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  5. American Wind Band Classics III
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  7. Vaughan Williams A sea Symphony
  8. Contrasts in Winds
  9. Collins Sibelius Cycle
  10. Purcell Keyborad Suites

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"Oxford Street from Eric COATES’ London Again Suite opens the proceedings in lively style... The Boult Introduction and Allegro, which I owned on a reel-to-reel tape, was underrated at the time – Barbirolli’s classic account of the same period put it in the shade, but I’ve always thought it well worth hearing – while the novelty for those who haven’t heard the Cleveland Orchestra and George Szell in the music of Delius comes on track 2, the Irmelin Prelude, a revelation for those who think only English orchestras and conductors in tune with this music. All the performances are idiomatic and the recordings have come up sounding extremely well in these transfers, though the later stereo items are obviously the best. At 88 minutes, there’s plenty of music for a reasonable outlay and the Green Line bus makes a suitably nostalgic cover.

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Beethoven Fidelio Overture Cluytens
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Beethoven Symphony Number 1 Cluytens
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"I particularly enjoyed the First Symphony – it’s to Beethoven in less grand mode than in the Eroica, Fifth and Choral symphonies that I turn most often and I like the way that Cluytens refuses to try to make this work sound more than what it is – inspired by Mozart and Haydn but with hints of the Beethoven to come. By the same token I also enjoyed Cluytens’ Seventh and Eighth, though it’s Colin Davis’s 1961 Seventh with the RPO that really captures the spirit of that work for me (Beulah 15-16BX129)."

Beethoven Symphony Number 7  Cluytens
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Beethoven Symphony Number 8 Cluytens
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"The recordings have come up almost as good as new and I didn’t hear a trace of surface noise. These releases are good value, too – the First Symphony for £2.50 and the Eroica for £3.50, with the Overture for £0.50."

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Janáček The Makropulos Affair Prelude Mackerras
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Janáček Kátya Kabanová Prelude Mackerras
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Janáček From the House of the Dead Prelude Mackerras
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Janáček Jealousy Mackerras
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Smetana The Bartered Bride Overture Mackerras
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Josef Strauss Village Swallows Chicago SO Reiner
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Johann Strauss Vienna Blood Chicago SO Reiner
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Johann Strauss Roses from the South Chicago SO Reiner
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Johann Strauss Treasure Waltz Chicago SO Reiner
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Johann Strauss Thunder and Lightening Chicago SO Reiner
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Wagner Flying Dutchman Overture Paul Paray
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Wagner Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg Suite Paul Paray
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Wagner Wotans Farewell and Magic Fire Music Paul Paray
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Wagner Siegfried Idyll Paul Paray
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Wagner Tristan und Isolde Prelude To Act III Paul Paray
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What the Critics Say

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"We are already in Beulah’s debt for reissuing another Melodiya recording of Rachmaninov, the Third Symphony (Svetlanov) and Symphonic Dances (Kondrashin) ; now they bring us Kondrashin’s Bells, equally well restored... the result is a miracle indeed, with nary a hint of the surface noise which afflicted MK pressings even worse than Supraphon LPs, but not at the expense of the sound which is luminous and clear by contrast with anything that I could ever get out of MK LPs; there’s just a hint of strain in loud passages. While some of the singing may strike Western ears as unsubtle, this is a performance with an impact such as I’ve never heard before. I’ve been somewhat ambivalent about The Bells, but Kondrashin convinces me.

The virtues of Michelangeli’s performance of Piano Concerto No.4 are too well known to need rehearsing here. If you thought this the orphan among Rachmaninov’s concertos, this should make you think again. The Beulah transfer sounds a trifle dry at first but the ear soon adjusts. "

Rob Barnett Music Editor of Music Web International writes:-
"There had to be a follow-up to Beulah’s similarly exalted Kondrashin Symphonic Dances and Third Symphony. If you must have smoothly produced modern sound then this Kondrashin conducted The Bells from the 1960s is not for you. There are compensations for accepting Soviet analogue sound, a bit of pre-echo/print-through before the massed choral entries and a modest degree of evidence of 50 year old LP provenance - you can hear the occasional scuff and rumble - quite rare really. The plus points lie in this recording's overwhelmingly neon-lit passion and its Russian fervour only just under steely control from Kondrashin. This is a roaringly glorious account of The Bells which moves with rapidly acquired eruptive speed from hypnotically still and tender to climactic paean. The singing has the whole-tone amplitude familiar from Alexander Sveshnikov's RSFSR Choir LP of the same composer's Vespers. Of the three fine soloists the soprano is magnificently potent in riding the orchestral furnace blast yet gentle too.

"Given its age and our current obsession with digital perfection this piece of Soviet rapture is not as well known now as the more smoothly recorded Piano Concerto No. 4 (Michelangeli/Gracis). The Michelangeli is a classic of the gramophone. It shares the kinetic excitability of the Kondrashin Bells.We end with three of John Ogdon's Preludes. I had forgotten how good is his Op. 23 No. 5 - the epitome of romance havering unstably on the tipping point between tears and impulsive action."

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"The selling point here is Stoki’s recording of the Shostakovich symphony, a work of which he conducted the first Western recording in 1939 ... I was surprised to find this version at first sounding a little under-powered – is it that music that once sounded ‘difficult’ and earth-shattering has become so much part of the repertoire or is it maybe that the recording, though a very good transfer, has less impact than the Prokofiev which precedes it? In any event, by ten minutes into the first movement there’s all the power and drama that you could want and that’s true of the finale, too. It wouldn’t be my first choice – it’s not just the recording that makes the strings sound rather thin – but the maestro’s many fans will wish to have it. You wouldn’t buy this for the fillers but you wouldn’t be disappointed if you did. The Prokofiev was originally the filler for Kondrashin’s recording of the Sixth Symphony. The dashing account of the Festival Overture came with Prêtre’s recording of Symphony No.12 and the much quieter Borodin was part of a concert of Russian music."

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