Works for Voices and Orchestra

MITTERNACHTSLIED ZARATHUSTRAS [RTII/1 – incorporated in II/6]  
– Noch ein Mal  
Mark Stone, Stephen Barlow Rec.: Feb. 2011
CD: Stone 3060192780109  
   
   
APPALACHIA [RTII/2]  
Cuthbert Matthews, Royal Opera Amateur Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Rec.: live Nov. 1935 [G ‘T’]
CD: EMI Great Conductors 575938-2 [2]  
   
BBC Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Rec.: Jan. 1938 [G118]
78: Columbia in SDX15/21 [7]  
LP: in World Records SHB32 [5]  
CD: Dutton CDLX7011; Naxos 8.110906, 8.503148 [3]; in Maestro 205228-303 [2], in Membran 224042 [10]; Warner 9029586926 [7]  
   
Schola Cantorum of New York, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, John Barbirolli Rec.: live April 1938
CD: [excpt. only, from 9 after Y to end, with 8 bars missing at Dd] Barbirolli Society SJB1059/60 [2]  
   
RPO Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Rec.: Oct. – Dec. 1952 [G322]
LP: Columbia 33CX1112; Fontana CFL1009; Philips GL5690; CBS 61354; Columbia ML4915 (US)  
CD: Sony SMK89429, in SX5K87342 [5]; Pristine PASC450  
   
John Noble, BBC Chorus and Choral Society, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Groves Rec.: live Aug. 1967
CD: Carlton BBC Radio Classics 15656 91332; in CRQ CD290-291 [2]  
   
Alun Jenkins, Ambrosian Singers, Hallé Orchestra, John Barbirolli Rec.: July 1970
LP: HMV ASD2635, (rehearsal extract only) ALP2641, SLS796 [2]; ESD7099, EMX412081-1; Musical Heritage Society MHS 4566  
Cass: TC-ESD7099, EMX412081-4  
CD: (with rehearsal extract) EMI CMS565121-2 [2], (with reh.) CMS565119-2 [2], 575790-2 [13], (with reh.) 0841752 [18]; (with reh.) Warner 9029538608 (109)  
   
[ed. Dorati] Howard University Choir, National Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati Rec.: live Nov. 1971
LP: International Gramophone Society IGS089  
   
London Symphony Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Hickox Rec.: April 1980
LP: Argo ZRG934  
Cass: Argo KZRC934; Decca 425156-4  
CD: 425156-2, 467601-2  
   
Daniel Washington, Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera, Charles Mackerras Rec.: Apr. 1993
CD: Decca London 443171-2, 473716-2 [2], 4783078 [8]  
   
Andrew Rupp, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis Rec.: Oct. 2010
CD: Chandos CHSA5088  
   
Leon Williams, Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Florida Orchestra, Stefan Sanderling Rec.: Jan. 2012
CD: Naxos 8.572764  
   
Johan Reuter, Aarhus Cathedral Choir, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra Choir, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Bo Holten Rec.: 2011 and 2012
CD: Danacord DACOCD732  
   
 arr. for chorus with piano by B Suchoff  
Elysian Singers of London, Matthew Greenall Rec.: Sept. 1992
CD: Continuum CCD1054; SOMMCD210  
   
   
IM MEERESTREIBEN / SEA DRIFT [RTII/3]  
Dennis Noble, Manchester Beecham Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Rec.: Nov. 1928 [G25]
78: unissued  
LP: Beecham Society (US) WHS107  
CD: SOMM-BEECHAM 10  
   
Roy Henderson, Choir, New English Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Bernard Rec.: May 1929
78: Decca S10010/2 [3]  
LP: Decca 7709302 limited edition vinyl reissue (3 x 10″ boxed set) 2019
CD: Decca Eloquence ELQ4842117 [21]
Int.: Charm  
   
John Brownlee, London Select Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Rec.: April & Nov. 1936 [G80]
78: Columbia in SDX8/14 [7]  
LP: in World Records SHB32 [5]  
CD: BEECHAM 3; Naxos 8.110905, 8.503148 [3]  
   
Gordon Clinton, BBC Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Rec.: Jan. 1951 [G296]
LP: unissued  
CD: EMI CMS764386-2 [2], in 909915-2 [6], [extracts only] in 909964-2 [4]; Warner 9029586926 [7]  
   
Bruce Boyce, Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Rec.: Apr. & Dec. 1954 [G346]
LP: Philips ABL 3088; CBS 61224; Columbia ML5079  
CD: Sony MPK47680, SBK62752, SMK89430, in SX5K87342 [5]  
   
Heinz Rehfuss, Chor des Suddeutschen Rundfunks, Sinfonieorchester des Rec.: c. 1960 ?
Suddeutschen Rundfunks, Carl Schuricht  (in German)  
CD: Classico Ivano [released 2015]  
   
Carlos Alexander, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Carl Schuricht (in German) Rec.: live b/c March 1963
CD: Archiphon ARC-3; Urania WS121345 [2]  
   
John Shirley-Quirk, BBC Chorus and Choral Society, BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Rudolf Kempe
 Rec.: b/c April 1963
CD: in CRQ CD307-8 [2]  
   
John Noble, Liverpool Philharmonic Chorus, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Groves Rec.: June 1973
LP: EMI ASD2958  
Cass: TCC2-POR54295  
CD: CDM565113-2 , 585896-2 [3], 0841752 [18], 680513-2 [5]; Warner 2564614724 [24]  
   
John Shirley-Quirk, London Symphony Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Hickox Rec.: April 1980
LP: Argo ZRG934  
Cass: KZRC934; Decca 425156-4  
CD: London 425156-2; Decca 440323-2, 448170-2 [2], 470375-2 [2], 467601-2  
   
Brian Rayner Cook, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Charles Mackerras Rec.: live Sept. 1980
Archive: NSA C961/23  
   
Thomas Hampson, Welsh National Opera Chorus & Orchestra, Charles Mackerras Rec: Aug. 1989
Cass: Argo 430206-4  
CD: Argo 430206-2; Decca 4783078 [8]  
   
Bryn Terfel, Waynflete Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox Rec.: Feb. 1993
CD: Chandos CHAN9214; CHAN10868; ANN10030 [30]  
   
Thomas Allen, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis Rec.: live Aug. 1993
Archive: NSA 1CD0066147  
   
Paul Whelan, Three Choirs Festival Chorus, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Donald Hunt Rec.: live Sept. 1996
Archive: NSA H7779/1  
   
Thomas Hampson, Bach Choir, BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox Rec.: live July 2004
CD: BBC Music Magazine BBCMM345  
   
Roderick Williams, Halle Choir, Halle Youth Choir, Halle Orchestra, Mark Elder Rec.: live March 2011
CD: Halle CDHLL7535  
   
Leon Williams, Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Florida Orchestra, Stefan Sanderling Rec.: Jan. 2012
CD: Naxos 8.572764  
   
Johan Reuter, Aarhus Cathedral Choir, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra Choir, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Bo Holten Rec.: 2011 and 2012
CD: Danacord DACOCD732  
   
   
EINE MESSE DES LEBENS / A MASS OF LIFE [RTII/4]  
Rosina Raisbeck, (Sylvia Fisher), Monica Sinclair, Charles Craig, Bruce Boyce, London Philharmonic Choir, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestra, Thomas Beecham (in German) Rec. Nov. & Dec. 1952; Jan., Apr. & May 1953 [G324]
LP: Columbia 33CX1078/9 [2]; Fontana CFL1005/6 [2]; CBS 61182/3 [2]  
CD: [with talk] Sony SM2K89432 [2], in SX5K87342 [5]; Pristine PASC270 (and download); Beulah 6PD4 [2]  
   
Heather Harper, Yvonne Minton, Ronald Dowd, John Cameron, mixed choirs, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent (in English) Rec.: live Sept. 1966
Archive: NSA H5145/3  
   
Heather Harper, Helen Watts, Robert Tear, Benjamin Luxon, London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Groves (in German) Rec.: March 1971
LP: HMV SLS958 [2]  
CD: CMS764218-2 [2], in 095405-2 [5], in 0841752 [18]; Warner 2564614724 [24]  
   
Kiri Te Kanawa, Pamela Bowden, Ronald Dowd, John Shirley-Quirk, BBC Chorus & Choral Society, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Norman Del Mar (in German) Rec.: live May 1971 (b/c June 1971)
CD: Intaglio INCD702-2 [2]  
Archive: Music Preserved A00360; NSA 1CD0061546  
   
Heather Harper, Sarah Walker, Philip Langridge, Jonathan Summers, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Scottish National Orchestra, Charles Mackerras (in German) Rec.: live Sept. 1984
Archive: NSA C961/7  
   
Teresa Cahill, Yvonne Minton, Justin Lavender, David Wilson-Johnson, Brabants Orchestra, Richard Armstrong  (Dutch Radio, in German) Rec.: May 1992
Archive: NSA 1CDR0027065-1CDR0027066  
   
Joan Rodgers, Jean Rigby, Nigel Robson, Peter Coleman-Wright, Waynflete Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Richard Hickox (in German) Rec.: live July 1996
Archive: NSA H7422/1  
   
Joan Rodgers, Jean Rigby, Nigel Robson, Peter Coleman-Wright, Waynflete Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Richard Hickox (in German) Rec.: July 1996
CD: CHAN9515 [2]  
   
Janice Watson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Andrew Kennedy, Alan Opie, Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, David Hill (in German) Rec.: Nov. 2011
CD: Naxos 8.572861/2 [2]  
   
Gemma Summerfield, Claudia Huckle, Bror Magnus Todenes, Roderick Williams, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Elder (in German)Rec.: live Sept. 2022
YouTube: N.B. This is a separate specially engineered recording. Using recorded guide tracks, over three hundred voices of the Choir of the Earth were individually recorded at home on their mobile phones and then mixed by engineers with the live video recording of the Bergen performance of 23 September 2022. What is seen on the video is therefore the same as was streamed live but the sound has been much enhanced with the addition of the CoE voices. It should be noted that the recording released on LAWO Classics, while using the same forces (without the CoE), is a different studio recording and not a live performance. (See Delius Society Journal 174 pp.29-33.)
Gemma Summerfield, Claudia Huckle, Bror Magnus Todenes, Roderick Williams, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edvard Grieg Kor, Collegium Musicum Choir, Mark Elder (in German)Rec.: Sept. 2022 (studio)
CD: LAWO LWC1265 (2)
– Prelude to Part 2 No. 3  
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Rec.: February 1938 [G123]
78: unissued  
LP: in World Records SHB32 [5]  
CD: SOMM-BEECHAM 8; Warner 9029586926 [7] (incorrectly titled)  
   
– Prelude to Part 2  
Dennis Brain, Ian Beers, Ray White (horns), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Rec.: May 1948 [G259]
78: unissued  
LP: in World Records SHB32 [5]  
CD: Warner 9029501992 [11]  
– Talks  
Sir Thomas Beecham’s radio talk on A Mass of Life, playing an extract on the piano Rec.: June 1951
LP: in World Records SHB32 [5]  
   
Introductory talk by Beecham Rec.: 1953?
CD: in Sony SM2K89432, in SX5K87342 [5]  
   
   
SONGS OF SUNSET [RTII/5]  
Olga Haley, Roy Henderson, London Select Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Rec.: Oct. 1934 [G’S’]
78: unissued  
CD: SOMM-BEECHAM 8 (without final section), SOMM BEECHAM 12-2 (complete, with 2 extra takes)  
   
Nancy Evans, Redvers Llewellyn, BBC Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Rec.: live Nov. 1946
Archive: NSA T11735 (incomplete)  
   
Nancy Evans, Redvers Llewellyn, BBC Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Rec.: Nov. 1946 [G209]
78: unissued  
LP: [omitting Cease smiling, dear] in World Records SHB54 [6]  
CD: (final section only) SOMM-BEECHAM 8;  
   
Maureen Forrester, John Cameron, Beecham Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Rec.: April 1957 [G417]
LP: HMV ALP1983, SXLP30440, EMI EM290323-3 [2]  
Cass: TC-SXLP30440, EM290323-5 [2]  
CD: CDS747509-8 [2], 575788-2, in 094653-2 [2], in 909915-2 [6]; Warner 9029586926 [7]  
   
Janet Baker, John Shirley-Quirk, Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Groves Rec.: June 1968
LP: HMV ASD2437; Musical Heritage Society MHS4567  
CD: CMS764218-2 [2], in 095405-2 [5], in  0841752  [18]  
   
Sarah Walker, Thomas Allen, Ambrosian Singers, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby Rec.: Dec.1986
Cass: Unicorn-Kanchana DKPC9063  
CD: DKPCD9063, UKCD2073; Heritage Records HTGCD700 [7]  
   
Sally Burgess, Bryn Terfel, Waynflete Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Richard Hickox Rec.: Feb. 1993
CD: Chandos CHAN9214, [They are not long only] CHAN10568 [2]; CHAN10868; ANN10030 [30]  
   
Henriette Bonde-Hansen, Johan Reuter, Aarhus Cathedral Choir and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra Choir, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Bo Holten Rec.: Oct. & Dec. 2011
CD: Danacord DACOCD721  
   
They are not long, the weeping and the laughter  
Mark Stone, Stephen Barlow Rec.: Sept. & Dec. 2010
CD: Stone 5060192780062  
   
   
THE SONG OF THE HIGH HILLS [RTII/6]  
Royal Opera Amateur Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Rec.: live March 1936
Archive: NSA 1CDR0004376 (incomplete, with ‘wow’)  
   
BBC Choral Society, London Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Boult Rec.: live July 1946
Archive: NSA T11549 (with some breaks)  
   
Luton Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Rec.: live Oct. 1946
Archive: NSA T11549 (incomplete)  
   
Freda Hart, Leslie Jones, Luton Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Rec.: Nov. 1946 [G203]
78: HMV DB6470/2, DB9151/3 (auto)  
LP: ALP1889; RCA LVT1045; in World Records SHB54 [6]  
CD: EMI CDM 764054-2; Naxos 8.110982/3 [2], in 909915-2 [6]; Warner 9029586926 [7]  
   
Miriam Bowen, Peter Bingham, Liverpool Philharmonic Chorus, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Groves Rec.: June 1973
LP: HMV ASD2958  
CD: EMI 585142-2 [2], 0841752 [18]; Warner 2564614724 [24]  
   
Rebecca Evans, Peter Hoare, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky Rec.: live Dec. 1980
CD: Carlton BBC Radio Classics 15656 91332  
Archive: NSA NP4776BW  
   
Maryetta Midgley, Vernon Midgley, Ambrosian Singers, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby Rec.: April 1983
LP: Unicorn-Kanchana DKP9029  
Cass: DKPC9029  
CD: DKPCD9029, UKCD2071; Heritage Records HTGCD700 [7]  
   
Rebecca Evans, Peter Hoare, Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera, Charles Mackerras Rec.: Apr. 1993
CD: Decca London 443171-2, in 470375-2, in 473716-2 [3], 4783078 [8]  
   
Aarhus University Choir, Aarhus Chamber Choir, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Bo Holten Rec.: May 2001
CD: Danacord DACOCD592  
   
Rebecca Evans, Toby Spence, BBC Singers, BBC Philharmonic, Charles Mackerras Rec.: live July 2009
Archive: NSA BBC Worldwide CM0328  
   
Olivia Robinson, Christopher Bowen, BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Andrew Davis Rec.: Oct. 2010
CD: Chandos CHSA5088  
   
– arr. for 2 pianos by Percy Grainger  
Simon Callaghan and Hiro Takenouchi Rec.: ?
CD: SOMMCD 0129  
   
Penelope Thwaites and John LavenderRec.: 2016
CD: Heritage HTGCD403
   
AN ARABESQUE / EINE ARABESKE [RTII/7]  
Roy Henderson, London Select Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham (in English) Rec.: live Oct. 1934 [G ’S’]
78: unissued  
CD: SOMM-BEECHAM 8 (Leeds Festival)  
   
Einar Nørby, BBC Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham (in Danish) Rec.: Oct. 1955 [G364]
LP: Fontana CFL1009; Philips GL5690; Columbia ML5268 (US)  
CD: Sony MPK47680, SMK87966, in SX5K87342 [5]; Pristine PASC314 (and  
download)  
   
John Shirley-Quirk, Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Groves (in English) Rec.: June 1968
LP: ASD2437; Musical Heritage Society MHS4567  
CD: CMS764218-2 [2], in 095405-2 [5], 0841752 [18]; Warner 2564614724 [24]  
   
Thomas Allen, Ambrosian Singers, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby (in English) Rec.: Dec. 1986
Cass: DKPC9063  
CD: DKPCD9063, UKCD2076; Heritage Records HTGCD700 [7]  
   
Johan Reuter, Danish National Opera Chorus, Aarhus Chamber Choir, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Bo Holten (in Danish) Rec.: March 2000
CD: Danacord DACOCD536  
   
   
REQUIEM [RTII/8]  
Heather Harper, Thomas Hemsley, Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Groves  (in English) Rec.: live Nov. 1965 (b/c July 1966)
CD: Intaglio INCD702-2 [2]  
Archive: NSA 1CD0061546  
   
Heather Harper, John Shirley-Quirk, Royal Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Meredith Davies  (in English) Rec.: Feb. 1968
LP: HMV ASD2397, ED290027-1  
Cass: ED290027-4  
CD: CDZ575293-2, 0841752 [18]  
   
Rebecca Evans, Peter Coleman-Wright, Waynflete Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Richard Hickox  (in English) Rec.: July 1996
CD: Chandos CHAN9515  
   
   
SONGS OF FAREWELL [RTII/9]  
BBC Choral Society, Goldsmiths’ Choral Union, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent Rec.: live March 1950
Archive: NSA T11552 (missing no.3)  
   
Royal Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent Rec.: April 1964
LP: EMI ALP2097, ASD644, ED769534-1  
Cass: ED769534-4, TC-EMX2198  
CD: CD-EMX2198, CDM769534-2, CDZ575293-2, 764569-2, 0841752 [18], 955905-2 [2], Warner Classics 256463412-1 [18]  
   
Ambrosian Singers, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby Rec.: Feb. 1981
LP: Unicorn-Kanchana DKP9008/9 [2]; Musical Heritage Society MHS 824916L [2]  
Cass: RT9008/9 [2]  
CD: DKPCD9008/9 [2], UKCD2077; Heritage Records HTGCD700 [7]  
   
Three Choirs Festival Chorus, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Donald Hunt Rec.: live Aug. 1990
Archive: NSA B7259/1  
   
Waynflete Singers, members of Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox Rec.: Feb. 1993
CD: Chandos CHAN9214; CHAN10868; ANN10030 [30]  
   
BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek Rec.: live September 2012
Int: YouTube  [Proms]  
   
   
IDYLL [RTII/10]  
Sylvia Fisher, Jess Walters, BBC Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli Rec.: live Feb.1954
CD: Barbirolli Society SJB1059/60 [2]  
   
Sylvia Fisher, Ronald Lewis, Hallé Orchestra, Basil Cameron (replacing Barbirolli) Rec.: live Aug. 1956
Archive: NSA T4585W  
   
Sylvia Fisher, Jess Walters, Hallé Orchestra, John Barbirolli Rec.: Dec. 1956
LP: Pye CCL30108, GGC4075, GSGC14075, GSGC2055  
Cass: NIXMC6003, ZCGC2055  
CD: NIXCD6003; Barbirolli Society CDSJB1005, SJB1059/60 [2]; Warner 9029538608 (109)  
   
Heather Harper, John Shirley-Quirk, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Meredith Davies Rec.: Feb. 1968
LP: HMV ASD2397, ED290027-1  
Cass: ED290027-4  
CD: CDZ575293-2, 0841752 [18]  
   
Felicity Lott, Thomas Allen, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby Rec.: Mar. 1981
LP: Unicorn-Kanchana DKP9008/9 [2]; Musical Heritage Society MHS 824916L [2]  
Cass: RT9008/9 [2]  
CD: DKPCD9008/9 [2], UKCD2073; Heritage Records HTGCD700 [7]  
   
Janice Watson, Andrew Kennedy, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, David Hill Rec.: Nov. 2011
CD: in Naxos 8.572861/2 [2]  
– see also Prelude to Margot la Rouge