Barbirolli's complete RCA/Columbia NYP recordings

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Barbirolli's complete RCA/Columbia NYP recordings

Post by Lance » Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:22 am

I have patiently been waiting for this new 6-CD set from Sony [98838]. "The young John Barbirolli was hardly known in America when the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York chose himi to be Arturo Toscanini's successor starting in 1937. The 36-year old Londer's first season was a triumph with both players and audiences, and although his years in New York would be increasingly marred by unfair rivalry with Toscanini, Barbirolli's tenure can now be looked back on as a great success." That's what appears on the box's back cover. I have always had a passion for Barbirolli, especially in composers such as Sibelius and some British music.

While some of these recordings appeared in the NYP's 175th Anniversary Set, it good to have all the recordings in one 3/4-inch boxed set. The one recordings we do not get in the box is the Schumann Violin Concerto in D Minor, WoO 23, with the NYP and Yehudi Menuhin. That was a dual joint venture with EMI/HMV and Columbia Records. EMI ultimately owned the rights to that recordings which, now appears in the huge Menuhin box set, or the individual historical boxed set.

The good things we get, remastered, are Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor with Nathan Milstein, violinist; Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major with Robert Casadesus, and the Clarinet Concerto in A Major with Benny Goodman. We also get Mozart's Symphony No. 25, and pieces arranged by Barbirolli, An Elisabethan Suite, Bach's Sheep May Safely Graze, Purcell's Suite for Strings, Horns, Flutes and English Horn. We also get a Brahms Symphony No. 2, Schubert's Symphony No. 4 ("Tragic"), his earliest recordings of Sibelius's Symphonies 1 and 2 and a host of other orchestral works.

A very well put-together set that will be most welcome by Barbirolli fans with good information in the booklet about the conductor by James A. North. •
Lance G. Hill

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