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  • Audio CD (5 Feb. 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Lyrita
  • ASIN: B000N8UVRQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 1st Movement: Allegro - London Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. 2nd movement: Theme and Variations - London Philharmonic Orchestra
  3. 3rd movement: Allegro risoluto - London Philharmonic Orchestra
  4. 1st Movement: Allegro - New Philharmonia Orchestra
  5. 2nd movement: Lento - New Philharmonia Orchestra
  6. 3rd Movement: Vivace - New Philharmonia Orchestra
  7. 4th movement: Lento-Allegro molto - New Philharmonia Orchestra
  8. Overture for a Masque - Ernest John Moeran

Product Description

Product Description

London Philharmonic Orchestra - New Philharmonia Orchestra - Sir Adrian Boult, direction

Review

...truly the stuff of dreams. GRAMOPHONE AWARD WINNER, HISTORIC RE-ISSUE , 2007 --Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone

This is [Boult s] finest recording...it bears the crown with eager majesty. Shout it from the rooftops! --Rob Barnett, musicweb-international.com

[The Symphony] is a terrific listen, and on balance Boult s is the finest performance of the work...this disc is a classic any way you look at it. --David Hurwitz, classicstoday.com

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Format: Audio CD
At last, this great reading of Moeran's truly wonderful symphony is available on CD. Boult's reading must be pretty nigh on definitive; superb sound, horn-led, perfect in every respect. Handley's Chandos reading is very fine indeed, and in some respects surpasses even Boult (the emphasis on timpani is telling) but this is a classic of the gramophone, and I - and many other lovers of English music - will be glad to have it restored to the catalogue. The Sinfonietta and overture are equally fine, but the symphony is the main event. Buy it; no, buy two copies in case you lose one...
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By Jeffrey Davis VINE VOICE on 14 Mar. 2007
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I'm in agreement with P S C Ebrey here. I have waited for this to appear for decades. Boult's performance of Moeran's magnificent symphony pushes all the other competition into the shade. In my view the only serious challenger is the legendary war-time Heward recording (although I have a soft-spot for the Neville Dilkes EMI version that was my introduction to this work during the LP days).

I have always felt that the last movement was rather episodic but Boult's recording triumphantly refutes my earlier view. The Tapiola-like storm episode is more threatening than in any rival version. This truly is one of the great British symphonies, worthy to stand alongside the much better known Walton Symphony 1, Vaughan Williams Symphony 4 and 6 and Bax symphonies 3,5 and 6. Let us hope that this work is performed live at the proms one day. Another, even lesser known magnificent symphony is Arnell's Symphony 3 (Dutton CD).
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This is one of the great symphonies of the 20th Century and it is scandalous that it is not better known. The reason is probably that it was written at the very end of the Romantic era (1937-8) just before music like this went seriously out of fashion. Other casualties of the modernist, serialist, dissonant post 1950 era include the symphonies of Arnold Bax, most of Elgar except perhaps "Enigma" and the Cello Concerto (the symphonies and other works are merdifully now recovered in the concert hall) and the late works of Vaughan Williams. This music stands with the greatest of Elgar and VW and may be a better work than anything Bax ever wrote. Another reason for Moeran's neglect is that he did not write a particularly large amount of music for symphony orchestra so that he did not build a big reputation for this in his own lifetime.

Each one of the four movements of the work shows superb compositional skill. For example, the driving 4/4 dotted rhythm of the opening subject of movement 1 is offset by a wonderfully moving and lyrical second subject full of the wistfulness of the greatest British folk song which, whilst it is derivative of the idiom, is entirely Moeran's own. These two themes are then given an extremely rigorous treatment in the development before the movement begins to dies away quietly only to surge out again in a defiantly resolute burst of sound. The slow movement renews the sense of wistful longing and is built up of several themes which receive wonderfuly varied treatment - throughout the whole symphony the orchestration is magnificently imaginative - and this is hauntingly beautiful music. The airy scherzo combines lyricism with fascinating rhythmical diversity.
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What can I say but to agree with the two other reviews so far of this outstanding issue? I can remember the first issue of the Symphony on Lyrita LP, to universal acclaim. It's a very effective symphony but needs a strong guiding hand and an idiomatic approach, which is what it gets in bucketloads here. The NPO play magnificently and the whole thing is totally convincing. The Sinfonietta is very attractive and immediately enjoyable and the Overture is likewise - and they are both very well performed - but the Symphony is what makes this new CD so very, very welcome.
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