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British Composers - Vaughan Williams, Bax / Barbirolli

Release Date: 02/14/1995 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 65110   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsArnold Bax
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Making its long-overdue first appearance on CD, Barbirolli's much-loved 1962 Philharmonia account of VW's No. 5 has come up very nicely in John Hadden's new transfer: if, inevitably, the dynamic range isn't as wide as we would nowadays expect (climaxes are just a touch constricted, with rather 'crunchy' brass sonorities), the Kingsway bloom remains mercifully intact and the overall effect is commendably fresh. Barbirolli's actual interpretation is full of glowing insight (the ''Romanza'' is especially memorable), though the fires had dimmed somewhat since his superbly passionate 1944 world premiere recording with the Halle (only available on an EMI cassette at present) and his reading doesn't perhaps always convey the same remarkable Read more level of concentration one encounters on Boult's wonderful 1953 Decca account (soon due for reissue on Belart), to say nothing of Handley's memorably rapt RLPO performance on Eminence. Still, a desirable acquisition for VW connoisseurs everywhere.

Barbirolli's LSO Tintagel from 1965 sounds better than ever on this new British Composers CD, with less hiss and altogether greater warmth and presence than on its previous EMI incarnation (a full-price Angel collection entitled ''English Tone Poems'', 12/88). There is a momentary insecurity of sound at around the 11'23'' mark (common to both issues, it has to be said) which presumably stems from the master-tape. Of course, Bax's rugged, wind-swept seascape finds Barbirolli in his element, and his reading is on the whole more passionately involving than either Boult or Thomson (both of whom enjoy superlative engineering)."

-- Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone [3/1995]
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 5 in D major by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1943; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1962 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 38 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Tintagel by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1919; England 
Date of Recording: 12/28/1965 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio 1, London, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 2 Secs. 

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