Wikipedia

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 World War II, 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."

Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license
Filter

Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1963 Finlandia / The Swan of Tuonela / Karelia Suite / En Saga Jean Sibelius; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
1987 Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Concerto No. 1 / Vieuxtemps: Concerto No. 5 Bruch, Vieuxtemps; Jascha Heifetz, New Symphony Orchestra of London, Sir Malcolm Sargent 4
1993 Cello Concerto / The Dream of Gerontius Sir Edward Elgar; Paul Tortelier, Heddle Nash, Gladys Ripley, Dennis Noble, Norman Walker, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
1996 Messiah George Frideric Handel; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Huddersfield Choral Society, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Isobel Baillie 1
Messiah George Frideric Handel; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Huddersfield Choral Society, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
Olde English Christmas Sir Malcolm Sargent 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1960 Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on Bald Mountain Compilation Модест Петрович Мусоргский, Sir Malcolm Sargent & London Symphony Orchestra 2
2006 Respighi - The Fountains of Rome; The Pines of Rome Compilation Sir Malcolm Sargent & London Symphony Orchestra 1
2008 Williams: Symphony no. 4 / Sibelius: Symphony no. 4 Compilation 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 Compilation Bruch, Mozart; Heifetz, New Symphony Orchestra of London, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
The Malcolm Sargent Carol Record Compilation Sir Malcolm Sargent & Royal Choral Society 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto / Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Schubert: Symphony no. 8 Live Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Jack Brymer 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 Princess Ida (1965 D’Oyly Carte cast) / Pineapple Poll Soundtrack Gilbert & Sullivan; The Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent 3

Showing official release groups by this artist. Show all release groups instead, or show various artists release groups.