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Great Performers Of The Twentieth Century - Goodall

Release Date: 06/29/2004 
Label:  Bbc Legends   Catalog #: 4147   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Anton BrucknerRichard Wagner
Conductor:  Reginald Goodall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony OrchestraEnglish National Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sir Reginald Goodall (1901–1990) achieved international fame late in life, for conducting remarkable performances of Wagner at the English National Opera. Like most Wagnerians, he had a special affinity for Bruckner, demonstrated to great effect in these sound documents from the British Broadcasting Corporation. Though Goodall took somewhat slower tempos than your average Wagner conductor, this Bruckner Seventh, recorded in live performance at the Royal Festival Hall in November 1971, is about average at 67:44.

It is also remarkably well paced, with splendid playing from the BBC Orchestra, and spacious, well-detailed stereo sound. All four movements of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony are beautifully scored and as accessible as
Read more anything he ever wrote, but this performance is still exceptional in making the score transparent. The second movement, a memorial to Richard Wagner, is the heart of this symphony, and has one of the most memorable climaxes in music. Goodall and his musicians play it with reverential care and cap its grand crescendo with as satisfactory a climax as you will hear. This includes the kettledrums, triangle, and cymbals a certain school of musicologists and performers believes, incorrectly, to be spurious.

Goodall leads his English National Opera Orchestra in this recording of the Meistersinger Prelude. The performance took place at the Maltings, Aldeburgh, in November 1974. The hall is smaller and considerably more resonant than the Royal Festival Hall. The result is a bigger and fuller orchestral sound than in the Bruckner Seventh, but not on that account better—just different. Admirers of Sir Reginald will find it necessary to have this recording. Admirers of Bruckner’s Seventh should also consider acquiring it, for its uncommon elevation and integrity.

Robert McColley, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Reginald Goodall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/03/1971 
Venue:  Live  Royal Festival Hall, London, England 
Length: 67 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1883, Nowak edition 
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Reginald Goodall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/27/1974 
Venue:  Live  The Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 13 Secs. 

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