David Bernard – This Sceptered Isle: Wood, Holst, Vaughan Williams and Elgar (2022) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

David Bernard – This Sceptered Isle: Wood, Holst, Vaughan Williams and Elgar (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:07:46 minutes | 695 MB | Genre: Classical
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A century or so ago, Haydn Wood’s name was quite well-known in Britain. The youngest of the four composers here, he was born in Yorkshire in 1882 but raised on the Isle of Man. He enrolled as a scholarship student at Royal College of Music in London at the age of 15 and progressed so swiftly that soon thereafter his abilities as a violinist impressed such visiting luminary virtuosi as Pablo de Sarasate and Joseph Joachim. He also studied composition with Charles Villiers Stanford, as did Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. Wood composed large-scale orchestral and chamber works, but switched focus to lighter fare following his marriage to the soprano Dorothy Court in 1909. He and Court toured music halls together – she’d already established her reputation singing Gilbert and Sullivan roles with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy – and Wood composed sentimental ballads for their performances. Songs such as Roses of Picardy became enormously successful and made the Woods a small fortune. Today, Wood is remembered primarily as one of the foremost composers of a genre known as “British Light Music” (alongside Eric Coates, Albert Ketèlbey, Robert Farnon and Ronald Binge), and his orchestral miniatures such as Joyousness, Serenade to Youth and Sketch of a Dandy are as finely wrought as they are breezily tuneful.

Tracklist:
1-01. David Bernard – Mannin Veen-“Dear Isle of Man”: I. The Good Old Way (Moderato) (02:15)
1-02. David Bernard – Mannin Veen-“Dear Isle of Man”: II. The Manx Fiddler (Allegro moderato) (01:09)
1-03. David Bernard – Mannin Veen-“Dear Isle of Man”: III. Sweet Water in the Common (L’istesso tempo) (01:43)
1-04. David Bernard – Mannin Veen-“Dear Isle of Man”: IV. Manx Fisherman’s Evening Hymn (Andante moderato) (01:29)
1-05. David Bernard – Mannin Veen-“Dear Isle of Man”: V. The Manx Fiddler (reprise) (Allegro moderato) (02:04)
1-06. David Bernard – Mannin Veen-“Dear Isle of Man”: VI. Finale (Andante moderato) (01:46)
1-07. David Bernard – First Suite for Military Band, Op. 28 No. 1: I. Chaconne (03:32)
1-08. David Bernard – First Suite for Military Band, Op. 28 No. 1: II. Intermezzo (02:46)
1-09. David Bernard – First Suite for Military Band, Op. 28 No. 1: III. March (03:01)
1-10. David Bernard – Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis: I. Largo sostenuto (06:05)
1-11. David Bernard – Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis: II. Poco piu animato (07:13)
1-12. David Bernard – Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis: III. Tempo del principio (03:30)
1-13. David Bernard – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”: Theme (Andante) (01:18)
1-14. David Bernard – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”: I. C.A.E. (L’istesso tempo) (01:34)
1-15. David Bernard – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”: II. H.D.S-P. (Allegro) (00:51)
1-16. David Bernard – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”: III. R.B.T. (Allegretto) (01:37)
1-17. David Bernard – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”: IV. W.M.B. (Allegro di molto) (00:34)
1-18. David Bernard – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”: V. R.P.A. (Moderato) (02:11)
1-19. David Bernard – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”: VI. Ysobel (Andantino) (01:23)
1-20. David Bernard – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”: VII. Troyte (Presto) (01:03)
1-21. David Bernard – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”: VIII. W.N. (Allegretto) (01:50)
1-22. David Bernard – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”: IX. Nimrod (Adagio) (03:36)
1-23. David Bernard – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”: X. Intermezzo (02:47)
1-24. David Bernard – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”: XI. G.R.S. (Allegro di molto) (01:05)
1-25. David Bernard – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”: XII. B.G.N. (Andante) (02:50)
1-26. David Bernard – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”: XIII. Romanza (03:06)
1-27. David Bernard – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”: XIV. Finale E.D.U. (Allegro – Presto) (05:16)

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