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Orchestral Music - BRAHMS, J. / ELGAR, E. / HAYDN, J. / HOLST, G. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. (Barbirolli in New York) (1959)

Orchestral Music - BRAHMS, J. / ELGAR, E. / HAYDN, J. / HOLST, G. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. (Barbirolli in New York) (1959)

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2011


New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra


John Barbirolli


John Barbirolli


Maureen Forrester


John Barbirolli


Berl Senofsky


Westminster Choir



Carnegie Hall, New York


Record Label
West Hill Radio Archives


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 301:11
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Orchestral Music - BRAHMS, J. / ELGAR, E. / HAYDN, J. / HOLST, G. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. (Barbirolli in New York) (1959)




Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77


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1 I. Allegro non troppo 23:11
2 II. Adagio 9:48
3 III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo 8:08
 Berl Senofsky Soloist



The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

4 Part I: Prelude 10:19
5 Part I: Jesu, Maria - I am near to death 6:27
6 Part I: Rouse thee, my fainting soul 4:06
7 Part I: Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus 5:20
8 Part I: I can no more; for now it comes again 5:57
9 Part I: Profiscere, anima Christiana 6:37

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1 Part II: Introduction 1:55
2 Part II: I went to sleep 3:54
3 Part II: My work is done 8:42
4 Part II: Low-born clods of brute earth 4:47
5 Part II: I see not those false spirits 3:19
6 Part II: Praise to the Holiest 5:21
7 Part II: And now the threshold 8:21
8 Part II: The judgment now is near 7:18
9 Part II: Be merciful, be gracious 6:48
10 Part II: Softly and gently 6:26
 Maureen Forrester Soloist

Introduction and Allegro, Op. 47

 John Barbirolli Soloist

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Symphony No. 88 in G major, Hob.I:88

1 I. Adagio - Allegro 6:37
2 II. Largo 6:51
3 III. Minuetto 4:00
4 IV. Finale 3:32
 John Barbirolli Conductor



Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan"

5 I. Langsam, schleppend - Immer sehr gemachlich 14:09
6 II. Kraftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell 8:45
7 III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen 11:19
8 IV. Sturmisch bewegt 19:01
 John Barbirolli Conductor

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An Elizabethan Suite

1 I. The Earl of Salisbury's Pavane (after W. Byrd) 2:17
2 II. Irishe hoe-hoane (after the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book) 1:54
3 III. A Toye (after G. Farnaby) 1:14
4 IV. Giles Farnaby's Dreame (after G. Farnaby) 1:33
5 V. The King's Hunt (after J. Bull) 5:01
 John Barbirolli Conductor



The Planets, Op. 32

6 I. Mars, the Bringer of War 7:28
7 II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace 8:42
8 III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger 3:59
9 VI. Uranus, the Magician 6:41
10 IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity 8:16
 John Barbirolli Conductor



Symphony No. 8 in D minor

11 I. Fantasia (Variazioni senza tema) 11:15
12 II. Scherzo alla marcia 3:50
13 III. Cavatina 8:22
14 IV. Toccata 5:11
 John Barbirolli Conductor
 John Barbirolli Conductor

John Barbirolli conducted the New York Philharmonic from 1936 to 1943, when he took over the Hallé Orchestra. Some fifteen years later he returned to New York to conduct the Philharmonic in a series of concerts featuring English repertoire rarely heard by Americans, along with standard classical works. Most important among the English works he played was one that had long been central to his life as a musician and conductor: Elgar’s masterpiece, The Dream of Gerontius. It was a work Sir John described as being 
written by Elgar “in a constant white heat of inspiration” Performing with him, and making their US debut, were the English tenor Richard Lewis (who would become arguably the finest Gerontius of his generation), and two Canadians: contralto Maureen Forrester, and baritone Morley Meredith. The chorus was the famous Westminster Choir, which had made its Philharmonic debut with Sir John back in 1939.
After the Elgar cycle Sir John wrote home to say: “For each performance beloved Carnegie Hall, which holds three thousand, was absolutely full. It’s a great tribute to the New York audience – and it was a great thing for me – that they should come to The Dream like that: twelve thousand of them in four days. You see, once people hear this music they cannot withstand the fascination and beauty of it.” Critic Howard Taubman, no fan of Sir John, conceded: “in his month as guest conductor with the Philharmonic [Barbirolli] has not evoked such fine-fibered playing [as this] from the orchestra.” The Dream of Gerontius was not heard at the Philharmonic again until 2001. This was a work that Barbirolli held in the highest esteem, and he conducted it many times all over the world. After Sir John’s death on 29 July 1970, his own Hallé Orchestra gave a performance of the work in his memory in Manchester.
On the whole the critics were full of praise for Sir John, and his return to the rostrum of the Philharmonic was a triumph. Irving Kolodin summed it up when he noted “changes, refinements, mellowings ... Where the old (that is to say the young) Barbirolli endeavoured to accomplish his intentions by sheer force and an over-production of effort, the new (which is to say the older) Barbirolli does it with full confidence in the sense and validity of his musical ideas, plus a mature technique in the art of persuasion.” Of all the accolades he received, there was one that delighted him the most, and that came from a perceptive critic who mentioned the presence of “a golden luster absent from the Philharmonic string section for fully fifteen years.”
Here are the best performances of Sir John’s 1959 visit to New York, previously unissued, in state of-the-art digital restorations.
“These are wonderful performances, adding a bit of New York Philharmonic muscle to the warmth of Barbirolli’s conducting.”
Henry Fogel - Fanfare 

“Recommended without hesitation to Barbirolli collectors, especially for the Elgar, Vaughan Williams, and Mahler.” 
Nigel Simeone - International Record Review

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