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5.0 out of 5 stars Still by far the best "Introduction & Allegro", 2 Aug 2011
This review is from: John Barbirolli conducts English String Music (Audio CD)
The Vaughan Williams on here is good, but it's the Elgar Introduction & Allegro which is outstanding. The recording is excellent, and not just 'for its age' - mid sixties, I think, but the performance is second to none - even now - 40 odd years since it first appeared.
The interpretation is full on Barbirolli, with all his passionate Italian heritage bringing out the best of the Sinfonia players. Barbirolli was a cellist before becoming a conductor - and it shows! He knows what string playing is all about and this band plays with astonishing technical ability and there is an overwhelming sense that every player knows what Sir John is hoping to achieve. They all give their all.
This is a performance without rival, in my opinion. I still have my stereo LP of this album and having bought this CD, have noticed a slight, but only slight digital degradation in the transfer, but one soon forgets this - the playing is so terrific! You will not be disappointed - a bargain if ever there was one!
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