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Sir Adrian Cedric Boult, CH (8 April 1889 – 22 February 1983) was an English conductor.

Sir Adrian Cedric Boult, CH (8 April 1889 – 22 February 1983) was an English conductor. Brought up in a prosperous mercantile family, he followed musical studies in England and at Leipzig, Germany, with early conducting work in London for the Royal Opera House and Sergei Diaghilev's ballet company. His first prominent post was conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1924. When the British Broadcasting Corporation appointed him director of music in 1930, he established the BBC Symphony Orchestra and became its chief conductor. The orchestra set standards of excellence that were rivalled in Britain only by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), founded two years later.

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    Great Symphonies (5 CDs)

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    Beethoven’s Ninth and Mendelssohn’s “Italian” are two of the great symphonies to appear in this collection, which also features works by...
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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    Master of the baton and one of Britain’s leading conductors, Sir Adrian Boult was renowned for his interpretations of English works, in...
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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    One of the great British conductors of the 20th century, Sir Adrian Boult studied under the legendary Arthur Nikisch in Berlin, which...
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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    Sir Adrian Boult studied under Arthur Nikisch in Berlin, which certainly contributed to his outstanding interpretations of Brahms’s...
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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    Just prior to the Second World War, Sir Adrian Boult (1889–1983) single-handedly built the BBC Symphony Orchestra into a world-renowned...
  • Quick-View Sir Adrian Boult
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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    In 1930, Sir Adrian Boult established the BBC Symphony Orchestra, becoming its chief conductor, and setting an unparalleled standard of...
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    The Dream of Gerontius

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    Filmed in colour from Canterbury Cathedral in 1968, this DVD represents the only existing film of Sir Adrian Boult conducting The Dream...
  1. Great Symphonies (5 CDs)

    Great Symphonies (5 CDs)

    £ 24.99

    Beethoven’s Ninth and Mendelssohn’s “Italian” are two of the great symphonies to appear in this collection, which also features works by Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Brahms, among others. With renowned conductors including Sir Adrian Boult and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky at the helm, these expertly remastered recordings represent an excellent addition to any symphony-lover’s collection. More details

  2. Sir Adrian Boult
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    Sir Adrian Boult

    £ 16.50

    Master of the baton and one of Britain’s leading conductors, Sir Adrian Boult was renowned for his interpretations of English works, in particular music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, who was said to be ‘totally in favour of Sir Adrian’s approach to his music’ (John Culshaw). Job: A Masque for Dancing was dedicated to Sir Adrian, a fitting conductor for this magnificent Centenary celebration. The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    One of the great British conductors of the 20th century, Sir Adrian Boult studied under the legendary Arthur Nikisch in Berlin, which makes his Brahms’s interpretations so special. This fiery 1976 stereo broadcast of Brahms Symphony No.1 is the only authorised live account available. The broadcast of Elgar’s Enigma Variations from the Royal Albert Hall in 1971 features the alternative organ part played by George Thalben-Ball, one of the most celebrated organists of his time. The CD also includes interview material with Boult on the occasion of his 85th birthday. More details

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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    Sir Adrian Boult studied under Arthur Nikisch in Berlin, which certainly contributed to his outstanding interpretations of Brahms’s works. Similarly his friendship with Sir Edward Elgar ensured his interpretations of the composer were unquestionably authoritative. The Proms performance of Brahms’ Symphony No.3 from 1977 is in superb stereo, representing Boult in his 'golden years'. Martin Cotton, in his booklet essay, notes that the 1976 Proms stereo recording of Elgar's Symphony No.1- 'is completely astonishing', Boult giving arguably his greatest performance of the work. These recordings have never been issued before and the CD represents stunning value at more than 81 minutes long.More details

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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    Just prior to the Second World War, Sir Adrian Boult (1889–1983) single-handedly built the BBC Symphony Orchestra into a world-renowned ensemble that attracted such artists as Arturo Toscanini, Serge Koussevitzky and Bruno Walter to conduct it. After retiring from the BBCSO in 1950, Boult became chief conductor of the London Philharmonic until 1957. The live 1975 Proms performance of Brahms’s Symphony No.4 has never been issued before. It has been recorded in stereo and fully captures the ‘Indian summer’ that Boult enjoyed at the Proms and in the studio with EMI at this time. The Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 was recorded live in stereo and has never been issued before. More details

  6. Sir Adrian Boult
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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    In 1930, Sir Adrian Boult established the BBC Symphony Orchestra, becoming its chief conductor, and setting an unparalleled standard of excellence in Britain. Boult was closely associated with Elgar’s music throughout his career and recorded the Second Symphony five times. This live Proms performance recorded in stereo from 1977 ‘shows Boult in his late eighties working with the passion and energy of a much younger man’ (Martin Cotton). Following a performance of this Symphony, Elgar wrote to Boult ‘I feel that my reputation in the future is safe in your hands’.The Overture and Venusberg Music from Wagner’s Tannhäuser are a new addition to the Boult discography and come from a live studio performance in stereo from the Maida Vale Studios in 1968. More details

  7. The Dream of Gerontius
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    The Dream of Gerontius

    £ 17.99

    Filmed in colour from Canterbury Cathedral in 1968, this DVD represents the only existing film of Sir Adrian Boult conducting The Dream of Gerontius. Sir Adrian Boult championed Elgar’s music throughout his life, following the composer’s prophetic words in a letter to the conductor: ‘I feel that my reputation in the future is safe in your hands’. Featuring a stellar cast of soloists including Dame Janet Baker, this performance is redolent of Sir Adrian Boult’s ‘commendable energy and typical humanity’ (The Gramophone Guide review of Boult’s 1975 studio recording of The Dream of Gerontius). This DVD also features a 60-minute documentary on Sir Adrian Boult produced by the BBC in 1989 to celebrate the centenary of his birth. More details

 

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