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George Butterworth: Orchestral Works - Works for Voice & Orchestra

James Rutherford, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Kriss Russman

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1
The Banks of Green Willow
George Butterworth; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
5:54
6 Songs from a Shropshire Lad (orch. by K. Russman)  
2
I. Loveliest of trees
George Butterworth; Kriss Russman; James Rutherford; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
2:44
3
II. When I was one-and-twenty
George Butterworth; Kriss Russman; James Rutherford; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
1:21
4
III. Look not in my eyes
George Butterworth; Kriss Russman; James Rutherford; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
2:10
5
IV. Think no more, lad
George Butterworth; Kriss Russman; James Rutherford; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
1:18
6
V. The lads in their hundreds
George Butterworth; Kriss Russman; James Rutherford; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
2:05
7
VI. Is my team ploughing?
George Butterworth; Kriss Russman; James Rutherford; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
3:34
8
A Shropshire Lad
George Butterworth; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
9:54
2 English Idylls  
9
I. Allegro scherzando
George Butterworth; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
4:22
10
II. Adagio non troppo
George Butterworth; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
4:22
Suite for String Quartet (arr. by K. Russman for String Orchestra)  
11
I. Andante con moto, molto espressivo
George Butterworth; Kriss Russman; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
3:36
12
II. Scherzando, non allegro
George Butterworth; Kriss Russman; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
0:54
13
III. Allegro molto
George Butterworth; Kriss Russman; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
4:24
14
IV. Molto moderato ed espressivo
George Butterworth; Kriss Russman; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
4:39
15
V. Moderato
George Butterworth; Kriss Russman; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
4:36
Love Blows as the Wind Blows (version for Voice & Orchestra)  
16
I. In the year that's come and gone, love, his flying feather
George Butterworth; James Rutherford; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
3:04
17
II. Life in her creaking shoes
George Butterworth; James Rutherford; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
1:57
18
III. On the way to Kew
George Butterworth; James Rutherford; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
3:47
19
Orchestral Fantasia (completed by K. Russman)
George Butterworth; Kriss Russman; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Kriss Russman
8:36
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    73:17
"... I had high hopes for the new release and I was not disappointed in terms of the performances ... I liked these arrangements of the Shropshire Lad songs ... luxuriant recording ... considerable enjoyment of all this beautiful music in very fine performances and recording."
- MusicWeb International

English composer George Butterworth was not prolific; in fact, during World War I he destroyed many of his works for fear he wouldn’t return from battle and wouldn’t be able to revise him. He is best known for his orchestral setting A Shropshire Lad., included here alongside A Shropshire Lad Rhapsody, the ‘orchestral epilogue’ to the original settings of A. E. Housman’s poems. Especially notable on this release is Orchestral Fantasia, which Butterworth started before the war broke out, with only a short section of less than four minutes surviving. Conductor Kriss Russman has picked up where Butterworth left off, adding five minutes of music where he develops Butterworth’s ideas with original material. Baritone James Rutherford is featured on several of these pieces.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – BIS Studio Masters

Original format: 24 bit / 96 kHz
Recording: January 2015 (1, 8–15, 19) and Sept 2015 (2–7, 16–18) at Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Wales
Producer: Robert Suff
Sound engineer: Huw Thomas
Assistant engineer: Simon Smith
Editing and mixing: Matthias Spitzbarth
Robert Suff (BIS), Tim Thorne (BBC NOW)
Equipment: Schoeps, DPA and sE microphones, Studer Vista 8 digital mixing console, Pyramix and Sequoia digital audio workstations, B&W loudspeakers.
Cover texts: © Anthony Murphy 2015 & © Kriss Russman 2015
Translations: Horst A. Scholz (German); Jean-Pascal Vachon (French)
Front cover: photo of George Butterworth, by courtesy of Anthea Ionides. Background: Willow Boughs, design by William Morris (1834–96)
Back cover photo of Kriss Russman: © Angela Wicks
Typesetting, lay-out: Andrew Barnett (Compact Design)

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