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Barbirolli at the Proms

  • Franz Joseph Haydn:
  • Overture: 'L'Isola Disabitata' (The Uninhabited Island)
  • 'The Creation' - 'And God Created Man - In Native Worth'
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony #1 in C minor, Op. 68
David Galliver, tenor
Hallé Orchestra/John Barbirolli
Guild GHCD2320 56m ADD Rec 1954
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The enterprising Swiss label Guild has now branched out into proper historical recordings that are excellently remastered, a far cry from their rather quirky 'Immortal Performances' series that had some distinct sonic troubles, to put it mildly.

This fine taping of Sir John Barbirolli's recording of Brahms' Symphony #1 with the Halle' Orchestra from a 1954 Promenade Concert is well worth reissue with its sweeping First Movement and heroic Finale.

I was pleasantly surprised by the clarity of the recording from the Royal Albert Hall with particular emphasis on the Halle's strings, a glorious ensemble in those heady days of the 1950's. The Haydn items are rarities, a bold interpretation of the overture from the opera, 'L'Isola Disabitata' and an aria from 'The Creation' sung by the underrated David Galliver are also extremely welcome. Thumbs up to this first issue from Guild and may we have many more rarities from the historical arena.

Copyright © 2007, Gerald Fenech