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02/03/2012

Boyd Neel conducts... Handel. Water Music - Decca 1954

G. F. Handel:  
"The Water Music"   (Arnold edition)    
Side One:  Overture - Adagio e staccato - Allegro - Andante - Moderato - Air - Bouree & Hornpipe  
Side Two:  Allegro molto - Allegro - Minuet - Aria - Lentement - Allegro - Minuet - Coro - Air - Hornpipe       
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The Boyd Neel Orchestra  conducted by  Boyd Neel.   
Decca  ACL 19  (originally LXT 2988)   1958 pressing/matrices: ARL 2996 -1Dr / ARL 2997 -1Dr    
Recorded: 21 July 1954  -  Decca West Hampstead Studios       Not on CD                    

8 comments:

  1. Lovely work with the transfer, hearty thanks! Marvellous playing!
    Do you have a L'Oiseau Lyre LP OLS 144 with Arnold Goldsbrough playing harpsichord, Handel and Purcell? That might be worth transferring. If you can eliminate the electronic stereo, that would be even better!

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    1. I don't think that OLS series sold too well - as only have a small number.
      Did recently acquire a '99pee Oxfam' Thurston Dart/Purcell: Argo RG82 (Harpsichord/Clavichord) but only the first LP (the second includes a 'missing' suite that could've been on the first dsc - the second is otherwise 'oddments').
      EMG Monthly Letter never liked the Water Music - calling the playing 'routine' - but there does seem less 'grace' in the playing in the later numbers - so possibly there was an element of haste in the single days session/s ??
      I did originally transfer this some 3 years back - but it was uploaded as a low data mp3 - the Britten was too large to upload then with a 20MB max file size (2hours via dial-up!)....despite the excellent performance - so couldn't make it available.

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  2. Thanks for these 2 beautiful posts !
    Do you have a copy of the Royal Fireworks under Boyd Neel?
    ....and do you intend to post Matinées et Soirées under Cree? Would be fantastic !!

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    1. I don't think Boyd Neel recorded that! (?? - for Decca Beinum/COA did - with the LPO Water Music suite: something I may re-upload - initially did that a few years back) - but he did the Handel Conc. Grossi op.3 - I uploaded that some 3 years back as an mp3 from LXT 5020.

      The Cree recordings I was going to couple with Collins (also 'New SO') Elgar/RVW String Music (LXT 2699 - from an excellent later recut: + have one side on an early '60's ACL c/w Collins - Delius) - but might add another LP..possibly some Collins or Boult.

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  3. I believe the Boyd Neel/Britten is from ACL 229 not ACL 241.
    Regards

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  4. Thanks for your reply.The Beinum I have.
    I never heard either of the Neel/Fireworks until I saw an ad for.......a ringstone with that title !!!!! that made very curious.......you can hear it at http://sonneries.livefun.fr/the-boyd-neel-orchestra-of-london/royal-fireworksopening-allegro.htm

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  5. Thanks for this beautiful transfer!

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  6. Wonderful music-making and excellent transfer! Many thanks!
    Have you come across any of Anthony Bernard's records, including those for Record Society? Can you give us any of those, please?

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