Royal Philharmonic Archive
Bruno Walter – The Complete Columbia Acoustic Recordings – Works of MENDELSSOHN, BERLIOZ, WEBER, WAGNER, & R. STRAUSS – Pristine Audio
The earliest Bruno Walter records reveal a committed Romantic conductor in music in the German tradition. Bruno Walter – The Complete Columbia Acoustic Recordings – WEBER: Overture to Der Freischuetz; MENDELSSOHN: Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61; BERLIOZ: Menuet of the Will-o’-the-Wisps from La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24; WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde: […]
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Sym. No. 2, “A London Symphony”; Sym. No. 8 ‒ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch. / Andrew Manze ‒ Onyx
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 2 in G, “A London Symphony”; Symphony No. 8 in d‒ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch. / Andrew Manze ‒ Onyx 4115, 75:33 (4/29/16) ****: Symphonies from the opposite ends of Vaughan Williams’ symphonic career. Interesting programming choice and fine performances. It’s interesting to note that Ralph Vaughan Williams’ first two symphonies […]
“Collage” – The Last Work of JAMES HORNER – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/ David Arnold & Royal Philharmonic/James Martin – Mercury Classics
“Collage” – The Last Work of JAMES HORNER [TrackList Follows] – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/ David Arnold & Royal Philharmonic/James Martin – Mercury Classics 481, 64:00 (9/23/16), 64:00 ****: A lovely tribute to the music of the late film composer James Horner. If you see any films you’ve doubtless heard the music of James Horner. He […]
Rostropovich – A Romantic Portrait – DVORAK/ SCHUMANN/ TCHAIKOVSKY – Mstislav Rostropovich, cello – Royal Philharmonic / Sir Adrian Boult/ Leningrad Philharmonic / Gennady Rozhdestvensky – Praga Digitals
Archival performances lovingly remastered and beautifully played.
“On With the Dance” = J. STRAUSS II: Artist’s Life Waltz, Op. 316; Wine, Women, and Song, Op. 333; CHOPIN (arr. Sargent): Les Sylphides; ROSSINI (arr. Respighi and Sargent): La Boutique Fantasque – Concert Suite; William Tell: Ballet Music: Passo a tre e Coro Tirolese; SCHUBERT: Rosamunde – Ballet Music No. 2 in G Major – Royal Philharmonic Orch./ Royal Opera House Orch., Covent Garden/ Sir Malcolm Sargent – Guild
A program of gracious light music, mostly from the ballet and the world of dance, led by Sir Malcolm Sargent.
Jascha Horenstein – RATHAUS: Symphony No. 3; KORNGOLD: Prelude and Carnival Music; SCHREKER: Prelude to a Drama – Royal Philharmonic Orch. (Korngold)/ London Sym. Orch. (Rathaus)/ BBC Sym. Orch. (Schreker)/ Jascha Horenstein – Pristine Audio
Jascha Horenstein pays tribute to his contemporaries of pre-WW I Vienna and Germany in three works.
ADAM: Giselle – Ballet Suite, ed. BUESSER; TCHAIKOVSKY: Nutcracker ballet Suite – Orch. du Theatre National De L’Opera Paris/ Richard Blareau/ Royal Philharmonic Orch./ George Weldon – Guild
Congenial performances of 1953 and 1960, of two ballet staples make a pleasant hour of listening, but visceral music these are not.
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A Major; Symphony No. 8 in F Major; Coriolan & Egmont Overtures; Symphony No. 8: Andante molto moto – cond. by Weingartner – Pristine Audio
Pristine issues the fourth installment of the 1927 Beethoven Centennial series, with Felix Weingartner.
Beecham conducts Mozart Symphonies, Vol. 2 = MOZART: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, “Prague”; Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major; Divertimento No. 2 in D Major – Royal Philharmonic Orch. – Pristine Audio
Vigor of style and athletic, tasteful exuberance mark the Beecham Mozart recordings expertly restored by Andrew Rose.
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1; RACHMANINOV: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – Natasha Paremski, p./ Royal Philharmonic Orch./ Fabien Gabel/ Royal Philharmonic Orch. – RPO
Affectionate and thoughtfully lyrical renderings of two Russian staples mark Paremski’s appearances in Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.
PETER MAXWELL DAVIES: Symphony No. 6 – Time and the Raven – An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise – Royal Philharmonic Orch./ Sir Peter Maxwell Davies – Naxos
Two out of the three works here are terrific!
KHACHATURIAN: Concerto-Rhapsody in B-flat minor; Sonata-Monologue; LYAPUNOV: Violin Concerto in D minor – Hideko Udagawa, v./ Royal Philharmonic Orch./ Alan Buribayev – Signum Classics
Violinist Hideko Udagawa has built an enviable reputation, with some specialization in the Russian romantics.
DOHNANYI plays DOHNANYI = Sonata in C-sharp Minor for Violin and Piano; Four Rhapsodies; Piano Concerto No. 2 – Albert Spalding, violin/ Erno von Dohnanyi, p./ Royal Philharmonic Orch./ Sir Adrian Boult – Pristine Audio
The long-defunct Remington label delivered some rare Erno von Dohnanyi inscriptions, along with the vintage EMI recording of the Piano Concerto No. 2 , faithfully restored by Pristine Audio.
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor; MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4, “Italian” – BBC Symphony Orch./ Royal Philharmonic Orch. (Mendelssohn)/ Sir Adrian Boult – ICA Classics
The veteran conductor Sir Adrian Boult delivers two high-powered readings of familiar classics that well attest to the security of his artistic discipline.
Kajanus conducts SIBELIUS, Vol. 2 = Belshazzar’s Feast; Karelia Suite: Intermezzo and Alla marcia; Symphony No. 2 – London Sym. Orch. (Belshazzar)/ Royal Philharmonic Orch./ Robert Kajanus – Naxos Historical
The second installment of the Kajanus Sibelius Edition proves as virtuosic and splendidly taut as the first, including a gripping account of the D Major Symphony from 1930.
GRIEG: Music for Peer Gynt – Ilse Hollweg, sop./ Beecham Choral Society/ Royal Philharmonic Orch./ Sir Thomas Beecham (1957) – EMI/Hi-Q Records
Another exceptional xrcd24, this time from a 1957 early stereo Abbey Road master.
The Columbia BEETHOVEN Centennial Symphony Series, Vol. 1 = Symphony No. 1 in C Major; Symphony No. 2 in D Major; Leonore Overture No. 3 in C Major – Sir Thomas Beecham & Sir Henry J. Wood, cond. – Pristine Audio
Pristine begins its cycle of the 1927 Beethoven Centennial recordings, featuring a manic interpretation of the D Major Symphony under Sir Thomas Beecham.
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 1 in E Minor; Pohjola's Daughter; Tapiola – Royal Philharmonic Orch./ London Sym. Orch./ Robert Kajanus – Naxos Historical
Kajanus set the gold standard for Sibelius symphony interpretation, and these restorations show us how.
Anatole Fistoulari Conducts Russian Concert Favorites = Works of GLINKA, TCHAIKOVSKY, BORODIN, GLAZUNOV, PROKOFIEV, RIMSKY-KORSAKOV – Guild
Émigré Fistoulari leads two crack British ensembles in music of his native Russia, popular favorites rendered with sonic audacity and verve.
ELGAR: Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85; Sea Pictures Op. 37; DELIUS: Songs of Farewell; A Song Before Sunrise; Cello Concerto – Jacqueline Du Pré, cello/other performers – EMI Classics Signature Series (2 discs)
A sonic updating of the gorgeous De Pré recording of the Elgar Concerto, as well as the Delius Cello Concerto.
MOZART: Requiem in D Minor; SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5 – soloists/ BBC Chorus/ Royal Philharmonic Orch./ Sir Thomas Beecham – Pristine
Beecham’s Mozart Requiem may not be that of Bruno Walter, but it revives our sense of a unique personal statement of faith.
ROBIN GIBB, RJ GIBB: Titanic Requiem – Rsvp Voices/ Royal Philharmonic Orch./ Cliff Masterson – Redbreast Records
Looks rather sensationalist and sounds rather beautiful—don’t pass this one by.