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Suggested Listening

Music to listen to before you emigrate to a desert island

For any singer or instrumentalist listening to music is an essential aid to performance interpretation and style. Music also enriches our lives, particularly in difficult times.

“My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.”

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Blest Pair of Sirens - Parry

Whilst we think of Parry for 'Jerusalem' he wrote many fine compositions in a true 'English' style. This is one of them.

Added by Steve B (Admin) on 13/10/2020 (ID: 94)


Enigma Variations - Elgar

Rozhdestvensky conducts. The best. Tempos, balance, detail. Be sure to listen to the finale (starting around 27.40) - note the 'connection' between players and conductor. Amazingly he was a last minute replacement for this proms concert.

Added by Steve B (Admin) on 13/10/2020 (ID: 93)


Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Rachmaninoff

Outstanding performance by the amazing Alexander Malofeev. What a talent!

Added by Steve B (Admin) on 13/10/2020 (ID: 97)


Roman Festivals - Respighi

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Probably Respighi's finest work - very individual and played with great style and gusto!

Added by Steve B (Admin) on 13/10/2020 (ID: 96)


Symphony 1 - Walton

LPO conducted by Bryden Thomson (a symphony not heard often enough and directed here by a conductor who was much under appreciated). This is, simply, the best interpretation of a 20thC masterpiece.

Added by Steve B (Admin) on 13/10/2020 (ID: 92)


Symphony 2 in F - The Cambridge - Parry

Composer, teacher, historian. A great, neglected symphony.

Added by Steve B (Admin) on 13/10/2020 (ID: 95)


Major Barbara 1941 - Walton

Suite arranged from the film. Amazing orchestration. Wonderful Walton.

Added by Steve B (Admin) on 13/10/2020 (ID: 91)


Symphony no. 8 - Mahler

A recording from 1959. I think this is the best recording ever of this 'out of this world' epic, with great attention to detail and tempo and all the finer points of Mahler's scoring come through clearly.

Added by Steve B (Admin) on 13/10/2020 (ID: 90)

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