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Schubert: Symphony No. 4; Britten: Serenade; Sibelius: Symphony no 2 / Gerald English, tenor; Hermann Baumann, horn. Barbirolli

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> Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 - I. Allegretto
> Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 - II. Tempo andante, ma rubato
> Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 - III. Vivacissimo -
> Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 - IV. Finale: Allegro moderato
> Serenade, Op. 31 - No. 1. Prologue
> Serenade, Op. 31 - No. 2. Pastoral
> Serenade, Op. 31 - No. 3. Nocturne
> Serenade, Op. 31 - No. 4. Elegy
> Serenade, Op. 31 - No. 5. Dirge
> Serenade, Op. 31 - No. 6. Hymn
> Serenade, Op. 31 - No. 7. Sonnet
> Serenade, Op. 31 - No. 8. Epilogue

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 4 in C minor, D 417 "Tragic"
>Britten, Benjamin : Serenade, for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Sir John Barbirolli was one of the most versatile conductors of his generation, associated with composers and works of every era. These historic recordings, never before released, present works he previously had not recorded, - like the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings - or were under-recorded - like Schubert's Symphony No. 4.

The Arts Desk, 13th April 2013
The rarity here is a compelling performance of Britten's Serenade...[English's] vocal timbre is clear, well-enunciated and youthful, contrasting with Barbirolli's weighty, autumnal take on the piece...Barbirolli's defiantly trenchant, smouldering Schubert 4 is a guilty pleasure. Better still is the conductor's final performance of a favourite work, Sibelius's Symphony no 2. Craggy, expansive and heartfelt, this is a supremely enjoyable, moving experience.

The Arts Desk, 13th April 2013
We don't think of Barbirolli as specially associated with Britten's music...His response to the Serenade for tenor, horn and strings's range of sounds and moods is memorable nonetheless...Sibelius's Second Symphony is here an exemplary display of how to generate an enthralling voltage-level from the podium without pulling the music about.

MusicWeb International, 23rd May 2013
The mixture of affection and drive in the performance [of the Schubert] makes for real pleasure...Gerald English sings with great subtlety, ease in the upper register, clear diction and an understanding of the music's style...[the Sibelius] remains a performance that any admirer of the conductor will want to hear.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2013
Nothing gives me greater pleasure when listening to these three CDs than Gerald English's performance of the Britten Serenade, his clarion, intelligently used tenor finding a perfect foil in Sir John Barbirolli's warmly phrased account of the orchestral score.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne (02/07/1969).


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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 4 in C minor, D 417 "Tragic"
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1816.
  • Running Time: 28 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1816

>Britten, Benjamin : Serenade, for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31
  • Performers: Hermann Baumann (Horn); Gerald English (Tenor)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 23 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 45 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902