C0249. GEORGE WELDON Cond. London S.O. & Philharmonia Orch.: Vaughan Williams, Holst & Bax. (England) Dutton CDCLP 4002, recorded 1953 & 1955. Transfers by Michael J. Dutton. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 765387400228
“George Weldon succeeded Leslie Heward as Musical Director of the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1943, quickly becoming a firm favourite with audiences. He was soon spotted by Walter Legge at EMI and embarked on a recording career that was to last right up to his death. In 1951, Weldon was appointed Associate Conductor of the Halle at the behest of Sir John Barbirolli, who spoke of him in the warmest terms. Sadly, a combination of poor health and increasing disaffection checked the modest Weldon’s progress, and, tragically, he eventually took his own life whilst on a guest-conducting tour of South Africa.
The performances on this welcome Dutton retrospective are honest, sensitive and thoroughly professional (the orchestral playing is always first-rate….The best items here are a stately, sonorous St Paul’s Suite (such sumptuous Philharmonia string-tone in the finale), the rumbustious Marching Song and a meticulous, if slightly under-energized TINTAGEL. Elsewhere, however, one can’t help but register a certain strait-laced efficiency about Weldon’s readings….Needless to say, recordings of 1953-5 vintage have come up with irrepressible vividness.”
- Andrew Achenbach, GRAMOPHONE