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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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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1963 Finlandia / The Swan of Tuonela / Karelia Suite / En Saga Jean Sibelius; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
1987 Bruch: Concerto no. 1 / Scottish Fantasy / Vieuxtemps: Concerto no. 5 Bruch, Vieuxtemps; Jascha Heifetz, New Symphony Orchestra of London, Sir Malcolm Sargent 3
1993 Cello Concerto / The Dream of Gerontius Sir Edward Elgar; Paul Tortelier, Heddle Nash, Gladys Ripley, Dennis Noble, Norman Walker, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
1993 Finlandia / En Saga / Swan of Tuonela / Karelia / Pohjola's Daughter Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
1996 Messiah George Frideric Handel; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Huddersfield Choral Society, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Isobel Baillie 1
2000 The Complete Concerto Recordings, Volume 3 J.S. Bach, Mozart, Kreisler; Fritz Kreisler, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 1
2000 Cello Concertos Haydn, Dvořák; Emanuel Feuermann, Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent, Berlin State Opera Orchestra, Michael Taube 1
2000 Israel in Egypt George Frideric Handel; Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Elsie Morison, Monica Sinclair, Richard Lewis, Huddersfield Choral Society 1
2002 Violin Concertos Tchaikovsky, Sibelius; Ruggiero Ricci, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Øivin Fjeldstad 1
2002 Requiem / Idyll / Songs of Farewell / A Song Before Sunrise Delius; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Choral Society, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Meredith Davies, Heather Harper, John Shirley-Quirk 1
Messiah George Frideric Handel; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Huddersfield Choral Society, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
Olde English Christmas Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
Piano Concerto no. 2 / Three Preludes Rachmaninov; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Moura Lympany 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on Bald Mountain Модест Петрович Мусоргский, Sir Malcolm Sargent & London Symphony Orchestra 2
1998 Peter & The Wolf / Carnival of the Animals / Young Person's Guide / Jeux d'enfants Prokofiev, Camille Saint‐Saëns; Leopold Stokowski, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Antal Doráti, Basil Rathbone 1
2001 Vieuxtemps: Violin Concertos nos. 4 & 5 / Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso / Havanaise / Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen / Waxman: "Carmen" Fantasy Vieuxtemps, Saint-Saëns, Sarasate, Waxman; Jascha Heifetz, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, RCA Victor Orchestra, John Barbirolli, Malcolm Sargent, Donald Voorhees 1
2004 Tone Poems / Songs Sibelius; London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish National Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti, Alexander Gibson, Malcolm Sargent, Gwyneth Jones, Siv Wennberg, Geoffrey Parsons 1
2006 The Fountains of Rome / The Pines of Rome Respighi; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
2008 Williams: Symphony no. 4 / Sibelius: Symphony no. 4 Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jean Sibelius; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
2010 Bruch: Concerto No. 1 in G Minor / Mozart: Concerto No. 4 in D Major / Mozart: Concerto No. 5 in A Major Bruch, Mozart; Heifetz, New Symphony Orchestra of London, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
The Malcolm Sargent Carol Record Sir Malcolm Sargent & Royal Choral Society 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Piano Concerto no. 5 / Piano Concerto no. 2 Beethoven; Dame Myra Hess, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto / Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Schubert: Symphony no. 8 Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Jack Brymer 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 H.M.S. Pinafore / Trial by Jury Gilbert, Sullivan; Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Pro Arte Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
1993 Princess Ida (1965 D’Oyly Carte cast) / Pineapple Poll Gilbert & Sullivan; The Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent 3

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Operettas Sir Malcolm Sargent 0
Princess Ida Sir Malcolm Sargent 0
The Yeomen Of The Guard Sir Malcolm Sargent 0

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