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16 Oct 2010

William Walton conducts... Belshazzar's Feast ~ Viola Concerto ~ Sinfonia concertante, etc. - HMV 1936-1951

"Belshazzar's Feast"    Dennis Noble, baritone - Huddersfield Choral Society - Brass Bands - Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: 3 & 10 January 1943,  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.  (HMV C.3340-4)  
"Henry V" -Passacaglia, Touch her soft lips and part. Philharmonia String Orch.  Rec: Oct.1945 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road  (HMV C.3480)
Comedy Overture, "Scapino"   The Philharmonia Orchestra   Rec: 19 October 1951,  Kingsway Hall.  (HMV DB.21499)
Facade".  suite:   Fanfare ~ Scotch Rhapsody ~ Valse ~ Tango pasadoble ~ Swiss Yodelling Song ~ Country Dance ~ Polka ~ Noche Espagnole** ~ Popular Song ~ Old Sir Faulk** ~ Tarantella Sevillana.   London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recorded: 5 March 1936 & 25 October 1938 (**) - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road  (HMV C.2836/7, C.3042**)
Spitfire Prelude & Fugue.   The Hallé Orchestra.  Recorded: 24 June 1943. Houldsworth Hall, Manchester.  (HMV C.3359)
"Siesta".  London Philharmonic Orchestra.   Recorded: 25 October 1938. - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road  (HMV C.3042)    
HMV  ED 29 0715    Reissued 1986.  Matrices: 2 / 1.                                             6 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
Viola Concerto  -   William Primrose, viola  ~ The Philharmonia Orchestra. Rec: 22/23 July 1946. - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road  (HMV  DB.6309-11)
Sinfonia concertante for orch.with piano.   Phyllis Sellick, piano  ~ City of Birmingham Orchestra.   Rec: 8 Aug.1945,  Town Hall, Dudley. (HMV C.3478-80)  
2 files zip FLAC Mega Download
HMV  EH 29 1276   Reissued 1987  -&-  EMI World Records  SH 128    Sleeve-note + HMV ALP  "Belshazzar's Feast" sleeve/ sleevenote >>>

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for this wonderful series
    of transfers.

    Novak

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  2. Hello Novak . Well, it's not just you who is downloading them!!.. I've a lot more in the 'historic' British Composers series. Given time might upload some more if they are not currently on CD.. The 'Belshazzar' here is quite remarkably good (far superior to the old ALP transfer) - but the later, mid-1980's, HMV Treasury are usually a bit too 'digital/clinical' for my liking (the Viola Concerto - very interesting to hear in the earlier orchestration - probably sounds totally different compared to my new original 78 set).

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    1. Oliver Nunn22 July, 2017

      Thanks so much for these Walton uploads.I have the old ALP transfer of the Belshazzars Feast, but the sound here is considerably better.

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    2. These are becoming Historical transfers, themselves..
      Possibly my faulty recollection, but the ALP transfer was used again (the original metalwork likely scrapped) for a CD release?? Shame I don't have the Decca Eclipse Facade from 78's.

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  3. Fascinating.A fabulous collection of English music,the historical interest is immense.
    If it is possible,I would like to make a plea for an underrated composer Sir Arthur Bliss.I have been exploring his music and finding it most rewarding.

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  4. 'Delays' being what they are when it comes to the 'tortuous' editing process I had intended combining the previous Bliss pre-war 'Things' with his stereo version (RCA SB - original LP) - and was casting a glance towards a 1968 Readers Digest set where one LP is of him conducting the NPO (mainly British music). Do have the ancient Nixa/Concert Hall LP (new..) of Mewton-Wood playing the Piano Concerto - have a superb Ace of Clubs transfer of the Violin Concerto (Campoli) also ACL/LXT's of the Colour Symphony, etc..then there's the 'Checkmate' ballet - which sounds excellent in the original WRC pressing (not so good as SXLP) + quite a lot more (mostly later stereos). One of his compositions I like is the ASD 2 Piano Concerto (Smith/Sellick) - though that's on CD now (as with the Arnold; though the Jacob concerto hasn't been). Will see how things go - but don't want to exclusively concentrate on British music (which could easily keep me 'busy'....).

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