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English Music For Strings / Sir John Barbirolli

Barbirolli,John
Release Date: 01/24/2012 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 85187   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir Edward ElgarRalph Vaughan WilliamsFrederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London SinfoniaAllegri String QuartetNew Philharmonia Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This classic disc returns with a “bonus” in the form of Delius’ Brigg Fair that, while a nice gesture on EMI’s part, sort of makes nonsense of the album title “English String Music,” and isn’t a terribly special performance. It’s a bit sluggish (eighteen minutes as opposed to Beecham’s fifteen), and while Barbirolli loved the Hallé Orchestra, and they him, they were always a very second class, scruffy sounding bunch. So we will pass over this particular item and move on to the important stuff.

Simply put, there is no finer collection than this of Elgar and Vaughan Williams masterpieces for string orchestra in the catalog, although in the Tallis Fantasia, glorious though it is,
Read more I retain a slight preference for recordings by Ormandy (Sony) and above all Silvestri (EMI). The Elgar performances though, the Introduction and Allegro especially (sound clip attached), simply wipe the floor with the competition. The playing is passionate, spontaneous, vibrant, and it’s all gorgeously recorded. Indeed, the sonics haven’t dated a bit. Most serious collectors will have purchased this disc in one of its prior incarnations, but if you haven’t yet then now’s your chance.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op. 47 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Allegri String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1905; England 
2.
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 
3.
Elegy for Strings, Op. 58 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; England 
4.
Sospiri, Op. 70 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; England 
5.
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
6.
Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
7.
Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 

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