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Stanley Bate (1911-1959)


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« on: March 28, 2020, 10:00:59 pm »

Having mentioned Bate in a Hyperion RPC thread, I would encourage members to explore this "lost" composer. There is a very good BBC documentary here -

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000dxyq

and several excellent recordings of major works on the Dutton Epoch label:

Sinfonietta No.1, Op.22 (1938) - CDLX 7282
Piano Concerto No.2, Op. 28 (1940) - CDLX 7282
Symphony No.3, Op.29 (1940) - CDLX 7239
Viola Concerto, Op.46 (1944-46) - CDLX 7216
Symphony No.4 (1954-55) - CDLX 7255

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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2020, 09:38:38 pm »

Interesting that he composed a viola concerto. His wife, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, did so as well.
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2020, 02:19:36 am »

Love Bate so much and I wish Dutton would take up where they left off with him.
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2020, 09:27:09 pm »

Piano Concerto No.3 (1951-52) is in the British and Irish Music archive, splendidly played by the composer under Guy Harrison - it is well worth a modern revival. I don't know of any off-air recordings of the violin concertos but I suspect that they would be equally rewarding.

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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2020, 01:36:21 am »

Having mentioned Bate in a Hyperion RPC thread, I would encourage members to explore this "lost" composer. There is a very good BBC documentary here -

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000dxyq

and several excellent recordings of major works on the Dutton Epoch label:

Sinfonietta No.1, Op.22 (1938) - CDLX 7282
Piano Concerto No.2, Op. 28 (1940) - CDLX 7282
Symphony No.3, Op.29 (1940) - CDLX 7239
Viola Concerto, Op.46 (1944-46) - CDLX 7216
Symphony No.4 (1954-55) - CDLX 7255
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I enjoyed listening to this but was disappointed there was no way to know what some of the music was.  I especially liked the chamber music but don't have any information to track it down to hear the rest of it.
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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2020, 10:24:09 am »

There are a few chamber works by Bate which have been recorded:

Flute Sonata, Op.11 (1937), in a mixed British programme - Willowhayne Records MPR101

Violin Sonata No.1, Op.47 (1946), on an otherwise all-Arnell disc - Toccata Classics TOCC0492

There is also the Cello Concerto (1953), coupled with the Bax Cello Concerto - Lyrita SRCD 351

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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2020, 04:26:11 pm »

There are a few chamber works by Bate which have been recorded:

Flute Sonata, Op.11 (1937), in a mixed British programme - Willowhayne Records MPR101

Violin Sonata No.1, Op.47 (1946), on an otherwise all-Arnell disc - Toccata Classics TOCC0492

There is also the Cello Concerto (1953), coupled with the Bax Cello Concerto - Lyrita SRCD 351

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Thank you kind sir.
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2020, 07:34:50 am »

I love his music, especially symphonies 3,4 and the Viola and PC concerto No.2.
He definitely deserves the epithet of 'undeservedly neglected'. I consider his Third Symphony, in particular, to be a major contribution to 20th century symphonic music.
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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2020, 12:47:54 pm »

I love his music, especially symphonies 3, 4 and the Viola and PC concerto No.2.
He definitely deserves the epithet of 'undeservedly neglected'. I consider his Third Symphony, in particular, to be a major contribution to 20th century symphonic music.

Agree with every word, here. Played both the Third Symphony and second piano concerto recently, and was stunned again. First class composer, should be far better known.
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