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Britten Premieres

1PD14 Britten Premieres
Features the original soundtrack from Way to the Sea (1937) conducted by the composer and gramophone premieres of;

  • Around the Village Green; Irish Reel
  • Soirees Musicales
- Charles Brill Orchestra
  • Introduction and Rondo alla Burlesca
  • Mazurka Eligiaca
- Benjamin Britten and Clifford Curzon (pianos)
  • A Ceremony of Carols
- Morriston Boys Choir, Maria Korchinska (harp), conductor Ivor E Sims

Although no longer availabe on disc you can download the tracks for only £0.79 each or £7.99 for the whole album from itunes

New from Beulah Extra

Reviews quoted are from Brian Wilson's monthy Download reviews at Music Web International

campoli mendelssohn violin concerto
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1st and 2nd movements
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3rd movement
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Alfredo Campoli was something of a pluralist in recording the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Beulah already have his 1949 recording with Eduard van Beinum (4PD10, with Elgar). This 1958 recording with Boult at the helm was last reissued on LP on the budget Eclipse label in its original partnership with Bruch’s Scottish Fantasia. Beulah have already reissued this pairing on CD ((7PD10, with Saint-Saëns Havanaise). The performance is still competitive in a highly competitive market, with the emphasis on beauty rather than showing-off, and the sound remains much more than acceptable despite the over-prominence of the solo violin. It’s not a major problem, and it was about par in the 1950s, when most were still listening in mono and, lacking the spatial separation which stereo supplies, would have expected the forward recording of the soloist. I sat back and enjoyed this immensely.
o you that hear this voice
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faust ballet music
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Fistoulari offers an attractive, often exciting performance in decent sound.
Mignon overture
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This is Thomas’ anniversary year, though he’s likely to be swamped by Liszt and Mahler celebrations. The once-famous and tuneful Mignon Overture has rather fallen out of currency, so it’s good to have this attractive Fistoulari recording restored by Beulah in a very fine transfer, which sounds almost like a mid-1950s LP at the start; though the 78 origin is apparent later on, the sound is not so thin as to preclude enjoyment and there is almost no surface noise.
beethoven symphony number 5
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1st movement
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2nd movement
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3rd and 4th movements
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I can’t do better than repeat a recommendation that appeared back in 1959. Trevor Harvey was one of those reviewers whose opinions always seemed spot-on at the time when I was beginning to build a classical collection. He referred to it as a strong performance: one of the best things he had ever heard Cluytens do. 'It seeks to make no efforts, but by very virtue of its honest strength ends by making a great impression. In its stereo form it is again a success.'
maskerade overture
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hungarian rhapsody no 2
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Prepare for an avalanche of Liszt new- and re-issues in 2011. It’s good to start the year with this reissue of part of an early 10 inch LP recording from Albert Wolff. There are no fresh insights in the performance - turn to modern recordings such as those by Iván Fischer on Philips 456 5702 for those - but this is enjoyable. What was described in 1956 as 'notably good recording' now sounds a trifle thin at the top of the frequency range.
mozart piano concerto number 23
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Beulah have already given us a recommendable reissue of Dennis Matthews and Rudolf Schwarz in this concerto (1BX42) ... There is still a place for a performance as fine as this, however, with Boyd Neel on fine form as conductor, as he also was with Kathleen Long in Mozart at around the same time, and a recording which preserves all the essentials in an excellent transfer which made me forget its age. Curzon’s Mozart, even in the 1968 remake, may seem dated, with little attempt to decorate the printed notes, but in other respects his interpretation is timeless ... especially in the delicately-handled slow movement. The performance is a little faster in general than the Matthews - and, indeed, than Curzon himself in 1968 - but never at the expense of the music.
mother goose suite
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‘Unauthoritative and unimaginative’ but recorded in some of Decca’s best pre-LP sound, was a contemporary verdict on this when comparison was made with the rival Ansermet recording. Sidney Beer was the founder of the National Symphony Orchestra, which consisted mainly of musicians from the RAF and other service bands, who feature on several Beulah Extra releases this month. The Suite opens magically enough and, though the playing occasionally sounds somewhat routine, I enjoyed the performance. Though nowadays we're used to hearing the complete ballet, which is about half as long again, this is well worth having at the modest asking price. The recording is excellent for its age and the transfer is free of 78 noise.
tancredi overture
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introduction and rondo capriccioso
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This is another of those once-popular pieces that don’t get trotted out too often these days, but deserves to be heard. One reviewer in 1946 thought the performance ‘quite exciting’ and the recording full-bodied but a little harsh. What sounded full-bodied then sounds thin now, but perfectly acceptable: the ‘harshness’ is no worse than one would expect for the period, and Haendel’s well-supported performance offers strong advocacy for the music.
tchaikovsky violin concerto
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1st movement

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2nd and 3rd movements itunes

This 1945 version is just as fine as the Saint-Saëns (above) which she recorded at much the same time and with the same decent orchestral support and sympathetic conducting from Basil Cameron. Once again, the performances do the music proud - though this concerto didn’t need as much advocacy as the Saint-Saëns - in a decent recording: just don’t expect too much from it, though the violin is loud and clear, and the transfer, as always with Beulah, is clear and largely free from surface noise.
mozart piano concerto no 24
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1st movement itunes

2nd movement itunes

3rd movement itunes

This makes a fine pendant to the Curzon version of No. 23. One contemporary reviewer described the original release as satisfying, sensitive and a welcome change from over-powered performances. It’s a judgement which remains true. There’s delicacy here, but not the fragile delicacy which used sometimes to be attributed to Mozart. The recording is very good for its age - sounding more like an early LP - and the transfer is of Beulah’s usual high quality, with just the occasional slight click and a slightly muffled sound in tutti to remind us of the 78s provenance.
land of hope and glory
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duke of your march
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roast beef of old england
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national anthems
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espana waltz
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a sentimental sea shanty
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festival of empire
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fight the good fight
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abide with me
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I imagine that this album, taken from 78s released in 1941, is designed to appeal to those who did their National Service in the RAF - this will be especially the case with the 3 minutes of trumpet calls and the General Salute... Those to whom the programme appeals, however, can be assured that everything here is well transferred, with almost no surface noise and with the 1941 sound brushed up well enough to provide no serious obstacle to listening pleasure.


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