Elgar: Orchestral Works, Cello Concerto, Sea Pictures, Dream of Gerontius

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Elgar: Orchestral Works, Cello Concerto, Sea Pictures, Dream of Gerontius
Jacqueline du Pre (cello) Dame Janet Baker (mezzo) Richard Lewis (tenor) / Halle Orchestra / Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli

[ EMI British Composers / 7 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 25 March 2022

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Born in London of Italian-French parents, Sir John Barbirolli (1899-1970) trained as a cellist and played in theatre and café orchestras before joining the Queen's Hall Orchestra under Sir Henry Wood in 1916. Sir John played under Elgar's baton in the premiere of the Cello Concerto. Encouraged by Elgar, he moved into conducting and made his mark with the composer's Second Symphony in 1927. After Elgar's death, Barbirolli vowed to make the composer's music his special mission in life and to do his utmost to make it known all over the world. From the performances here, we can judge how well he kept his promise.

The Cello Concerto & Sea Pictures:

"Barbirolli's red-blooded reading of Gerontius is the most heart-warmingly dramatic ever recorded; here it is offered in a first-rate digital transfer. No one on record can match (Janet Baker) in this version for the fervent intensity and glorious tonal range of her singing as the Angel. The sound is overwhelming." *** Three Stars. Penguin Stereo Guide (Gerontius)

"..given that each of the works has probably never seen a more authoritative performance and that the playing is practically flawless, you can see the value of the set. Barbirolli conducts the two big symphonies rather broadly, but you can hear his affection for the pieces in every note." ClassicalCandor


Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 55
Philharmonia Orchestra

Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47
Sinfonia of London, Allegri String Quartet

Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63
Hallé Orchestra

Elegy for strings, Op. 58
New Philharmonia Orchestra

Sospiri, Op. 70
New Philharmonia Orchestra

Falstaff - Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68
Hallé Orchestra

Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 'In London Town'
Philharmonia Orchestra

Froissart Overture, Op. 19
New Philharmonia Orchestra

Enigma Variations, Op. 36
Philharmonia Orchestra

Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos. 1-5, Op. 39
Philharmonia Orchestra

Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
Sinfonia of London

Sea Pictures, Op. 37
Janet Baker (mezzo)
London Symphony Orchestra

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Jacqueline du Pré (cello)
London Symphony Orchestra

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
Richard Lewis (tenor) Dame Janet Baker (mezzo) Kim Borg (bass) / Halle Choir and Shieffield Philharmonic Chorus

Dream Children, Op. 43: Andante

Lullaby (No. 3 from Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27)

O My Warriors (Caractacus)

Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op. 39: No. 1 in D Major