Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)

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After Purcell died in 1695, music in this country was dominated by two Germans, first Handel and then Mendelssohn.

Donald Macleod looks at the life and music of the man who it was felt began a renaissance of English music at the end of the 19th century, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry.


Paul Robeson (bass)

Harriet Wingreen (piano)

Symphony No 3 in C

The London Philharmonic

Matthias Bamert (conductor)

Second movement Sonata No 1 in F for piano

Anthony Goldstone (piano)

Blest Pair of Sirens

London Symphony and Chorus

Richard Hickox (conductor).


Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)


Hubert Parry was sent to Eton for his education.

In this programme, Donald Macleod discusses the influence that some of his friends there made on his music in later life.


Stephen Varcoe (baritone)

Clifford Benson (piano)

Piano Trio in Em

Deakin Piano Trio

Richard Deakin (violin)

Emma Ferrand (cello)

Catherine Dubois (piano)

Dundee and The Old 104th, from the Seven Chorale Preludes for organ, Set 1

James Lancelot (Organ of Durham Cathedral)

Lady Radnor's Suite

City of London Sinfonia

Richard Hickox (conductor).


Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)


In this programme, Donald Macleod looks at how Hubert Parry, who was brought up and married into a very religious family became opposed to organized religion.

Plus, how Parry got on with his contemporary Charles Villiers Stanford.

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Choir of St Paul's Cathedral

Christopher Dearnly (organ)

John Scott (conductor)

Excerpt from The Soul's Ransom

Della Jones (mezzo soprano)

David Wilson Johnson (bass baritone)

The London Philharmonic Choir and orchestra

Matthias Bamert (conductor)

Violin Sonata in D

Erich Gruenberg violin and Roger Vignoles (piano)

Elegy for Brahms

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Adrian Boult (conductor).

In this programme, Donald Macleod looks at how Hubert Parry, who was brought up and married into a very religious family, became opposed to organised religion.


An account of the disastrous first performance of Hubert Parry's processional anthem, I Was Glad, at the coronation of Edward VII and how the tragedy of war inspired him to compose his symphonic poem From Death to Life.

And Yet I Love Her Till I Die

Robert Tear (tenor)

Philip Ledger (piano)

12 Short Pieces for Violin and piano

Erich Gruenberg (violin)

Roger Vignoles (piano)

I Was Glad

London Symphony Chorus and orchestra

Richard Hickox (conductor)

Job, The Lamentation

Peter Coleman Wright (bass)

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Hilary Davan Wetton (conductor)

From Death to Life

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Matthias Bamert (conductor).


Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)


Donald Macleod looks at the end of Hubert Parry's life, weighed down with honours, and at how his reputation fared after his death.

My Heart is like a Singing Bird

Lynne Dawson (soprano)

Malcolm Martineau (pianist)

English Suite

English String orchestra

William Boughton (conductor)

Farewell Songs

Choir of St George's Chapel Windsor

Roger Judd (organist)

Christopher Robinson (conductor).