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4 Mar 2013

George Weldon conducts... Elgar -&- Handel - EMI 1954/1960

G.F. Handel: arr. Hamilton Harty    "Water Music" - suite   /   "Royal Fireworks" - suite     2 files zip FLAC Mega Download
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  George Weldon  
HMV  XLP 20033.  mono matrices: 2YEA 1976 -4N / 2YEA 1977 -2N      Recorded: 1960. EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road

Sir Edward Elgar:
"Sea Pictures", op.37  -  (Gladys Ripley, Contralto)  
"In the South" (Alassio), op.50  
HMV  XLP 30008. (Columbia 33SX 1028)   1962 pressing/matrices: XAX 526 -3N / XAX 527 -3N 

G.F. Handel, arr. Elgar:  Overture in D  (Chandos Anthem No. 2)
G.F. Handel: "Solomon" -  Sinfonia; Arrival of the Queen of Sheba / Occasional oratorio - March  
Columbia  SED 5516    1958 pressing/matrices: 7TCA215 -3N / 7TCA216 -2N       4 files zip FLAC  Mega Download 
London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  George Weldon          Rec: 19 February 1954 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road.  Info / sleeve-notes >>>
"Sea Pictures" was supposedly recorded 26 February 1954 @ Abbey Road  - so either EMI made a post-production re-recording mess - or the tape was replayed @ Kingsway Hall - adding the Organ that way. In any event the sound is quite poor-quality - which precluded my adding it to the 2009 post.
The Handel/RPO was issued on CD (Royal Classics ROY 6442 -1994). This mono version was released before the stereo LP and has excellent sound + superb orchestral playing.
Handel/RPO files from February 2012. In the South/Overture: 29 October 2009 post: re-edited.