Sir John Barbirolli - Bax & Vaughan Williams  (EMI CDM5 65110)
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Sir John Barbirolli - Bax & Vaughan Williams  (EMI CDM5 65110)
C1875. SIR JOHN BARBIROLLI Cond. London Symphony Orch.: Tintagel (Bax), recorded 1965; SIR JOHN BARBIROLLI Cond. Philharmonia Orchestra: Symphony No. 5 in D (Vaughan Williams), recorded 1962. EMI CDM5 65110. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 724356511026


“Barbirolli’s [Bax] reading, like Weldon’s with the same orchestra, is characterised by warmth, sensitivity and a powerful sense of drama. His opening paragraph, with every line clearly audible, conveys an exciting sense of anticipation, and no other conductor moulds the love-theme so passionately. Flexible, romantic expression does not rule out controlled shaping, and Barbirolli builds surely to a very broad climax, from which the lingering sunset-glow of the postlude flows most naturally�.for its beauty and epic sweep this much-loved recording remains a benchmark; and its 2007 incarnation (a well-merited appearance in EMI's Great Recordings series) restores the sense of space - particularly around the brass - which had gone missing in the earlier, somewhat congested-sounding CD issues.�

- Christopher Webber, THE SIR ARNOLD BAX website

“Barbirolli's interpretation of the Fifth Symphony has never been surpassed in tenderness. He particularly cherished this work based on music from Vaughan Williams' opera THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, and made its first recording in the 1940s. At the end of the slow movement he said he found a vision of ‘our God in Heaven� to match J.S. Bach's, and the rapture that sustains the passage at a very slow tempo is one of the miracles of this indispensable 1962 recording.�

- Alan G. Artner, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 26 March, 1995

“In 1917, Sir Arnold Bax spent an idyllic six-week holiday at Tintagel, on the north coast of Cornwall, and was inspired by this to write his well-known, evocative tone-poem. TINTAGEL creates a stirring impression of the castle-crowned cliff and Atlantic on a sunny summer’s day, and features some of the most vivid sea music ever written. If you have never had the pleasure of hearing this enchanting and evocative 15 minute masterpiece, please do so. You will love it!�

- Stenka Razin, 17 April, 2008