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Giulini - Weber, Schubert, Britten / Lpo, New Philharmonia


Release Date: 06/29/2004 
Label:  Bbc Legends   Catalog #: 4140   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertBenjamin BrittenCarl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraNew Philharmonia OrchestraNew Philharmonia Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...The smaller works first: the Freischütz Overture, from 1970 but in monaural sound, receives a rhythmically pointed reading that’s appropriately lyric and dramatic as necessary, and in which Giulini’s expert sense of give and take, tension and release, keeps the listener thoroughly engaged. It’s also good to have the conductor’s convincingly idiomatic 1968 performance (also monaural) of the little-known Britten work, written (David Patmore’s notes tell us) for the opening of the Snape Maltings in 1967. Unfortunately, the conductor’s inclusion of the optional chorus part makes sadly little effect, since the words are thoroughly unintelligible. (Michael Kennedy’s 1981 biography of Britten tells us that the chorus “sing a version of the Read more metrical psalm ‘Except the Lord the house doth make’ to the tune Vater Unser.”) Of course the real prize on this disc is the 1975 Schubert “Great” C-Major Symphony, a work Giulini would record commercially two years later with the Chicago Symphony for Deutsche Grammophon. I don’t know that recording, but the present performance is a poetic, luminous, visionary account that’s responsive to every aspect of Schubert’s visionary score. The stereo sound may be somewhat cavernous and boomy, but it neither obscures detail nor in any way detracts or distracts from the performance, which fully warrants the resounding ovation that follows immediately upon the closing unison C. All three recordings on this disc originated from the Royal Festival Hall. Oddly, the three-minute bit of interview material that fills out the disc—here labeled “Carlo Maria Giulini in conversation with Alan Haydock”—previously appeared in a 2001 BBC Legends release of Giulini leading a 1972 performance of Bach’s B-Minor Mass, where it showed up as the first few minutes of a longer segment featuring the conductor “in conversation with John Amis.” Perhaps it’s been included here to set right an earlier error." - Marc Mandel, FANFARE Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1825-28; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1975 
2. Building of the House Overture, Op. 79 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; England 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
3. Der Freischütz, J 277: Overture by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 

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