Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; John Wilson, conductor
William Walton (1902 - 83): Scapino Overture
George Butterworth (1885 - 1916): English Idyll No. 1 / English Idyll No. 2
Frederick Delius (1862 - 1934): Walk to the Paradise Garden
Arnold Bax (1883 - 1953): The Happy Forrest
Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934): Salut d'amour
Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872 - 1958): English Folk Song Suite No. 1 / II Intermezzo / III March
Vaughn Williams: The Lark Ascending
Edward German (1862 - 1936): Nell Gwyn Overture
Made in Britain celebrates a rich and nostalgic period of English music surrounding the turn of the 20th century, including evergreens such as Vaughn Williams' The Lark Ascending (for years Number 1 in the UK's Classic FM Hall of Fame) and Elgar's Salut d'amour, as well as the folk inspired Two English Idylls by Butterworth and English Folk Song Suites by Vaughn Williams. The program opens with Walton's commedia dell'arte concert overture Scapino and closes with the Nell Gwyn Overture by Edward German, music director of London's Globe Theatre from 1888. Along the way we take a walk through Delius' Paradise Garden from his opera A Village Romeo and Juliet, and stroll through Bax's woodland evocation The Happy Forest.
Overseeing this celebration is none other than today's leading interpreter of British Music, John Wilson conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the UK's oldest professional orchestra which, founded in 1840, is steeped in this glorious musical tradition. Hard on the heels of Wilson's high-profile headlining of the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain, BBC Radio 3's Light Fantastic Weekend, and appearance with his eponymous orchestra at the BBC Proms, Made in Britain catches a prevailing mood and taps into today's all-encompassing appetite for an evocative era.
critical acclaim for John Wilson and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra "today's foremost light music conductor." - BBC Music Magazine
"The performances are crisp and stylish and the recording quality excellent." - The Sunday Telegraph (UK)
"The RLPO plays all this music with tremendous zest and panache" - International Record Review
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