The Last Night of the Proms
Sir Colin Davis
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4829370
Barcode
00028948293704
Format
2-CD
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THE LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS
1969/1971/1972 – HIGHLIGHTS

CD 1
Commentary
EDWARD ELGAR: Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 (In London Town)
EDWARD ELGAR: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 (with reprise)
Commentary
HENRY WOOD: Fantasia on British Sea Songs
HUBERT PARRY (arr. Elgar): Jerusalem– Commentary
Sir Colin Davis: speech / Happy Birthday (audience)
TRADITIONAL: God Save the Queen

CD 2
HECTOR BERLIOZ: Hail, all hail to the Queen (Les Troyens)
RICHARD WAGNER: Schmerzen; Träume (Wesendonck Lieder)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Scherzo (from Octet in E flat major, Op. 20)
WILLIAM WALTON: The Contrast; Rhyme (A Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table)
EDWARD ELGAR: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
WILLIAMSON: The Stone Wall – A Cassation for Audience and Orchestra
THOMAS ARNE: (arr. Sargent) Rule Britannia
HUBERT PARRY: (arr. Elgar) Jerusalem
Sir Colin Davis: speech
TRADITIONAL: God Save the Queen

Jessye Norman, soprano (Wagner)
Elizabeth Bainbridge, mezzo-soprano (Walton; Arne: CD2)
BBC Chorus
BBC Singers
BBC Choral Society
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Colin Davis

Track previews
Commentary
Jerusalem
Colin's Speech
Jerusalem
Rule Britannia
The Stone Wall
Pomp and Circumstance, Op. 39: March, No. 1 in D Major
A Song For The Lord Mayor's Table: 6. Rhyme
A Song For The Lord Mayor's Table: 5. The Contrast
Octet in E-Flat, Op. 20, MWV R20 - Mendelssohn: 3. Scherzo - Orchestral Version
Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91: 5. Träume
Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91: 4. Schmerzen
Les Troyens, H 133: Hail, All Hail to the Queen
God Save The Queen
Colin's Speech
Fantasia on British Sea Songs: 9. Rule, Britannia!
Overture Cockaigne, Op. 40
Fantasia on British Sea Songs: 9. Rule, Britannia!
Fantasia on British Sea Songs: 8. See the conqu’ring hero comes
Fantasia on British Sea Songs: 7. Home, sweet Home
Fantasia on British Sea Songs: 6b. Clarinet cadenza
Fantasia on British Sea Songs: 6a. Farewell and Adieu, ye Spanish Ladies
Fantasia on British Sea Songs: 5. Jack’s the Lad (Hornpipe)
Fantasia on British Sea Songs: 5. Jack’s the Lad (Hornpipe)
Fantasia on British Sea Songs: 4. Tom Bowling
Fantasia on British Sea Songs: 3. The Saucy Arethusa
Fantasia on British Sea Songs: 2. The Anchor’s Weighed
Fantasia on British Sea Songs: 1. Bugle Calls
Commentary
Pomp and Circumstance, Op. 39: March No. 1 in D Major
God Save The Queen
Recording information

Recordings: Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, 13 September 1969 (CD1, CD2: Elgar, Parry, National Anthem), 18 September 1971 (CD2: Williamson, Arne), 16 September 1972 (CD2: Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Walton) – Live Recordings
Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer
First LP Release on Philips: SFM 23033 / 6502 001 (CD1); 6588 011 (CD2)

Reviews

‘The recording is remarkably successful, capturing the occasion with realism … I hugely enjoyed this record.’ Gramophone, November 1969

‘A thrilling live recording … For a few moments even an overseas realist is hypnotized into believing that Britannia really does still rule the waves … Even the sourest Anglophobe can’t possibly remain unmoved.’ High Fidelity, October 1971

‘Jessye Norman in gloriously warm, Flagstad-like voice … a really personal choice of items [by Davis] … The fare is musically rewarding as well as good fun.’ Gramophone, November 1972