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5.0 out of 5 stars Too under rated, 4 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Malcolm Sargent - Icon (The Great Recordings) (Audio CD)
Let me say straight away that I have about seven eights of this set on individual Cd's and LP's,and have known the recordings for many decades.
I do think that Sargent is up there with Beecham and Boult. While Beecham took safety in America,during WW2,Sargent remained and toured,at great risk to himself and his players. I think it was Neville Cardus,the late music critic,who once said that if a foreign conductor had done performances half as well as Sargent,he would have been cheered to the rafters. OK,so Malcolm was a showman,like Stokowski,but he also looked and acted a gentleman,and nobody could beat him at choral music.
I only wish that this set had gone back to his earlier career and included his Coleridge Taylor recordings made during the 1930's in the Royal Albert Hall,and his recordings with the RCS. And isn't it about time that his Decca 'Planets' suite was reissued,on CD?
It is a pity that we have no great British conductors around these days,apart from Rattle.
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