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Russian Favorites - Liadov, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-korsakov / Barbirolli


Release Date: 11/06/2007 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 2325   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyAnatole Liadov
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono & Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio espagnol. TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake: excerpts. Romeo and Juliet. Marche slave. 1 LIADOV The Enchanted Lake John Barbirolli, cond; Hallé O GUILD 2325, mono/stereo 1 (67:13)


Barbirolli wasn’t a Russian Read more conductor, not in the sense that Stokowski was, or Serebrier is. Most of his Russian programming was well within the occasional symphonic standards and pops favorites. This album is built out of the latter, from recordings made in the 1950s.


Most of it is very good of its kind. Marche slave (1959; stereo) is more musical than bombastic, without skipping on an ounce of patriotic fervor. A sheen to the strings shows just how fine an orchestra the Manchester musicians could field when on form. The Enchanted Lake (1953) is the most poetic and nuanced rendition of this fine little tone poem I’ve yet heard, with the coloristic resources of a committed Delian placed at its disposal. Seven excerpts from Swan Lake are treated with the light touch an experienced ballet conductor understands is required in this music.


Romeo and Juliet (1957) gets a detailed yet dramatically taut reading, strong on atmosphere. Only the Capriccio espagnol (1953) disappoints, in a performance of no special character. I strongly prefer Barbirolli’s 1940 commercial recording (excellently re-mastered on Dutton’s Barbirolli Edition 1025) with the New York Philharmonic. The “Scena a canto Gitano” section is rushed, but the “Fandango asturiano” is more clearly delineated and played with greater distinction.


The sound is clean and generally very good, though The Enchanted Lake is a bit short on treble. With decent liner notes, this is a fine addition to the burgeoning archival library of Barbirolli material on CD, and well worth the purchase.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Notes: This is a mono recording. 
2.
Swan Lake, Op. 20: Excerpt(s) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/17/1950 
Notes: This is a mono recording. 
3.
Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/13/1957 
Notes: This is a mono recording. 
4.
Marche slave, Op. 31 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Notes: This is a stereo recording. 
5.
The enchanted lake, Op. 62 by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Notes: This is a mono recording. 

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