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2 Feb 2013

Britten. Frank Bridge Variations (Boyd Neel) ... Soirees -&- Matinees Musicales (Edgar Cree) - Decca 1953/4

Britten:  Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, op.10 **
Boyd Neel String Orchestra  conducted by  Boyd Neel 
Rossini, arr: Britten:  Soirees musicales, op.9 
Rossini, arr: Britten:   Matinees musicales, op.24
New Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Edgar Cree  
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Decca  ACL 229  1964 LP/matrices: ARL 6241 -2A / ARL 6242 -2A
Recorded: 15 April 1953 / 29 Sept.1954 - Decca West Hampstead Studios.  Original issues: Decca LXT2790 / London W91075
(**) March 2012 file: re-edited. 'Musicales' aren't overly analytical recordings..   Dec.2014  +1.4dB Treble EQ      Sleeve-note >>>   


8 comments:

  1. I'm so grateful for the Britten/Boyd Neel . I used to have this LP, in fact I may still do so, but several house moves later I'm not sure where it is, if it is. I always considered it a thoughtful performance - I find Britten's own to be just too keen to point out the references to other composers, rather than let us find them. I like Menuhin's for the same reason.
    Keep at it please!
    Andrew Smith

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    1. I think someone asked for this 'flip-side' when I'd uploaded the Frank Bridge Variations with Handel's Water-Music (BTW: have the 1938 Boyd Neel FBV 78 album: X-226/8).

      You've missed-out mentioning Irving's excellent 'Musicales' from 1958 - which I've always ignored as think it's on CD (have the mono CLP/stereo SXLP) -coupled with the 1953 Arnold: English Dances.

      Christopher Breunig (HFN/RR, early '70's) considered the Cree to have superb sound: but the early 10" received a negative comment - and does appear too 'damped' by lots of Orchestral Players in the Studio.

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  2. Hi,

    The acceptable face of Britten - he is highly overated, as is JS Bach.

    Most of the Britten canon is inaccessible to me - the Mattines and Soirees are highly tuneful and happy music, unlike most of his other work.

    Thanks for the upload.

    Cheers,

    Douglas (UK)

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    1. 'Too Facile' !!!!!!
      You might like Abrams early stereo performance (HMV) of the Piano Concerto: but am mindful that almost everything on LP (pre 1963) is on CD which these aren't (except for a Naxos dubbing?)

      Decca's mono LP version of 'Prince of the Pagodas' hasn't been available for almost 45 years: much of that score is 'ear-tickling' - and tuneful - in a slightly 'severe' manner.

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  3. Indeed Tin Ear, I hadn't overlooked the Irving Soirees/Matinees. I have it on the CLP coupled with the Arnold English Dances - with the splendid cover of the drop curtain for the 'Solitaire' ballet. Thanks for reminding me of the PotP set - I have just rescued it from my partner's attempt to reduce my LP collection. It does need reducing, another removal looms, but some things are too precious and I must stay resolute. I think I have the Abrams - must check (and search that 'weeding out' box!).

    AS

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    1. I'd a vague idea of uploading another Britten/Decca mono with this..but as 'they're are all on CD' - only justified if the 'LP sound' was better; however I'm rarely willing to do more than a few 'duplicates'.

      From the technical viewpoint some time back would've liked to have uploaded Pears' Facade/Illuminations/STHS - as they sound so good (as do many Decca re-cuts: RVW-Boult /Collins-RVW/Elgar(LXT 2699: that not on CD?).

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  4. Thank you once again. As for Britten & Bach being overrated, I don't think so. Bach is the cornerstone of western music and Britten the finest 20th Century composer of opera. That's pretty good all things considered.

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    1. Douglas probably performed such material; so all those intricate 'repetitions' may have palled over time..

      Whilst uploads don't necessarily reflect my 'taste/s', JSB is, intellectually, a fascinating listen - and intended transferring a couple of HMV/Germani organ discs (mono/stereo) last year; being 'a fan' of his playing-style.

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