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GEORGE DYSON

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THE COMPLETE
ORGAN MUSIC
Larigot: LARICD003Malcolm PearceRecorded on the Makin WMC3-45 organ at
The Warren, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
March 2013 (tracks 14-17),
March-April 2014 (tracks 1-13)
Processed in the acoustic of St Joseph’s Utrecht by Joseph Porter at t-beat.Discover more about the performer and the organ at Warren Minster at:
www.malcolmpearce.com
Variations on Old Psalm TunesBOOK 1
01 Orlando Gibbons: Forth in thy name, 0 Lord, I go (3:19)
02 Pry's Psalter (1621): O Lord, turn not away Thy face (2:38)
03 Thomas Campion: By the waters of Babylon (3:48)
04 Scottish Psalter (1635): God moves in a mysterious way (3:17)
BOOK 2
05 Ravenscroft's Psalter (1621): O God, my strength and fortitude (3:53)
06 Este's Whole Book of Psalms (1592): O for a heart to praise (3:50)
07 Scottish Psalter (1635): O God of truth (3:42)
08 Orlando Gibbons: Song 22 Love of the Father (3:41)
BOOK3
09 Ravenscroft's Psalter (1621): Hark the glad sound (3:31)
10 Orlando Gibbons: Song 24, O word immortal (2:58)
11 Orlando Gibbons: Song 5, O Prince of Peace (3:52)
12 Scottish Psalter (1615): I was glad (3:09)
from An Album of Praise13 Voluntary in D (3:31)Prelude and Postlude14 Prelude (5:59)
15 Postlude (3:34)
Fantasia and Ground Bass16 Fantasia (9:14)
17 Ground Bass (6:30)
Total playing time: 70.26

Great European Organs, No.80Priory Recordings: PRCD 1029Recorded in Hereford Cathedral on
31 March and 1 April 2009
Variations on Old Psalm Tunes for Organ,
Books 1 and 2
Peter Dyke plays the Organ of Hereford Cathedral.Front Cover: The Organ of Hereford Cathedral.One of the UK's favourite organs is heard here in a recital of English music.  The main work is a stunning transcription by Peter Dyke of Elgar's Enigma Variations using the full colours of the organ. Total playing time - 77:257. Book 2; O God of truth
Dyson (4:27)
8. Book 2: Love of the Father
Dyson (3:53)
9. Chorale Prelude on a theme
by Tallis

Harold Darke (6:48)
10. A Wedding Prelude
Peter Dyke (3:01)
11. Variations on an Original
Theme (Enigma)

Elgar (36:27)
1. Variations on Old Psalm Tunes,
Book 1 :  Forth in thy name

George Dyson (3:21)
2. Book 1: O Lord turn not away
Dyson (2:44)
3. Book 1: By the waters of Babylon
Dyson (3:28)
4. Book 1: God moves in a
mysterious way

Dyson (3:05)
5. Book 2: O God my strength
Dyson (4:08)
6. Book 2: O for a heart to praise
Dyson (4:27)

OdysseusDutton Digital Epoch: CDLX7201Recorded at The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford,
24-25 November 2007
OdysseusCecil Armstrong GibbsSymphony in four movements (1937-8) for soprano and baritone soli, mixed chorus and orchestra (words by Mordaunt Currie)Susan Gritton sopranoMark Stone baritoneFour Songs for SailorsSir George Dysonfor chorus, strings, brass and timpani (1948)BBC Concert OrchestraLondon Oriana ChoirDavid Drummond conductorArmstrong Gibbs was once a favourite composer of local choral societies, but his masterpiece, the choral symphony Odysseus, has seldom been heard because it immediately preceded the Second World War and afterwards never really established itself. Yet it is a cherishable score, and if you like Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony you will love this tuneful and evocative work. Here Susan Gritton and Mark Stone revel in their roles as soprano and baritone soloists respectively. Telling the familiar story of Odysseus’s legendary wanderings around the eastern Mediterranean after the fall of Troy , and his return to Ithaca , Odysseus – which in fact is Gibbs’s second symphony – has long been requested by enthusiasts. It is vividly realised by the London Oriana Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by David Drummond. The choir also make Four Songs for Sailors, Dyson’s tuneful songs for chorus, strings, brass and timpani, sound effortless, and with the work’s theme of ships and sailors is the perfect complement to Armstrong Gibbs’s epic vision.Download songs' text (50kB)

 

RECENT RELEASES

Sea FeverDutton Digital Epoch: CDLX7199English songs with orchestra, including:Five Songs of Valour and PraiseSir George DysonThis survey of music for baritone and orchestra includes songs written between 1903 and 1935, and includes a duet – featuring soprano Ailish Tynan – from Parry’s opera Guenever, which dates from 1886. Works by composers such as Bax, Boughton and Bainton are heard and, in Boughton’s case, we are treated to three songs from his early Kipling settings ‘Songs of the English’. These and many other delights are on offer, and the combined forces of Roderick Williams and the BBC Concert Orchestra under Martin Yates give impassioned performances of these glorious works.Roderick Williams, baritoneBBC Concert OrchestraMartin Yates, conductorAlso contains songs by Bainton, Bax, Boughton, Ireland and Parry “Roderick Williams ... is here on peak form: wonderfully clear diction, steady, even tone throughout his range, an exceptional alertness to mood and nuance. His voice has become a real pleasure to hear, the top especially thrilling, Add to that a willingness to explore esoteric repertoire such as this, and we are greatly privileged.”“… a labour of love duly rewarded in performance.”Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review, January 2008

NebuchadnezzarChandos CHAN10439Two coronation anthems, Three Songs of Praise, Woodland SuiteThis is  the first recording ever of Sir George Dyson’s choral cantata Nebuchadnezzar, performed by the BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra with Mark Padmore and Neal Davies, conducted by Richard Hickox. Composed in 1935 for the Worcester Festival, Dyson’s post-romantic work is dramatic, sumptuous, and richly melodic, recalling the work of Vaughan Williams, Howells and Bliss. Dyson achieved his greatest popularity in England during the 1930s and 1940s with large-scale choral / orchestral pieces such as In Honour of the City, The Canterbury Pilgrims and Nebuchadnezzar. Sadly, his work faded from view after 1950, but by the end of the century was being rediscovered by a new generation of audiences and performers.After returning from several years of studies and travel in Europe in 1907, Dyson became, thanks to Sir Hubert Parry, the first Director of Music of the Royal Naval College , Osborne. The outbreak of World War I, however, had a profound effect on him. He left his post and enlisted. After a period of distinguished but shattering service in the trenches he was invalided out. He returned to the Royal College of Music, shaken and transformed. Fortunately, he recovered and after 1918 his career resumed almost where he had left it on the outbreak of war. In 1924 he was appointed head of the music department at Winchester College and it was during the ensuing years that he began writing the choral works that would make him famous.Dyson took the text for Nebuchadnezzar from the Book of Daniel, incorporating the ‘Song of the Three Holy Children’ from the Apocrypha. Emulating Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Dyson set the story in four parts.  In the first three the music tells the well-known biblical story of the Jews Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and the burning fiery furnace, while the fourth is a more conventional hymn of praise, ‘All the works of the Lord, Bless Ye the Lord’ – the Benedicite. The tenor Mark Padmore sings the Herald, and Nebuchadnezzar is sung by the bass-baritone Neal Davies.This superb performance further demonstrates Richard Hickox’s understanding for Dyson and follows The Canterbury Pilgrims and Quo Vadis in the Chandos discography.Mark Padmore tenorNeal Davies bass-baritoneBBC Symphony ChorusBBC Symphony Orchestra / Richard Hickox

George Dyson's music is well represented on disc
on the following labels:

Dutton

www.duttonvocalion.co.uk

Chamber WorksCDLX 7137Epigrams for piano • Cello sonata • Prelude & ballet for piano • Three violin pieces • My birthday, for piano • Twilight: four preludes for piano • Three • Lyrics for violin and piano • Primrose Mount, for piano • Three War Pieces, for pianoDavid Owen Norris piano, Joseph Spooner cello, David Juritz violin

Chandos

www.chandos.net

Symphony in GCHAN10308 XSymphony in GAt the Tabard Inn: overtureIn Honour of the CityLondon Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia – Richard Hickox

Violin ConcertoCHAN9369Violin ConcertoChildren's SuiteLydia Mordkovitch violin, City of London Sinfonia – Richard Hickox

The Canterbury PilgrimsCHAN241-43The Canterbury PilgrimsAt the Tabard InnIn Honour of the CityYvonne Kenny, Robert Tear, Stephen Roberts, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra – Richard Hickox

Concerto LeggieroCHAN9076Concerto LeggieroConcerto da CameraConcerto da ChiesaEric Parkin piano, City of London Sinfonia – Richard Hickox

Quo VadisCHAN10061(2)Cheryl Baker, Jean Rigby, Philip Langridge, Roderick Williams, BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Chamber Choir – Richard Hickox.

A Choral FestivalCHAN6603O Praise GodWestminster Abbey Choir – Douglas Guest

Hyperion

www.hyperion-records.co.uk

Hierusalem & other choral worksCDH55046Hierusalem • 3 Songs of praise • 3 Choral Hymns • O praise God in his holiness (Psalm 150) • Fantasia and ground bassSt Michael’s Singers, RPO – Jonathan Rennert, Thomas trotter organ

RhapsodiesCDH55045Three Rhapsodies (string quartet).Also contains Howells' String Quartet no.3Divertimenti

My spirit hath rejoicedCDA66305Three Rhapsodies (string quartet).Also contains Howells' String Quartet no.3Divertimenti 

Naxos

www.naxos.com

Symphony in G MajorDDD 8.557720Symphony in G majorAt the Tabard Inn – overtureConcerto da Chiesa for String OrchestraBournemouth Symphony Orchestra –
Lloyd Jones

Somm

www.tutti.co.uk

Choral Music by George DysonSOMM CD014Sweet Thames Run Softly • The Blacksmiths • A Spring Garland • To MusicStephen Roberts baritone, Ossian Ellis harp, RPO, Royal College of Music Chamber Choir – David Willcocks

St Paul's Voyage to Melita,
Nocturne and Agincourt
SOMMCD234St Paul’s Journey to Melita • Agincourt • Nocturne from “Quo Vadis”Neil Mackie tenor, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus – Vernon Handley

Classico

Elgar and the English Choral Tradition including The BlacksmithsCLASSCD 456Elgar and the English Choral Tradition - The Blacksmiths (World premiere recording of the orchestral version). Also contains works by Elgar, Bridge, Howells, Brian and Purcell orch. Elgar.Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus, conductor Douglas Bostock

Clovelly

www.clovellyrecordings.com

They That Go Down To The SeaCLCD12601“They that go down to the sea…” • Four songs for sailorsEly Cathedral Choir conducted by Paul Trepte (also contains works by Sumsion, Ireland, Holst, Britten, Head, Vaughan Williams, Hemingway)

Guild

www.guildmusic.com

My Beloved SpakeGNCD7200"My beloved spake": music for strings and voices. Includes Hierusalem, and works by Finzi, Rutter, Hadley, Bridge and Holst.Hannah Garner soprano, Hampstead Singers, Emmanuel Chamber Orchestra – Mark Denza

Priory

www.prioryrecords.co.uk

Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis Vol 7PRCD535Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis vol.7; Dyson in FHereford Cathedral Choir – Roy Massey

Te Deum and Jubilate Vol 4PRCD934Dyson in DRipon Cathedral Choir – Kerry Beaumot

The Complete Organ Works of Sir George DysonPRCD1136Daniel cook plays the Organ on St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol.Recorded and produced by Neil CollierDigital editing: Paul Crichton9. No 6 ‘O for a heart to praise’ (3:22)10. No 7 ‘O God of truth’ (3:50)11. No 8 ‘Love of the Father’ (3:32)12. Voluntary (3:07)Variations on Old Psalm Tunes Book 3:13. No 9 ‘Hark, the glad sound!’ (3:23)14. No 10 ‘O word immortal’ (2:40)15. No 11 ‘O Prince of Peace’ (3:27)16. No 12 ‘I was glad’ (2:51)17. Postlude (3:03)1. Fantasia (8:37)2. Ground Bass (6:40)Variations on Old Psalm Tunes Book 1:3. No 1 ‘Forth in thy name O Lord I go’ (2:59)4. No 2 ‘O Lord tun not away Thy face’ (2:07)5. No 3 ‘By the waters of Babylon’ (3:21)6. No 4 ‘God moves in a mysterious way’ (2:52)7. Prelude (5:31)Variations on Old Psalm Tunes Book 2:8. No 5 ‘O God my strength and fortitude’ (3:35)

Herald

www.heraldav.co.uk

My Own CountryHAVP311My Own Country – a recital of English song including Dyson’s, A Poet’s Hymn and Song of the CyclopsHarry Sever boy soprano and
Robert Bottone piano
Recorded January 2005

Sanctuary Classics

Song of the Birds: English Cello MusicWHL2153Prelude, fantasy and chaconne for cello and orchestra (1936)Raphael Wallfisch cello, BBC Concert Orchestra – Vernon Handleywith: Murrill, Cello Concerto No.2, Rubbra, Soliloquy for cello and orchestra, Op.57, Haydn Wood, Philharmonic Variations.

 

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