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André Previn - The Great Recordings - The LSO Years: 1971-1980
CD 1 [79:56]
MESSIAEN Turangalila-Symphonie
London Symphony Orchestra/André Previn
CD 2 [74:43]
DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; Images pour orchestre; Trois Nocturnes*
CD 3 [76:41]
RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
RAVEL Bolero
CD 4 [75:29]
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 in D, Op. 25 “Classical”
CD 5 [77:56]
PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 Highlights from the ballet
CD 6 [78:07]
TCHAIKOVSKY Highlights from the ballet: Swan Lake, Op. 20; The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66; The Nutcracker, Op. 71
CD 7 [73:40]
WALTON Belshazzar’s Feast
ELGAR Variations on an Original Theme (“Enigma”), Op. 36
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on ‘Greensleeves’
CD 8 [74:58]
HOLST The Planets
BRITTEN “Peter Grimes” – Four Sea Interludes, Op. 33a; Passacaglia, Op. 33b
CD 9 [72:27]
ORFF Carmina Burana
BARBER Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
CD 10 [76:01]
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue (orch. Ferde Grofé); An American in Paris; Piano Concerto in F; Cuban Overture
rec. 1971-80. Stereo/ADD
Full details at end of review
EMI CLASSICS 50999 2679692 [10 CDs: circa 13:00:00]
Experience Classicsonline

BARGAIN OF MONTH

 

Andreas Ludwig Priwin – now known to the world as André Previn - was born in Berlin on 6 April 1929. He spent his early years in the USA and specifically in California.

He is here caught during his second UK heyday. The first one on the classical recording front was with the LSO on the RCA label. The crop he made during the late 1960s until the migration to EMI delivered enough recordings to provide another set from the BMG coffers if only they could see the case for it. It was with RCA that he launched his Rachmaninov renaissance and in parallel - from 1967 onwards - brought out a young man's RVW symphonies to vie with EMI's grand old man, Boult. That said, the Previn RCA set holds up wonderfully well, even now. In fact after the LSO years he made some even better-sounding and equally sensitive RVW recordings with the RPO and Telarc. They were recently reissued by that company in a twofer.

In the UK Andre Previn was part of a media frenzy from 1968 into the mid-1970s. He cut a glamorous and youthful figure beside the ranks of stolid Brits. Here was this long-haired young American with Broadway and Hollywood connections suddenly heading the London Symphony Orchestra. What was happening? He pulls out of the hat one of the best recordings ever of Walton's First Symphony. RCA record the late romantics with him and the LPs sell well. His Rachmaninov 2 (albeit cut) and 3 do better than respectably. He takes a shine to RVW's symphonies and, would you believe it, these are fresh and sensitive, eager and spiritual readings, violent and vibrant too. He has his own series on BBC TV with the LSO and even includes the Korngold violin concerto and the RVW Tuba concerto. He appears on BBCTV's Morecambe and Wise show bemused but still conducting the LSO while Eric Morecambe makes a few feints at starting the Grieg Piano Concerto. He has arrived! EMI Classics take him up and he drops RCA. EMI do well by him. He delivers hit after hit. All the Rach symphonies (No. 2 complete in a starrily languorous reading which now seems a mite too self-indulgent though still sells as one of the classics of the catalogue) and the Rach piano concertos with Ashkenazy. He records Walton's Belshazzar - a sonic spectacular with a jazzy tendency which is meat and potatoes to Previn as also is his Lambert Rio Grande. Soon there is also a celebrated Carmina Burana. His Walton Second Symphony competes with Szell on CBS and is vividly recorded even if Previn can do little to make the work fly.

During his time with RCA Previn had recorded all nine Vaughan Williams symphonies although unlike Boult he did not venture much further. While Boult recorded Job, Dona Nobis Pacem and Pilgrim's Progress and much else, Previn steered clear of these. This transatlantic upstart was seen as vying directly with the superficially starchy Boult. Boult was given sumptuous sound by EMI but his imaginative reach and sense of forward movement was beginning to fade.

The present set reflects a small sampling of the many LPs he produced for EMI after he had migrated from RCA. In those days this was a technically astute move as RCA LPs of the early 1970s were sometimes of lesser sound quality. EMI by contrast had technical and artistic staff of the highest eminence. The elder company also correctly read the public interest in this young and communicative conductor with a mane of long hair, flares and flowery shirts. Here was an inspired communicator with a touch of Bernstein and Stokowski about him. He made André Previn's Music Night something of a television fixture for a wider public than the usual stuffy classical crowd. The booklet note by Andrew Stewart deals with this aspect as well as reminding us of Previn’s compositional activities. These can be found largely on DG - another box there, I wonder?

EMI have here provided a very economical way of adding vintage Previn recordings to your collection. His Turangalila was an early recording of the work, shaking off the distant hegemony of the ancient Vega LP set but more especially challenging the Ozawa version which had long held sway on Previn’s old label, RCA. The playing is eruptively technicolour and can stand comparison with much more modern versions. The ondes martinot does perhaps sound a little literal like a dyspeptic swanee whistle. Perhaps the bass is not quite as squat and extended as you would get from a more modern digital effort such as from Chung on DG or even from Rattle on a later EMI. Still the recording is wonderfully enjoyable and the mystery and sensuality of Turangalila are vividly put across.

There’s more French music on the second disc: Debussy. This reproduces the first EMI digital recording including, from those 1979 sessions, the Prélude and Images. These performances are a blessed caress - a cool breeze. The stereo soundstage is very believable and vivid. The velvet impact of the romping strings in Fêtes, not to mention the commanding brass and voluptuous upward slash of the harp within the first minute of Fête says it all. Some Decca-style spotlighting is going on here but the results are delicious.

CD 3 has another hallmark Previn recording: Rachmaninov 2. Hearing it again I am sure I have underestimated it having previously been disparaging of what I saw as its rose-water sentimentality. It is a plush analogue recording true enough but it now seems heavily luxurious and in the case of the scherzo propulsive and exciting. The analogue hiss is inescapable but soon sinks from perception as the music engages. The recording is a great one and has the regal advantage of having been made not at Abbey Road but at the Kingsway Hall. Give me Cura, Sanderling, Rozhdestvensky and Svetlanov but this is still grand music-making. It's also significant as the first recording of the complete score. Previn had recorded it in the 1960s for RCA but it was in the cut version. Previn's Bolero is not the quickest but it is idiomatic and is spaciously recorded.

Previn and the LSO were often stunning in Russian music as I have commented in reviewing his very fine The Bells on EMI Classics. That’s also true of this Shostakovich 8. The brass benches in particular shone brightly for him, catching the coal black quality of the Soviet brass if not quite their primeval bray. Even so the strings sound gruntingly visceral in the third movement. The earth ruptures and heaves catastrophically for the Largo. The Allegretto finale combines the grotesque and a sense of tragedy. For strong contrast we get Prokofiev's Classical in a fast and etch-pointed performance. It dances, sways and bubbles joyously. The Larghetto is lovingly done – a dignified interpretation. The pinpoint coordination and accuracy of the orchestra is a joy to hear.

CD 5 comprises a packed deep and generous selection of 25 tracks from Previn and the LSO's complete Romeo and Juliet. It's all very pointed and precise yet has not lost that liberation of spirit that keeps such music life-enhancing. The Dance with Mandolins has a peppery and jerky zaniness. Juliet with Friar Laurence is all misty mystery and sweet expectation. Propulsion is not in short supply for Tybalt and Mercutio fight and the characters in the brass benches make themselves felt in the most welcome way possible. Even in the skeletally cantabile Death of Juliet the strings hold their secure intonation and steadiness.

Previn's way with ballet music is confident and well-judged. His three complete Tchaikovsky ballets are voluptuous yet light on their toes. The sound for the six movements each from Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty are matched with ten movements from Nutcracker. I still enjoy Rozhdestvensky and the BBCSO in their early 1980s LP recording - would that that were easily available now. Svetlanov is also dependably inspired in such music. This is however great stuff. The solo moments are done with unfailing charm, élan and most of all a sort of hushed magic to match the voluptuous grand tableaux.

 

CD 7 reminds us what a superb job Previn did with Walton's Belshazzar. Remember the original SAN LP series with its gatefold sleeve. I was forcefully reminded of again of Walton's astonishing brilliance recently when reviewing Kathryn Stott's Dutton CD of the Walton Sinfonia Concertante. It is heard here in spades again in Belshazzar. John Shirley-Quirk, caught at his meridian, is glorious. So are the massed London Symphony Chorus – surely super-augmented for the occasion - sounding like a great host. In this respect Ormandy's number-challenged choir in his Sony version is well and truly bested. Otherwise Ormandy produced a superb Belshazzar for Sony. Previn’s brass are supreme and the cross-cutting brass groups are magnificent in the paeans to the various pagan gods. In fact Walton rather struck the reefs in making the invention so bright-eyed for those unchristian gods that he struggled to make the Hebrew slaves’ triumph sound as overwhelming as it should. The London Symphony choir must have been coached to within an inch of its life and one can almost feel Previn's eyes holding the choir in a steely grip. The singing is eager, alive with total concentration and bristling with spontaneity. The Kingsway Hall has rarely sounded so magnificent. I had forgotten how good this Belshazzar is: a triumph of the artists’ and recording team's art. Once again the craftsmanship is down to EMI's technical aristocracy in the shape of the two Christophers: Bishop and Parker. This Previn Belshazzar defines exuberance. No wonder someone thought of the same forces for Orff's Carmina Burana. In this work Walton slashed the temple curtain on the Victorian choral tradition once and for all. It's one of those recordings where you expect a burst of applause. There is none but you can ‘hear’ it in your head.

After Belshazzar we get a dignified, virile and clear Enigma and a serene and caressing Greensleeves as an echo of Previn’s RCA recordings of the complete RVW symphonies. The latter is from 1971 and the former from 1978.

Previn's 1973 Planets was an audio byword. It sold and sold in a world crammed with good Planets including my favoured George Hurst on a Contour LP awaiting CD revival and a Handley reading reissued on Regis. Previn's is a ripe and fantastical Planets. Listen to that crump of the drums and brass at the very start of Jupiter.

Previn's glass and silver-etched Grimes interludes and Passacaglia were also ikons of the analogue catalogue and with astutely ineluctable reasoning too. Their power is undimmed. Do try the fine passacaglia. It always had a symphonic momentum and weight yet I wonder how many people went on to play it after the four interludes were over. The original Britten coupling was the Sinfonia da Requiem; that too was sensational.

And so to disc 9 where Previn and his forces trooped back to the Kingsway Hall for Carmina Burana to capture that violet lush and lavishly detailed sound. The choruses have been coached to a precise T by a composer whose music we hear nothing of now. Arthur Oldham wrote much including Chinese Lyrics and Psalms in Time of War. The boys’ choir was trained by Audrey Clifford. It's a bigger sound than Kegel, Smetacek (Supraphon) and, before that, Jochum secured but the performance romps with life and seductive sensuous juice. A good track to sample for the magnificence of brass and choral tone is Were du werlt alle min. Whatever you may think of Carmina Burana and its two Trionfi companions it has visceral power - rhythm over melody. It is a great passage of arms and unfailingly brings the house down. The nasal rasp in the men's voices is a joy to hear. The bass drum and the tuba groan in In taberna – glorious! The choirs are fully equal to – in fact trounce – the tongue-twisting challenges of this score.

After this great blast of rhythmic power we move to the dignified address of Barber's Adagio and look back to Previn’s America and indeed to at least one of Previn's music night concerts on the BBCTV. The Barber is tender and probing, poignant and exploratory, feeling its way towards the apex of emotional surging expression at 6:33. it then curves down into meditation – a transatlantic Tallis.

The final disc is all Gershwin. The recordings are from 1971 but topped up to make 76:01 with the 1980 recording of the Cuban Overture. Previn like Bernstein is here both pianist and conductor. The LSO ape the manner and sound of an American orchestra letting its hair down. Gervase de Peyer is the slinky oily upwards-striking clarinet in Rhapsody in Blue. The rest is similarly idiomatic though now find a little of these works goes a long way.

In short this set, which comes in a clamshell cardboard case and individual sleeves for each disc, brilliantly represents the always sincere Previn. The recordings have come up as fresh as proverbial paint.
 

Rob Barnett
 

Detailed tracklist
CD 1
Messiaen: Turangalila-Symphonie
[1] I. Introduction 6.55
[2] II. Chant d’amour 1 8.40
[3] III. Turangalila 1 5.35
[4] IV. Chant d’amour 2 11.35
[5] V. Joie du sang des étoiles 6.38
[6] VI. Jardin du sommeil d’amour 12.33
[7] VII. Turangalila 2 3.50
[8] VIII. Développement de l’amour 11.55
[9] IX. Turangalila 3 5.24
[10] X. Final 7.13
Michel Beroff (piano)
Jeanne Loriod (ondes martenot)
Rec. 11 – 13.VII.1977, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1978 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 1997 by EMI Records Ltd.
 
CD 2
Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune 10.30
[1] (Peter Lloyd, flute)
Debussy: Images pour orchestre
[2] I. Gigues 7.17
II. Iberia
[3] 1. Par les rues et par les chemins 7.26
[4] 2. Les parfums de la nuit 9.56
[5] 3. Le matin d’un jour de fête 5.00
[6] III. Rondes de printemps 8.09
Debussy: Trois Nocturnes*
[7] I. Nuages 8.03
[8] II. Fêtes 6.43
[9] III. Sirènes 11.27
Ambrosian Singers (9)
Rec. 2 – 3.VII.1979, *12 & 15.IV.1983, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Producer: Suvi Raj Grubb
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1979 & *1984 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
This compilation (P) 1998 by EMI Records Ltd.
 
CD 3
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
[1] I. Largo – Allegro moderato 19.10
[2] II. Scherzo: Allegro molto 10.10
[3] III. Adagio 15.45
[4] IV. Finale: Allegro vivace 14.07
5 66982 2 [1] – [4]
Rec. 3 & 4.I.1973, Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Robert Gooch
(P) 1973 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 1999 by EMI Records Ltd.
Ravel: Bolero 17.13
[5] 7 47162 2 [1]
Rec. 26.VI.1979, Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Suvi Raj Grubb
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1980 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 1984 by EMI Records Ltd.
This compilation (P) 2009 by EMI Records Ltd. © EMI Records Ltd. 2009
TOTAL DURATION (approx) 76.35
 
CD 4
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65
[1] I. Adagio – Allegro non troppo 25.08
[2] II. Allegretto 5.51
[3] III. Allegro non troppo 5.34
[4] IV. Largo 11.16
[5] V. Allegretto 13.23
5 65521 2 [1] – [5] (i.e. ALL)
Rec. 8 & 9.II.1973, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1973 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 1995 by EMI Records Ltd.
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D, Op. 25 “Classical”
[6] I. Allegro 4.08
[7] II. Larghetto 4.09
[8] III. Gavotta: Non troppo allegro 1.36
[9] IV. Finale: Molto vivace 4.08
5 68604 2, CD 2 (i.e. 5 68606 2) [21] – [24]
Rec. 7, 8 & 12.XII.1977, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Producer: Suvi Raj Grubb
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1978 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 1995 by EMI Records Ltd.
This compilation (P) 2009 by EMI Records Ltd. © EMI Records Ltd. 2009
TOTAL DURATION (approx) 76.35
 
CD 5
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
Highlights from the ballet
ACT ONE Scene 1
[1] No. 1. Introduction (Andante assai) 2.45
[2] No. 3. The street awakens (Allegretto) 1.35
[3] No. 4 Morning Dance (Allegro) 2.03
ACT ONE Scene 2
[4] No. 10 Juliet as a young girl (Vivace) 3.30
[5] No. 12 Masks (Moderato marciale) 2.41
[6] No. 13 Dance of the Knights (Allegro pesante) 5.36
[7] No. 14 Juliet’s Variation (?????) 2.35
[8] No. 19 Balcony Scene (Larghetto) 3.46
[9] No. 20 Romeo’s Variation (Allegretto amoroso) 1.28
[10] No. 21 Romeo and Juliet’s Love Dance (Andante) 5.38
ACT TWO Scene 1
[11] No. 23 Romeo and Mercutio (?????) 2.23
[12] No. 25 Dance with the mandolins (Vivace) 2.02
7 49012 8, CD 1 [1], [3], [4], [10], [12] – [14],
[19] – [21], [23] & [25]
ACT TWO Scene 2
[13] No. 28 Romeo with Friar Laurence (Andante espressivo) 3.19
[14] No. 29 Juliet with Friar Laurence (??????) 3.32
ACT TWO Scene 3
[15] No. 30 The people continue to make merry (Vivo) 3.24
[16] No. 33 Tybalt and Mercutio fight (Precipitato) 1.25
[17] No. 35 Romeo resolves to avenge Mercutio’s death
(Death of Tybalt) (Andante. Animato – Presto) 2.07
[18] No. 36 Finale (Cortege with Tybalt’s body)(Adagio dramatico) 1.53
ACT THREE Scene 1
[19] No. 37 Introduction (Andante) 1.43
[20] No. 38 Romeo and Juliet (Juliet’s bedroom) (Lento) 1.27
[21] No. 39 The last farewell (Andante – Adagio) 5.31
ACT THREE Scene 3
[22] No. 48 Morning Serenade (Andante giocoso) 2.40
[23] No. 49 Dance of the girls with the lilies (?????) 2.39
Epilogue
[24] No. 51 Juliet’s Funeral [and Romeo’s death](Adagio funebre) 7.03
[25] No. 52 Death of Juliet (Adagio) 4.02
7 49012 8, CD 2 [2] – [4], [7], [9] & [10],
[11] – [13], [22] & [23], [25] & [26]
Rec. 8, 9, 13 & 14.VI.1973; Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1973 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/ADD
Digital Remastering (P) 1987 by EMI Records Ltd.
TOTAL DURATION (approx) 76.47
 
CD 6
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20
Highlights from the ballet
[1] No. 10 Scène (Act II) 2.47
[2] No. 2 Valse (Act I) 7.16
5 73624 2, CD 1 [10], [2]
No. 13 Danse des cygnes (Act II):
[3] iv Allegro moderato 1.27
5 73624 2, CD 1 [13 – BEGIN AT 5.54, END AT 7.21]
[4] v Andante non troppo – Allegro 5.58
5 73624 2, CD 1 [13 – BEGIN AT 8.40 END AT 14.38]
[5] No. 20 Danse hongroise (Act III) 2.54
[6] No. 21 Danse espagnole (Act III) 2.30
5 73624 2, CD 2 [8], [10]
Ida Haendel (Violin)
Rec. 26 – 28.V & 8 – 10.VI.1976; Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1976 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/ADD
Digital Remastering (P) 1988 by EMI Records Ltd.
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66
Highlights from the ballet
No. 8 Pas d’action (Act I)
[7] (a) Adagio ‘à la rose’ 6.12
5 73624 2, CD 3 [9 – END AT 6.12]
[8] No. 24 Pas de caractere (Le chat botté: Act III) 1.53
[9] No. 17 Panorama (Act II) 4.00
5 73624 2, CD 4 [11], [4]
[10] No. 6 Valse (Act I) 4.58
5 73624 2, CD 3 [7]
No. 28 Pas de deux (Act III)
[11] (e) Coda 1.21
5 73624 2, CD 4 [14 – BEGIN AT 9.19]
[12] No. 30 Finale et Apothéose (Act III) 8.06 5 73624 2, CD 4 [15]
Rec. 8 – 9.IV, 9 – 10.V. & 5, 27, 29.VI.1974;
No. 1 Abbey Road Studios, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1974 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/ADD
Digital Remastering (P) 1993 by EMI Records Ltd.
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71
Highlights from the ballet
[13] Miniatur Ouverture 3.25
[14] No. 2 Marche (Act I) 2.23
5 73624 2, CD 5 [1], [3]
No. 12 Divertissement (Act II):
[15] ii Café (danse arabe) 3.10
[16] iii Thé (danse chinoise) 1.05
[17] iv Trepak (danse russe) 1.05
[18] v Dance of the reed pipes 2.15
5 73624 2, CD 6 [4] – [7]
[19] No. 14 Pas de deux 4.55
[20] (a) Variation I (Tarantella) 0.39
[21] (b) Variation II (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy) – Coda 3.28
[22] No. 15 Final Waltz and Apotheosis 4.56
5 73624 2, CD 6 [10] – [13]
Rec. 1 – 4.V.1972; Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1972 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/ADD
Digital Remastering (P) 1992 by EMI Records Ltd.
TOTAL DURATION (approx) 78.30
 
CD 7
Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast
[1] Thus spake Isaiah 6.05
[2] If I forget thee, O Jerusalem 2.48
[3] By the waters of Babylon 3.41
[4] Babylon was a great city 4.25
[5] Praise ye the God of Gold 5.18
[6] Thus in Babylon the mighty city 3.24
[7] And in that same hour, as they feasted 2.18
[8] Then sing aloud to God our strength 4.15
[9] The trumpeters and pipers are silent 1.29
[10] Then sing aloud to God our strength 3.44
7 64723 2 [1] – [10]
John Shirley-Quirk (baritone)
London Symphony Chorus (chorus master Arthur Oldham)
Recorded in the presence of the composer
Rec. 29 & 30.III.1972; Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1972 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/ADD
Digital Remastering (P) 1986 by EMI Records Ltd.
 
Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme (“Enigma”), Op. 36
[11] Theme 1.17
[12] I. C.A.E. (the composer’s wife) 1.54
[13] II. H.D.S-P. (Hew David Steuart-Powell) 0.46
[14] III. R.B.T. (Richard Baxter Townshend) 1.22
[15] IV. W.M.B. (William Meath Baker) 0.30
[16] V. R.P.A. (Richard Penrose Arnold) 2.00
[17] VI. Ysobel (Isabel Fitton) 1.23
[18] VII. Troyte (Troyte Griffith) 0.59
[19] VIII. W.N. (Winifred Norbury) 1.58
[20] IX. Nimrod (A.J. Jaeger) 4.33
[21] X. Intermezzo: Dorabella (Dora Penny) 2.44
[22] XI. G.R.S. (George Robertson Sinclair) 0.56
[23] XII. B.G.N. (Basil G. Nevinson) 2.54
[24] XIII. Romanza: *** (Lady Mary Lygon) 2.43
[25] XIV Finale: E.D.U. (the composer) 5.07
3 82157 2 [5] – [19]
Rec. 27 & 28.XI.1978; No. 1 Abbey Road Studios, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1980 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/ADD
Digital Remastering (P) 2007 by EMI Records Ltd.
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on ‘Greensleeves’
[26] 3 82157 2 [3] 4.36
Rec. 30.XI.1971, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1972 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 2007 by EMI Records Ltd.
This compilation (P) 2009 by EMI Records Ltd. © EMI Records Ltd. 2009
TOTAL DURATION (approx) 73.40
 
CD 8
Holst: The Planets
[1] I. Mars, the Bringer of War 7.00
[2] II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace 8.39
[3] III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger 3.47
[4] IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity 7.39
[5] V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age 9.50
[6] VI. Uranus, the Magician 5.59
[7] VII. *Neptune, the Mystic 7.31
7 47160 2 [1] – [7] (i.e. ALL)
Rec. 28 & 29.IX.1973, Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1974 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 1985 by EMI Records Ltd.
 
Britten: “Peter Grimes” – Four Sea Interludes, Op. 33a
[8] I. Dawn (Lento e tranquillo) – 3.44
[9] II. Sunday Morning (Allegro spiritoso) – 3.48
[10] III. Moonlight (Andante comodo e rubato) – 4.23
[11] IV. Storm (Presto con fuoco) 4.29
5 62615 2 [4] – [7]
[n.b. minimum 5 sec. gap]
Britten: “Peter Grimes” – Passacaglia, Op. 33b
[12] 5 62615 2 [8] 7.26
Rec. 27 & 28.X.1974; No. 1 Abbey Road Studios, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1976 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/ADD
Digital Remastering (P) 2003 by EMI Records Ltd.
This compilation (P) 2009 by EMI Records Ltd. © EMI Records Ltd. 2009
TOTAL DURATION (approx) 75.05
 
CD 9
Orff: Carmina Burana
Cantiones profanae
Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi
[1] I. O Fortuna 2.48
[2] II. Fortune plango vulnera 2.49
I. Primo vere
[3] III. Veris leta facies 4.17
[4] IV. Omnia Sol temperat 2.07
[5] V. Ecce gratum 2.49
Uf dem Anger
[6] VI. Tanz 1.40
[7] VII. Floret silva 3.26
[8] VIII. Chramer, gip die varwe mir 3.18
[9] IX. Reie – Swaz hie gat umbe –
Chume, chum, geselle min – Swaz hie gat umbe 4.44
[10] X. Were du werit alle min 0.59
II. In taberna
[11] XI. Estuans interius 2.25
[12] XII. Olim lacus colueram 3.46
[13] XIII. Ego sum abbas 1.22
[14] XIV. In taberna quando sumus 3.24
III. Cours d’amour
[15] XV. Amor volat undique 3.28
[16] XVI. Dies, nox et omnia 2.17
[17] XVII. Stetit puella 2.14
[18] XVIII. Circa mea pectoral 2.12
[19] XIX. Si puer cum puellula 1.05
[20] XX. Veni, venu, venias 1.03
[21] XXI. In trutina 2.31
[22] XXII. Tempus est iocundum 2.23
[23] XXIII. Dulcissime 0.41
Blanziflor et Helena
[24] XXIV. Ave formosissima 1.59
Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi
[25] XXV. O Fortuna 2.48
5 66899 2 [1] – [25] (i.e. ALL)
Sheila Armstrong (soprano), Gerald English (tenor)
Thomas Allen (baritone)
St. Clement Danes Grammar School Boys’ Choir
(chorus director Audrey Clifford)
London Symphony Orchestra Chorus
(chorus master Arthur Oldham)
Rec. 25 – 27.XI.1974, Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1975 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 1997 by EMI Records Ltd.
Barber: Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
[26] 2 28275 2 [1] GB-AYC-88-03502 9.32
Rec. 15 & 16.XII.1976, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Producer: Suvi Raj Grubb
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1977 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 1988 by EMI Records Ltd.
This compilation (P) 2009 by EMI Records Ltd. © EMI Records Ltd. 2009
TOTAL DURATION (approx) 72.30
 
CD 10
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (orch. Ferde Grofé)
[1] Gervase de Peyer, clarinet 14.51
Gershwin: An American in Paris
[2] 18.09
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
[3] I. Allegro 12.53
[4] II. Adagio – Andante con moto 12.25
Howard Snell, trumpet
[5] III. Allegro agitato 6.37
André Previn, piano
Rec. 4 & 6.VI.1971; No. 1 Abbey Road Studios, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1971 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/ADD
Digital Remastering (P) 1998 by EMI Records Ltd.
Gershwin: Cuban Overture
[6] 5 69308 2, CD 2 [3] 10.39
Rec. 1 & 2.VII.1980; No. 1 Abbey Road Studios, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1981 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/DDD
This compilation (P) 2009 by EMI Records Ltd. © EMI Records Ltd. 2009
TOTAL DURATION (approx) 75.05
London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn


 


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