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Sir John Barbirolli (2 CDs)

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Schubert
Symphony No.4 ‘Tragic’
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Britten
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
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Sibelius
Symphony No.2
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Gerald English
Hermann Baumann
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester

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Sir John Barbirolli (1899–1970), born in London of Italian and French parentage, is remembered above all as conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, which he helped save from dissolution in 1943 and conducted for the rest of his life. However he was also a guest conductor of many other orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin and the Vienna Philharmonic, and here performs with the WDR. These live recordings have never been released on CD before. Barbirolli never recorded Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, so this represents a new addition to his large discography. The only other recording Barbirolli made of Schubert’s Symphony No.4 was with the New York Philharmonic in 1939, so this 1969 live performance with the KRSO in excellent stereo is essential for any collector in this great conductor’s work.

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CD 1 52.47

 

FRANZ SCHUBERT 1797–1828

Symphony No.4 in C minor D417 ‘Tragic’

1 I Adagio molto – Allegro vivace 8.14

2 II Andante 8.34

3 III Menuetto: Allegro vivace – Trio 3.20

4 IV Allegro 7.45

 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN 1913–1976

Serenade for tenor, horn and strings op.31*

5 Prologue 1.15

6 1. Pastoral (Cotton) 3.57

7 2. Nocturne (Tennyson) 4.25

8 3. Elegy (Blake) 3.37

9 4. Dirge (Anon) 3.41

10 5. Hymn (Jonson) 2.04

11 6. Sonnet (Keats) 4.09

12 Epilogue 1.26

 

CD 2 45.45

 

JEAN SIBELIUS 1865–1957

Symphony No.2 in D major op.43

1 I Allegretto 10.38

2 II Tempo andante, ma rubato 14.43

3 III Vivacissimo 6.09

4 IV Finale: Allegro moderato 14.13

 

*Gerald English tenor

*Hermann Baumann horn

Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester (Now renamed WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln)

SIR JOHN BARBIROLLI

 

Recorded: Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 7 February 1969

Schubert Symphony No.4 - IV Allegro

 

Sibelius Symphony No.2 - III Vivacissimo

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Martin Kendrick
09/Aug/2013

“...superb singing from Gerald English and a marvellous sense of time-suspended rapture in the closing 'Sonnet'...an exemplary display of how to generate an enthralling voltage -level from the podium without pulling the music about... ”

BBC Music Magazine

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    Martin Kendrick
    09/Aug/2013

    “...fully worthy of the conductor at his electrifying best. The stereo sound is excellent too. This is a precious- and inspiring- addition to the Barbirolli discography”

    International Record Review

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      Martin Kendrick
      09/Aug/2013

      “Barbirolli’s reading of the Sibelius is exceptional even by his own high standards...From the confidently measured opening to the closing measures this is a mighty performance from one of the very best orchestras around...The effect is stunning, a real lump-in-the-throat experience. The recording of all three works is state of the art, crystal clear and dynamic with wide open tuttis.”

      Wholenote Magazine

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        Martin Kendrick
        09/Aug/2013

        “Barbirolli treats the entire score with a veneration and majesty infused by the special element of an acolyte’s conviction.”

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