Malcolm Sargent

Malcolm Sargent
Sir Harold Malcolm Watts Sargent (29 April 1895 – 3 October 1967) was an English conductor, organist and composer widely regarded as Britain's leading conductor of choral works. The musical ensembles with which he was associated included the Ballets Russes, the Huddersfield Choral Society, the Royal Choral Society, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and the London Philharmonic, Hallé, Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. Sargent was held in high esteem by choirs and instrumental soloists, but because of his high standards and a statement that he made in a 1936 interview disputing musicians' rights to tenure, his relationship with orchestral players was often uneasy. Despite this, he was co-founder of the London Philharmonic, was the first conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic as a full-time ensemble, and played an important part in saving the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from disbandment in the 1960s.

As chief conductor of London's internationally famous summer music festival the Proms from 1948 to 1967, Sargent was one of the best-known English conductors. When he took over the Proms from their founder, Sir Henry Wood, he and two assistants conducted the two-month season between them. By the time he died, he was assisted by a large international roster of guest conductors.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Sargent turned down an offer of a major musical directorship in Australia and returned to the UK to bring music to as many people as possible as his contribution to national morale. His fame extended beyond the concert hall: to the British public, he was a familiar broadcaster in BBC radio talk shows, and generations of Gilbert and Sullivan devotees have known his recordings of the most popular Savoy Operas. He toured widely throughout the world and was noted for his skill as a conductor, his championship of British composers, and his debonair appearance, which won him the nickname "Flash Harry."
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Malcolm Sargent

Malcolm Sargent

Sir Harold Malcolm Watts Sargent (29 April 1895 – 3 October 1967) was an English conductor, organist and composer widely regarded as Britain's leading conductor of choral works. The musical ensembles with which he was associated included the Ballets Russes, the Huddersfield Choral Society, the Royal Choral Society, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and the London Philharmonic, Hallé, Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and Royal Philharmonic or...
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BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
Recorded in 1926 and 1929
Total duration: 63:28

Mark Hambourg, piano
Royal Albert Hall Orchestra
conducted by Landon Ronald
London Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Malcolm Sargent

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VIEUXTEMPS Violin Concerto No. 5

Recorded in 1947
Duration: 16:22

Jascha Heifetz, violin
London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent

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RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 1
RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2
RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Recorded in 1937, 1938, 1948

Total duration: 78:19

Benno Moiseiwitsch, piano
Philharmonia Orchestra • London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Malcolm Sargent • Walter Goehr • Basil Cameron

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DVORAK Cello Concerto
MIASKOVSKY Cello Concerto
Recorded in 1952 & 1956
Total duration: 67:38
Mstislav Rostropovich
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Václav Talich,
conductor
Philharmonia Orchestra
Sir Malcolm Sargent,
conductor
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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 9
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS A London Symphony (Symphony No. 2)
Recorded in 1958 and 1945
Total duration: 77:50

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent
NBC Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos

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BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 'Unfinished'

Recorded in 1960 & 1961 in stereo
Total duration: 76:58

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Malcolm Sargent
conductor