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Bartók; Beethoven; Debussy - Orchestral Works [CD]

Philharmonia Orchestra , Béla Bartók^Claude Debussy^Joseph Haydn^Ludwig van Beethoven , Ernest Ansermet , BBC Symphony Orchestra , BBC Chorus Audio CD

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 85 in B-Flat Major, Hob.I:85, "La reine" (The Queen): I. Adagio - VivaceBBC Symphony Orchestra 8:05Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 85 in B-Flat Major, Hob.I:85, "La reine" (The Queen): II. Romance: AllegrettoBBC Symphony Orchestra 6:19£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 85 in B-Flat Major, Hob.I:85, "La reine" (The Queen): III. Menuetto: AllegrettoBBC Symphony Orchestra 4:25£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 85 in B-Flat Major, Hob.I:85, "La reine" (The Queen): IV. Finale: PrestoBBC Symphony Orchestra 3:40£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Nocturnes: No. 1. NuagesBBC Ladies Chorus 7:16£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Nocturnes: No. 2. FetesBBC Ladies Chorus 6:24£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Nocturnes: No. 3. SirenesBBC Ladies Chorus 9:39Album Only
Listen  8. Images: No. 2. Iberia: Par les rues et par les chemins -Philharmonia Orchestra 6:51£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Images: No. 2. Iberia: Les parfums de la nuit -Philharmonia Orchestra 6:58£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Images: No. 2. Iberia: Le matin d'un jour de fetePhilharmonia Orchestra 4:45£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Ernest Ansermet discusses Debussy with Robert ChestermanErnest Ansermet13:20Album Only


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Listen  1. Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60: I. Adagio - Allegro vivacePhilharmonia Orchestra12:40Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60: II. AdagioPhilharmonia Orchestra 9:31Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60: III. Menuetto: Allegro vivacePhilharmonia Orchestra 5:41£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60: IV. Allegro ma non troppoPhilharmonia Orchestra 7:37£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123: I. Introduzione: Andante non troppo - Allegro vivacePhilharmonia Orchestra 9:45Album Only
Listen  6. Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123: II. Giuoco delle coppie: Allegretto scherzandoPhilharmonia Orchestra 6:39£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123: III. Elegia: Andante non troppoPhilharmonia Orchestra 6:50£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123: IV. Intermezzo interrotto: AllegrettoPhilharmonia Orchestra 4:01£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123: V. Finale: PrestoPhilharmonia Orchestra 9:33Album Only


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3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly ordinary readings in dullish mono sound 29 Jun 2012
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I imagine that BBC Legends combined these varied works into a twofer because the performances aren't very interesting by themselves. The source is two concerts with the BBC Sym. Orch. (1964) and the Philharmonia (1958), both in distant, dull mono. Collectors who prize Ansermet's many recordings from the Fifties and Sixties might anticipate that hearing Ansermet apart from his scrappy Suisse Romande orcehstra will be disappointed; the two London orchestras are better technically, but the conductor doesn't inspire them to play with any distinction. More or less the opposite: being in concert didn't bring out any extra energy or liveliness. the better-sounding Decca recordings of these works remain preferable. My attention was held only by the lively, robust reading of one of Haydn's Paris symphonies, No. 85.

The really interesting part is non-musical. It comes in a BBC interview where Ansermet recalls his memories of Debussy with perception and intelligence. There haven't been many conductors who have talked as well. To pique your interest, here's an online summary of what Ansermet has to say.

"In his interview on the disc with Robert Chesterman, Ansermet recalls having observed Debussy's conducting the premier of Rondes de Printemps and then going backstage to meet him. Debussy attended Ansermet's performance of Satie's Parade, and he invited Ansermet to his home. He was a reserved, aristocratic nature, a man apart from his surroundings. Very alone, solitary. Very elegant. He was bohemian when young, but no more as the husband of Mrs. Bardac. He was not envious, but very convinced of himself. He lived only for his music. A sharp sense of humor. He was not a man to collect scores, only playing his own music. A pianist friend, Walter Rummel, would come to play Bach, Chopin, and Schumann for him, since they wrre composers Debussy loved. Debussy mentioned Stravinsky, enthusiastic about Firebird and Petrushka; but he liked the scoring better than the music. He admired, but he had a critical sense. Stravinsky misrepresents Debussy in his last book. Ansermet was conducting in Paris 1928-29 with Forrestier. Mrs. Debussy was very appreciative. Debussy found Nijinsky's choreography for the Faun too mechanical. Jeux is wonderful, but also Debussy saw its choreography by Nijinsky as too erotic, unsatisfactory."

Here's the whole program -

Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Recorded: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 28 August 1958

Philharmonia Orchestra

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

Recorded: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 28 August 1958

Philharmonia Orchestra

Debussy:

Trois Nocturnes

Recorded: BBC Studios, London, 2 February 1964

BBC Symphony Orchestra & BBC Ladies Chorus

Images for orchestra: II. Ibéria

BBC Studios, London, 2 February 1964

Philharmonia Orchestra

Haydn:

Symphony No. 85 in B flat major 'La Reine'

Recorded: BBC Studios, London, 2 February 1964

BBC Symphony Orchestra
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