SCHUBERT Symphony No. 4 Tragic BRITTEN Serenade for tenor, horn and strings SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2. Gerald English, Hermann Baumann, Kolner Rundfunk-Sinfonie Orchester / Sir John Barbirolli. ICA Classics 2cds

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Schubert Symphony No 4 John Barbirolli Ica Classics 2Cds

SIR JOHN BARBIROLLI

CD1

SCHUBERT

Symphony No.4 ‘Tragic’

BRITTEN

Serenade for tenor, horn and strings

Gerald English (TENOR)

Hermann Baumann (HORN)

CD2

SIBELIUS

Symphony No.2

Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie Orchester / Sir John Barbirolli

SAAL 1, FUNKHAUS, COLOGNE, 7 FEBRUARY 1969

STEREO · WDR

Sir John Barbirolli (1899–1970), born in London of Italian and French parentage, is remembered above all as conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, which he helped save from dissolution in 1943 and conducted for the rest of his life. Earlier in his career he was Arturo Toscanini’s successor as music director of the New York Philharmonic, serving from 1936 to 1943. He was also chief conductor of the Houston Symphony from 1961 to 1967, and was a guest conductor of many other orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Berlin Philharmonic

and the Vienna Philharmonic, with all of which he made recordings.

Both in the concert hall and on record, Barbirolli was particularly associated with the music of English composers such as Elgar, Delius and Vaughan Williams. His interpretations of other late-Romantic

composers, such as Mahler and Sibelius, as well as of Classical and early-Romantic composers, including Schubert, are also very much admired.

These recordings have never been released on CD before. They represent live accounts of music by composers with whom Barbirolli was very much associated, notably Schubert and Sibelius. Barbirolli never recorded Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, so the present release represents a new addition to his large discography. It features the wonderful singing of Gerald English, who was closely

associated with Britten, and the great horn-playing of the German master Hermann Baumann.

The only other recording Barbirolli made of Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 was with the New York Philharmonic in 1939, so this 1969 live performance with the KRSO in excellent stereo is essential for any

collector in this great conductor’s work.

Even though Barbirolli made four studio recordings of the Sibelius Symphony No.2, this performance in Cologne is live and has extra adrenalin and excitement.

Sample Tracks

Schubert: Symphony No.4 – IV Allegro

Sibelius: Symphony No.2 – III Vivacissimo

ICA Classics 2cds ICAC5096

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