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Spirit of England

Spirit of England

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From 'Greensleeves' to 'Jerusalem' this selection of music in celebration of England's green and pleasant land will evoke fond memories of summer holidays, end-of-term assemblies and listening to the wireless alongside a nostalgic pride in our country and its unique heritage.

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Spirit of England: A Musical Landscape

From Greensleeves to Jerusalem this selection of music in celebration of England's green and pleasant land will evoke fond memories of summer holidays, end-of-term assemblies and listening to the wireless alongside a nostalgic pride in our country and its unique heritage.

Full Track Listing
1 Greensleeves Henry VIII (1491-1547)
Jon Banks, recorder
2 Nimrod (Enigma Variations) Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Carl Davis
3 By the Sleepy Lagoon Eric Coates (1886-1957)
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Carl Davis
4 Sailing By Ronald Binge (1910-1979)
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Carl Davis
5 In an English Country Garden Traditional
Martin Souter, piano
6 Chanson de Matin Sir Edward Elgar
Martin Souter, organ
7 Water Music - Suite in F George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Oxford Baroque, Guy Williams
8 Heart of Oak William Boyce (1710-1779)
King's Division Waterloo Band
9 Jupiter (The Planets Suite - extract) Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Band of the Army Air Corps
10 Jerusalem Sir Hubert Parry (1848-1918), orchestrated Elgar
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus, Carl Davis
11 Overture to HMS Pinafore Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Carl Davis
12 Knightsbridge March (In town tonight) Eric Coates
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Carl Davis
13 'Pomp and Circumstance' March No.1
Sir Edward Elgar
The Band of The Prince of Wales's Division
14 Medley including Music for the Royal Fireworks
George Frideric Handel
Massed Bands of the Guards Division, The Morriston Orpheus Choir

CCL CDG1272
Cover image: Yorkshire Dales BR (NER) poster 1953
© NRM/Pictorial Collection/Science & Society Picture Library
P & © 2013 Classical Communications Ltd
Made in Great Britain

Sleeve Notes
A lone shepherd pipes an English tune as he comes down from the hills, and the orchestra then invokes an image of the English landscape so intense that we cannot but be moved. Memories of radio programmes follow, with beautiful music from another age - but which dates from only a few decades ago!

Music for royalty follows. Handel's 'Water Music' was composed for a King, and a progress on the Thames by barge, similar to the event held recently as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II . 'Heart of oak', 'Jupiter' and 'Jerusalem' are all well-known tunes, that, in the right time and place - a celebration perhaps, or maybe even just during a walk in beautiful countryside - can send a shiver down the spine. The English are very good at this: evoking in music a spirit of place, a sense of landscape. Composers of the past have also, through their music, been able to create for many listeners a sense of their roots, a sense which we often feel to be sadly lacking in the rushed and busy daily lives of many British people today. This music can ground us back where we belong, while, curiously, at the same time letting our spirits soar, even if it is only to the imaginary blue skies of the English countryside in summer! The final medley includes extracts from a Coronation anthem, 'Zadok the Priest' and the spectacular 'Music for the Royal Fireworks', including lots of real fireworks!

'This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea….
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England'

William Shakespeare: Richard II

'I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In England's green and pleasant land'

William Blake: Milton 'And did those feet in ancient time'


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