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1956 Nixa-Westminster Stereo Recordings Vol. 1

Audio Samples

>Walton, William : Symphony no 1 in B flat minor
>Elgar, Edward : Falstaff, symphonic study for orchestra in C minor, Op. 68
>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63
>Elgar, Edward : Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town"
>Britten, Benjamin : Soirées musicales, Op. 9
>Britten, Benjamin : The Young person's guide to the orchestra
>Britten, Benjamin : Matinées musicales
>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
>Britten, Benjamin : Passacaglia, for orchestra, Op. 33b (from "Peter Grimes")

Album Summary

>Walton, William : Symphony no 1 in B flat minor
>Elgar, Edward : Falstaff, symphonic study for orchestra in C minor, Op. 68
>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63
>Elgar, Edward : Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town"
>Britten, Benjamin : Soirées musicales, Op. 9
>Britten, Benjamin : The Young person's guide to the orchestra
>Britten, Benjamin : Matinées musicales
>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
>Britten, Benjamin : Passacaglia, for orchestra, Op. 33b (from "Peter Grimes")
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Notes & Reviews:

This important historical release contains a mouthwatering selection of classic English symphonic repertoire, with many recordings receiving their CD debuts. These 1956 Nixa-Westminster recordings have been remastered at Abbey Road studios from original tapes held in the EMI and Universal archives. The sound quality is quite astonishing, especially considering they were made over fifty years ago. Sir Adrian Boult is featured, conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in his signature repertoire on recordings that are already considered to be classics. Boult's interpretation of Elgar's Symphony No. 2, for example, is arguably second to none, as is his powerful performance of Walton's first symphony. Boult rarely recorded Britten, so it is of significance that this set includes his complete recordings of the composer's works (Boult's own narration of the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is beautifully enunciated). Also included are the two rarely-recorded Britten orchestrations of music by Rossini, joyfully performed and providing light, foot-tapping contrast.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England.



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Works Details

>Walton, William : Symphony no 1 in B flat minor
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England (08/15/1956-08/17/1956)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1931-1935

>Elgar, Edward : Falstaff, symphonic study for orchestra in C minor, Op. 68
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Notes: Composition written: 1913.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1913

>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England (08/15/1956-08/17/1956)
  • Running Time: 52 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1909-1911

>Elgar, Edward : Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town"
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England (08/15/1956-08/17/1956)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Britten, Benjamin : Soirées musicales, Op. 9
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England (08/30/1956-08/31/1956)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Britten, Benjamin : The Young person's guide to the orchestra
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England (08/30/1956-08/31/1956)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Britten, Benjamin : Matinées musicales
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England (08/30/1956-08/31/1956)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England (08/30/1956-08/31/1956)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Britten, Benjamin : Passacaglia, for orchestra, Op. 33b (from "Peter Grimes")
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England (08/30/1956-08/31/1956)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Britten, Benjamin : The Young person's guide to the orchestra
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England (08/30/1956-08/31/1956)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946