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Elgar: Serenade, Etc; Vaughan Williams / Barbirolli, Et Al


Release Date: 03/14/2000 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67264   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsSir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of LondonAllegri String QuartetNew Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


John Barbirolli's posthumous reputation if anything has grown in recent years with the release of numerous live recordings and reissues. It's easy to understand why: an emotionally generous, extremely "giving" conductor, his best performances have an irresistible spontaneity and warmth. That's the plus side. On the minus side, he could be very wayward when off his best form, and many of his recordings, even the ones most admired (such as his Mahler Fifth and Ninth), suffer from ensemble lapses that sometimes cross over the line between improvisatory enthusiasm and plain sloppiness. He was a great conductor nevertheless, make no mistake, and if I had to choose a single recording that
Read more represents him at his absolute best, it would have to be this one. It has everything: great playing, sumptuous sound (especially as remastered here), and interpretations that are positively elemental in their inevitability, cogency, thrust, and emotional abandon. The performances of the major works (Elgar's Introduction and Allegro, the Serenade, and Vaughan Williams' Tallis Fantasia) have never been surpassed and aren't likely to be anytime soon. This is truly one of the greatest recordings ever made, the ultimate "English music for string orchestra" disc. Buy it. Play it. Love it.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1962 
Venue:  Temple Church, London, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2.
Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1962 
Venue:  Alcazar Hall, Monte Carlo, Monaco 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op. 47 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Allegri String Quartet,  Sinfonia of London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1905; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1962 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 59 Secs. 
4.
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1962 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5.
Sospiri, Op. 70 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; England 
Date of Recording: 07/16/1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
6.
Elegy for Strings, Op. 58 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; England 
Date of Recording: 07/16/1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and string orchestra Op. 47 (2000 Digital Remaster)
Serenade in E minor Op. 20 (2000 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro piacevole
Serenade in E minor Op. 20 (2000 Digital Remaster): II. Larghetto
Serenade in E minor Op. 20 (2000 Digital Remaster): III. Allegretto - Come prima
Elegy Op. 58 (2000 Digital Remaster)
Sospiri Op. 70 (2000 Digital Remaster)
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (2000 Digital Remaster)
Fantasia on 'Greensleeves' (2000 Digital Remaster)

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