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Great Conductors of the 20th Century: Adrian Boult

Great Conductors of the 20th Century: Adrian Boult

Great Conductors of the 20th Century¬†was a 2CD series from IMG Artists and EMI featuring famous conductors of the 20th century. As per the norm, the website has disappeared, so here is all the information [and more] that was included for this great series. All these rare recordings, with the exception of a stunning Theme & Variations from Tchaikovsky’s Suite No.3, are issued on CD for the first time. With the exception of Walton’s ‘Portsmouth Point’, the repertoire is non-British…

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Sibelius Symphony 4

Sibelius Symphony 4

Sibelius recordings on the whole have been good to excellent. Over the years many conductors have traversed the Symphonies and Tone Poems with much success. A few performances stand out for me, and Ashkenazy with the Philharmonia Orchestra’s recording of Symphony 4 is a favorite. One of the early London digital recordings from 1981, I still play the LP. It has since been incorporated into several collections and the latest is of all 7 symphonies plus other works at a…

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Sibelius: Symphonies Box Sets

Sibelius: Symphonies Box Sets

Jean Sibelius’ set of 7 symphonies, usually with some of his tone poems as fillers, have been well-served in some great box sets. EMI has recently released the 70’s era recordings by Paavo Berglund and the Bournemouth SO, another good option in the Sibelius box set arena. While the CD set is around $20 [most of the box sets are from $20-25] the MP3 version is at a paltry $9.99 and moves to the front of the bargain list. Back…

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