Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

A Village Romeo and Juliet – The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Irmelin – Prelude
A Song of Summer
La Calinda
In a Summer Garden
A London Overture
Hallé Orchestra [La Calinda & In a Summer Garden]
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir John Barbirolli

Recorded in London 1965 & 1966 (LSO) and 1968 in Kingsway Hall and Studio No.1 Abbey Road
CD No: EMI 3 79983 2
Duration: 74 minutes
Reviewed: September 2007
Typically eloquent and considered Barbirolli performances distinguished by a vivid communicative glow, these Romantic and illustrative pieces have many picturesque qualities that are offset by a depth of humanity and meaning that this conductor was particularly sensitive to. The Hallé items supplement a classic Barbirolli/LSO LP of Ireland’s scenic overture, Bax’s sea-swept narrative and Delius’s languorous and ecstatic musical poems.


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