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In 1991, Hamburg-based record label Teldec Classics embarked on a fruitful partnership with Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. “The British Line” was soon to become an essential series of critically acclaimed digital recordings of major works alongside some lesser-known gems by some of Britain’s most celebrated composers. The series – collected here for the first time – features guest soloists including Tasmin Little, Thomas Hampson and Amanda Roocroft. The set includes bonus disc – Last Night of The Proms: The 100th Season – recorded live in concert in 1994 and featuring star soloists Dame Evelyn Glennie and Sir Bryn Terfel.

Davis’s finest quality is his ability to draw you in without too much point-making. His musical judgement is impeccable, and in a work like Elgar’s Symphony No 2 he has the ability to draw a tear or two as well. The BBC SO’s playing is excellent and the recordings are superb. As British music ‘starter packs’ go, you could hardly do better. -- GRAMOPHONE

“Andrew Davis’s formidable Tippettian credentials shine through in every bar of this outstanding British Line anthology from Teldec” – Gramophone

“These are four of the best Elgar performances on disc available. First, the recording is superb, with near-perfect balance and a really natural sound. Second, the playing of the BBC Symphony Orchestra is first rate. Andrew Davis's conducting of all four works is inspired” – Gramophone

“As digital Falstaffs go, Sir Andrew Davis's 1995 account with the BBC SO remains arguably the front-runner.” – Gramophone

“Davis has the key to this [Vaughan Williams] symphony’s combination of mystery, menace and qualified optimism” – The Sunday Telegraph

“With sumptuous sound, this is easily the best "modern" version [of Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 6] in the catalogue” – Gramophone

“An exceptionally insightful account of the [Enigma] Variations” – Gramophone

Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10

Britten: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes, Op. 33

Delius: Paris - Song of a Great City

Delius: In a Summer Garden

Delius: Brigg Fair

Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden

Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

Delius: Summer night on the river

Elgar: Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 55

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major, Op. 39 No. 1

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 3 in C minor, Op. 39 No. 3

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 in G major, Op. 39 No. 4

Elgar: In the South (Alassio), Op. 50

Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63

Elgar: Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 'In London Town'

Elgar: Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47

Elgar: Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20

Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Elgar: The Music Makers, Op. 69

Elgar: Dream Children, Op. 43

Elgar: Elegy for strings, Op. 58

Elgar: Sursum corda, Op. 11

Elgar: Sospiri, Op. 70

Elgar: Chanson de Matin, Op. 15 No. 2

Elgar: Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15 No. 1

Elgar: Salut d'amour, Op. 12

Elgar: Falstaff - Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68

Elgar: Romance, Op. 62

Elgar: Grania and Diarmid, Op. 42 - Incidental Music

Elgar: Grania and Diarmid, Op. 42 - Funeral March

Elgar: Froissart Overture, Op. 19

Holst: The Planets, Op. 32

Holst: Egdon Heath, a homage to Thomas Hardy, Op.47

Tippett: Concerto for double string orchestra

Tippett: Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli

Tippett: Ritual Dances from The Midsummer Marriage

Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 1-9

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

  • Tasmin Little (violin)
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
  • Sir Andrew Davis

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves

Vaughan Williams: The Wasps Overture

Vaughan Williams: Job - A Masque for Dancing

Bach, J S: Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

  • orch. H. Wood

Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

Miki: Marimba Spiritual

Massenet: Meditation (from Thaïs)

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major, Op. 39 No. 1

Wood, Henry: Fantasia on British Sea Songs

Arne: Rule, Britannia (from Alfred)

Parry: Jerusalem

anon.: Auld Lang Syne

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