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This varied selection of tuneful but largely unfamiliar orchestral music by Cecil Armstrong
Gibbs includes the delightful suite from his collaboration with Walter de la Mare,
the "fairy play" Crossings. Gibbs's music is very much an escapist art, full of charming
tunes – as exemplified by The Enchanted Wood, which the composer described as
"a dance phantasy," and the full orchestral version of his most popular work, the
haunting slow waltz Dusk. In a similar light music vein are the attractive The Cat and the
Wedding Cake (from the television operetta Mr. Cornelius) and Four Orchestral Dances,
written for a BBC Light Music Festival. In contrast are the Symphonic poem
A Vision of Night, which reflects Gibbs's enthusiasm for the new music at the
Diaghilev ballet, and the neo-classical Suite in A for violin and orchestra.

English Fantasy, Peter Cigleris clarinet and Antony Gray, piano
includes Cecil Armstrong Gibbs Three Pieces for Clarinet and Piano

Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Cyril Scott, Christopher Wright & Elis Pehkonen: Oboe Concertos.Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Complete works for violin and piano.
Robert Atchison - Violin
Olga Dudnik - Piano
To be released at the end of October on the Guild Label


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Odysseus: Symphony in four movements (1937-8) for soprano and baritone soli, mixed chorus and orchestra
(words by Mordaunt Currie)

Susan Gritton (soprano)
Mark Stone (baritone)

Four Songs for Sailors (1948) for chorus, strings, brass and timpani

David Drummond (conductor)

Recorded at The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, 24-25 November 2007

Armstrong Gibbs was once a favourite composer of local choral societies, but his masterpiece, the choral symphony Odysseus, has seldom been heard because it immediately preceded the Second World War and afterwards never really established itself. Yet it is a cherishable score, and if you like Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony you will love this tuneful and evocative work. Here Susan Gritton and Mark Stone revel in their roles as soprano and baritone soloists respectively. Telling the familiar story of Odysseus’s legendary wanderings around the eastern Mediterranean after the fall of Troy , and his return to Ithaca , Odysseus – which in fact is Gibbs’s second symphony – has long been requested by enthusiasts. It is vividly realised by the London Oriana Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by David Drummond. The choir also make Four Songs for Sailors, Dyson’s tuneful songs for chorus, strings, brass and timpani, sound effortless, and with the work’s theme of ships and sailors is the perfect complement to Armstrong Gibbs’s epic vision.

Complete Piano Trios
London Piano Trio
Robert Atchison - Violin
Olga Dudnik - Piano
Bozidar Vukotic - Cello

Altamira ABI230105
    Symphonies Nos. l & 3
National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Andrew Penny
Marco Polo CD 8. 223553 1993

English String Miniatures
Miniature Dance Suite
Royal Ballet Sinfonia
David Lloyd Jones
Naxos 8.554 186 1996
    The Three Graces
Trio for violin, cello and
piano 'The Three Graces'
Sonata in E for violoncello and piano
Lyric sonata for violin and piano op.63
Three pieces for violin and piano
Patricia Reibaud, Igor Kraevsky,
Mikhail Istomin
Minstrel ASIN B000066TGA

British Light Music Miniatures
RTE Concert Orchestra
(Ernest Tomlinson)
Marco Polo 8.223522 1993
    Elizabethan Serenade
Light Music Society Orchestra
Vivian Dunn

British Light Music Classics
New London Orchestra
Ronald Corp
Hyperion CDA 66868 1995
    Peacock Pie
Concertino for piano and string orchestra
Peacock Pie
For string orchestra and piano
Martin Roscoe
Guildhall Strings Ensemble
Robert Salter
Hyperion CDA 67316 2002

Dale & Fell
Guildhall Strings Ensemble
Robert Salter
Prelude, Andante & Finale
Dale & Fell Suite
Threnody for Walter de la Mare
A Spring Garland
Suite for Strings
Hyperion CDA 67093 1999
Geraldine McGreevy, soprano
Stephen Varcoe, baritone
Roger Vignoles, piano.
Hyperion CDA67337

Janet Baker English Song Anthology includes Cecil Armstrong Gibbs's 'This is a Sacred City' & 'Love is a Sickness Op.44/1' with works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Ireland, Michael Head, Thomas Dunhill, Peter Warlock, Herbert Howells, Ivor Gurney, and Gerald Finzi

Dame Janet Baker, Martin Isepp, piano


The Queen's Hall Light Orchestra Volumes 1 & 2 includes Cecil Armstrong Gibb's 'Dusk' with music by Robert Busby; Arthur Benjamin; Charles Williams; Robert Farnon; Frederic Curzon; Sidney Torch; Clive Richardson; Eric Coates; Clifton Parker; Len Stevens; Peter Yorke; Haydn Wood; Jack Strachey; Vivian Ellis; Joyce Cocharane; Lloyd Thomas; Geoffrey Henman; James Moody; Richard Addinsell; Jack Beaver; Tony Lowry; Eric Siday; Philip Green; Michael North; John Holliday; Mark Lubbock & Montague Phillips.

Queen's Hall Light Orchestra

Nik Hancock-Child, baritone
Rosemary Hancock-Child, piano
Marco Polo 8223458

Cecil Armstrong Gibbs: String Quartet in A major Op.73 Arnold Bax String Quartet No.1 in G major; Elizabeth Maconchy: Quintet for Oboe and Strings; Edrich Cundell: String Quartet in C Op.27
Griller String Quartet, Helen Gaskell
Dutton CDBP9762
    Paul Corder: Nine Preludes; William Hurlstone: Capriccio in B minor; Ernest Farrar: Valse Caprice & Shadow Dance; J.B.McEwan: Three Preludes; Frederick Delius: Dance for Harpsichord & Three Preludes; Cecil Armstrong Gibbs: Four Preludes; Herbert Howells: Phantasy.

Alan Cuckston, piano

Twenty Four Aspects of an Amorous Nature includes Cecil Armstrong Gibb's, The Cherry Tree with works by John Ireland, Roger Quilter, Maude Valerie White, Gerald Finzi, Michael Head, Peter Warlock, Henry Carey, George Frederic Handel, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gunter Raphael, Arthur Somervell, Edward Elgar & Frank Bridge.

Peter Jeffes, tenor and David Woodcock, piano.


My Own Country includes Cecil Armstrong Gibbs's 'The Stranger' and 'Five Eyes' with works by Arthur Sullivan, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Roger Quilter, George Dyson, Ivor Gurney, Herbert Howells, Michael Head, Peter Warlock and Benjamin Britten.

Harry Sever, Robert Bottone, piano

Steal Away to Jesus- Spirituals and Prayers includes Cecil Armstrong Gibbs's 'Tranquility' with works by Josquin Des Préz, John Sheppard, Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Franz Schubert, Leos Janácek, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Frederick Delius, Francis Poulenc, Traditional

Wells Cathedral Choir conducted by Andrew Nethsingha


The Singers - Maggie Tayte includes Cecil Armstrong Gibb's 'The Fields are full of summer still' with works by Jaques Offenbach, Andre Messager, Gabriel Faure, Reynaldo Hahn, Anton Dvorak, Henry Gibson, Sigmund Romberg, Charles Cuvillier, Noel Coward, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Roger Quilter, Frederick Delius, Frank Bridge, Amherst Webber & Graham Peel.

Maggie Teyte, soprano; George Reeves & Rita Mackay, piano.

Ca' the yowes - A Collection of 20th Century Part Songs includes Cecil Armstrong Gibbs's 'The Listeners' with works by Lennox Berkeley, Gustav Holst, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Frederick Delius, Robert Chilcott, Gerald Finzi & Traditional.

The Gentlemen of St. John's College Choir


A Marian Christmas includes Cecil Armstrong Gibbs's 'Cradle Song' with music by Franz Biebl, David Conte, Robert Parsons, Johannes Brahms, Healey Willan, Gaspar van Weerbeke, Terry Schlenker, Tomás Luis de Victoria, David Cutforth, Peter Warlock,
Charles Hubert Parry, Alfred Whitehead, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Hugo Distler, Michael Praetorius

St. Martin's Chamber Choir conducted by Timothy J. Krueger

Favourite English Songs includes Cecil Armstrong Gibb's 'Silver Op.30 No.2' with works by Edward Elgar, Maude Valerie White, Thomas Dunhill, Roger Quilter, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Dorothy Hogben, Benjamin Britten, Lennox Berkeley, Geoffrey Bush, Herbert Howells, Frank Bridge, Michael Head, Liza Lehmann, Graham Peel, Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, Lord Berners, Percy Grainger, Peter Warlock and William Walton.

Felicity Lott, soprano & Graham Johnston, piano.


The Complete New English Hymnal Volume 10 includes Cecil Armstrong Gibb's 'Judge eternal, throned in splendour' with hymn tunes by Charles Wesley, William Jones, James Green, William Croft, John Ireland, William Henry Monk, Richard Redhead, John Randall, Percy Carter Buck, John Roberts, Thomas Olivers and some traditional & anonymous.

Christopher Gray, organ; Truro Cathedral Choir conducted by Andrew Nethsingha

Cecil Armstrong Gibbs: In the High Alps; Lakeland Pictures; Herbert Howells: Gadabout; Slow Dance; Cobbler's Hornpipe; There was a most beautiful lady; Triumph Tune; Sarum Sketches; Rhapsody; Jackanapes.

Alan Cuckston, piano

Swinsty FEW 123CD


The Golden Age of Light Music: The 1930s Revisited - Vol. 3

British Light Classics Volume 2 includes Cecil Armstrong Gibb’s ‘Dusk’ with works by Daniel Strong Godfrey, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Eric Coates, Charles Williams, Robert Farnon,
Geoffrey Toye, Albert William Ketèlbey, Frederic Curzon, Ronald Binge, Sir Hamilton Harty, Charles Ancliffe, Peter Hope, Ernest Bucalossi, Archibald Joyce, Sydney Baynes,
Wilhelm Meyer Lutz.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth

Arte Nova Voices includes Cecil Armstrong Gibb's 'Three Men of Gotham' with works by Paul Edmonds, Cecil Engelhardt, Michael Balfe Cecile Louise Chaminade, Renato Brogi, Luigi Denza, Johannes Brahms, H Weidt, Carl Hirsch & Felix Mendelssohn.

Peter Edelmann, Paul Armin Edelmann, baritones & Philp Moll, piano

Arte Nova 80788

English Organ Music from Hull City Hall includes Cecil Armstrong Gibbs's 'Lyric Melody' from Six Sketches for Organ Book One with works by Basil Harwood, Thomas Dunhill, Percy Whitlock, Christopher Steel, William Faulkes and Francis Jackson.

Roger Fisher, organ

Amphion PHICD197

Forever England includes Cecil Armstrong Gibb's 'A Song of Shadows Op.15 No.3' with works by Henry Purcell, William Byrd, John Rutter, Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar

Performers: Judy Loman, Simon Preston, Ruth Watson Henderson, Paul Houle, Margaret Wolfe, Gillian Howard
Conductor: James Judd, Willfried Boettcher, Jean Ashworth Bartle
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Children's Chorus

IMP Carlton Classics 6702799

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