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“The Great Recordings” (The LSO Years) di André Previn in 10 CD della EMI

maggio 21, 2009
Il box della EMI dedicato a Previn

Il box della EMI dedicato a Previn

Pubblicato in occasione dell’ottantesimo compleanno di André Previn e offerto a prezzi economici, il box comprende 10 CD con il meglio delle incisioni del Maestro a capo della LSO effettuate per la EMI. Riporto il contenuto del box:

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CD 1
Messiaen: Turangalila-Symphonie
[1] I. Introduction 6.55
[2] II. Chant d’amour 1 8.40
[3] III. Turangalila 1 5.35
[4] IV. Chant d’amour 2 11.35
[5] V. Joie du sang des étoiles 6.38
[6] VI. Jardin du sommeil d’amour 12.33
[7] VII. Turangalila 2 3.50
[8] VIII. Développement de l’amour 11.55
[9] IX. Turangalila 3 5.24
[10] X. Final 7.13
Michel Beroff (piano)
Jeanne Loriod (ondes martenot)
Rec. 11 – 13.VII.1977, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1978 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 1997 by EMI Records Ltd.

CD 2
Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune 10.30
[1] (Peter Lloyd, flute)
Debussy: Images pour orchestre
[2] I. Gigues 7.17
II. Iberia
[3] 1. Par les rues et par les chemins 7.26
[4] 2. Les parfums de la nuit 9.56
[5] 3. Le matin d’un jour de fête 5.00
[6] III. Rondes de printemps 8.09
Debussy: Trois Nocturnes*
[7] I. Nuages 8.03
[8] II. Fêtes 6.43
[9] III. Sirènes 11.27
Ambrosian Singers (9)
Rec. 2 – 3.VII.1979, *12 & 15.IV.1983, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Producer: Suvi Raj Grubb
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1979 & *1984 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
This compilation (P) 1998 by EMI Records Ltd.

CD 3
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
[1] I. Largo – Allegro moderato 19.10
[2] II. Scherzo: Allegro molto 10.10
[3] III. Adagio 15.45
[4] IV. Finale: Allegro vivace 14.07
5 66982 2 [1] – [4]
Rec. 3 & 4.I.1973, Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Robert Gooch
(P) 1973 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 1999 by EMI Records Ltd.
Ravel: Bolero
[5] 7 47162 2 [1]
Rec. 26.VI.1979, Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Suvi Raj Grubb
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1980 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 1984 by EMI Records Ltd.
This compilation (P) 2009 by EMI Records Ltd. © EMI Records Ltd. 2009
TOTAL DURATION (approx) 76.35

CD 4
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65
[1] I. Adagio – Allegro non troppo 25.08
[2] II. Allegretto 5.51
[3] III. Allegro non troppo 5.34
[4] IV. Largo 11.16
[5] V. Allegretto 13.23
5 65521 2 [1] – [5] (i.e. ALL)
Rec. 8 & 9.II.1973, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1973 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 1995 by EMI Records Ltd.
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D, Op. 25 “Classical”
[6] I. Allegro 4.08
[7] II. Larghetto 4.09
[8] III. Gavotta: Non troppo allegro 1.36
[9] IV. Finale: Molto vivace 4.08
5 68604 2, CD 2 (i.e. 5 68606 2) [21] – [24]
Rec. 7, 8 & 12.XII.1977, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Producer: Suvi Raj Grubb
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1978 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 1995 by EMI Records Ltd.
This compilation (P) 2009 by EMI Records Ltd. © EMI Records Ltd. 2009
TOTAL DURATION (approx) 76.35

CD 5
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
Highlights from the ballet

ACT ONE Scene 1
[1] No. 1. Introduction (Andante assai) 2.45
[2] No. 3. The street awakens (Allegretto) 1.35
[3] No. 4 Morning Dance (Allegro) 2.03
ACT ONE Scene 2
[4] No. 10 Juliet as a young girl (Vivace) 3.30
[5] No. 12 Masks (Moderato marciale) 2.41
[6] No. 13 Dance of the Knights (Allegro pesante) 5.36
[7] No. 14 Juliet’s Variation (?????) 2.35
[8] No. 19 Balcony Scene (Larghetto) 3.46
[9] No. 20 Romeo’s Variation (Allegretto amoroso) 1.28
[10] No. 21 Romeo and Juliet’s Love Dance (Andante) 5.38
ACT TWO Scene 1
[11] No. 23 Romeo and Mercutio (?????) 2.23
[12] No. 25 Dance with the mandolins (Vivace) 2.02
7 49012 8, CD 1 [1], [3], [4], [10], [12] – [14],
[19] – [21], [23] & [25]
ACT TWO Scene 2
[13] No. 28 Romeo with Friar Laurence (Andante espressivo) 3.19
[14] No. 29 Juliet with Friar Laurence (??????) 3.32
ACT TWO Scene 3
[15] No. 30 The people continue to make merry (Vivo) 3.24
[16] No. 33 Tybalt and Mercutio fight (Precipitato) 1.25
[17] No. 35 Romeo resolves to avenge Mercutio’s death
(Death of Tybalt) (Andante. Animato – Presto) 2.07
[18] No. 36 Finale (Cortege with Tybalt’s body)(Adagio dramatico) 1.53
ACT THREE Scene 1
[19] No. 37 Introduction (Andante) 1.43
[20] No. 38 Romeo and Juliet (Juliet’s bedroom) (Lento) 1.27
[21] No. 39 The last farewell (Andante – Adagio) 5.31
ACT THREE Scene 3
[22] No. 48 Morning Serenade (Andante giocoso) 2.40
[23] No. 49 Dance of the girls with the lilies (?????) 2.39
Epilogue
[24] No. 51 Juliet’s Funeral [and Romeo’s death](Adagio funebre) 7.03
[25] No. 52 Death of Juliet (Adagio) 4.02
7 49012 8, CD 2 [2] – [4], [7], [9] & [10],
[11] – [13], [22] & [23], [25] & [26]
Rec. 8, 9, 13 & 14.VI.1973; Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1973 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/ADD
Digital Remastering (P) 1987 by EMI Records Ltd.
TOTAL DURATION (approx) 76.47

CD 6
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20
Highlights from the ballet

[1] No. 10 Scène (Act II) 2.47
[2] No. 2 Valse (Act I) 7.16
5 73624 2, CD 1 [10], [2]
No. 13 Danse des cygnes (Act II):
[3] iv Allegro moderato 1.27
5 73624 2, CD 1 [13 – BEGIN AT 5.54, END AT 7.21]
[4] v Andante non troppo – Allegro 5.58
5 73624 2, CD 1 [13 – BEGIN AT 8.40 END AT 14.38]
[5] No. 20 Danse hongroise (Act III) 2.54
[6] No. 21 Danse espagnole (Act III) 2.30
5 73624 2, CD 2 [8], [10]
Ida Haendel (Violin)
Rec. 26 – 28.V & 8 – 10.VI.1976; Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1976 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/ADD
Digital Remastering (P) 1988 by EMI Records Ltd.
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66
Highlights from the ballet

No. 8 Pas d’action (Act I)
[7] (a) Adagio ‘à la rose’ 6.12
5 73624 2, CD 3 [9 – END AT 6.12]
[8] No. 24 Pas de caractere (Le chat botté: Act III) 1.53
[9] No. 17 Panorama (Act II) 4.00
5 73624 2, CD 4 [11], [4]
[10] No. 6 Valse (Act I) 4.58
5 73624 2, CD 3 [7]
No. 28 Pas de deux (Act III)
[11] (e) Coda 1.21
5 73624 2, CD 4 [14 – BEGIN AT 9.19]
[12] No. 30 Finale et Apothéose (Act III) 8.06 5 73624 2, CD 4 [15]
Rec. 8 – 9.IV, 9 – 10.V. & 5, 27, 29.VI.1974;
No. 1 Abbey Road Studios, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1974 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/ADD
Digital Remastering (P) 1993 by EMI Records Ltd.
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71
Highlights from the ballet

[13] Miniatur Ouverture 3.25
[14] No. 2 Marche (Act I) 2.23
5 73624 2, CD 5 [1], [3]
No. 12 Divertissement (Act II):
[15] ii Café (danse arabe) 3.10
[16] iii Thé (danse chinoise) 1.05
[17] iv Trepak (danse russe) 1.05
[18] v Dance of the reed pipes 2.15
5 73624 2, CD 6 [4] – [7]
[19] No. 14 Pas de deux 4.55
[20] (a) Variation I (Tarantella) 0.39
[21] (b) Variation II (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy) – Coda 3.28
[22] No. 15 Final Waltz and Apotheosis 4.56
5 73624 2, CD 6 [10] – [13]
Rec. 1 – 4.V.1972; Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1972 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/ADD
Digital Remastering (P) 1992 by EMI Records Ltd.
TOTAL DURATION (approx) 78.30

CD 7
Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast
[1] Thus spake Isaiah 6.05
[2] If I forget thee, O Jerusalem 2.48
[3] By the waters of Babylon 3.41
[4] Babylon was a great city 4.25
[5] Praise ye the God of Gold 5.18
[6] Thus in Babylon the mighty city 3.24
[7] And in that same hour, as they feasted 2.18
[8] Then sing aloud to God our strength 4.15
[9] The trumpeters and pipers are silent 1.29
[10] Then sing aloud to God our strength 3.44
7 64723 2 [1] – [10]
John Shirley-Quirk (baritone)
London Symphony Chorus (chorus master Arthur Oldham)
Recorded in the presence of the composer
Rec. 29 & 30.III.1972; Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1972 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/ADD
Digital Remastering (P) 1986 by EMI Records Ltd.

Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme (“Enigma”), Op. 36
[11] Theme 1.17
[12] I. C.A.E. (the composer’s wife) 1.54
[13] II. H.D.S-P. (Hew David Steuart-Powell) 0.46
[14] III. R.B.T. (Richard Baxter Townshend) 1.22
[15] IV. W.M.B. (William Meath Baker) 0.30
[16] V. R.P.A. (Richard Penrose Arnold) 2.00
[17] VI. Ysobel (Isabel Fitton) 1.23
[18] VII. Troyte (Troyte Griffith) 0.59
[19] VIII. W.N. (Winifred Norbury) 1.58
[20] IX. Nimrod (A.J. Jaeger) 4.33
[21] X. Intermezzo: Dorabella (Dora Penny) 2.44
[22] XI. G.R.S. (George Robertson Sinclair) 0.56
[23] XII. B.G.N. (Basil G. Nevinson) 2.54
[24] XIII. Romanza: *** (Lady Mary Lygon) 2.43
[25] XIV Finale: E.D.U. (the composer) 5.07
3 82157 2 [5] – [19]
Rec. 27 & 28.XI.1978; No. 1 Abbey Road Studios, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1980 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/ADD
Digital Remastering (P) 2007 by EMI Records Ltd.
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on ‘Greensleeves’
[26] 3 82157 2 [3] 4.36
Rec. 30.XI.1971, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1972 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 2007 by EMI Records Ltd.
This compilation (P) 2009 by EMI Records Ltd. © EMI Records Ltd. 2009
TOTAL DURATION (approx) 73.40

CD 8
Holst: The Planets
[1] I. Mars, the Bringer of War 7.00
[2] II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace 8.39
[3] III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger 3.47
[4] IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity 7.39
[5] V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age 9.50
[6] VI. Uranus, the Magician 5.59
[7] VII. *Neptune, the Mystic 7.31
7 47160 2 [1] – [7] (i.e. ALL)
Rec. 28 & 29.IX.1973, Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1974 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 1985 by EMI Records Ltd.

Britten: “Peter Grimes” – Four Sea Interludes, Op. 33a
[8] I. Dawn (Lento e tranquillo) – 3.44
[9] II. Sunday Morning (Allegro spiritoso) – 3.48
[10] III. Moonlight (Andante comodo e rubato) – 4.23
[11] IV. Storm (Presto con fuoco) 4.29
5 62615 2 [4] – [7]
[n.b. minimum 5 sec. gap]
Britten: “Peter Grimes” – Passacaglia, Op. 33b
[12] 5 62615 2 [8] 7.26
Rec. 27 & 28.X.1974; No. 1 Abbey Road Studios, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1976 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/ADD
Digital Remastering (P) 2003 by EMI Records Ltd.
This compilation (P) 2009 by EMI Records Ltd. © EMI Records Ltd. 2009
TOTAL DURATION (approx) 75.05

CD 9
Orff: Carmina Burana
Cantiones profanae

Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi
[1] I. O Fortuna 2.48
[2] II. Fortune plango vulnera 2.49
I. Primo vere
[3] III. Veris leta facies 4.17
[4] IV. Omnia Sol temperat 2.07
[5] V. Ecce gratum 2.49
Uf dem Anger
[6] VI. Tanz 1.40
[7] VII. Floret silva 3.26
[8] VIII. Chramer, gip die varwe mir 3.18
[9] IX. Reie – Swaz hie gat umbe –
Chume, chum, geselle min – Swaz hie gat umbe 4.44
[10] X. Were du werit alle min 0.59
II. In taberna
[11] XI. Estuans interius 2.25
[12] XII. Olim lacus colueram 3.46
[13] XIII. Ego sum abbas 1.22
[14] XIV. In taberna quando sumus 3.24
III. Cours d’amour
[15] XV. Amor volat undique 3.28
[16] XVI. Dies, nox et omnia 2.17
[17] XVII. Stetit puella 2.14
[18] XVIII. Circa mea pectoral 2.12
[19] XIX. Si puer cum puellula 1.05
[20] XX. Veni, venu, venias 1.03
[21] XXI. In trutina 2.31
[22] XXII. Tempus est iocundum 2.23
[23] XXIII. Dulcissime 0.41
Blanziflor et Helena
[24] XXIV. Ave formosissima 1.59
Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi
[25] XXV. O Fortuna 2.48
5 66899 2 [1] – [25] (i.e. ALL)
Sheila Armstrong (soprano), Gerald English (tenor)
Thomas Allen (baritone)
St. Clement Danes Grammar School Boys’ Choir
(chorus director Audrey Clifford)
London Symphony Orchestra Chorus
(chorus master Arthur Oldham)
Rec. 25 – 27.XI.1974, Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1975 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 1997 by EMI Records Ltd.
Barber: Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
[26] 2 28275 2 [1] GB-AYC-88-03502 9.32
Rec. 15 & 16.XII.1976, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Producer: Suvi Raj Grubb
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1977 EMI Records Ltd. [091] STEREO/ADD
Digital remastering (P) 1988 by EMI Records Ltd.
This compilation (P) 2009 by EMI Records Ltd. © EMI Records Ltd. 2009
TOTAL DURATION (approx) 72.30

CD 10
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (orch. Ferde Grofé)
[1] Gervase de Peyer, clarinet 14.51
Gershwin: An American in Paris
[2] 18.09
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
[3] I. Allegro 12.53
[4] II. Adagio – Andante con moto 12.25
Howard Snell, trumpet
[5] III. Allegro agitato 6.37
André Previn, piano
Rec. 4 & 6.VI.1971; No. 1 Abbey Road Studios, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1971 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/ADD
Digital Remastering (P) 1998 by EMI Records Ltd.
Gershwin: Cuban Overture
[6] 5 69308 2, CD 2 [3] 10.39
Rec. 1 & 2.VII.1980; No. 1 Abbey Road Studios, London
Producer: Christopher Bishop
Balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(P) 1981 EMI Records Ltd STEREO/DDD
This compilation (P) 2009 by EMI Records Ltd. © EMI Records Ltd. 2009
TOTAL DURATION (approx) 75.05
London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn

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