McGreevy, Geraldine


Geraldine McGreevy studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. Her concert repertoire reflects her vocal and musical versatility; she is as much at home in period-instrument performances of Baroque music as in larger works such as Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Ninth Symphony.  Other concert repertoire includes Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire; Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5; Britten's Les Illuminations and War Requiem; Strauss' Vier Lezte Lieder; Telemann's Brockes Passion; and Honneger’s Le Roi David which she sang at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival.

An experienced recitalist, she has recorded Wolf, Fauré, Schumann, Schubert and many English Songs for Hyperion, and has regularly broadcast recitals for the BBC as well as other European broadcasting institutions. She has returned to the Wigmore Hall frequently since her 1997 debut after winning the 1996 Kathleen Ferrier Award. She has worked with chamber musicians including Steven Isserlis, Michael Collins and the Nash Ensemble, and also with many early music groups including the viol quartet Phantasm, with whom she has made recital tours and recorded Byrd consort songs.

Norman, Daniel


Daniel Norman was a choral scholar at New College, Oxford, where he read Engineering. He went on to study in the US and Canada and at the Royal Academy of Music.

Operatic credits include Peter Quint in Britten's The Turn of the Screw (Glyndebourne), Mao in John Adams' Nixon in China (Opera Boston and Verona),  the Electrician in Thomas Adès's Powder Her Face (Vienna and Boston premieres), Hermes in Tippett's King Priam (Nationale Reis Opera) and Valetto in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Bayerische Staatsoper).

Concert performances include the Evangelist in Bach's St John Passion, Britten's Les Illuminations, Sam Kaplan in Weill's Street Scene and regular appearances at the Three Choirs, Cheltenham, Chelsea, Lichfield and Endellion Festivals. Recently Daniel released his debut solo CD: Britten's Winter Words and Who Are These Children? with Christopher Gould (BIS).

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since its inception in 1930, and as the flagship orchestra of the BBC provides the backbone of the BBC Proms with at least a dozen concerts each year, including the First and Last Nights. Strongly committed to twentieth-century and contemporary music, it has given the premiere of more than 1,000 works by composers such as Bartók, Britten, Hindemith, Holst, Stravinsky and Shostakovich, and more recently has premiered BBC commissions by Simon Bainbridge, Jonathan Dove, Michael Nyman and Sir John Tavener among others. Its annual season of concerts as Associate Orchestra of the Barbican includes a weekend each January focusing upon a single composer from the twentieth or twenty-first century, most recently James MacMillan, Elliott Carter and Sofia Gubaidulina.

Jiří Bĕlohlávek took up the post of Chief Conductor in July 2006 and David Robertson was appointed Principal Guest Conductor in 2005. The BBC SO works frequently with Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis and Artist-in-Association John Adams. All concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a number are televised, giving the BBC Symphony Orchestra the highest broadcast profile of any orchestra in the UK. The BBC SO is committed to innovative education work, with ongoing projects including the BBC SO Family Orchestra and Music Intro, introducing families to concert-going.

The BBC SO has appeared on 34 of NMC’s CDs, including the best-selling recording of Elgar’s Third Symphony.

Davis, Sir Andrew

Sir Andrew
Born in 1944 in Hertfordshire, England, Andrew Davis studied at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was an organ scholar before taking up the baton. His diverse repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary, and his vast conducting credits span the symphonic and operatic and choral worlds. Sir Andrew is a great proponent of twentieth-century works including those by Janáček, Messiaen, Boulez, Elgar, Tippett, and Britten, in addition to the core symphonic and operatic composers.
With the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Davis has led concerts at the London Proms and on tour to Hong Kong, Japan, the US, and Europe. He has conducted all of the major orchestras of the world from the Chicago Symphony to the Berlin Philarmonic to the Royal Concertgebouw, and at opera houses and festivals throughout the world including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and the Bayreuth Festival.
Since 2000, Sir Andrew Davis has served as Music Director & Principal Conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago. He is the Conductor Laureate of the Toronto Symphony (having previously served as the Principal Conductor), the Conductor Laureate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (having served as the 2nd longest running Chief Conductor since its founder, Sir Adrian Boult) and the former Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
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Hugh Wood's Symphony is his most ambitious work to date: its four movements refer to musical sources as diverse as Mozart, Wagner and Janacek while never detracting from its coherence and power.  It is coupled with Wood's dramatic setting of Milton's masque Comus, the story of a wanderer lost in an enchanted wood..


Gramophone Awards Nomination 2002

'One of the outstanding British symphonies of the last century.'  BBC Music Magazine



Produced in association with BBC Radio 3


Recording date: 21-23 September 1999

Recording venue: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London

Engineers: Tryggvi Tryggvason, Andrew Hallifax
Producer: Colin Matthews 
Editing & mastering: Marian Tryggvason

Cover image: George Stubbs, ' A Horse Frightened by a Lion'

(P) 2001 NMC Recordings Ltd

Chester Novello
Catalogue number:
NMC D070
Release Date:
4 January 2001