Anthony Collins: Complete Decca Recordings | Australian Eloquence ELQ4841467

Anthony Collins: Complete Decca Recordings

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4841467

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 14

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 13th August 2021

Contents

Works

Bizet, Georges

Carmen Suite no.1 (excerpts)

Collins, Anthony

Vanity Fair
With Emma to Town

Delius, Frederick

A Song of Summer
A Village Romeo and Juliet
» The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Brigg Fair: An English Rhapsody
In a Summer Garden
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Paris: The Song of a Great City
Summer Night on the River

Elgar, Edward

Falstaff: Symphonic Study in C minor, op.68
Introduction and Allegro for strings, op.47
Serenade for Strings in E minor, op.20

Falla, Manuel de

El amor brujo: Suite

Gardiner, Henry Balfour

Shepherd Fennel's dance

Grainger, Percy

Shepherd's Hey

Humperdinck, Engelbert

Hansel und Gretel
» Dream pantomime

Mendelssohn, Felix

Piano Concerto no.1 in G minor, op.25
Piano Concerto no.2 in D minor, op.40

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K191
Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622
Divertimento no.17 in D major, K334
» Menuetto
Piano Concerto no.14 in E flat major, K449
Piano Concerto no.25 in C major, K503
Piano Concerto no.26 in D major, K537 'Coronation'
Symphony no.33 in B flat major, K319

Paganini, Nicolo

Violin Concerto no.1 in D major, op.6
Violin Concerto no.2 in B minor, op.7

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.3 in D minor, op.30

Sibelius, Jean

Karelia: Overture, op.10
Night Ride and Sunrise, op.55
Pelleas and Melisande Suite, op.46 (excerpts)
Pohjola's Daughter, op.49
Symphonies 1-7 (complete)

Strauss, Richard

Burleske in D minor for piano and orchestra
Der Rosenkavalier, op.59
» Waltz Sequence no.1 (Act III)

Sullivan, Arthur

Overture di Ballo

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Capriccio italien, op.45
Francesca da Rimini, op.32

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Walton, William

Facade

Artists

Friedrich Gulda (piano)
Henri Helaerts (bassoon)
Peter Katin (piano)
Moura Lympany (piano)
Gervase de Peyer (clarinet)
Ruggiero Ricci (violin)
Peter Pears (reciter)
Edith Sitwell (reciter)
English Opera Group Ensemble
London Mozart Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Promenade Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
New Symphony Orchestra
New Symphony Orchestra of London

Conductor

Anthony Collins

Works

Bizet, Georges

Carmen Suite no.1 (excerpts)

Collins, Anthony

Vanity Fair
With Emma to Town

Delius, Frederick

A Song of Summer
A Village Romeo and Juliet
» The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Brigg Fair: An English Rhapsody
In a Summer Garden
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Paris: The Song of a Great City
Summer Night on the River

Elgar, Edward

Falstaff: Symphonic Study in C minor, op.68
Introduction and Allegro for strings, op.47
Serenade for Strings in E minor, op.20

Falla, Manuel de

El amor brujo: Suite

Gardiner, Henry Balfour

Shepherd Fennel's dance

Grainger, Percy

Shepherd's Hey

Humperdinck, Engelbert

Hansel und Gretel
» Dream pantomime

Mendelssohn, Felix

Piano Concerto no.1 in G minor, op.25
Piano Concerto no.2 in D minor, op.40

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K191
Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622
Divertimento no.17 in D major, K334
» Menuetto
Piano Concerto no.14 in E flat major, K449
Piano Concerto no.25 in C major, K503
Piano Concerto no.26 in D major, K537 'Coronation'
Symphony no.33 in B flat major, K319

Paganini, Nicolo

Violin Concerto no.1 in D major, op.6
Violin Concerto no.2 in B minor, op.7

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.3 in D minor, op.30

Sibelius, Jean

Karelia: Overture, op.10
Night Ride and Sunrise, op.55
Pelleas and Melisande Suite, op.46 (excerpts)
Pohjola's Daughter, op.49
Symphonies 1-7 (complete)

Strauss, Richard

Burleske in D minor for piano and orchestra
Der Rosenkavalier, op.59
» Waltz Sequence no.1 (Act III)

Sullivan, Arthur

Overture di Ballo

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Capriccio italien, op.45
Francesca da Rimini, op.32

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Walton, William

Facade

Artists

Friedrich Gulda (piano)
Henri Helaerts (bassoon)
Peter Katin (piano)
Moura Lympany (piano)
Gervase de Peyer (clarinet)
Ruggiero Ricci (violin)
Peter Pears (reciter)
Edith Sitwell (reciter)
English Opera Group Ensemble
London Mozart Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Promenade Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
New Symphony Orchestra
New Symphony Orchestra of London

Conductor

Anthony Collins

About

From the earliest days of his career, Anthony Collins (1893–1963) earned a reputation as a musician of parts: violist, conductor, arranger and composer. He had led the viola section of the London Symphony Orchestra under Beecham and Mengelberg before swapping bow for baton in the 1930s, and by then had already begun to promote the music of Sibelius. Then Hollywood came calling, and he spent the War in the US as an Oscar-nominated film composer writing for RKO Studios.

He began to record for Decca directly after the War, first of all with the London Mozart Orchestra which he had founded shortly before leaving for the US. Renowned by then as a Mozartian of natural gifts, securing shapely and stylish performances independently of either the grand Viennese tradition or the period-instrument movement in its infancy, he accompanied the pianist Friedrich Gulda – a kindred spirit of similarly mercurial imagination – in concertos and concertante works by Mozart and Strauss, and then Peter Katin in Mendelssohn, and Moura Lympany in Rachmaninov. He re-established a close rapport with the LSO, conducting them in several albums of Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Delius that have rarely been equalled for their directness of expression and intensity.

These virtues still distinguish the cycle of Sibelius symphonies and tone-poems, made in the mid-50s with the LSO, from later interpretations. A generation of English and American listeners learnt their Sibelius from these recordings, and Collins’s deep fellow-feeling for his music stands the test of time. The Decca recordings included a Tchaikovsky album of Capriccio italien and Francesca da Rimini as well as a pair of his own compositions, and other masterpieces of English light music by Walton – a complete Façade Sullivan and Grainger. Items never previously issued on CD include dance suites from Hänsel und Gretel and Der Rosenkavalier, as well as the Mozart Symphony no.33 which began his relationship with the label. The booklet offers full discographical details as well as an essay on Collins’s life and career by Peter Quantrill.

Including several recordings new to CD, the complete published Decca legacy of noted Sibelius conductor Anthony Collins is collected for the first time on disc and is presented with original jackets limited edition.

Highlights include:
– the Sibelius symphonies and selected orchestral works with the London Symphony Orchestra
– British music: Elgar, Walton, Vaughan Williams, the two Delius LPs and music by Anthony Collins himself
– Concertos with Moura Lympany, Ruggiero Ricci, Friedrich Gulda, Gervase de Peyer and others
– Orchestral showpieces by Tchaikovsky, Falla, Humperdinck and Bizet

“The performances are in the best sense traditional, and in the Introduction and Allegro Anthony Collins has been at pains to make the quartet of soloists clearly distinguishable from the main body of players”
– The Record Guide, 1955 (Elgar)

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