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Witches Brew

Notes & Reviews:

Issued In The Us Under The Title 'witches' Brew', Alexander Gibson And The New Symphony Orchestra Of London Recorded This Album In 1959 And The Performances Remain Today As Characterful And Incisive As They Were Then. While Pieces From This Recording Have Previously Appeared On Decca, This Is Its First Complete Release On The Label. Given That The Music Is A Kind Of Halloween Concoction, It Is Now Filled Out On This Reissue For Cd With Two Supernatural Pieces By Gounod - His Funeral March Of A Marionette And The Sparkling Ballet Music For Faust, Both Recorded In 1964 And Which Have Come Up Sizzlingly Well On Cd. Composers: Arnold, Gounod, Humperdinck, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Saint-saens, Conductors: Sir Alexander Gibson, Orchestras: New Symphony Orchestra Of London, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House Covent Garden 1. Tam O'shanter Overture, Op. 55 - Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)2. Gnomus (from Pictures At An Exhibition) - Modeste Mussorgsky (1839-1881)3. A Night On The Bare Mountain (arr. Rimsky-korsakov) - Modeste Mussorgsky (1839-1881)4. Danse Macabre, Op. 40 - Camille Saint-saens (1835-1921)5. Witch's Ride (from Hansel Und Gretel) - Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)6. Mephisto Waltz No. 1 - Franz Liszt (1811-1886)7. Funeral March Of A Marionette - Charles Gounod (1818-1893)faust: Ballet Music - Charles Gounod (1818-1893)8. (i) Les Nubiennes: Valse (allegretto)9. (ii) Adagio10. (iii) Danse Antique (allegretto)11. (iv) Variations De Cleopatre (moderato Maestoso)12. (v) Les Troyennes (moderato Con Moto)13. (vi) Variations Du Miroir (allegretto)14. (vii) Danse De Phryne (allegro Vivo)

Penguin Guide
Tam O'Shanter Overture is outstanding. It is one of Arnold's most brilliantly entertaining and evocative pieces, full of Scottish devilry, with the macabre humour delectably brought out...A disc well worth seeking out.


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