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Sargent's Overtures

7PD13 Sargent's Overtures
Sir Malcolm Sargent conducts:

  • Sullivan - Iolathe
  • Berlioz - Carnaval Romain
  • Mendelssohn - The Hebrides Fingal's Cave
  • Smetana - The Bartered Bride
  • Rossini:
    • Il Barbiere di Sivila
    • Guglielmo Tell
    • Il viaggio a Reima
    • Semiramide

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bach brandenburg concerto number one
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1st movement
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2nd movement
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3rd movement
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4th movement
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brandenburg concerto number three
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"I must confess that I hadn’t expected to hear such stylish and modern-sounding Bach from 1960, four years before Harnoncourt and from a conductor better known for his performances of Haydn ... The tempi in No.3 are a particular revelation – overall Goberman is even slightly faster than John Eliot Gardiner in his recent recording on his own SDG label... Perhaps Goberman tries to squeeze a little too much emotion out of the second movement of No.1, at a slow tempo, but that and some less than ideal ensemble in places are my only small reservations. The recordings, too, are very good for their age " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
lili kraus Piano Concerto number four
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1st movement
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2nd movement
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3rd movement
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"This performance begins with one of the most delicate openings that I’ve ever heard for this concerto and the delicacy continues in Lili Kraus’s playing when the soloist enters, showing pianist and conductor to be at one in their view of the music. On that score alone this recording was worth reviving and, though the VSOO was hardly the world’s greatest, they were a good workaday bunch and they prove reliable accompanists. In the finale delicacy is still apparent but soloist and orchestra blend that with a free-wheeling performance. So far so good, but it appears that there was little that Beulah could do to remedy the rather ragged recording – it’s not just that it’s mono only, which is unusual for a recording made as late as 1959, but it distorts at anything much louder than mf, with clangy piano sound " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
rondo in b flat lili kraus
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"Matters improve somewhat sound-wise in the Rondo and the performance is as good as that of the concerto (above), so this would be a recommendable separate purchase. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
beetoven symphony number seven
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1st movement
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2nd movement
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3rdmovement
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4th movement
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"Edward Greenfield wrote that it was ‘a lively sympathetic account to rival any in the catalogue … [with] well balanced recording’... and I’m very pleased to see that Beulah have reissued it now. It holds its own for me against the many Beethoven symphony recordings which Davis went on to make in the UK, Holland, Germany and the USA. The recording is a touch less detailed than we would expect now, but it’s come up very well in this transfer... Some conductors seem to delight in seeing how fast they can take the finale without losing the orchestra. Davis is fairly fast at 6:42 – all the recordings which I list below are noticeably slower – but the RPO never come off the rails ... From an earlier period Beulah have released Erich Kleiber’s 1950 mono recording – an excellent performance but the sound inevitably sounds dated by comparison with the Davis. (9-12BX6 – see March 2011 " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
brahms symphony number two Klemperer Philharmonia
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1st movement
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2nd movement
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3rdmovement
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4th movement
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"Inevitably with Klemperer there are moments when you want to get out and give him a push and, though I very much like his craggy approach to Brahms, this symphony is perhaps not the best place to experience it ... Don’t take my comments about the slow tempi too seriously – this recording was made before that final period when Klemperer really slowed down and there are compensating felicities, moments when he brings out the beauty of the music. The recording has come up very well indeed in Beulah’s transfer, hardly sounding its age at all – though in mp3 only, all Beulah downloads are at the full 320kb/s and comparison shows the sound to be little, if any, inferior to the lossless download of Symphonies 2 and 3 from passionato.com which, in any case, is no longer available. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
dvorak cello concerto
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1st movement
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2nd movement
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3rd movement
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"Rostropovich recorded the Dvořák concerto many times. Though he regarded his Supraphon recording with Talich as the best, this stereo recording with Boult is far superior to the dated mono of that earlier version ... Though the balance of the HMV recording is not ideal – a problem inherent in the original – and though Rostropovich went on to make recordings with Giulini (HMV again) and Karajan (DG) and there’s also a BBC Legends recording with Svetlanov, performed at the Proms in 1968 as the Soviet tanks were invading Prague, there’s much to be said for this 1957 recording with Boult. The recording is much more truthful than the Regis transfer of the recording with Talich and the dynamic range is much greater. The performance is only marginally less magical though I can’t quite bring myself to agree with Trevor Harvey who thought that Rostropovich’s interpretation had matured in the interim between the two recordings." Brian Wilson at Music Web International
Gluck Iphigénie en Aulide Overture Klemperer Philharmonia
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"I complained that George Weldon’s Handel (below) was too grand and spacious, but this overture lends itself well to the same treatment from Klemperer, especially in Wagner’s arrangement. Like Jeremy Noble, reviewing the original LP in 1962, the word ‘ponderous’ sprang to mind, then I put that thought to rest and enjoyed the performance. The (UK) Columbia recording has worn well and Beulah’s transfer brings it to life. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
music for the royal fireworks
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1. Overture
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2. Alla Siciliana
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3. Bouree and 4. Minuet
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"If you like Handel to sound slow and stately, this should appeal, but for most listeners it’s something of a musical dinosaur. The opening of the Overture is extremely off-putting; though things warm up as it progresses, the following Alla Siciliana (la Paix) takes us back into the doldrums and even the Bourrée fares little better. The final minuet is better, but did we really enjoy Handel like this in 1960? I fear that we did, for no less a luminary than Edward Greenfield, though noting the slow opening, thought the whole LP of the Fireworks and Water Music alert and wonderfully sympathetic. Not for me, though the recording has come up well. Beulah’s reissue of Thurston Dart’s Handel (Water Music, 1-3BX69) has worn much better and is much more recommendable." Brian Wilson at Music Web International
Rossini La Scala di Setra
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tchaikovsky suite number three sir adrian boult
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1.Elégie
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2.Valse mélancolique
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3.Scherzo
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4.Tema con variazioni
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"Rather unhelpfully a recent BBC Radio 3 Building a Library recommendation was for a Boult recording that’s currently unavailable. Very entrepreneurially Beulah offer to come to the rescue with an earlier Boult recording, albeit one that I understand the Radio 3 reviewer placed on a lower level. On the whole I’m more inclined to side with Trevor Harvey – one of the gurus of my early LP collecting days – who thought the performance extremely good and the recording (even in its original mono format) excellent. It’s certainly come up well in this Beulah transfer and there aren’t too many recommendable modern alternatives " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Prelude
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"Sargent could always be relied on to provide competent performances – often much more than that – of a wide range of repertoire ... Edward Greenfield called the original LP ‘a cracking good bargain’ – the kind of language only Wallace and Grommit use nowadays, but it fits – and the same applies to the Beulah reissue. One thing that both works have in common is a sense of fun and Sargent brings that out well. The Wagner also has greater depth, however, and Sir Malcolm captures that, too. For all the joke rivalry between Sargent and Beecham both could be trusted to turn in thoroughly idiomatic performances, especially as Sargent is here at the helm of Beecham’s RPO. The recording is more than adequate." Brian Wilson at Music Web International

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Shunting at Ealing Common, September 1993

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In the evening of September 24th 1993 Fred Ivey was at Ealing Common Depot on London Underground District Line to record Metropolitan Railway Locomotive No. 12 Sarah Siddons shunt vintage Q and R stock cars into place ready for the Depot open day the following day.

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