Constant Lambert

Mr. Margot Fonteyn #1, the ballerina who must have been a feminist's nightmare. Wrote Music Ho!, a wonderful insight into the 1920's - 1930's musical scene.
All good music has already been composed was one of his claims. Interesting and profound. And not a great Stravinsky lover. Oh, those ostinati!!

He was born in London in 1905, and died there in 1951. The son of a Russian and Australian, he led a dynamic, if brief, life. His musical talents showed early, winning him a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in 1922 where he studied with Vaughan Williams and R O Morris. In 1928 he became the first English composer to write a piece for the Ballet Russes, Romeo and Juliet, and this along with other early works, such as the Eight Poems of Li-Po, established him as one of the leading younger English composers.

Much of his work was increasingly influenced by jazz, especially the music of Duke Ellington and two London revues, Dovers Street to Dixie and Blackbirds. When Florence Mills, the star of these two shows, died, Lambert wrote his tribute Elegiac Blues (1927), the first of his pieces to really be written in the jazz idiom. The Rio Grande followed in 1928, and was received with rapturous reviews, winning success for Lambert which firmly established him as one of the greats.

Aside from composition, Lambert was very much involved in the ballet world. He was the conductor of the Carmargo Society ballet; ballet and opera at Sadler’s Wells; the musical director of Vic-Wells ballet from its creation in 1931 until 1947; and then musical adviser for Sadler’s Wells ballet from 1948; and with the establishment of the BBC Third Programme in 1946 Lambert also became known as an orchestral conductor, leading over 50 broadcasts between its establishment and his death. Lambert was a brilliant writer, publishing many books and articles. His Music, Ho! , a critique of the musical world in the 1930s, is still considered to be an important and idiosyncratic commentary on music at that time.

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1923 Mr. Bear Squash-you-all 4.00 stars CD
Constant Lambert Comments:
A kind of Peter and the Wolf

Speaker - Nigel Hawthorne
Nash Ensemble cond. by Lionel Friend

1924 Piano Concerto 4.00 stars CD
Constant Lambert Comments:
For piano, two trumpets, strings and timpani

Jonathan Plowright - Piano
English Norhern Philharmonia cond. David Lloyd-Jones

1924-1925 Romeo and Juliet 4.00 stars CD
Constant Lambert Comments:
Ballet in two Tableaux

English Norhern Philharmonia cond. David Lloyd-Jones

1925 Overture 4.00 stars CD
Constant Lambert Comments:

Peter Lawson and Alan MacLean - Piano

1924-1927 Prize Fight 4.00 stars CD
Constant Lambert Comments:
Ballet in one Act

English Norhern Philharmonia cond. David Lloyd-Jones

1925-1927 The Bird Actors 4.00 stars CD
Constant Lambert Comments:
Ouverture

English Northern Philharmonia cond. David Lloyd-Jones

1927 Pomona 4.00 stars CD
Constant Lambert Comments:

Ballet

English Northern Philharmonia cond. David Lloyd-Jones

1927 The Rio Grande 4.00 stars CD
Comments:

Sally Burgess - Mezzo Soprano
Chorus of Opera North
Jack Gibbons - Piano
English Northern Philharmonia cond. David Lloyd-Jones

1927-1928 Elegiac Blues 4.00 stars CD
Constant Lambert Comments:
Orchestrated Version from 1928

Jonathan Plowright - Piano
English Norhern Philharmonia cond. David Lloyd-Jones

1928 Eight poems of Li Po 4.00 stars CD
Constant Lambert Comments:
Philip Langridge - Tenor
Nash Ensemble cond. by Lionel Friend
1930 Piano Sonata 4.00 stars CD
Constant Lambert Comments:
Ian Brown - Piano
1931 Concerto for Piano and Chamber Ensemble
4.00 stars CD
Constant Lambert Comments:
Ian Brown - Piano
Nash Ensemble cond. by Lionel Friend
1936 Summer's Last Will and Testament 4.00 stars CD
Comments:

William Schimell - Baryton
Chorus of Opera North
English Northern Philharmonia cond. David Lloyd-Jones

1937 Horoscope 4.00 stars CD
Constant Lambert Comments:
Ballet

The English Northern Philharmonia cond. David Lloyd-Jones.

1940 Suite from Merchant Seamen (Movie) 4.00 stars CD
Constant Lambert Comments:

BBC Concert Orchestra cond. Rumon Gumba

1940 Suite from Anna Karenina (Movie) 4.00 stars CD
Constant Lambert Comments:

Arr. Philip Lane

BBC Concert Orchestra cond. Rumon Gumba

1941 Aubade Heroique 4.00 stars CD
Comments:

English Northern Philharmonia cond. David Lloyd-Jones

1949 Trois pièces nègres pour les touches blanches 4.00 stars CD
Constant Lambert Comments:

Aubade
Siesta
Nocturne

Peter Lawson and Alan MacLean - Piano

1950 Tiresias 4.00 stars CD
Constant Lambert Comments:

Ballet

English Northern Philharmonia cond. David Lloyd-Jones