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Sir Adrian Boult

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Brahms
Symphony No.4
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Mendelssohn
Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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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.

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JOHANNES BRAHMS 1833–1897

Symphony No.4 in E minor op.98

1 I Allegro non troppo 11.46

2 II Andante moderato 9.23

3 III Allegro giocoso 6.21

4 IV Allegro energico e passionate 10.06

 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN 1809–1847

Symphony No.4 in A major op.90 ‘Italian’*

5 I Allegro vivace 7.44

6 II Andante con moto 6.07

7 III Con moto moderato 6.12

8 IV Saltarello: Presto 5.49

 

BBC Symphony Orchestra

*Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

SIR ADRIAN BOULT

 

Recorded: Royal Albert Hall, London, 8 August 1975 (Brahms); 29 July 1972 (Mendelssohn)

BRAHMS Symphony No.4 - III Allegro giocoso

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Martin Kendrick
09/Aug/2013

“It's gratifying to have two more (Boult recordings from ICA Classics): a wonderfully animated Mendelssohn 'Italian' Symphony from a 1972 Prom with the RPO and a formidable,dramatic Brahms Fourth Symphony”

International Record Review

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    Martin Kendrick
    09/Aug/2013

    “Vintage Boult performances recorded at the Proms. The Brahms has tremendous forward momentum while the Mendelssohn exudes vivacity”

    BBC Music Magazine

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      Martin Kendrick
      09/Aug/2013

      “This recording of the Fourth from 1975 continues ICA’s good work...his Fourth now joins a select few recordings of that work at the top of the tree for me”

      MusicWeb International

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