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Sir John Barbirolli - The Great EMI Recordings - 40th Anniversary


Release Date: 03/09/2010 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57767  
Composer:  John IrelandRalph Vaughan WilliamsArnold BaxFrederick Delius,   ... 
Performer:  André NavarraDame Janet Baker
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraHallé Orchestra
Number of Discs: 10 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On any count this is one of the greatest, most warmly affecting accounts ever committed to disc, expansive, yet concentrated in feeling: the Adagietto is very moving indeed.

-- The Penguin Guide [reviewing the Mahler Fifth, EMI 66962]

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From the very start one can feel the almost transcendental rapport between the young soloist, barely turned twenty, and the aging maestro. One can dip into the recording at almost any point and feel the magic... There is an inevitability about the whole performance that is not easy to analyse or rather, as with most great works of art, analysis often tends to obscure instead of clarify wherein the greatness lies.
Read more Why is Mona Lisa such an undisputed masterpiece? Both the painting and this recording go directly to the heart... And that is exactly what Janet Baker’s singing of Sea Pictures also does... It is so magically performed here... Behind and above...Janet Baker looms Sir John’s spirit, loving and sensitive.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International [reviewing the Elgar Sea Pictures, EMI 62887]

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John Barbirolli's posthumous reputation if anything has grown in recent years with the release of numerous live recordings and reissues. It's easy to understand why: an emotionally generous, extremely "giving" conductor, his best performances have an irresistible spontaneity and warmth. That's the plus side. On the minus side, he could be very wayward when off his best form, and many of his recordings, even the ones most admired (such as his Mahler Fifth and Ninth), suffer from ensemble lapses that sometimes cross over the line between improvisatory enthusiasm and plain sloppiness. He was a great conductor nevertheless, make no mistake, and if I had to choose a single recording that represents him at his absolute best, it would have to be this one. It has everything: great playing, sumptuous sound (especially as remastered here), and interpretations that are positively elemental in their inevitability, cogency, thrust, and emotional abandon. The performances of the major works (Elgar's Introduction and Allegro, the Serenade, and Vaughan Williams' Tallis Fantasia) have never been surpassed and aren't likely to be anytime soon. This is truly one of the greatest recordings ever made, the ultimate "English music for string orchestra" disc. Buy it. Play it. Love it.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com [reviewing Elgar and Vaughan Williams orchestral works, EMI 67264]
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Works on This Recording

1.
London Overture by John Ireland
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 
2.
Symphony no 2 "London" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1920; England 
3.
Garden of Fand by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913-1916; England 
4.
A Village Romeo and Juliet: Walk to the Paradise Garden by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900-1901; France 
5.
In a Summer Garden by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
6.
A Shropshire Lad by George Butterworth
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; England 
7.
Symphony no 5 in D major by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1943; England 
8.
Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
9.
Karelia Suite, Op. 11 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Finland 
10.
Pohjola's daughter, Op. 49 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
11.
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
12.
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: no 3, Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1897; Finland 
13.
Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  André Navarra (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
14.
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
15.
La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
16.
Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2: Pantomime by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
17.
Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2: Danse générale by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
18.
Ma mère l'oye: Suite by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; France 
19.
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
20.
Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
21.
Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op. 47 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1905; England 
22.
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 
23.
Elegy for Strings, Op. 58 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; England 
24.
Sospiri, Op. 70 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; England 
25.
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
26.
Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
27.
Tintagel by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1919; England 
28.
Sea Pictures, Op. 37 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1899; England 
29.
Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907-1908; England 
30.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
31.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
32.
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
33.
Madama Butterfly: E Izaghi e Izanami by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
34.
Madama Butterfly: Suzuki! Suzuki! Dove sei? by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
35.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
36.
Madama Butterfly: Excerpt(s) by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
37.
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; France 
38.
Rückert Lieder (5) by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 

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