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02/01/2013

George Malcolm... J.S.Bach recital / "Mr Malcolm Goes to Town" - Decca 1961/2

J. S. Bach:   Side One:  Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor,  BWV 903   /    Italian Concerto in F major,  BWV 971 
Side Two:  Toccata and Fugue in D major BWV 912    /     French Suite No.5 in G major,  BWV 816         
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Decca  SDD 272  (original issue SXL 2259)   1972 LP/matrices: ZAL 4894 -3W / ZAL 4895 -2W  
Recorded: Side One: 30 January 1959 / Side Two: 24/25 March 1960 - West Hampstead Studios 2/1

Templeton:  Bach Goes to Town    /    Malcolm:  Bach Before the Mast    //   
Paradies:  Toccata   /    Daquin:  The Cuckoo    /   
Rimsky-Korsakov (arr: Malcolm):  The Flight of the Bumble-Bee
Decca  CEP 5502
(mono)  1962 45 EP/matrices: EFF 2499 / 2500 -1C      
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Recorded:  24/25 March 1960 - West Hampstead Studio 1           George Malcolm, harpsichord          Sleeve-notes >>>


4 comments:

  1. Thank you, Frank, the 45 in particular was absolutely delectable. Igor Kipnis also recorded "Bach Goes to Town" on the harpsichord but I like Malcolm's better.

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    1. Initially this was prompted by SATYR's dubbing of Malcolm's older Scarlatti mono recital (an LP I've never been able to 'get to grips with') - and the Bach recital really was fine (fascinating changes in registration...).

      I was tempted to use some 'noise reduction' on the 45 as they are rarely particularly quiet - though the tape-to-disc transfer was@ high level - which disguised some 'crackle'.

      Malcolm certainly provides virtuoso playing (not heard the Kipnis version: in fact don't recall having/heard a single Kipnis LP !!)

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  2. stradivinsky15 December, 2013

    This was truly a delight to encounter. I've been looking for a recording, any recording, of "Bach Before the Mast" since the first and only time I heard it on a Kieth Emerson LP sometime in the early '80s.

    The transfers are wonderful and Malcolm's virtuosity is marvelous

    Many Thanks

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    1. There's another Malcolm composition (don't have: never seen) of Mozart Variations (in HMV CLP1120) from 1957.

      (A 2009 Decca discography shows this in Decca ('Weekend'; 2CD set?) issued 1995 - 444 390.2DWO - with additional later CD releases?)

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