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7 Oct 2010

Henry Wood / Queens Hall Orchestra - Vaughan Williams. Symphony 2, Wasps, Greensleeves - Decca 1936

Ralph Vaughan Williams:
Symphony no.2.  "A London Symphony"    
I: Lento - Allegro risoluto   ~  II: Lento   ~  III: Scherzo (Nocturne) Allegro vivace  ~
IV: Andante con moto - Maestoso alla marcia (quasi lento) - Allegro - Lento - Epilogue (Andante sostenuto) 
"The Wasps" - overture     (re-edited Sept.2012/uploaded as WAV)
Fantasia on "Greensleeves"                                                                    3 files zip FLAC/WAV  Mega Download
The Queens Hall Orchestra  (leader: George Stratton)   conducted by  Sir Henry Wood  
Decca  ACL 255    Issued 1965.  Matrices: ARL 6727 -2A / ARL 6728 -2A    First issued 1936 as Decca  X.114-18  &  K.821/2
Recorded: 21-22 April 1936 - Thames Street Studios.    Sleeve-note / 'The Times' 1936 review + Henry Wood's rebuttal >>>   

5 comments:

  1. Great version of thios symphony, thanks for your work in making it available!

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  2. Hello Ewan. I think so too.. 'The Times' article is distinctly harsh - as RVW's 'meandering passages' are difficult maintain 'tension': and you can sense a slight bit of that; but I was very pleased with these performances - which weren't too much of a chore to edit (the Boult Job/Tallis was another matter entirely..). I doubt if Wood's records were overly popular (on 78) - and this was one of Decca's rare reissues from shellac - as they scarcely bothered with their archive material - rather a pity.

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  3. Sincere thanks for this transfer.
    It's an estalished occupant of my
    virtual turntable.

    Novak.

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  4. I may upload the mono Halle/Barbirolli PYE version of the 'London' (the 1952 LPO/Boult is also excellent - the ACL transfer makes the EMI LPO/Haitink CD sound very poor).
    I'm a bit annoyed that I missed a 'click' @ 10:47.6620 on the Wood version - and have uploaded a corrected file - though it was barely audible, being in a loud passage...
    These are nice versions - and 'Greensleeves' has a touch of 'rusticity' that I don't recall in other versions.

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  5. I was not aware of any intrusive clicks. From my limited perspective I thought the recording very detailed despite the obvious restrictions in louder passages.
    One can never have too many'London's.
    The possible glimmer of a Barbirolli/Hallé version warms the veritable cockles.

    Novak.

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