5 "The 1916 Poets" for Baritone, Speaker and Orchestra (1991-2), No. 8 for 3 Boy Sopranos and Orchestra (1999) and No.9 for Strings (2004). He also wrote a Sinfonietta (1983), 2 Violin Concertos and a Cello Concerto.
 

Symphony No. 3 "Joie de Vivre" (1989)

Proinnsías Ó Duinn/The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 4)
MARCO POLO 8.223766 (1997)


Symphony No. 4 "The Four Provinces" (1990)

Proinnsías Ó Duinn/The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 3)
MARCO POLO 8.223766 (1997)

Symphony No.6 (1992)

Robert Houlihan/RTE National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No.7, Cuchulainn and Ferdia: Duel at the Ford and Prelude and Toccata for String Orchestra)
RTE LYRIC CD134 (2011)

Symphony No.7 (1997)

Robert Houlihan/RTE National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No.6, Cuchulainn and Ferdia: Duel at the Ford and Prelude and Toccata for String Orchestra)
RTE LYRIC CD134 (2011)

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HUGH WOOD
(b. 1932)

Born in Parbold, Lancashire. He studied in London with William Lloyd Webber, Anthony Milner, Iain Hamilton and Mátyas Seiber. He has had a distinguished teaching career including positions at Morley College, the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Glasgow and Cambridge. His catalogue encompasses works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments and voices. His other major works for orchestra are a Chamber Concerto and Concertos for Cello, Violin and Piano.
 
Symphony (1982)

Sir Andrew Davis/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Scenes from Comus)
NMC D070 (2001)

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SEÓIRSE BODLEY
(b. 1933)

Born in Dublin. He studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and University College and went to Stuttgart for composition lessons with Johann Nepomuk David. He worked as a conductor and was on the faculty of University College. He composed orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal music. His Chamber Symphony No. 2 (1982) has not been recorded.

Symphony No. 1 for Chamber Orchestra (1958-9)

Robert Houlihan/RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and A Small White Cloud Drifts over Ireland)
RTÉ LYRIC FM CD121 (2009)

Symphony No. 2 "I Have Loved the Lands of Ireland" (1980)

Robert Houlihan/RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and A Small White Cloud Drifts over Ireland)
RTÉ LYRIC FM CD121 (2009)


Symphony No. 3 for Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Baritone, Semi-Chorus, Children’s Chorus, Speaker, Audience and Orchestra "Ceol" (1980)

Colman Pearce/Aindreas O Gallchoir (speaker)/Violet Twomey (soprano)/Bernadette Greevy (mezzo)/Louis Browne (tenor)/William Young (baritone)/RTÉ Singers and Chorus/Our Lady's Choral Society/St. Patrick's Cathedral Boy Choir/RTÉ Symphony Orchestra
( + A. Potter: Symphony No. 1)
RTÉ RTE 61 (LP) (1981)
 
Symphony No. 4 (1991)

Colman Pearce/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 5)
MARCO POLO 8.225157 (2001)


Symphony No. 5 "The Limerick" (1991)

Colman Pearce/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 4)
MARCO POLO 8.225157 (2001)


Symphony for Chamber Orchestra No. 1 (1964)

Seóirse BodleyNew Irish Chamber Orchestra
( + Duff: Echoes of Georgian London)
NIRC NIR 012 (LP) (1974)


Sinfonietta (1999)

En Shao/National Youth Orchestra of Ireland
( + Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 { Finghin Collins –piano}, Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade and Bernstein: West Side Story-Symphonic Dances)
NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF IRELAND (2 CDs) (2001)

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COLIN BRUMBY
(b. 1933)

Born in Melbourne. He studied at the Melbourne University Conservatorium of Music. He had further compositional training with Philip Jarnach in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Alexander Goehr in London and Franco Evangelisti in Rome. He became music director of several major Australian orchestras and taught at the University of Queensland. He composed prolifically in most genres. His other works for orchestra include Symphony No. 2 "Mosaics of Ravenna" (1993), 2 Violin Concertos and Concertos for Piano, Viola, Cello, Organ, Guitar, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Horn and Trumpet.
 

Symphony No. 1 "The Sun" (1981)

Robert Boughen/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto {Wendy Pomroy – piano} + works by Eric Gross and Robert Allworth)
JADE JADCD1082

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WILLIAM MATHIAS
(1934-1992)

Born in Whitland, Wales. He studied with Ian Parrott (born 1916, composed 5 Symphonies) at the University College of Wales and at the Royal Academy of Music with Lennox Berkeley for composition. He then taught at the University College of North Wales. His musical output was enormous and ranged from opera to solo instrumental pieces. His other major orchestral works are 3 Piano Concertos, Concerto for Orchestra and Concertos for Organ, Violin, Harp, Harpsichord, Oboe and Clarinet.
 
Symphony No. 1, Op. 31 (1965)

Sir Charles Groves/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Joubert: Symphony No. 1)
LYRITA SRCD.340 (2010)
(original LP rellease: PYE VIRTUOSO TPLS 13023)(1970)

William Mathias/BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
NIMBUS NI 5260 (1990)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 90 "Summer Music" (1982)

William Mathias/BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
NIMBUS NI 5260 (1990)


Symphony No. 3 (1991)

Grant Llewelyn/ BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
( + Oboe Concerto {David Cowley – oboe})
NIMBUS NI 5343 (1992)


Sinfonietta, Op. 34 (1967)

William Mathias/Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra
( + Tippett: Suite in D, Ridout: Concertante Music and Arnold: Divertimento)
PYE GOLDEN GUINEA GSGC14103 (LP)(1968)

Arthur Davison/National Youth Orchestra of Wales
( + Dance Overture, Divertimento, Invocation and Dance, Prelude, Aria and Finale, Laudi and Vistas)
LYRITA SRCD.328 (1996)
(original LP: BBC REC-222) (1976)

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SIR PETER MAXWELL DAVIES
(b. 1934)

Born in Manchester. He studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music, in Rome with Goffredo Petrassi and at Princeton University with Roger Sessions, Milton Babbitt and Earl Kim. He founded several organizations for the purpose of performing contemporary music, organized music festivals, conducted and taught. He was appointed Master of the Queen’s Musick in 2004. He is one of the most prolific of contemporary composers with hundreds of works from operas to chamber music in his catalogue. In addition to the recorded Symphonies he has also written: No. 7 (2000), No. 8 "Antarctic Symphony" (2000), 10 Strathclyde Concertos for various instruments, Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto and many more works for orchestra.
 
Symphony No. 1 (1976)

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Mavis in Las Vegas)
NAXOS 8.572348 (2012)
(original CD release:COLLINS CLASSICS COL 1435-2) (1995)

Simon Rattle/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Points and Dances from Taverner)
UNIVERSAL CLASSICS 473721-2 (2003)
(original LP release: DECCA HEADLINE HEAD 21) (1979)


Symphony No. 2 (1980)

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
( + St Thomas Wake)
NAXOS 8.572349 (2012)
(original CD release: COLLINS CLASSICS COL 1403-2) (1994)


Symphony No. 3 (1984)

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Cross Lane Fair)
NAXOS 8.572350 (2012)
(original CD release: COLLINS CLASSICS COL 1416-2) (1995)

Sir Edward Downes/BBC Philharmonic
PRT BBC DIGITAL CD 560
(original LP release: BBC ARTIUM DIGITAL REGL 560) (1985)


Symphony No. 4 (1989)

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies/Scottish Chamber Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
NAXOS 8.572351 (2012)
(original CD release: COLLINS CLASSICS COL 1181-2) (1993)


Symphony No. 5 (1994)

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
NAXOS 8.572351 (2012)
(original CD release: COLLINS CLASSICS COL 1460-2) (1995)


Symphony No. 6 (1996)

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Time and the Raven)
NAXOS 8572352 (2012)
(original CD release: COLLINS CLASSICS 1482-2) (1997)


Sinfonia (1962)

Peter Maxwell Davies/ Scottish Chamber Orchestra
( + Sinfonia Concertante)
REGIS RRC 1148
UNICORN UKCD 2026 (1990)
(original LP release: UNICORN-KANCHANA DKP 9058)


Sinfonia Concertante for Wind Quintet and Orchestra (1982)

Peter Maxwell Davies/ Scottish Chamber Orchestra
( + Sinfonia)
REGIS RRC 1148
UNICORN UKCD 2026 (1990)
(original LP release:UNICORN-KANCHANA DKP 9058)


Sinfonia Accademica (1983)

Peter Maxwell Davies/ Scottish Chamber Orchestra
( + Into the Labyrinth)
UNICORN UKCD 2022 (1993)
(original LP release: Unicorn-Kanchana DKP 9038) (1987)

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SRUL IRVING GLICK
(1934-2002)

Born in Toronto. Studied at the University of Toronto with John Weinzweig and in Paris with Darius Milhaud, Louis Saguer and Max Deutsch. He taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music and York University and worked as a producer fror the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His catalogue is extensive and varied and includes a large amount of liturgical music. For orchestra he has written 2 Symphonies: No. 1 for Chamber Orchestra (1966) and No. 2 for Flute, Vibraphone, Percussion and Strings (1967) and Heritage (Dance Symphony, 1967) and Divertimento for Strings.
 

Sinfonia Concertante for String Orchestra (1961)

John Avison/CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra
( + Alexander Brott: Profundam Praedictum and Clermont Pépin: Monade No. 1)
RCA RED SEAL (Canada) LSC 3128 (LP) (1970)

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JIM PARKER
(b. 1934)

Born in Hartlepool, County Durham. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music. Played in orchestras and chamber groups before embarking on a very successful career as a conductor and composer for films and television.

Symphony for Readers and Orchestra "Oscar Wilde: Symphony in Yellow"

David Chernaik/Gerard Benson and Cicely Herbert (readers)/Apollo Chamber Orchestra
( + Clarinet Concerto, Betjeman's London and music by Geaorge Gershwin and Bud Powell)
MERIDIAN CDE 84396 (1999)

 

CARLO MARTELLI
(b. 1935)

Born in London. He had violin lessons and studied orchestral score reading and began to compose pieces of his own. At the age of 13, he first went to the Royal College of Music where he learned elementary harmony and studied composition under William Lloyd Webber. He changed his primary instrument from violin to viola and became an accomplished viola player. Upon leaving school at 16, he became a full-time student at the RCM, where his composition teacher was Bernard Stevens. He had early success as a composer but changing tastes consigned him to almost complete oblivion with the exception of film scores. He practically abandoned composition and made his living as a violist and arranger.Many of his early works, including his Symphony No. 1 (c. 1951), have been lost.

Symphony No. 2, Op. 6 (1955-6)

Martin Yates/Royal Scottish National Orchestrra
( + Joubert: Symphony No. 2, Alwyn: The Fairy Fiddler: Prelude and Derrybeg Fair)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7270 (2011)

 

NICHOLAS MAW
(1935-2009)

Born in Grantham, Lincolnshire. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music where Lennox Berkeley was his composition teacher and he went to Paris for further study with Nadia Boulanger and Max Deutsch. His academic career included appointments at the Royal Academy and the Trinity School of Music as well as at other schools in both the UK and USA. His extensive catalogue includes operas as well as orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal music. Some of his other major works for orchestra are a Violin Concerto, Odyssey and the recently premièred Cor Anglais Concerto.

Sinfonia for Small Orchestra (1966)

Norman Del Mar/English Chamber Orchestra
( + Addison: Divertimento for Brass Quartet, Gardner: Theme and Variations for Brass Quartet and Dodgson: Sonata for Brass Quintet)
LYRITA SRCD.307(2008)
(original LP release: ARGO ZRG 676) (1971)


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SIR RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT
(1936-2012)

Born in Broadstairs, Kent. He studied with Howard Ferguson and Lennox Berkeley at the Royal Academyof Music and in Paris with Pierre Boulez. He taught at the Royal Academy but then devoted himself primarily to composing and performing as a jazz pianist. He has wrote a large amount of music in a multitude of genres and has had great success in writing film scores. His major orchestral works also include: Symphony No. 2 (1968), Sinfonietta (1984), Concerto for Orchestra and Concertos for Violin, Viola, Double Bass and various other instruments.

Symphony No. 1 (1965)

Igor Buketoff/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Bax: Overture to a Picaresque Comedy and Berkeley: Divertimento)
RCA VICTOR SB 6730/RCA VICTOR LSC 3005 (LP) (1968)


Symphony No. 3 (1987)

James De Preist/Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto {Vadim Gluzman – violin} and Diversions)
KOCH INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS KIC 7341 (1996)

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PAUL M. DOUGLAS
(1936-2010)

Born in Constantine, Algeria in 1936, Paul began composing at his high school in France. He did his graduate studies in Hartford, Connecticu, completing a Masters degree in music history working with French masters Louis and Marcel Moyse. He moved to Canada to become a Full Professor at the University of British Columbia, where he held positions in Music History, Chamber Music, Woodwind Techniques, Conducting, Flute and Baroque Flute, as well as Director of Bands and Wind Ensembles and Coordinator of the Wind and Percussion Instruments Division.

Symphony No. 1 "Helvetia" (1993)

Frantisek Preilser Jr/Pilsen Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Ballade Niçoise)
SKYLARK SKY 2001 (2000)


Symphony No. 2 "La Cévenole " (1998)

Frantisek Preilser Jr/Pilsen Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Ballade Niçoise)
SKYLARK SKY 2001 (2000)

 


DAVID BEDFORD
(1937-2011)

 
Born in London. He studied at the Trinity College of Music and then with Lennox Berkeley at the Royal Academy of Music. He had additional studies with Luigi Nono in Rome. He taught at Queen’s College in London. He composed in many genres and styles and wrote much music for educational purposes. He composed a Symphony No. 2 for Wind Band (1987) and a Symphony for 12 Musicians (1981) and other works for orchestra.

 
Symphony No. 1 (1984)

Jac van Steen/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Recorder Concerto, Alleluia Timpanis and Twelve Hours of Sunset)
NMC DO49 (1998)

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GORDON CROSSE
(b. 1937)

Born in Bury, Lancashire. He studied music history with Egon Wellesz at Oxford and composition with Goffredo Petrassi at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He held various teaching and composer-in-residence positions at the Universities of Birmingham, Essex and Cambridge. The Symphony No. 1 was originally written in 1965 as a Sinfonia Concertante. His other major orchestral works include Symphony No. 2 (1975), two Violin Concertos, a Cello Concerto and a Concerto for Chamber Orchestra.


Symphony No. 1, Op. 13a (1965-1973)

Roderick Brydon/Scottish Chamber Orchestra
( + Elegy and Dreamsongs)
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 203 (LP) (1981)

Symphony No. 2, Op. 37 (1974-5)

Lawrence Foster/Royal Philh. Orchestra
( +Rands: Aum, for Solo Harp and Chamber Ens.)
BBC TRANSCRIPTION SERVICES CN 2553 (non-commercial LP) (1976)

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HOWARD BLAKE
(b. 1938)

Born in London. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with
Howard Ferguson and Harold Craxton. He is an extremely prolific composer (584 opus numbers as of May 2007) who has divided his time between music for movies and televison and music for the concert hall. His work for the media has brought him great fame. His major orchestral works are a Symphony in One Movement, Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto and Concertos for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet.

 

Sinfonietta for 10 Brass Instruments, Op. 300 (1981)

Paul Daniel/English Northern Philharmonia
( + Violin Concerto {Christiane Edinger – violin} and A Month in the Country Suite)
ASV CD DCA 905 (1994)

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JACQUES HÉTU
(1938-2010)

Born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. He first studied music at the University of Ottawa and then at the Quebec Conservatory of Music at Montreal with Clermont Pépin, Isabelle Delorme and Jean-Papineau Couture. He had further lessons with Lukas Foss at the Music Center and in Paris with Henri Duttileux and Olivier Messaien. He taught at several schools in the Montreal area and became director of the music department at the University of Quebec at Montreal. His catalogue comprises orchestral, chamber and vocal music. His other major orchestral works are: Symphonies Nos. 2 (1961), 4, Op. 55 (1993) and 5, Op. 81 (2009), Symphonie Concertante for Wind Quintet and Strings, Op. 40 (1986), Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Chamber Orchestra and Concertos for Piano, Trumpe and Flute.
 
Symphony No. 1 for Strings, Op. 2 (1959)

Jacques Beaudry/Orchestre à Cordes de Radio-Canada
( Otto Joachim: Concertante No. 1 and Jean Papineau-Couture: Pièce Concertante No. 3)
RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL RCI 293 (LP)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 18 (1971)

Pierre Hétu/Orchestre de Radio-Canada
( + Borodin: Symphony No. 2)
RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL RCI 436 (LP) (1976)

Franco Mannino/National Arts Centre Orchestra
( + Norman Symonds: Three Atmospheres, André Prévost: Célébration and Harry Somers: North Country)
CENTREDISCS CMC 2987 (LP) (1987)

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CLIVE JENKINS
(b.1938)

Born in Plymouth. He has worked as as a composer and pianist and was director of music at Plymouth College. He has also written and presented many programmes about West Country composers in the series Music Sou’ west for BBC Radio Devon and Cornwall. His catalogue includes orchestral, chamber, instrumental and choral works.

Sinfonietta for Strings (2007)

Peter Fisher/Chamber Ensemble of London
( + Variations on “Widecombe Fair", Arnold: 2 Violin Concerto, Elgar: Elegy, Ireland: The Holy Boy, Farnaby/Bantock: 7 Pieces for String Orchestra, Darke/Jenkins: Fantasy for Strings and Purcell: Abdelazer - Overture and Rondeau)
EM RECORDS EMR CD017 (2013)


JOHN McCABE
(b. 1939)

Born in Huyton, Liverpool. He studied composition at the University of Manchester with Humphrey Proctor- Gregg and at Royal Manchester College of Music with Thomas Pitfield. He had further training at the Munich Academy of Music as well as private lessons with Harald Genzmer. He has had a multi-faceted career as composer, pianist and teacher. His catalogue is extensive and includes works for the theatre, orchestral and chamber music. Some of his other large-scale orchestral works are: Symphony No. 3 "Hommages" (1973), Symphony (No. 5) "Edward II" (1998. from ballet of the same name), Symphony No.6 Symphony on a Pavane ((2006) and Symphony(Symphony No.7 “Labyrinth” (2007),The Chagall Windows, 2 Violin Concertos, Concerto Funèbre for Viola and Orchestra and 2 additional Piano Concertos.
 

Symphony No. 1 "Elegy" (1965)

John Snashall/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Leighton: Concerto for Strings and Adrian Cruft: Divertimento)
PYE VIRTUOSO TPLS13005 (LP) (1968)


Symphony No. 2 (1971)

Louis Frémaux/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
( + Notturni ed Alba and The Chagall Windows)
EMI CDM567120-2 (1999)
(original LP release: HMV ASD 2904 (1973)


Symphony No. 4 "Of Time and the River" (1993-4)

Vernon Handley/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Flute Concerto {Emily Beynon – flute})
HYPERION CDA67089 (1999)


Six-Minute Symphony (1997)

Donatas Katkus/St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra (Vilnius)
( + Concertante Variations on a theme of Nicholas Maw, Sinfonia Concertante and Sonata on a Motet)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7133 (2004)


Sinfonia Concertante (Piano Concerto No. 2) (1970)

Donatas Katkus/Tamami Honma (piano)/St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra (Vilnius)
( + Concertante Variations on a theme of Nicholas Maw, Six-minute Symphony and Sonata on a Motet)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7133 (2004)

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JOHN RIMMER
(b. 1939)

Born in Auckland. He studied composition at the University of Auckland under Ronald Tremain (1923-1998, composed a Symphony and a Symphony for Strings) and had further lessons with John Weinzweig at the University of Toronto. He held teaching posts at the Universities of Otago and Auckland. His compositions cover a wide range of genres from opera to electronic music. His Symphony No. 1 (1968), Viola Concerto and Europa - a Concerto for for Brass Band and Orchestra are his other large works for orchestra.
 

Symphony (No. 2) "The Feeling of Sound" (1989)

John Hopkins/Auckland Philharmonia
( + Edwin Carr: Symphony No. 3 and Ivan Zegni: Breath of Hope)
MANU CD 1415 (1992)

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PATRIC STANDFORD
(b. 1939)

Born in Barnsley, Yorkshire. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music with Edmund Rubbra and Raymond Jones. He had further lessons with Gian Francesco Malipiero in Italy and Witold Lutosławski in Poland. He taught at the Guildhall School and later became director of the music school at the University of Leeds. He has composed in all genres including a considerable number of major works for orchestra. His unrecorded Symphonies are: No. 2 "Christus-Requiem for 4 Soloists, Narrator, Chorus, Children’s Chorus and Orchestra (1971-2, rev. 1980), No. 3 "Towards Paradise" for Chorus and Orchestra (1982), No. 4 "Taikyoku" for 2 Pianos and Percussion (1975-9), No. 5 with Soprano Solo (1986) and No. 6 (1995). He also wrote a Concertos for Piano, Violin and Cello.

Symphony No. 1 "The Seasons, An English Year" (1972)

David Lloyd-Jones/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Cello Concerto and The Naiades: Prelude to a Fantasy)
BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS441CD (2012)


A Christmas Carol Symphony (1978)

Gavin Sutherland/Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
( + works by Bryan Kelly: Improvisations on Christmas Carols, Peter Warlock: Bethlehem Down, Philip Lane: Wassail Dances and Hely-Hutchinson: Carol Symphony)
NAXOS 8.557099 (2003)

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MARGARET LUCY WILKINS
(b. 1939)

Born in Kingston-upon-Thames.. She began composing as a child and then studied composition at Trinity College of Music in London with Gladdys Puttick and continued her education at the University of Nottingham where she studied composition with James Fulkerson. She taught music theory and piano in St. Andrews and lectured on composition and women in music at the University of Huddersfield and also taught at Queen's University in Belfast. She has composed stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, piano, organ, harpsichord and electro-acoustic music.

Symphony (1989)

Barrie Webb/Timisoara Symphony Orchestra
( + Musica Angelorum, Struwwelpeter, Burnt Sienna: Etude for String Trio and 366" for Solo Trombone)
VIENNA MODERN MASTERS VMM 3055 (2003


DEREK BOURGEOIS
(b. 1941)


Born in Kingston on Thames.. He graduated from Cambridge University with undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, and then spent two years at the Royal College of Music where he studied composition with Herbert Howells and conducting with Sir Adrian Boult. He was a Lecturer in Music at Bristol University, conductor of the Sun Life Band and was Chairman of the Composers Guild of Great Britain. He left his teaching post to become the Musical Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Later on, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Bristol Philharmonic Orchestra and become the Director of Music of St Paul's Girls' School in London. He has composed prolifically in many genres and is best known as a band specialist. However, he has written instrumental works in all possible combinations and has surpassed Havergal Brian as Britain's most productive symphonist. The numbered Symphonies that have been recorded are band arrangements of works originally scored for normal orchestra. The unrecorded Symphonies are: Nos. 1 in G minor, Op. 10 (1961), 2, Op. 27 (1968), 3, Op. 57 (1977), 5, Op. 68 (1980), 7, Op. 158 for Tenor Solo, Chorus and Orchestra "The First Two Thousand Years" (1999), 9, Op. 185 (2003), 10, Op. 190 (2003), 11, Op. 195 (2003), 12 in C, Op. 197 (2003), 13, Op. 199 "The Unlucky" (2003), 14 in One Movement , Op. 200 (2003), 15, Op. 201 (2003), 16, Op. 207 for Soprano Solo and Orchestra "Songs of Mallorca" (2004), 17, Op. 208 (2004), 18, Op. 214 (2004), 19, Op. 216 (2004), 20, Op. 218 (2005), 21, Op. 219 (2005), 22, Op. 224 (2005), 23, Op. 226 (2005), 24, Op. 230 (2005), 25 in One Movement, Op. 232 (2005), 26, Op. 233 (2005), 27, Op. 235 (2005), 28, Op. 237, (2006), 29, Op. 238 (2006), 30, Op. 241 (2006), 31, Op. 244 (2006), 32, Op. 245 (2006), 33, Op. 247 (2006), 34, Op. 249 (2006), 35, Op. 250 (2006), 36, Op. 252 (2007), 37, Op. 254 (2007), 38, Op. 256 (2007), 39, Op. 258 (2007), 40, Op. 259 (2007), 41 in C major, Op. 261 "Sinfonia Andalucia" (2007), 42, Op. 262 for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra “Life, the Universe and Everything” (2008), 43, Op. 270 "A Wedding Present for Norma" (2008), 44, Op. 273 (2009), 45, Op. 275 "What Ho! Symphony” (2009), 46, Op. 276 "A Dorset Symphony" (2009), 47 in One Movement, Op. 278 (2009), 48, Op. 280 (2009), 49, Op. 281 (2009), 50, Op. 284 (2009), 51 in A flat minor, Op. 286 (2009), 52, Op. 287 "The Halfway" (2009), 53 in C minor, Op. 288 "Sinfonia Semplice" (2010), 54, Op. 289 (2010), 55, Op. 290 (2010), 56, Op. 292 (2010), 57, Op. 294 (2010), 58 in One Movement, Op. 296 (2010), 59, Op. 298 "Percussion Symphony" (2010), 60, Op. 299 (2010), 61, Op. 300 (2010), 62, Op. 302 (2010), 63, Op. 303 (2011), 64, Op. 305 (2011), 65, Op. 306 “Overture, Concerto and Symphony” (2011), 66, Op. 311 (2011) and 67, Op. 315 “The Tuneful” (2011). There is also a Sinfonietta for Chamber Orchestra, Op. 93 (1984)

Symphony No. 4, Op. 58 "Wine Symphony" (1978)

Norbert Nozy/Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides
HAFABRA MUSIC ES 47.367 CD


Symphony No. 6, Op. 109 "A Cotswold Symphony" (1988)

Norbert Nozy/Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides
( + Borodin: Polovtsian Dances )
HAFABRA MUSIC ES 47.409 CD (2002)


Symphony No 8, Op.184a "The Mountains of Majorca" (2002)

Norbert Nozy/Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides
HAFABRA MUSIC ES 47.427 CD

Symphony Of Winds, Op. 67 (1980)

Pieter Jansen/Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy
( + Alto Sax Concerto, Fribourg, March Winds and
Double Concerto for Trumpet, Bass Trombone and Band)
MUSICA MUNDANA MUMU 30T9 (2005)

Timothy Reynish/Ithaca College Symphonic Band
( + Ranki: King Pomade Suite No. 2, Richard Rodney Bennett: Elegy for Miles Davis, Carroll: Blackwater and Connor: Tails aus dem Vood Viennoise)
MARK CUSTOM RECORDING SERVICE 6733 (2006)

Sinfonietta for Winds, Op. 85

Rolf Schumacher/Sinfonisches BlasOrchester Bern
( + Heins: Overtüre for Wind Band, Jaeggi: Triumph March, Weber: Concertino for Horn, Rossini: Introduction, Theme und Variation for Clarinet, Grainger: Country Gardens and J. Williams: The Cowboys)
TONSTUDIO LANZ CD 920629


EDWARD HARPER
(1941-2009)

Born in Taunton, Somerset. He studied at Oxford and the Royal College of Music where he was taught by Gordon Jacob and later in Milan under Franco Donatoni. In 1964 he became a lecturer in music at Edinburgh University. His Symphony No. 1 dates from 1979 and his other major works include a series of Three Fantasias for chamber orchestra, 11 strings and brass quintet respectively, Clarinet Concerto and two operas.

Symphony No. 2 for Chorus and Orchestra (2006)

Garry Walker/Scottish Chamber Chorus/Scottish Chamber Orchestra
( + Three Folk Settings, The Lowlands of Holland, The Ash Grove, Mairi's Wedding, and Scena II)
DELPHIAN DCD34069 (2008)


 
 
JENNY McLEOD
(b. 1941)

Born in Wellington. Studied at the University of Victoria where her teachers included Douglas Lilburn and David Farquhar. She then went to Europe where she had lessons from Olivier Messaien, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Luciano Berio. She became a professor at the University of Victoria. Her music is oriented to non-Western and other non-traditional sources. Her most important works are the large choral/orchestral pieces "Earth and Sky" and "Under the Sun."
 

Little Symphony (1963)

Kenneth Young/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Douglas Lilburn: Aotearoa Overture, Anthony Watson: Prelude & Allegro, Anthony Ritchie: The Hanging Bulb, Christopher Blake: Till Human Voices Wake Us, Gillian Whitehead: Resurgences, David Farquhar: A Short Suite from "Ring Round the Moon", Larry Pruden: Harbour Nocturne and Edwin Carr: The Snow Maiden)
CONTINUUM CCD 1073-2 (2 CDs) (1995)

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PHILIPP BRACANIN
(b. 1942)

Born in Boulder, Western Australia. He studied at the University of Western Australia. He became a professor at the University of Queensland. His catalogue includes works for orchestra as well as chamber, vocal and instrumental music. Some of his other orchestral works are: Symphony (No. 1) "Sinfonia Mescolanza" (1982), 2 Concertos for Orchestra, Concertos for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Clarinet, Oboe and Trombone.

 

Symphony No. 2 "Choral" (1995, rev. 1997)

Werner Andreas Albert/Margaret Schindler (soprano), The Brisbane Chorale/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
ABC CLASSICS 465 433-2 (2000)

 
Symphony No. 3 (1995, rev. 1997)

Werner Andreas Albert/Queensland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
ABC CLASSICS 465 433-2 (2000)

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PHILIP SPRATLEY
(b. 1942)

Born in Balderton, Nottinghamshire. He played the piano and organ as a youth and then studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music where Thomas Pitfield was his composition teacher. He held various teaching positions including a 20 year stint as Director of Music at Bourne Abbey. His catalogue is not extensive but includes the opera "Rutterkin," and a Violin Concerto. His other Symphonies are Nos. 1' Op. 28 'A Choral Symphony' (1981-3) and 2, Op.56 "A Symphony in Autumn" (2008-9).

Symphony No. 3, Op.64 "Sinfonia Pascale" (2010-13)

Dmitry Vasiliev/Siberian Symphony Orchestra
( + Sinfonia Pascale, Cargoes and A Helpston Fantasia)
TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC 0194 (2013)


Sinfonietta for String Orchestra, Op. 6 (rev. 1987)

Barry Wordsworth/Royal Ballet Sinfonia
( + Clarinet Concertino, Recorder Concertino and Suite for Harp, Trumpet and Strings)
TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC 0088 (2009)


 
 
ROSS EDWARDS
(b. 1943)

Born in Sydney. He studied at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music and the University of Adelaide with teachers that included Peter Sculthorpe and Richard Meale. He went to the UK for further lessons with Peter Maxwell Davies and also with Sándor Veress in Switzerland. He has done some teaching but has been able to devote most of his musical time to composing. His large catalogue includes works for orchestra, chamber groups and voice. His other Symphonies are: No. 2 "Earth Spirit Songs" for Soprano and Orchestra (1996-7) and No. 5 "The Promised Land" for Children’s Choir and Orchestra (2004-5). He has also written Concertos for Piano, Violin, Oboe and Guitar.
 

Symphony No 1 "Da Pacem Domine" (1996-7)

Richard Mills/Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (rec. 2002)
( + Symphony No. 4)
ABC CLASSICS 476 6161 (2008)

David Porcelijn/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
(+ Violin Concerto {Dene Olding – violin} and Yarrageh Nocturne)
ABC CLASSICS 438 610-2 (2002)


Symphony No. 3 "Mater Magna" (1998-2000)

Markus Stenz/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
(+Peter Sculthorpe: Music for Federation and Brenton Broadstock: Federation Flourish)
ABC CLASSICS 461 830-2 (2001)

Symphony No. 4 "Star Chant" (2001)

Richard Mills/Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus/Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (rec. 2002)
( + Symphony No. 1)
ABC CLASSICS 476 6161 (2008)

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DAVID MATTHEWS
(b. 1943)

Born in London. He studied composition privately with Anthony Milner and received advice from Nicholas Maw (b. 1935, composed a Sinfonia for Small Orchestra). He has written books and articles on music and served as Benjamin Britten’s assistant at Alderburgh. He has composed orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal and piano works. His other orchestral works include Sinfonia, Op. 67 (1995-6), 2 Violin Concertos and an Oboe Concerto.

Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 (1975-8)

Martyn Brabbins/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7222 (2009)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 17 (1976-9)

Jac Van Steen/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Symphony No. 6)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7234 (2010)

Symphony No. 3, Op. 37 (1985-5)

Martyn Brabbins/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7222 (2009)

 
Symphony No. 4, Op. 52 (1989-90)

Malcolm Nabarro/East of England Orchestra
( + Cantiga, September Music and Introit)
NMC D084 (2001)
(original CD release: COLLINS CLASSICS 2008-2) (1993)

Symphony No. 5, Op. 78 (1998-9)

Martyn Brabbins/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7222 (2009)


Symphony No. 6, Op. 100 (2003-7)

Jac Van Steen/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Symphony No. 2)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7234 (2010)

Symphony No. 7, Op. 109 (2008-09)

John Carewe/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Vespers)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7305 (2013)

 

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ROGER SMALLEY
(b. 1943)

Born in Swinton, Manchester. He studied at the Royal College of Music where his composition teachers were Peter Racine Fricker and John White. He had private lessons with Alexander Goehr and studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne. He went to Australia in 1971 and taught at the University of Western Australia. As a pianist he has performed much music by avant- garde composers. He has written for the theater as well as orchestral, chamber and vocal music. His other works for orchestra include Concertos for Piano, Cello, Oboe and Contrabassoon.

Symphony (1991)

Patrick Thomas/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto { Roger Smalley – piano})
OZ MUSIC OZM-1001 (1987)

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FRANK CORCORAN
(b. 1944)

Born in Tipperary. He studied in Dublin, Rome and with Boris Blacher in Berlin. He worked as a music inspector for the Irish Board of Education and taught at various schools in Germany and America. He has written orchestral, chamber, instrumental, vocal and electromiic music. His other orchestral works include: Symphony No. 1 (1980), Chamber Symphony No. 1 (1976), Symphony No.1 for 23 Wind Instruments (1981) and Concerto for String Orchestra.
 

 
Symphony No. 2 (1981)

Colman Pearce/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4)
MARCO POLO 8.225107 (1999)


Symphony No. 3 (1984)

Colman Pearce/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4)
MARCO POLO 8.225107 (1999)


Symphony No. 4 (1996)

Colman Pearce/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3)
MARCO POLO 8.225107 (1999)

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CHRISTOPHER GUNNING
(b. 1944)

Born in Cheltenham. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music where his teachers included Edmund Rubbra and Richard Rodney Bennett. Until quite recently most of his compositional efforts have been devoted to scores for movies and television and he has had great success in this area. Of late, however, he has composed a number of concert works including Symphony No. 2 as well as Concertos for Piano, Oboe, Saxophone and Clarinet.
 
Symphony No. 1 (2002)

Christopher Gunning/Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto {Olga Dudnik – piano} and Storm)
ALBANY TROY 686 (2004)


Symphony No. 3 (2005)

Christopher Gunning/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4 and Oboe Concerto)
CHANDOS CHAN 10525 (2009)


Symphony No. 4 (2007)

Christopher Gunning/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3 and Oboe Concerto)
CHANDOS CHAN 10525 (2009)

Symphony No. 5 (2009)

Christopher Gunning./Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + String Quartet No. 1)
DISCOVERY MUSIC AND VISION DMV105 (2013)

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ROSS HARRIS
(b.1945)

Born in Amberley, New Zealand. He studied in Christchurch and Wellington and taught at the Victoria University of Wellington Music Department for over thirty years.After his retirement, he became a freelance composer. He has composed operas, orchestral, chamber, piano, vocal, jazz, klezmer and electronic works. His Symphony No. 1 is from 2005.

Symphony No. 2 for Soprano and Orchestra (2005-6)

Madeleine Pierard (soprano)/Marko Letonja/Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
NAXOS 8.572574 (2012)


Symphony No. 3 (2007-8)

Madeleine Pierard (soprano)/Marko Letonja/Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
NAXOS 8.572574 (2012)

 

JOHN SPEIGHT
(b.1945)

Born in Plymouth. At the Guildhall School of Music, he first trained as a singer but also studied composition with Richard Rodney Bennett. He moved permanently to Iceland in 1972. He has composed operas, orchestral and instrumental works.

Symphony No. 1 "Sinfonia Trittico" (1983-4)

Páll Pamplicher Pálsson/Iceland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Clarinet Concerto)
ICELANDIC MUSIC ITM7-14 (2001)


Symphony No. 2 for Soprano and Orchestra (1991)

Anne Manson/Julie Kennard (soprano)/Iceland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Clarinet Concerto)
ICELANDIC MUSIC ITM7-14 (2001)


 
 
JOHN METCALF
(b. 1946)

Born in Swansea. He studied composition with Alun Hoddinott at University College, Cardiff and then had private lessons with Don Banks as well as instruction in electronic music at Goldsmith's College in London. Later on he worked with Paul Fetler at the University of Minnesota. He is a joint citizen of the UK and Canada and has served as artistic director at the Banff Centre in Canada and the Glamorgan and Swansea Festivals in Wales. Considered one of Wales’ leading contemporary composers, he has composed operas as well as works for orchestra, chamber groups, solo instruments and voice. His other orchestral works include a Marimba Concerto and Mapping Wales for Harp and Strings.
 
Cello Symphony "the song is wordless - the singing will never be done" (2004)

William Boughton/Raphael Wallfisch (cello)/English Symphony Orchestra
( + Mapping Wales and Plain Chants)
NIMBUS NI5746 (2005)

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STEVEN GELLMAN
(b. 1947)

Born in Toronto. He first studied locally with Samuel Dolin at the Royal College of Music and then went to the Juilliard School of Music in New York where his teachers were Vincent Persichetti, Roger Sessions and Luciano Berio. Later on he had further lessons at Aspen with Darius Milhaud and at the Paris Conservatoire with Olivier Messiaen. Back in Canada, he became a professor at the University of Ottawa. He has composed in various genres including piano solo, chamber music, vocal, choral and many orchestral works. Among the latter are his Symphony II (1972), Universe Symphony (1986) and 2 Piano Concertos and a Viola Concerto.

Symphony in Two Movements (1971)

Boris Brott/Hamilton Philharmonic Virtuosi
( + Bizet: Jeux d’Enfants, Fauré: Pavane and Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring and Summer Night on the River)
CBC BR SM 295 (LP) (1976)

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PAUL PATTERSON
(b. 1947)

Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Elizabeth Lutyens, Hans Keller and Harrison Birtwistle and also had private lessons from Richard Rodney Bennett. He has taught at the Royal Academy as well as the University of Warwick and has composed prolifically in most genres with a special emphasis on orchestral and chamber music. Some of his other works for orchestra are: Piccolo Sinfonia, Op. 10 (1971), Concerto for Orchestra and Concertos for Violin, Cello, Horn, Clarinet and Trumpet.

Sinfonia for Strings, Op. 46 (1982)

Geoffrey Simon/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Mass of the Sea)
PICKWICK CRRPO 5008 (1999)

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MICHAEL BERKELEY
(b. 1948)

Born in London, the son of Sir Lennox Berkeley. He studied with his father at the Royal Academy of Music and then privately with Richard Rodney Bennett and worked closely with Benjamin Britten who was his godfather. In addition to several positions as composer-in-residence, he has teaches at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. His catalogue comprises music for the theater as well as orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal music. His larger works for orchestra include Uprising: Symphony in One Movement (1980), Concerto for Orchestra, Fantasia Concertante and Concertos for Cello, Viola, Organ, Clarinet, Oboe and Horn.
 
Chamber Symphony (1980)

Nash Ensemble
( + Clarinet Quintet, Piano Trio and Fierce Tears I)
HYPERION A 66213 (LP) (1985)

Uprising (Symphony for Chamber Orchestra in One Movement) (1980)

Charles Peebles/Southern Pro Arte
( + The Romance of the Rose and Leighton: Organ Concerto)
HYPERION A66097 (LP) (1984)

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DAVID F. GOLIGHTLY
(b. 1948)

Born in Stanhope County, Durham. He studied composition with Richard Steinitz at Huddersfield University and later with Alfred Neiham at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Major works include the St. Petersburg Mass that was premiered in the State Capella Hall, St. Petersburg in 1994. The first and second symphonies and a number of concertos and chamber pieces have been recorded or have been scheduled for recording.

Symphony No. 1 "The Middlesbrough Symphony" (2000)

Gavin Sutherland/City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
( + 3 SeaScapes)
MODRANA MUSIC ASC CS CD38 (2000)

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JONATHAN LLOYD
(b. 1948)

Born in London. He trained at the Royal College of Music where his composition teachers were Emile Spira, Edwin Roxburgh and John Lambert. He had further lessons in America with György Ligeti at the Berkshire Music Center. His catalogue is large and varied and he has received many commissions and performances by major orchestras. He has written 5 Symphonies thus far. The unrecorded ones are: No. 1 (1983), No. 3 for Chamber Orchestra (1987) and No. 5 (1989). He has written Concertos for Piano, Violin and Viola.
 
Symphony No. 2 (1983-4)

Lothar Zagrosek/South-West German Radio Orchesta
( + Mass for Six Solo Voices)
LARGO 5118 (1992)


Symphony No. 4 (1988)

Martyn Brabbins/BBC Symphony Orchestra
NMC DO46M (1998)

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SHAUN DAVEY
(b. 1948)

Born in Belfast. He studied art history in Dublin and London but established himself as a composer of advertising jingles and film scores. His concert music can be described as symphonic folk music and emphasizes Irish history and legends. His other orchestral works are a Concerto for Uillean Pipes and a Concerto for 2 Harps.
 

The Relief of Derry Symphony (1989)

Gearóid Grant/Liam O'Flynn (uillean pipes), Rita Connolly (soprano), Gerard McChrystal (soprano saxophone)/UlsterOrchestra
Tara CD3024 (1990)

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JEANNE ZAIDEL-RUDOLPH
(b. 1948)

Sefirot Symphony for Winds, Brass, Percussion and Harp (1992)

Omri Hadari/National Symphony Orchestra
( + Masada, Tempus Fugit, At the End of the Rainbow, Virtuoso I, and Fanfare Festival Overture)
CLAREMONT CD GSE 1532 (1994)


 
 
CHRISTOPHER BLAKE
(b. 1949)


Born in Christchurch. He studied at the University of Canterbury School of Music and then went to England for further training at the University of Southampton School of Music. He has held a number of posts in music administration including the title of general manager of the National Opera of New Zealand and the Auckland Philharmonia. He has composed in a wide variety of genres from opera to chamber music. Among his other works for orchestra area Concerto Aoraki for Violin and Orchestra and a Piano Concerto "The Coming of Tane Mahuta."

 

Symphony "The Islands" (1992-5)

Lucas Vis /New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Echelles de Glace, The Furnace of Pihanga and We All Fall Down)
ATOLL CD 403 (2003)

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RICHARD MILLS
(b. 1949)

Born in Toowoomba, Queensland. He studied in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and worked as a percussionist in England and for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He started conducting and composing in the 1980s and has composed orchestral, chamber, instrumental, choral and vocal works as well as music for the stage.

Symphony of Nocturnes (2008)

Richard Mills/ Geoff Lierse (theremin)/ Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
( + Pages from a Secret Journal, Bamaga Diptych, Tenebrae and Archangels' Trumpet Song for the Majesty of Clouds in Moonlight)
ABC CLASSICS ABC4764217 (2 CDs) (2011)

 

PHILIP WILBY
(b. 1949)

Born in Pontefract, West Yorkshire..He was educated at Leeds Grammar School and Keble College, Oxford, His interest in composition was stimulated by Herbert Howells whose extra-curricular composition classes he attended while a violinist in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. A serious commitment to composition developed while attending Oxford where he gained his B Mus in composition. He worked as a professional violinist at Covent Garden and later with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.. He became a lecturer at the University of Leeds where he taught various composition, liturgy, directing, and score reading classes and was co-founder of the Leeds University Liturgical Choir.
As a composer, he has written in various genres but specializes in music for winds and brass. Among his other works is a Little Symphony for Brass (1985)

Symphonia Sacra for Wind Ensemble (1986)

Lawrence Sutherland/California State University (Fresno) Wind Ensemble
( + Revelation, The Lowry Sketchbook, Purcell Fantasia and Toccata Brilliante)
DOYEN DOYCD053 (1996)

Revelation : Symphony for Double Brass (1995)

James Watson/Black Dyke Mills Band
( + Sinfonia Sacra, The Lowry Sketchbook, Purcell Fantasia and Toccata Brilliante)
DOYEN DOYCD053 (1996)


MICHAEL MATTHEWS
(b. 1950)

Born in Gander, Newfoundland to American parents. He studied composition with Larry Austin at the University of North Texas and Aurelio de la Vega at California State University Northridge and also studied conducting with Anshel Brusilow and Lawrence Christianson. He was a lecturer in music at the University of Manitoba, assistant professor of music at Mokwon Methodist U in Seoul, South Korea, a founding director of the Manitoba Institute for Music Technology and then became assistant professor and founding director of the computer music studio in the School of Music, University of Manitoba. He has composed orchestral, chamber, instrumental, vocal, choral and electronic works. Amomg his orchestral works are his Symphonies Nos. 2 (2001) and 3 (2005).


Symphony No. 1 (1994)

Virko Baley/Kiev Camerata Orchestra
( + Out of the Earth for Soprano and Chamber Orchestra)
TROPPE NOTE/CAMBRIA TNC CD-1415 (2001)

 

PETER PAUL NASH
(b.1950)

Symphony No. 1 (1991)

Martyn Brabbins/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Apollinaire Choruses)
NMC D055 (1999)


 
 

JOHN BUCKLEY
(b. 1951)

Born in Templeglantine, County Limerick. His composition teachers were James Wilson (1922-2005, composed 3 Symphonies), Alun Hoddinott and John Cage. He teaches at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and does broadcasts for Irish Radio. He has written orchestral, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral music and has won several prizes. His only Symphony thus far is supplemented in his orchestral catalogue by Concertos for Organ, Bassoon and Alto Saxophone, a Concerto for Chamber Orchestra and Quatuor for Four Orchestras.
 
Symphony No. 1 (1987-8)

Colman Pearce/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Organ Concerto {Peter Sweeney – organ})
MARCO POLO 8.223876 (1999)

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RONALD CORP
(b. 1951)

Born in Wells, Somerset. He had his musical education at Oxford University. He founded the New London Orchestra in 1988 and the New London Children's Choir in 1991. He has conducted various orchestras and has made many acclaimed recordings with his own orchestra. As a composer, he has produced orchestral, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral works.

Symphony No. 1 (2009)

Ronald Corp/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto No. 1 and Guernsey Postcards)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7233 (2009)



STEPHEN McNEFF
(b. 1951)


Born in Northern Ireland, he grew up in Wales. He studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and did his post-graduate work at the University of Exeter. He has been a full time professional composer for over thirty years specializing in the areas of music theater and opera. He has also composed orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal works.

Sinfonia (2007)

Dominic Wheeler/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
( + Heiligenstadt, Weathers and Secret Distractions)
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7301 (2013)

 

PHILIP SAWYERS
(b. 1951)

Born in London. He studied violin with Colin Sauer, Joan Spencer and Max Rostal, and composition with Helen Glatz with guidance from Buxton Orr, Patric Standford and Edmund Rubbra. He was a member of the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden and now works as a violinist, composer, and teacher. His Symphony No. 2 appeared in 2008.

Symphony No. 1 (2004)

David Lockington /Grand Rapids Symphony (rec. 2004)
( + The Gale of Life and Symphonic Music for Strings and Brass)
NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6129 (2010)


PHILIP SPARKE
(b. 1951)

Born in London. He studied composition, trumpet and piano at the Royal College of Music. He has specialized in composing and conducting band music. His catalogue contains numerous works for various types of bands.

Symphony for Band (Symphony No. 1)"Earth, Water, Sun, Wind" (1999)

Kazumasa Watanabe/ Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band
( + Jager: Sinfonia Nobilissima, R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier - Waltzes and Don Juan)
FONTEC FOCD9156 (2001)

Savannah Symphony for Wind Band (Symphony No. 2) (2010)

Hans Leenders/Royal Netherlands Army Band
( + A Savannah Symphony (Symphony No 2, Maple Leaf Overture; The Sun Will Rise Again, White Light; Calcott: Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, Rota: The Godfather Waltz and Ravel: Bolero)
ANGLO RECORDS AR 027-3 (2011)

Sinfonietta No. 1 for Concert Band (1990)

Rob Wiffin/Central Band of the Royal Air Force
( + Fiesta!, Diversions, Ellerby: New World Dances and Gregson: The Kings Go Forth)
POLYPHONIC QPRM 134D

Sinfonietta No. 2 for Wind Orchestra (1992)

Douglas Bostock/Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra
( + De Meij: Continental Overture, Gregson: The sword and the crown, Cesarini: Mosaici Bizantini and Van der Roost: Dynanica)
KOSEI KOCD-3904 (1999)

Rob Wiffin/Central Band of the Royal Air Force
( + Pantomime, Mountain Song, Short: Old English Suite, Platts: Delta Dances and Patterson: Mighty Voice).
POLYPHONIC QPRM 124D

Sinfonietta No. 3 for Concert Band "Rheinfelden Sketches" (1990)

Tijman BotmaJohan Willem Friso Military Band
( + York'scher Marsch, Portrait of a City, Sleepers, Wake, The White Rose, Morning Song, Three Reger Chorale Preludes and Suite from Hymn of the Highlands)
ANGLO RECORDS AR 004-3 (2000)


Sinfonietta No. 4 for Wind Band "Stramproy Centennial" (2009)

Hans Leenders/Royal Netherlands Army Band
( + A Savannah Symphony (Symphony No 2, Maple Leaf Overture; The Sun Will Rise Again, White Light; Calcott: Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, Rota: The Godfather Waltz and Ravel: Bolero)
ANGLO RECORDS AR 027-3 (2011)

Kazumasa Watanabe/Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band
( + L. Anderson: Piano Concerto, Salfelder: Cathedrals, Giroux: Poseidon, A. Reed: Othello and D. Brubeck: Blue Rondo à la Turk)
FONTEC FOCD9513 (2011)



BRENTON BROADSTOCK
(b. 1952)

Born in Melbourne. His higher musical education began at Monash College in Melbourne, continued in America at Memphis State University and culminated with lessons from Peter Sculthorpe at the University of Sydney. He joined the faculty of the University of Melbourne and has composed music for the theater, orchestra, band, chamber groups, solo instruments and voice. The Symphonies are supplemented in his orchestral catalogue by Concertos for tuba, piano and saxophone.
 
Symphony No. 1 "Toward the Shining Light" (1988)

Richard Mills/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
( + Barry Conyngham: Recurrences and Don Banks: Trilogy)
ABC CLASSICS 426 807-2 (1990)

Andrew Wheeler/Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 4 & 5)
ETCETERA RECORDS KTC 2026 (2 CDs) (2001)


Symphony No. 2 "Stars in a Dark Night" (1989)

Andrew Wheeler/Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4 & 5)
ETCETERA RECORDS KTC 2026 (2 CDs) (2001)


Symphony No. 3 "Voices from the Fire" (1991)

Andrew Wheeler/Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4 & 5)
ETCETERA RECORDS KTC 2026 (2 CDs) (2001)


Symphony No. 4 "Born from Good Angel's Tears" (1995)

Andrew Wheeler/Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 5)
ETCETERA RECORDS KTC 2026 (2 CDs) (2001)


Symphony No. 5 "Dark Side" (1999)

Andrew Wheeler/Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 4)
ETCETERA RECORDS KTC 2026 (2 CDs) (2001)

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JOHN ELMSLY
(b. 1952)

Born in Auckland. He studied at Victoria University in Wellington with Douglas Lilburn and David Farquhar. His education continued in Belgium with Victor Legley at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and with Henri Pousseur, Philippe Boesmans and Frederic Rzewski in Liège. After returning to New Zealand he was appointed a lecturer at the University of Auckland. He composes in various genres including electronic music and some of his other orchestral works are Sinfonia (1980), Sinfonietta (19810, Triple Concerto for Clarinet, Cello, Piano and Small Orchestra and Pacific Hockets.

Cello Symphony (1986)

James Tennant (cello)/John Hopkins/Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra
( + C. Blake: The Coming of Tane Mahuta and The Lamentations of Motuarohia)
RIBBONWOOD RCD 1003 (1990)

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OLIVER KNUSSEN
(b. 1952)

Born in Glasgow but brought up in London. As a teenager he studied composition with John Lambert and later with Gunther Schuller at the Bershire Music Center. At age 17 he made a sensational debut as both composer and conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra with a performance of his Symphony No. 1 (1966-7). He has subsequently built successful careers as composer, conductor and teacher at the Royal College of Music. Besides the Symphonies his orchestral catalogue includes a Concerto for Orchestra and a Violin Concerto.
 
Symphony No. 2, Op. 7 (1970-1)

Oliver Knussen/(Elaine Barry – soprano)/London Sinfonietta
( + Symphony No. 3, Trumpets, Ophelia Dances: Book I, Coursing and Cantata)
NMC NMCD 175 (2012)
(original LP release: UNICORN-KANCHANA RHD 400) (1982)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 18 (1973-9)

Vladimir Ashkenazy/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Walton: Symphony No. 2 and Britten: Serenade)
RPO CDRPO8023 (1991)

Michael Tilson Thomas/Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2, Ophelia Dances: Book I, Coursing and Cantata)
NMC NMCD 175 (2012)
(original LP release: UNICORN-KANCHANA RHD 400) (1982)

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ROBERT SAXTON
(b. 1953)

Born in London. He studied privately with Elizabeth Lutyens, at Cambridge with Robin Holloway, at Oford with Robert Sherlaw Johnson and in Italy with Luciano Berio. He went on to teach at the Guildhall School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and at Oxford. He has produced a large catalogue of music for orchestra, chamber groups, solo instruments and voice. His larger works for orchestra include a Symphony for Soprano, Baritone and Orchestra (1993-5), Concerto for Orchestra and Concertos for Violin and Cello.
 
Chamber Symphony "The Circles of Light" (1985-6)

Oliver Knussen/London Sinfonietta
( + Concerto for Orchestra, The Ring of Eternity, The Sentinel of the Rainbow)
EMI CLASSICS CDM566530-2 (1990)

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CARL VINE
(b. 1954)

Born in Perth. He studied composition at the University of Western Australia with John Exton. He worked as a pianist and conductor for various organizations and taught at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He has composed prolifically in most genres with a penchant for scores for ballet and film. His other orchestral works include a Percussion Concerto, Concerto Grosso and Legend Suite.
 

Symphony No. 1 "Micro Symphony" (1986)

Stuart Challender/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
(+ Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 4.2, 5, 6 and Celebrare Celeberrime)
ABC CLASSICS 476 7179 (2 CDs) (2000)
 
Symphony No. 2 (1988)

Stuart Challender/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
(+ Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4.2, 5, 6 and Celebrare Celeberrime)
ABC CLASSICS 476 7179 (2 CDs) (2000)


Symphony No. 3 (1990)

Stuart Challender/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
(+ Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4.2, 5, 6 and Celebrare Celeberrime)
ABC CLASSICS 476 7179 (2 CDs) (2000)


Symphony No. 4.2 (1993, rev. 1998)

Edo de Waart/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
(+ Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and Celebrare Celeberrime)
ABC CLASSICS 476 7179 (2 CDs) (2000)


Symphony No. 5 "Percussion" (1995)

Edo de Waart/Synergy (percussion)/Sydney Symphony Orchestra
(+ Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4.2, 6 and Celebrare Celeberrime)
ABC CLASSICS 476 7179 (2 CDs) (2000)


Symphony No. 6 "Choral" (1996)

Edo de Waart/ Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir /Sydney Symphony Orchestra
(+ Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4.2, 5 and Celebrare Celeberrime)
ABC CLASSICS 476 7179 (2 CDs) (2000)

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KENNETH YOUNG
(b. 1955)

Born in Christchurch. As a brass player from childood and after some musical training in America, he started his professional musical career playing tuba. He became pricipal tuba of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and began conducting as well becoming one of his country’s leading conductors. In addition to composing and conducting he has also taught at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University. His other major works for orchestra are: Symphony No. 2 (2004), Sinfonietta (1983), Piano Concerto and Tuba Concerto.
 

Symphony (No. 1) (1998)

Kenneth Young/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + Dance and Virgen de la Esperanza)
TRUST MMT 2027 (1998)

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DARROL BARRY
(b. 1956)

Born in Salford. On his own, he developed an interest in band music and began arranging and composing while teaching himself harmony and counterpoint. He enrolled on the band musicianship course at Salford under Roy Newsome, Goff Richards, David Loukes and Geoff Whitham. Through Newsome, he was able to study with Joseph Horovitz at the Royal College of Music in London and then went on to become a freelance composer and arranger working for several publishers and lectured in composing and arranging at Salford University and other schools. His output is mostly for brass and military band.

Salford Sinfonietta (1992)

Richard Evans/BNFL Band
( + Butterworth: Sinfonia for Brass, Steadman-Allen: The Journeyman, Bulla: Chorale and Toccata ans Sparke: Partita)
Polyphonic Records QPRL062D (2000)



SALLY BEAMISH
(b. 1956)

Born in London. She studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Anthony Gilbert and Lennox Berkeley. She began her musical career as a violist but after moving to Scotland composing became her main focus. He catalogue encompasses music for the stage as well as orchestral, chamber, choral and vocal music. Her orchestral output is substantial and and includes Symphony Nos. 2 (1998), 3 Viola Concertos and Concertos for Cello, Trumpet and Accordion.

Symphony No. 1 (1992)

Martyn Brabbins/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Flute Concerto and Violin Concerto)
BIS CD-1601 (2010)



KEITH BURSTEIN
(b. 1957)

Born in Brighton. He attended the Royal College of Music where he studied composition with Bernard Stevens and John Lambert.. His early compositions were written in the atonal style but he made a dramatic shift towards composing tonally during the late 1980s. He is also active as a conductor and music theorist.
 
 
MATTHEW CURTIS
(b. 1959)

Born in Embleton, Cumbria. He had private piano and organ lessons but is self-taught in composition. He is not a performing musician and has learned orchestration by reading scores. He gained recognition for his light orchestral music many examples of which were broadcast by the BBC. He has also written more serious works including Symphony in D major (1980), Suite for Orchestra and Divertimento for Orchestra.
 
Sinfonietta (2001)

Gavin Sutherland/Royal Ballet Sinfonia
( + Little Dance Suite, Romanza, Autumn Song, Irish Lullaby, Graduation Day, Ring in the New and Bon Voyage)
CAMPION CAMEO 2035 (2005)

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JAMES MACMILLAN
(b. 1959)

Born in Kilwinning, Scotland. He studied with Rita McAllister at the University of Edinburgh and went on to the University of Durham where John Casken (b. 1949, composed Symphony "Broken Consort") was his composition teacher. After teaching at the University of Manchester, he devoted himself to composition with great productivity and remarkable success. His catalogue covers the fields of operatic, orchestral, chamber, piano and vocal music. Some of his other works for orchestra are Cello Concerto, Clarinet Concerto, Piano concerto No. 2 "A Scottish Bestiary" and the Percussion Concerto "Veni, Veni, Emmanuel."
 
Symphony (No. 1) "Vigil" (1997)

Osmo Vänskä/Fine Arts Brass Ensemble/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
BIS CD-990 (1999)


Symphony No. 2 (1999)

James MacMillan/Scottish Chamber Orchestra
( + Sinfonietta and Cumnock Fair)
BIS CD-1119 (2000)


Symphony No. 3 "Silence" (2002)

James MacMillan/BBC Philharmonic
( + The Confession of Isobel Gowdie)
CHANDOS CHAN 10275 (2005)


Sinfonietta (1991)

James MacMillan/Scottish Chamber Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Cumnock Fair)
BIS CD-1119 (2000)

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ANTHONY RITCHIE
(b. 1960)

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, son of the composer John Ritchie (b. 1921). He received his musical training at the University of Canterbury and later studied under Attila Bozay at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. He was composer- in- residence with the Dunedin Sinfonia where he composed his Symphony No. 1 and has had success as a film composer. Among his other works for orchestra are a Viola Concerto, Flute Concertino and a Concertino for Piano and Strings.

Symphony No. 1, Op. 59 "Boum" (1993)

Marc Taddei/Christchurch Symphony
( + Symphony No. 2)
KIWI-PACIFIC CD SLD-115 (2007)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 95 "The Widening Gyre" (1999)

Marc Taddei/Christchurch Symphony
( + Symphony No. 1)
KIWI-PACIFIC CD SLD-115 (2007)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 150 "Janus" (2010)

Tecwyn Evans/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
( + A Bugle Will Do, French Overture and Revelations)
ATOLL RECORDS CDACD741 (2012)


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BRETT DEAN
(b.1961)

Born in Brisbane. He studied at the Queensland Conservatory before moving to Germany where he was a violist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Returning to Australia, his posts included Artistic Director of the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. He has composed orchestral, chamber, choral and vocal works.

Pastoral Symphony for Chamber Orchestra (2000)

H.K. Gruber/Swedish Chamber Orchestra
( + The Siduri Dances, Water Music and Carlo)
BIS CD-1576 (2009)

 

C.S.L. (STEPHEN) PARKER
(b. 1961)

Born in born in Melton Mowbrey, England, he moved to Ireland in 1982. He began his composition studies with Oliver Knussen and continued at the Royal College of Music in London with John Lambert. His output includes film scores as well as solo piano, chamber, vocal and orchestral works. among which is a Symphony No. 1 (1996).

Sinfonietta (1996)

Jiri Mikula/Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Olomouc, Czech Republic
( + Szeto: ABC Fanfare, Energy, B. Mills: Tartano, Tanner: The Warrior's Aria from The Naupaka Floret, Heard: Symphonic Etude No. 2 and Cleary: Threads)
VIENNA MODERN MASTERS VMM (3041) (1997)

 

JEFFREY RYAN
(b. 1962)

Born in Toronto, Ontario. He studied at the Faculty of Music of Wilfrid Laurier University where he received his Bachelor of Music degree and then earned a Master's degree in composition from the University of Toronto and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from The Cleveland Institute of Music, stydying with Donald Erb. Previous teachers include Alexina Louie, Lothar Klein, Mariano Etkin, Boyd McDonald, and Owen Underhill. He works as a freelance coposer and his catalogue ranges from opera, art song, and choral music to chamber ensemble and orchestral works.

Symphony No. 1 "Fugitive Colours" (2006)

Bramwell Tovey/Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
( + The Linearity of Light and Equilateral)
NAXOS 8.572765 (2011)



GRAHAM WATERHOUSE
(b. 1962)

Born in London. He studied composition with Hugh Wood and Robin Holloway as well as cello with Maria Kliegel. His output also includes a Cello Concerto and works for chamber groups. Since 1992 he has lived in Munich where he is active as a freelance composer and cellist.

Sinfonietta for String Orchestra, Op.54 (2002)

Yaron Traub/English Chamber Orchestra
( + Chieftain's Salute, Mouvements d'Harmonie, Celtic Voices, Hymnus, Hale Bopp and Jig, Air and Reel)
MERIDIAN CDE 84510 (2004)

 
 
MATTHEW TAYLOR
(b. 1964)

Born in London. He studied with Hugh Wood and Robin Holloway (b. 1943, composed a Symphony) at Cambridge and Edward Gregson at the Royal Academy of Music and also studied with Leonard Bernstein at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival. He has been active as a composer and conductor. In the latter capacity he was associated with Robert Simpson whose Symphony No. 11 was written for and recorded by Taylor. His other works for orchestra include: Symphony No. 2, Op. 10 (1990-1, rev., 1997) and a Horn Concerto.
 
Symphony No. 1, Op. 2 "Sinfonia Brevis" (1985)

Matthew Taylor/Royal Ballet Sinfonia
( + Symphony No. 3 and Horn Concerto {Richard Watkins – horn})
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7178 (2006)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 10 (1990-1, rev., 1997)

Gary Walker/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Viola Concerto)
TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0175 (2013)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 33 (2003-5)

Matthew Taylor/Royal Ballet Sinfonia
( + Symphony No. 1 and Horn Concerto {Richard Watkins – horn})
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7178 (2006)

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JULIAN ANDERSON
(b. 1967)

Born in London. He studied with John Lambert at the Royal College of Music, in Paris with Tristan Murail and with Alexander Goehr at Cambridge. He served as Head of Composition at the Royal College of Music, has held several positions as composer-in-residence and has received many commissions for his works. His music covers different genres and includes Diptych and the Stations of the Sun for orchestra.
 
Symphony (2003)

Sakari Oramo/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
( + Eden, Imagin’d Corners, Book of Hours 4 American Choruses)
NMC 12I082 (2006)

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KATY ABBOTT
(b. 1971)

She studied composition with Brenton Broadstock and Linda Kouvaras at the University of Melbourne where she received her Masters and PhD. In addition to composing, she teaches post-graduate composition as an onorary Fellow at University of Melbourne.Her body of work includes orchestral, chamber and vocal pieces. A Wind Symphony, Jumeirah Jane was written in 2008.

Symphony No. 1 "Souls of Fire" (2004)

Robert Ian Winstin//Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra(included in collection: "Masterworks of the New Era-Volume 12")
ERM MEDIA 6827 (4 CDs) (2008)


 
 
THOMAS ADÈS
(b. 1971)

Born in London. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music with Robert Saxton and at Cambridge with Robin Holloway and Alexander Goehr. In addition to composing he is a noted pianist and Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival. His catalogue includes operas and works for orchestra, chamber groups, solo instrument and voice. Some of his other works for orchestra are a Violin Concerto, Asyla and Three Studies after Couperin.

Chamber Symphony (1990)

Thomas Adès/Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
( + Asyla, Concerto Conciso, These Premises are Alarmed and …but all shall be well)
EMI CLASSICS CDC5568182 (2002)

Marin Alsop/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + MacMillan: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie and Higdon: Percussion Concerto)
LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA LPO0035 (2008)

RICHARD CAUSTON
(b. 1971)

Born in London. He studied at the University of York, the Royal College of Music and the Scuola Civica in Milan. He is currently Lecturer in Composition at the University of Cambridge. He has composed orchestral, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral works.

Chamber Symphony for 16 Payers (2009, rev. 2010)
Ryan Wigglesworth/Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
( + Millennium Scenes, Notturno, As Kingfishers Catch Fire and The Persistence of Memory)
NMC RECORDINGS NMCD 192 (2014)

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Schaarwächter, Jürgen. Die britische Sinfonie 1914-1945. Cologne-Rheinkassel, Germany: Verlag Dohr, 1995.

Simpson, Robert. The Symphony, 2 vols. New York: Drake Publishers, 1972.

Slonimsky, Nicolas. Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th edition. New York: Schirmer Books, 1992.

Slonimsky, Nicolas. Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (edited by Laura Kuhn). New York: Schirmer Books, 1997.

Thompson, Oscar (ed). The International Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians, updated 11th edition. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1985.
 
 
(2) RECORD CATALOGS
Gramophone Classical Record Catalogue (retitled: Gramophone Classical Catalogue) (1953-1996)
Gramophone Compact Disc Catalogue (1983-1990)
Schwann Long Playing Record Catalog (retitled: Schwann 1 – Record and Tape Guide and Schwann Opus) (1949-2001)
 
 

(3) WEBSITES
 
Governmental and Academic Sites
Australian Music Centre http://www.amcoz.com.au/
Canadian Music Centre http://www.musiccentre.ca/home.cfm
Centre for New Zealand Music http://www.sounz.org.nz/index.php
Contemporary Music Centre Ireland http://www.cmc.ie/composers/index.cfm
Dictionary of African Composers http://sacomposers.up.ac.za
Music Australia http://musicaustralia.org/apps/MA

Scottish Music Centre http://www.scottishmusiccentre.com/
Welsh Music Information Centre http://www.wmic.org/
 
 

Commercial Sites
Arkiv Music http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/main.jsp
Chandos Records http://www.chandos.net/
Crotchet http://www.crotchet.co.uk/
Dutton Vocalion Records http://www.duttonvocalion.com/
EMI/Virgin Classics http://www.emiclassics.com/
Gramophone http://www.gramophone.co.uk/
Hyperion Records http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/
Lyrita Recorded Edition http://www.lyrita.co.uk/
MDT http://www.mdt.co.uk/MDTSite/pages/home/default.asp
MusicWeb International http://www.musicweb-international.com/
Naxos Records http://www.naxos.com/
 
Composer Sites
Many contemporary composers have their own websites and others can be found on the websites of their publishers. There are also websites for earlier composers that are maintained by societies that promote their music. These can be found by typing the composer’s name into any search engine.
 
 
 
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