C1902. ADRIAN BOULT Cond.: JOB - A Masque for Dancing; THE WASPS - Overture (both Vaughan Williams); MALCOLM ARNOLD Cond.: FOUR SCOTTISH DANCES (Cond. by the COMPOSER) (all w.London Phil.). Everest 20 bit digital Stereo EVC 9006, recorded 1959, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London. - 723918900629
“Just prior to the Second World War, Sir Adrian Boult (1889–1983) single-handedly built the BBC Symphony Orchestra into a world-renowned ensemble that attracted such artists as Arturo Toscanini, Serge Koussevitzky and Bruno Walter to conduct it. After retiring from the BBC S.O. in 1950, Boult became chief conductor of the London Philharmonic until 1957. He continued to guest conduct and record prolifically until 1978 and enjoyed an ‘Indian summer’ in the studio with both English music (Vaughan Williams and Elgar) and nineteenth-century German repertoire (Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert and Wagner). His early studies at the Leipzig Conservatory with Max Reger and with the charismatic conductor Arthur Nikisch, who knew Brahms, gave Boult a unique understanding of this composer.
Boult’s period in Leipzig also brought him in touch with the music of Mendelssohn, who had founded the Conservatory as well as being appointed as conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra."
“It would be a pity if the 'pseudo-intellectualism' that prevailed for a generation were to disallow Malcolm Arnold his 'grand, grand' achievement. It would be a tragedy if 'informed' opinion were to 'rubbish' a work like the Scottish Dances simply because it was sentimental and full of fun and 'damned good tunes'.”
- John France, musicweb-international