Exploring Music Playlist:  A Green and Pleasant Land
Exploring Music Playlist: A Green and Pleasant Land

September 5th, 2022


With William Blake’s famous words as a stepping-off point, we’re traversing the pastoral musical landscapes of the British Isles. Bill opens with a reading of Hilaire Belloc’s idyllic essay, ‘The Mowing of a Field’. We continue with a piece written by Patrick Hadley on the occasion of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s 70th birthday, as well as one of Vaughan Williams’s folk-influenced works. Then Bill turns his focus to 16th century lute music from William Byrd, and to Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, inspired by a visit to Fingal’s Cave in Scotland. We also enjoy music from the friendship of Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst.


Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: Symphony No.3 in F Minor, Op. 28, “Irish”
III. Andante Con Moto

IV. Allegro Molto Vivace
Ulster Orchestra/Vernon Handley
Stanford: Symphony No. 3 · Irish Rhapsody No. 5
Chandos 8545

Patrick Hadley: “One Morning in Spring”
Philharmonia Orchestra/Matthias Bamert
Works by Patrick Hadley and Philip Sainton
Chandos CHAN241-22

Vaughan Williams: “Linden Lea”
Bryn Terfel, baritone; Malcolm Martineau, piano
DG B0004216

George Butterworth: “The Banks of Green Willow”
English Chamber Orchestra/Jeffrey Tate
The Banks Of Green Willow
EMI 7-47945-2

Herbert Howells: Pastoral Rhapsody
London Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox
Howells: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
Chandos 9410

Benjamin Britten: Folksong Arrangements, Vol.1 and 3 “British Isles”
I. “The Salley Gardens”

II. “The Foggy, Foggy Dew”
Bryn Terfel, bass baritone; Malcolm Martineau, piano
DG B0004216


Traditional: “Blow the Wind Southerly”
Kathleen Ferrier, contralto
Kathleen Ferrier Edition Vol 8 – Blow The Wind Southerly
London 433475

Traditional: “My Boy Willie”
Kathleen Ferrier, contralto; Phyllis Spurr, piano
Kathleen Ferrier Edition Vol 8 – Blow The Wind Southerly
London 433475

Traditional: “In a Garden So Green”
Mary Lawson, voice; Nancy Hadden, flute
Elizabethan Ballads and Dances- Circa 1500
AVS 163

Benjamin Britten: Spring Symphony
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Andre Previn
St. Clement Danes School Boys Choir
Sheila Armstrong, Dame Janet Baker, Robert Tear
Benjamin Britten – Spring Symphony
EMI 47667

Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis; Hilary Hahn, violin
DG 000312136


William Byrd: “The Woods so Wild”
Julian Bream, lute
The Woods So Wild
RCA 61587

Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides, Op.26, (Fingal’s Cave)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
Violin Concerto / Symphony No. 4 “Italian” / “The Hebrides” Overture
Sony 47592

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op.56, (Scottish)
II. Vivace non troppo

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Kurt Masur
Mendelssohn: Symphonies No 3 and 4
Apex 49817

Granville Bantock: A Hebridean Symphony
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Vernon Handley
Bantock: Hebridean Symphony
Hyperion 66450

Dylan Thomas: “Fern Hill”
Dylan Thomas, poet
An Evening With Dylan Thomas Reading His Own And Other Poems
Caedmon 1157

Peter Warlock: “The Curlew, Cry No More”
Music Group of London; Ian Partridge, tenor
A Warlock Centenary Album
EMI 65101

Peter Warlock: “Captain Stratton’s Fancy”
Bryn Terfel, bass baritone; Malcolm Martineau, piano
​Silent Noon
DG B0004216


Frederick Delius: Two Pieces for Small Orchestra
I. “On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring”

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Davis
Paris · In a Summer Garden · Brigg Fair
Teldec 90845

Frederick Delius: Sea Drift for Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra
IV. “O rising stars!”

V. “O brown halo in the sky”
Welsh National Opera Orchestra and Chorus/
Sir Charles Mackerras; Thomas Hampson, baritone
Delius: Sea Drift, Florida Suite
Decca 430206

Frederick Delius: “A Song of Summer”
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Davis
Best of British from the BBC Proms
DG 477 7352

Edward Elgar: Serenade in E Minor, Op. 20
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Davis
Cockaigne / Introduction And Allegro / Serenade /
Variations On An Original Theme ‘Enigma’
Teldec 73279

Edward Elgar: “My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land”
The Cambridge Singers/John Rutter
There Is Sweet Music (English Choral Songs, 1890-1950)
Collegium COLCD 104

Edward Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op. 37
I. “Sea Slumber,”  (Roden Noel)

II. “In Haven” (C. Alice Elgar)
London Symphony Orchestra/Barbirolli; Janet Baker, mezzo soprano
Cello Concerto • Sea Pictures
EMI 56219

Edward Elgar: In The South, Op. 50, “In Moonlight” (arr. of Canto Populare)
Nigel Kennedy, violin; Peter Pettinger, piano
Nigel Kennedy Plays Elgar
Chandos 8380

FRIDAY Benjamin Britten: Folksong Arrangements, Vol. 1
the British Isles: “Oliver Cromwell”

Bryn Terfel, bass baritone; Malcolm Martineau, piano
DG B0004216

Neil Burns: “O Once I Lov’d A Bonnie Lass” (Handsome Nell)
Davy Steele
Robert Burns: Complete Songs Vol. 5
Linn Records 086

Gustav Holst: A Hampshire Suite, Op. 28, No. 2-
I. “Song Without Words: I’ll Love My Love” (Andante)

Munich Symphony/Douglas Bostock
Gustav Holst
Classico Class CD 284

Gustav Holst: A Somerset Rhapsody, Op. 21, No. 2
London Symphony Orchestra/Hickox
Holst: Orchestral Works
Chandos 9420

Arthur Somervell:  A Shropshire Lad
IV. ” In Summer-time on Bredon Hill”

Bryn Terfel, bass baritone; Malcolm Martineau, piano
DG B0004216.

Ralph Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge
V. “Bredon Hill”

Phillip Langridge, tenor; Howard Shelley, pianoforte; Britten Quartet
Ravel: String Quartet; Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge
EMI 54346

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 3, “A Pastoral Symphony”
1. Lento: Moderato Maestoso

Philharmonia Orchestra/Slatkin; Linda Hohenfeld, soprano
Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 3 & 4, Greensleeves
RCA Victor 61194

Peter Maxwell Davies: “Farewell to Stromness”
Peter Maxwell Davies, piano
A Celebration of Scotland
Unicorn-Kanchana 9070

Hubert Parry: “Jerusalem”
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Davis
Last Night of The Proms
Teldec 97868

Frederick Delius: To be Sung of a Summer Night on the Water (II)
The Cambridge Singers/John Rutter
There Is Sweet Music (English Choral Songs, 1890-1950)
Collegium 104