English Music for Strings

English Music for Strings
English Music for Strings

English Music for Strings

Elgar- Britten – Vaughan Williams -Tippett
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Charles Groves

Catalogue Number: ALC 1291
Number of Discs: 1
Date/Runtime: Time 75:47 DDD, 1989





“With gloriously full and real recording, most beautiful string textures, this is one of Groves’s finest records…RPO players give deeply felt, vibrant accounts of four great masterpieces of English string music” (Rosette award, Penguin Guide) “fresh and vital performances, …a thrilling challenge for any string orchestra which the RPO players meet splendidly, with real wit and convincing intensity of feeling …music superbly evocative of England… Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia; this is a radiant, richly textured and spacious account…. a most desirable collection.” © Gramophone

    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934): Serenade for Strings
    in E minor, Op.20

  • 1. Allegro piacevole 3.34
  • 2. Largo 6.34
  • 3. Allegretto 3.08
  • Sir Benjamin Britten (1913-76): Variations on a Theme
    of Frank Bridge, Op.10

  • 4. (i) Introduction & theme (lento maestoso) – (ii) adagio 4.44
  • 5. March (presto) 1.09
  • 6. Romance (allegretto grazioso) 1.23
  • 7. Aria Italiana (allegro brillante) 1.23
  • 8. Bourree Classique (allegro e pesante)* 1.36
  • 9. Wiener Walzer (lento-vivace) 2.57
  • 10. Moto Perpetuo (allegro molto) 1.10
  • 11. Funeral March (andante ritmico) 3.55
  • 12. Chant (lento) 1.42
  • 13. Fugue & Finale (allegro molto vivace – lento e solenne) 7.53
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): “Tallis Fantasia”

  • 14. Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis* 15.19
  • Sir Michael Tippett (1905-98): “Corelli Fantasia”

  • 15. Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli* 19.13
    (adagio-vivace: variations 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)