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William Walton Elgar Britten Boult

William Walton Elgar Britten Boult

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Published by: gerald980 on Nov 29, 2010
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William Walton:Symphony Nr. 1 in B flat minorSir Edward Elgar:Falstaff  Symphonic Study in C minor op 68Symphony Nr. 2 in E flat major op 63Cockaigne In London Town  Concert Overture op 40Benjamin Britten:The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra op 34 (two versions)Four Sea Interludes op 33a and Passacaglia op 33bRossini/Britten:Soiree musicales op 9Matinee musicales op 24London Philharmonic OrchestraSir Adrian BoultFirst Hand Recordings FHR06 230m ADD (Recorded in 1956 from Nixa/Westminster originals)This first volume of Boults Nixa/Westminster treasure trove of recordings dating from 1956 shows theelegant English conductor in his prime conducting repertoire which was undoubtedly close to his heart.This third recording of Elgars Second Symphony is to my mind the most satisfying of all set down byBoult with its superb sound and dashing finale which literally sweeps all before it.The Walton symphony is something of a rarity although it was briefly available in the EMI PHoenixarange (FHR should get hold of the Suppe overture recordings by Barbirolli and Boult as part of their nextrelease perhaps). Boult finds much passion and afterglow in this fine work although one has to admitthat Waltons own EMI version is slightly preferable but not much my much. The other Elgar recordingsare also towering achievements especially Falstaff which again is probably the best Boult versionavailable now  even trumping his legendary Decca mono recording (Testament).The Britten Four Sea Interludes are vintage Boult as is the magical Young Persons Guide to theOrchestra here reproduced for the first time in stereo alongside the original mono version. I also foundmuch sprightly enjoyment in the Matinee Musicales and the Soiree Musicales with Brittens deftarrangements of the original Rossini pieces coming across quite a la Ansermet (another superbrecommendation on Decca/Eloquence).

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