PATRICK HADLEY (1899-1973): The Trees so High - Symphonic Ballad in A Minor for Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra (Thomas Allen, Guildford Philharmonic Choir, New Philharmonia Orchestra; Vernon Handley. Released 1979), GERALD FINZI (1901-1956): Intimations of Immortality for Tenor, Chorus and Orchestra (Ian Partridge, Guildford Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra; Handley. Released 1975).
Catalogue Number: 05I070
Description: Hadley's 1931 four-movement symphony with vocal/choral finale is one of the most emotionally affecting of all English choral works and, remarkably, uses a single folk-song throughout as the basis for all of its motives and melodies. Many collectors and critics think Partridge's performance of the Finzi is by far the finest of any other recorded version.