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Barbirolli, Butterworth and Bax...

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Posted on June 21, 2020 at 09:28:04
Ivan303
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What's not to like?

24/96 on QOBUZ.

The Bax, 'Garden of Fand', is a real winner.





 

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One of the few Mercury (yes, Mercury) albums I never owned, posted on June 21, 2020 at 09:41:47
Chris from Lafayette
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I believe the original Pye recordings were done by the Mercury team, but I think EMI/Warner has owned the rights to these recordings for some time now. I'll be interested to check out these new Pye/Warner reissues on Qobuz - thanks for the heads up!

 

An embarrassment of riches: The Lyrita Bax Tone Poems and Butterworth/Bridge music give me endless pleasure. n, posted on June 21, 2020 at 11:30:24
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Endless Pleasure? You been listening to Semele or somethin'?, posted on June 21, 2020 at 15:36:51
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Here's a babe rendition - she says she's doing a sound check (or was in 2012, when this video was made) with a new microphone. Be sure to listen all the way to the end - you'll get a surprise with about a minute and a half to go! As with so many singers, Katia's diction isn't 100% understandable, so I print the aria's text herewith:

Semele
Endless pleasure, endless love,
Semele enjoys above!
On her bosom Jove reclining,
Useless now his thunder lies;
To her arms his bolts resigning,
And his lightning to her eyes.

Priests and Augurs
Endless pleasure, endless love
Semele enjoys above!









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Also on QOUBUZ at 24/96, posted on June 21, 2020 at 16:15:15
Ivan303
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OK, older recording and all, but still...

Barbirolli 'gets' Sibelius, or so it seems to me.



 

Looks like she decided she didn't need Jove anymore. : ) nt, posted on June 21, 2020 at 17:08:03
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I had the complete Barbirolli/Halle set in my LP days, posted on June 22, 2020 at 00:53:54
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But these days, I have only his Reader's Digest recording (of No. 2) with the RPO on a Chesky CD.

I see that he's also got recordings of the Sibelius Second with a couple of other orchestras too (an early one with the NYPO, and one with the Philharmonia). He got around!

And, yes, I thought he did well with Sibelius (certainly better than he did with his Mahler Fifth, with its jog-trot finale!).

 

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