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Sir Malcolm Sargent: An Evening At The Proms

Sullivan / Dvorak / Elgar / Sargent
Release Date: 04/09/2013 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 2393   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Recorded SoundArthur SullivanAntonín DvorákEmmanuel Chabrier,   ... 
Performer:  Shura CherkasskyDame Joan Hammond
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

AN EVENING AT THE PROMS Malcolm Sargent, cond; Joan Hammond (sop); 1 Shura Cherkassky (pn); 2 BBC SO GUILD 2393, mono (72:43)

SULLIVAN Overture di Ballo. TCHAIKOVSKY Eugen Onegin: 1 Tatiana’s Letter Scene. Andante Read more cantabile ( from String Quartet No. 1). DVO?ÁK Slavonic Dance in e, Op 72/2. HOLST Beni Mora: Suite. CHABRIER Le roi malgré lui: Fête Polonaise. LITOLFF 2 Concerto symphonique No. 4 in d: Scherzo. ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D, op. 39/1

The title of this album, is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, all the selections offered here were presented under Sargent’s baton at Proms concerts, but some (such as the Litolff; Cherkassky didn’t appear in any Proms concerts in the 1959 season, when this particular recording was made) are studio pressings.

This doesn’t lessen the pleasure with the results, in general. Joan Hammond’s Tatiana is among the finest conceived, vocally focused, and clearly enunciated on record, despite being in English. The early bars of Chabrier’s Fête Polonaise are often performed with as much strutting ceremony, but the rest seldom has the infectious verve Sargent and his BBC players deliver here. The richness of the strings in Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile is something to relish, and Sargent’s phrasing is to the manner born. And if the central section to the Overture di Ballo is under-accented and a bit limp, and the opening section to the Pomp and Circumstance March a bit sluggish, there’s such intensity in the suite to Beni Mora as to draw attention to its positive qualities—the orchestral writing, the taut, musical logic—and away from the exotic clichés.

The sound is clear, and more resonant than contemporary Decca releases without losing the music’s edge or transparency. In short, this is a fine example of Sargent’s touch with the lighter classics.

FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

Applause by Recorded Sound
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Date of Recording: 1959 
Length: 0 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Overture di ballo by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Written: 1870 rev 1889 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Length: 9 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147: no 2 in E minor, Dumka by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1887; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Le roi malgré lui: Fête polonaise by Emmanuel Chabrier
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Length: 7 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Concerto symphonique in D minor, Op. 102: Scherzo by Henry Charles Litolff
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Length: 7 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39: no 1 in D major by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; England 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Tatiana's letter scene by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dame Joan Hammond ()
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Length: 12 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11: 2nd movement, Andante cantabile by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Length: 7 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Beni Mora, Op. 29 no 1/H 107 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Written: 1909-1910; England 
Date of Recording: 08/29/1956 
Length: 13 Minutes 22 Secs. 

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