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Malcolm Sargent

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."

Birth and Death Data: Born April 29th, 1895 (Ashford), Died October 3rd, 1967 (London)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1932 - 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 0B3437 10-in. 9/22/1932 While shepherds watched their flocks by night Royal Choral Society ; Malcolm Sargent Vocal chorus, with organ conductor  
Gramophone 0B3438 10-in. 9/22/1932 Christians, awake! Royal Choral Society ; Malcolm Sargent Vocal chorus, with organ conductor  
Gramophone 2EA1457 12-in. 4/5/1935 Concerto no. 2 in B flat major London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 2EA1458 12-in. 4/5/1935 Concerto no. 2 in B flat major London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 2EA1459 12-in. 4/5/1935 Concerto no. 2 in B flat major London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 2EA1460 12-in. 4/5/1935 Concerto no. 2 in B flat major London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 2EA1461 12-in. 4/5/1935 Concerto no. 2 in B flat major London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 2EA1462 12-in. 4/5/1935 Concerto no. 2 in B flat major London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 2EA1463 12-in. 4/5/1935 Concerto no. 2 in B flat major London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 2EA1464 12-in. 4/5/1935 Concerto no. 2 in B flat major London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 2B3235 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 2B3236 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 2B3237 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 2B3238 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 2B3239 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 2B3240 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 2B3241 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 2B3242 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 2B3243 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra conductor  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sargent, Malcolm," accessed January 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103446.

Sargent, Malcolm. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103446.

"Sargent, Malcolm." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 January 2021.

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