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BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, John Wilson – Copland- Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 – Ballets (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, John Wilson – Copland- Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 – Ballets (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:19:17 minutes | 1,38 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Chandos

That Aaron Copland’s ballet ” Hear Ye! Hear Ye!”(1934), could be due to the rather dry subject: a trial for murder in a nightclub. “Appalachian Spring” with its scenes from rural Pennsylvania is more tranquil. His music, which programmatically evokes a new simplicity, has made this ballet a success. In ” Hear Ye!”on the other hand, there is” big city music ” to be heard with a number of references to contemporary light music, especially swing.
Huster and background noises suggest that the recordings from Detroit are concert recordings — which could explain that ” Hear Ye!”not everything is running smoothly and minor inaccuracies have crept in. There is little to complain about Slatkin’s interpretations, in which the gestural quality of the music has great weight, although Bernstein has kindled even more visionary fire in the “Appalachian Spring”.
With this ballet in the ear, the edgy modernist of the “Short Symphony” or the “Symphony for Organ and Orchestra”, oriented to the style of the French group “Les Six”, sound quite unexpected. Together with other symphonic works from Copland’s early creative period, including the rarely heard “Symphonic Ode”, John Wilson and the BBC Philharmonic have recorded these symphonies breathtakingly effective, colourful and bursting with energy. Electrifying the complex rhythm of the “Ode”, for example, which is confidently realized by Wilson. But the sinistre tone of the “Prelude” from the organ symphony is also excellent. The musicians are supported by a formidable sound technique.

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Onyx Brass & John Wilson – Fanfares (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Onyx Brass & John Wilson – Fanfares (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:34 minutes | 907 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Chandos

Among all the many Chandos brass recordings, each release having played a major role in the labels successful history, this one may well be the loudest.

In the vast acoustic of St Judes Church, London, rendered in surround-sound, and in the largest ensemble format to which it has ever expanded, Onyx Brass, under the energetic direction of John Wilson, brings together four dozen fanfares by fourteen British composers of the past century and a half.

Including works by Arnold, Bax, Bliss, Imogen Holst Ketèlbey, and Tippett with numerous premiere recordings, this album is an unmissable celebration of stirring, brilliant, joyous, exciting, varied, sometimes military, and always optimistic music.

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Sinfonia of London & John Wilson – Korngold: Works for Orchestra (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sinfonia of London & John Wilson – Korngold: Works for Orchestra (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 59:15 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Chandos

John Wilson and his Sinfonia of London shine in an all-Korngold programme full of wit, romanticism, sensitivity, and virtuosity – an orchestral tour de force! Conductor John Wilson has earned a reputation for his interpretations of British and American repertoire in particular. He is a favourite of many of the UK’s orchestras and festivals including the BBC Proms and Aldeburgh Festival and is currently Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. John is also in demand across the world at the very highest level, conducting the major orchestras of Sydney, Berlin, Budapest, Amsterdam, Oslo amongst many others, and has a large and growing discography, covering a wide range of repertoire.

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BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & John Wilson – Eric Coates – Orchestra Works, Vol.1 (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & John Wilson – Eric Coates – Orchestra Works, Vol.1 (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:34 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Chandos

Eric Coates studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Frederick Corder (composition) and Lionel Tertis (viola), and played in string quartets and theatre pit bands before joining symphony orchestras conducted by Thomas Beecham and Henry Wood. His experience as a player added to the rigorous training which Coates had received at the academy and contributed to his skill as a composer. In 1919 he gave up the viola permanently and from then until his death made his living as a composer and occasional conductor. His prolific output includes the suite London (1932), of which the well-known march ‘Knightsbridge’ is the concluding movement, the waltz By the Sleepy Lagoon (1930), and The Dam Busters March (1954). The early compositions of Coates were influenced by the music of Arthur Sullivan and Edward German, but his style evolved in step with changes in musical taste, and his later works incorporate elements derived from jazz and dance-band music. His output consists almost wholly of orchestral music and songs. With the exception of one unsuccessful short ballet, he never wrote for the theatre, and only occasionally for the cinema. John Wilson has spent many years editing all the orchestral works of Coates, and will now be using these new editions for this cycle of recordings with the BBC Philharmonic.

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Sinfonia of London & John Wilson – Escales: French Orchestral Works (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sinfonia of London & John Wilson – Escales: French Orchestral Works (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:19:01 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Chandos

John Wilson and Sinfonia of London release their second album, following widespread and universal critical acclaim for their first recording, of Korngold’s Symphony in F-sharp. This new recording explores the unique sound world of French orchestral music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The programme juxtaposes well-known favourites, such as Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Massenet’s Méditation from Thaïs, with pieces far more rarely heard, for example Duruflé’s Trois Danses and Saint-Saëns’s Le Rouet d’Omphale.

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Andrew Haveron & John Wilson – Korngold: Violin Concerto & String Sextet (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Andrew Haveron & John Wilson – Korngold: Violin Concerto & String Sextet (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 56:30 minutes | 589 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Chandos

Korngold began work on his Violin Concerto in 1937, following his father’s suggestion that the main theme from his score for the Errol Flynn epic Another Dawn would make a good basis for a concerto. The work remained dormant while Korngold was exiled to Hollywood after the Anschluss. He resumed work on it in 1945, and fully revised it. Premiered by Jascha Heifetz in 1947, the Concerto is widely performed and recorded, and is certainly Korngold’s best-known concert work.
Widely considered the greatest composer-prodigy since Mozart, Korngold composed the String Sextet in 1914, when he was only seventeen years old. It shows his fully developed style and assured idiomatic writing for the ensemble. Andrew Haveron leads the Sinfonia of London Chamber Ensemble in the Sextet, and is joined by John Wilson and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in the Violin Concerto.

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John Wilson, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Michael McHale – Bennett: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

John Wilson, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Michael McHale – Bennett: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:05:43 minutes | 1,05 GB | Genre: Classical
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In this fourth volume in their Richard Rodney Bennett series, John Wilson and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra turn to his Piano Concerto, commissioned by the John Feeney Trust for the CBSO and written in 1968. A chance meeting with Stephen Kovacevich provided Bennett with a willing soloist, and the work was premiered in Birmingham in September that year. The fellow composer Anthony Payne’s judgement was unequivocal: ‘It’s a bloody good work.’ The soloist here, Michael McHale, gives a virtuosic performance which certainly lives up to that judgement.

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Sinfonia of London & John Wilson – Respighi – Roman Trilogy (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sinfonia of London & John Wilson – Respighi – Roman Trilogy (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:00:01 minutes | 1 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Chandos

Following the widespread critical acclaim of their first two recordings including a BBC Music Magazine Award John Wilson and the Sinfonia of London turn to Respighis Roman Trilogy for their third release. Born in Bologna in 1879, Respighi trained as a violinist and composer, and travelled extensively. His influences are therefore wide-ranging, from Richard Strauss and Debussy to Rimsky-Korsakov (who taught him orchestration) in addition to a love of and fascination with Plainsong and music of the Italian baroque. Fountains of Rome was the first of these three great tone poems, composed between 1913 and 1916, and inspired by a series of photographs given to him by the artist Edita Broglio.

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Sinfonia of London & John Wilson – English Music for Strings (Britten – Bliss – Bridge – Berkeley) (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sinfonia of London & John Wilson – English Music for Strings (Britten – Bliss – Bridge – Berkeley) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:04:37 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Bookelt, Front Cover | © Chandos

During the 1930s, Bliss, Britten, and Berkeley all contributed major works to the repertoire for string orchestra, following in the footsteps of Elgar and Vaughan Williams. They are joined on this album by Frank Bridge whose Lament was composed during the First World War. Bliss composed Music for Strings after he had completed the film score for Korda’s Things to Come, driven by his desire to compose a piece of ‘pure music’, expressing his own ideas rather than those of others.

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Onyx Brass & John Wilson – Festmusik – A Legacy (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Onyx Brass & John Wilson – Festmusik – A Legacy (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:07:17 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Chandos

Described as “easily the classiest brass ensemble in Britain” by BBC Music Magazine, Onyx Brass continues to be the leading light in establishing the brass quintet as a medium for serious chamber music, presenting it in the entertaining and articulate style that has become the group’s trademark.

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