Legacy

  • Sir Adrian Boult: Holst The Planets, works by Vaughan Williams, Walton & Butterworth

    COMPOSERS Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton, George Butterworth ARTISTS Sir Adrian Boult, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Alan Harverson
  • Carlo Maria Giulini: Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro (Richard Itter Collection)

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    Carlo Maria Giulinis celebrated studio recording of Le nozze di Figaro was recorded in September 1959 following a live performance at the Royal Festival Hall a few days earlier. Nearly 18 months later on 6th February 1961 there was another RFH performance but with a substantially different cast from that on disc. Only two roles the Countess (Elisabeth Schwarzkopf) and Antonio (Piero Cappuccilli) were sung by the same artists.
  • Robert Casadesus (Richard Itter Collection)

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    Robert Casadesus (1899-1972) was a renowned 20th-century French pianist and composer who knew and worked with Ravel. He was especially known for his celebrated performances of the Mozart Concertos accompanied on record by George Szell – Gramophone called it ‘exquisite Mozart playing’, as well as his recordings of Ravel, Fauré and Debussy. He recorded Beethoven’s First, Fourth and Fifth Concertos, the latter two multiple times, though these were all made in the studio. He also extensively recorded the Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Zino Francescatti, who also appears in ICA Classics’ Pierre Monteux set.
  • Pierre Monteux (Richard Itter Collection)

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    The great French conductor Pierre Monteux  (1875-1964) was naturally considered a specialist of his native country’s music, though he would never allow this to restrict him. This new set of previously unpublished recordings seeks to set the record straight, with a strong representation of German repertoire, notably Brahms’ Symphony No.3 with the Boston Symphony, which he never recorded commercially, in a rare ‘live’ performance from the 1956 Edinburgh Festival. More Brahms featuring two celebrated virtuosos – the Violin Concerto with the French violinist Zino Francescatti, and the Double Concerto where he is joined by his compatriot Pierre Fournier, both ‘live’ recordings from the Royal Festival Hall in 1955. Both are previously unpublished.
  • Sir Thomas Beecham (Richard Itter Collection Vol.1)

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    Sir Thomas Beecham caught ‘live’ often showed the mercurial side of his character, and no performance was the same either in the studio or in the concert hall. ‘What Beecham sought at all times was freshness, and his unpredictability was a way to achieve this’ (David Patmore). All the performances included here from the Edinburgh Festival, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the BBC Studios are from Beecham’s final years, from 1954 when he had fully established the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and himself as central figures in England’s musical life, to 1959 when he conducted an extraordinarily memorable account of Brahms’s Symphony No.2. Every broadcast is captured here in exemplary sound for the time, and apart from the Liszt and Haydn Symphony No.101, none of the performances in this set have appeared on CD before, which makes it extremely important for all collectors of the conductor.  
  • Great Symphonies (5 CDs)

    Great Symphonies

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    Beethoven’s Ninth and Mendelssohn’s “Italian” are two of the great symphonies to appear in this collection, which also features works by Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Brahms, among others. With renowned conductors including Sir Adrian Boult and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky at the helm, these expertly remastered recordings represent an excellent addition to any symphony-lover’s collection.
  • Great Italian Operas (6 CDs)

    Great Italian Operas

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    This set features two classic performances from the golden age of the Covent Garden Opera Company and a sparkling Falstaff from the Edinburgh Festival, combining masterworks of Italian opera by Puccini, Verdi and Rossini into one outstanding collection. Carefully remastered and restored, the recordings feature a stellar cast of Italian singers and conductors, including renowned soprano Renata Tebaldi, said by Toscanini to possess ‘the voice of an angel’.
  • BBC Legends Limited Edition Box Set (20 CDs)

    BBC Legends Vol.1

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    This 20 CD box set brings together some of the greatest performances taken from the BBC archives which were featured in the best-selling series BBC Legends, launched in 1998. The collection features classic recordings by stellar artists including Mstislav Rostropovich, Arturo Toscanini, Emil Gilels, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Sir Thomas Beecham, Dennis Brain, Evgeny Mravinsky, David Oistrakh and Sviatoslav Richter.
  • Sir Adrian Boult

    Sir Adrian Boult

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    ELGAR Symphony No.2 BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, 24 JULY 1977 - WAGNER Tannhäuser: Overture & Venusberg Music BBC Chorus BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult STUDIO 1, BBC MAIDA VALE, LONDON, 8 DECEMBER 1968
  • Sir Adrian Boult

    Sir Adrian Boult

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    Brahms Symphony No.4 - Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’ BBC Symphony Orchestra Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Sir Adrian Boult

    Sir Adrian Boult

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    Brahms Symphony No.3 - Elgar Symphony No.1 - BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Carlo Maria Giulini (2 CDs)

    Carlo Maria Giulini

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    VERDI Falstaff - Fernando Corena Anna Maria Rovere Fernanda Cadoni Oralia Dominguez Walter Monachesi Eugenia Ratti Glyndebourne Opera Chorus Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

MP3 releases from the Legacy Series