Great Conductors of the 20th century: Sir John Barbirolli
The Barbirolli volume in the Great Conductors series focuses on relatively rare items in Sir John's discography. This Elgar Enigma Variations, for example, is his first stereo version, not the later, better-known one, which has a better orchestra. But this 1956 Pye release has a lot going for it, too, not least the extra touch of warmth in the string-centered slower variations like "Nimrod." There's also a long out-of-print Ravel Mother Goose Suite with the Halle winds a bit overextended, a heavyweight Meistersinger Act One Prelude, and a magnificent Love Duet from one of Barbirolli's rare complete opera recordings, Puccini's Madama Butterfly...
Sir John Barbirolli The Great Emi Recordings
- ASIN: B00005UUP0
- UPC: 724357510028