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Great Performers Of The Twentieth Century - Sir Adrian Boult


Release Date: 10/24/2000 
Label:  Bbc Legends   Catalog #: 4039   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertMaurice RavelJean SibeliusGeorges Bizet
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Adrian Boult's almost exclusive dedication to the music of his native England, in which he demonstrated a very real and unique authority, robbed music lovers of the chance to hear him in more international repertoire. This is a pity because--while perhaps not a major loss to Western culture--there's evidence that Boult had a lot to say in plenty of other music. There's his excellent EMI Brahms cycle, for example, and a stunningly intense Shostakovich Sixth on Everest. By the same token, his Mahler First sounds like he phoned in his interpretation between tea breaks, and he did a Hindemith Symphony in E-flat in which the "flat" must be short for "flatulence".


Happily, this disc of live recordings
Read more shows Boult at his best. The Schubert offers the same kind of effortless, warm-hearted lyricism that Bruno Walter brought to his readings of this music, and there's no stinting on emotional angst in the first movement. Bizet's delightful little work displays all of its naïve charm, and the Daphnis suite, while typically British in approach (i.e. totally sexless) reveals plenty of ear-catching detail and ends with an impressively explosive Bacchanal. Finally, Boult's organically shaped and effortlessly projected Sibelius Seventh reminds us that this was one area of the repertoire where a complete symphony cycle might have offered serious competition to the great sets of the 1960s and '70s (Bernstein, Maazel, and Davis). All four works have been captured in good, live stereo, are very well performed by the two orchestras involved, and make an appealing, self-contained recital when played straight through. This disc is an impressive tribute to a fine musician that really does enhance our appreciation and understanding of his art.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/30/1964 
Venue:  Live  Royal Albert Hall, London, England 
Length: 24 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2. Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2 by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 07/30/1964 
Venue:  Live  Royal Albert Hall, London, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3. Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; Finland 
Date of Recording: 03/08/1963 
Venue:  Live  Royal Festival Hall, London, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4. Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22: Petite suite by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; France 
Date of Recording: 07/30/1964 
Venue:  Live  Royal Albert Hall, London, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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