BOULT, SIR ADRIAN From Bach to Wagner. EMI 11cds

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Boult Sir Adrian From Bach To Wagner Emi 11Cds

SIR ADRIAN BOULT

From Bach to Wagner

CD1

BACH Brandenburg Concertos 1-4

CD2

BACH Brandenburg Concertros 5 & 6

MOZART Symphony No. 41 K551 ‘Jupiter’

CD3

MOZART Symphony No. 35 K385 ‘Haffner’. Die Zauberflote – Overture

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’. Coriolan Overture

CD4

SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9 D944 ‘Great’

BEETHOVEN Die Ruinen von Athen – Overture and Turkish March

JOHANN STRAUSS I Radetzky-Marsch

SUPPE Dichter and Bauer – Overture

WAGNER

CD5

A Faust Overture

Rienzi – Der fliegende Hollander – Tannhauser – Overtures

Tannhauser – Grand March – Loengrin – Prelude to Act 1

CD6

Lohengrin – Prelude to Act III – Tristan und Isolde – Preludes to Acts I and III

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg – Preludes to Acts I and III

Der Ring des Nibelunger – Orchestral highlights

CD7

Parsifal – Orchestral highlights – Siegfried Idyll

WOLF Italian Serenade

BRAHMS

CD8

Symphony No. 1 – Haydn Variation

CD9

Symphony No. 2 – Academic Festival Overture – Tragic Overture

CD10

Symphonies 3 & 4

CD11

Serenades 1 & 2 – Alto Rhapsody

With Dame Janet Baker

London Philharmonic Orchestra – London Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra

Sir Adrian Boult

Sir Adrian Boult may be known above all for his championship of English music, but his unobtrusive mastery also paid stimulating dividends in the central repertoire of Austro-German symphonies and opera. This collection of his stereo recording for EMI ranges from sprightly Bach, through stylish Mozart and characteristically clear-headed Wagner, to a set of Brahms’s symphonies and serenades that has always been treasured for its passion and insight.

Sir Adrian Boult was born on 8th April, 1889 in Chester and died on 22nd February 1983 in London and hence next year we mark 30 years since his passing. From an early age he was attending concerts, firstly in Liverpool, primarily with Hans Richter, and then in London, whilst a pupil at Westminster School, by Sir Henry Wood, Claude Debussy, Arthur Nikisch and Richard Strauss; he also met Elgar for whose music he was to do so much during his life. He started studying History at Christ Church, Oxford but changed to music graduating in 1912. Among musical friends at Oxford was Ralph Vaughan Williams with whose compositions he is much associated.

He spent a year studying in Leipzig where Arthur Nikisch had the greatest influence on him. He gained experience conducting for both the Royal Opera House, where he assisted in the first production there of Wagner’s Parsifal , and Serge Diaghilev’s ballet company. He was appointed conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1924 and six years later the BBC made him director of music where he established the BBC Symphony Orchestra and became its chief conductor. During these years he introduced works by Bartók, Stravinsky and the Second Viennese School composers – Schönberg, Webern and Berg including his opera Wozzeck.

Forced to leave the BBC when he reached their retirement age, he became chief conductor of the LPO retiring in 1957. Although he worked with the other London Orchestras he was generally associated with them and this set of recordings bears this out. He became a champion of British music, giving numerous performances of Bliss, Britten, Delius, Tippett, Walton and Holst, whose Planets he had premiered, and the aforementioned Elgar and Vaughan Williams that he was primarily associated. His repertoire was wide from Baroque through to modern but it was the main period of Mozart to Brahms where he was pre-eminent. He continued conducting concerts and recordings until 1978.

EMI 11cds 6356572

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