Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Donald Macleod is joined by Paul Hindmarsh.

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0120070115

For the last century, Bridge has defied every attempt to pigeonhole his style.

This programme looks at his early musical inspirations and the incredible range of influences he drew upon.

The Hag

Roderick Williams (baritone)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Richard Hickox (conductor)

When most I wink (Shakespeare)

Janice Watson (soprano)

Roger Vignoles (piano)

Dance Rhapsody

String Quartet No 2

Maggini Quartet.

0220070116

Bridge's fostering of a young Benjamin Britten's talents was crucial in the junior composer's career.

Idyll No 2 (Allegretto poco lento)

Maggini Quartet

Enter Spring

New Philharmonia

Benjamin Britten (conductor)

Goldenhair (James Joyce); 'Tis but a week (Gerald Gould)

Peter Pears (tenor)

Benjamin Britten (piano)

The Sea

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Richard Hickox (conductor).

0320070117

The First World War had an enormous impact on Bridge's works, both during the conflict and in its aftermath - when the composer found inspiration for one of his most haunting creations.

Blow out, you Bugles

Philip Langridge (tenor)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Richard Hickox (conductor)

Piano Sonata (finale)

Kathryn Stott (piano)

The story of my heart (2 Poems)

Oration

Alban Gerhardt (cello)

0420070118

The fame and fortune that Bridge coveted in his career were to prove elusive.

Donald Macleod and Paul Hindmarsh recall how the composer turned to music competitions and philanthropic figures to realise his artistic ambitions.

Phantasy (Piano Quartet)

Maggini Quartet

Coronation March

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Richard Hickox (conductor)

String Quartet No 3

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Bridge was not alone among composers in finding that what he wanted to write was not necessarily what the public wanted to hear.

Donald Macleod and Paul Hindmarsh examine how he found himself increasingly at odds with his audience as he searched for a distinctive voice.

Go not, happy day (Tennyson)

Jamie McDougall (tenor)

Roger Vignoles (piano)

Three Lyrics

Ashley Wass (piano)

Sir Roger de Coverley

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Richard Hickox (conductor)

Piano Trio No 2

Bernard Roberts Trio

Threads (first movement)

Britten Sinfonia

Nicholas Cleobury (conductor).