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E. J. Moeran - The Collected 78 Rpm Recordings


Release Date: 04/03/2007 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 27808   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ernest John Moeran
Performer:  Jean PougnetAnthony PiniFrederick RiddleHubert Foss,   ... 
Conductor:  Leslie Heward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cathedral Male Voice QuartetHallé Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A blistering first recording of Moeran's Symphony is a classic of the gramophone

“There was no one to touch him, in my opinion; he'd have gone a very long way, if he had lived.” Thus Sir Adrian Boult on his fellow countryman Leslie Heward (1897-1943), whose prodigious talents are nowhere more evident than on his very last, and surely greatest, project, namely this magnificent 1942 recording with the Hallé of Moeran's epic G minor Symphony. This a gorgeous score, strongly indebted to Sibelius, Elgar and Bax, full of the most ravishing nature music and quite breathtakingly evocative of the wild seaboard of south-west Ireland which the composer so adored. Its sizeable dimensions undoubtedly require a firm hand on
Read more the tiller: in this respect, it's perhaps the veteran Boult (on his cherishable 1973 Lyrita account with the New Philharmonia, to be reissued some time in 2007) who holds Moeran's edifice together with the surest symphonic grip, but even he has to bow to Heward in terms of sheer dedication, elemental fire and pantheistic atmosphere.

Moeran, who attended the sessions in Manchester's Houldsworth Hall, was understandably ecstatic about the finished article: “The Symphony has had such a performance as it never had before.” Alas, five months after the completion of this pioneering recording, Heward (a lifelong chronic asthmatic) was struck down by tuberculosis. Restorer and annotator Andrew Rose has achieved impressively full-bodied and refined results from the original HMV shellacs (surface noise is remarkably low), while the couplings, a truly wonderful account of the String Trio (set down in May 1941 by a “dream team” comprising Jean Pougnet, Frederick Riddle and Anthony Pini) and five songs characterfully delivered by John Goss and Heddle Nash, are just as successful.

-- Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone [1/2007]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Strings in G major, R. 59 by Ernest John Moeran
Performer:  Jean Pougnet (Violin), Anthony Pini (Cello), Frederick Riddle (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
1941 - 1942 
2.
O Sweet fa's the Eve, R. 101 by Ernest John Moeran
Performer:  Hubert Foss (Piano), John Goss (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cathedral Male Voice Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
1925 - 1926 
3.
Can't you hear the Polka, R. 29a by Ernest John Moeran
Performer:  John Goss (Baritone), Hubert Foss (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cathedral Male Voice Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
1925 - 1926 
4.
Sheep shearing, R. 102 by Ernest John Moeran
Performer:  John Goss (Baritone), Hubert Foss (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cathedral Male Voice Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
1925 - 1926 
5.
Diaphenia, R. 72 by Ernest John Moeran
Performer:  Heddle Nash (Tenor), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1945 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
6.
Symphony in G minor by Ernest John Moeran
Conductor:  Leslie Heward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Written: 1924-37 
Date of Recording: 1942 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Composition written: England (1934 - 1937). 

Sound Samples

String Trio in G major: I. Allegretto giovale
String Trio in G major: II. Adagio
String Trio in G major: III. Molto vivace: Lento sostenuto
String Trio in G major: IV. Andante grazioso: Presto
O Sweet fa's the Eve
2 Songs from the repertoire of John Goss: Can't you dance the Polka
Sheep Shearing
Diaphenia
The Sweet o' the Year
Symphony in G minor*: I. Allegro
Symphony in G minor*: II. Lento
Symphony in G minor*: III. Vivace
Symphony in G minor*: IV. Lento - Allegro molto

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