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Sir John Barbirolli – Sibelius – The Complete Symphonies & Orchestral Works (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sir John Barbirolli – Sibelius – The Complete Symphonies & Orchestral Works (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 05:56:02 minutes | 13 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

Sir John Barbirolli’s electrifying interpretations of the works of Jean Sibelius have inspired audiences all over the world. In a letter to Barbirolli, Sibelius declared himself to be a ‘devoted admirer’ of the conductor, adding that he was always happy to know that his compositions were in Barbirolli’s ‘masterful hands’. This collection features, among other works, the complete symphonies – including Barbirolli’s speciality, No.2 – the incidental music of Pelléas et Mélisande and that great symphonic poem, Finlandia.

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Sir John Barbirolli – English String Music Elgar – Introduction and Allegro & Serenade (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sir John Barbirolli – English String Music Elgar – Introduction and Allegro & Serenade (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 52:13 minutes | 1,98 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

Though exceptionally not recorded with the Hallé but with the Sinfonia of London, this is probably one of the most famous albums conducted under the baton of Sir John Barbirolli. Entirely devoted to English music for string orchestra, it includes very famous tunes such as Vaughan Williams’s Fantasy on Greensleeves or (yet another) recording of Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, the work Barbirolli recorded the most throughout his career. For this piece, he is partnered by the Allegri String Quartet, the oldest British chamber ensemble still in activity. As a bonus, the digital premiere of Elgar’s Elegy recorded with the Hallé completes that beautiful program.

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Sir John Barbirolli – Elgar – Symphony No. 1, Op. 55 (1963/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sir John Barbirolli – Elgar – Symphony No. 1, Op. 55 (1963/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 54:03 minutes | 1,96 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

Sir John Barbirolli heads the Philharmonia Orchestra in this performance of Elgar’s First Symphony. Sir Edward Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 in Ab major, Op. 55 is one of his two completed symphonies. The first performance was given by the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Hans Richter in Manchester, England, on 3 December 1908. It was widely known that Elgar had been planning a symphony for more than ten years, and the announcement that he had finally completed it aroused enormous interest. The critical reception was enthusiastic, and the public response unprecedented. The symphony achieved what The Musical Times described as “immediate and phenomenal success”, with a hundred performances in Britain, continental Europe and America within just over a year of its première.

Warner Classics releases this stunning recording as part of a brand new series, The Complete Warner Recordings.

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Sir John Barbirolli – Delius – Appalachia & Brigg Fair (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sir John Barbirolli – Delius – Appalachia & Brigg Fair (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:05:10 minutes | 2,59 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

Born in London of Italian-French parents, Sir John Barbirolli (1899–1970) trained as a cellist and played in theatre and café orchestras before joining the Queen’s Hall Orchestra under Sir Henry Wood in 1916. His conducting career began with the formation of his own orchestra in 1924, and between 1926 and 1933 he was active as an opera conductor at Covent Garden and elsewhere. Orchestral appointments followed: the Scottish Orchestra (1933–36), the New York Philharmonic (1936–42), the Hallé Orchestra (1943–70) and the Houston Symphony (1961–67). Barbirolli guest conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras and was especially admired as an interpreter of the music of Mahler, Sibelius, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Delius, Puccini and Verdi. He made many outstanding recordings, including the complete Brahms and Sibelius symphonies, as well as operas by Verdi and Puccini and much English repertoire.

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Philharmonia Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli – Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 (Remastered) (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Philharmonia Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli – Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 (Remastered) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:46 minutes | 1,40 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

British conductor Sir John Barbirolli is remembered most for his relationship with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester, having saved the ensemble from dissolution in 1943. He spent the rest of his life with this ensemble. This release features Barbirolli conducting the Halle Orchestra, as well as the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Sinfonia of London. The works on this release are all by English composer Ralph Vaughn Williams, and were recorded between 1957 and 1962.

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Hallee Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli – Rubbra: Symphony No. 5, Op. 63 (Remastered) (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Hallé Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli – Rubbra: Symphony No. 5, Op. 63 (Remastered) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:21 minutes | 642 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

Edmund Rubbra established his reputation with his first four Symphonies. But in many ways, Rubbra’s Fifth Symphony may be considered his most immediately attractive. It was premiered on 26 January, 1949 by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Adrian Boult at the Royal Albert Hall, but it was Sir John Barbirolli and the Hallé Orchestra’s recording of the work under the auspices of the British Council – the first recording of any Symphony by Rubbra – which had a notable impact and substantially reinforced the composer’s name internationally.

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Hallee Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli – Bax: Symphony No. 3 – Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 (Remastered) (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Hallé Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli – Bax: Symphony No. 3 – Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 (Remastered) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:21:41 minutes | 1,47 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

Saluting an extraordinary composer-conductor relationship, this collection presents almost all Elgar’s major orchestral works and the Sea Pictures in the classic recordings made by Sir John Barbirolli towards the end of his life. Barbirolli began as an orchestral cellist, and played under Elgar’s baton in the première of the Cello Concerto. Encouraged by Elgar, he moved into conducting and made his mark with the composer’s Second Symphony in 1927. Elgar’s music was to remain a talisman for the rest of Barbirolli’s life.

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Sir John Barbirolli – Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36 & Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sir John Barbirolli – Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36 & Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 45:18 minutes | 1,68 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

An iconic recording of Sir John Barbirolli dedicated to Edward Elgar’s masterpiece, the Enigma Variations, together with the Cockaigne Overture, all performed with passion by Barbirolli and the Philharmonia Orchestra. remastered from original tapes in 24-bit/192kHz

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Halle Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli – Delius – Orchestral Works (Remastered) (1957/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Hallé Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli – Delius – Orchestral Works (Remastered) (1957/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 47:48 minutes | 1,8 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

Sir John Barbirolli was nearly as fine an interpreter of Delius as Beecham. But where Sir Thomas liked to bring out the sun, Sir John was at his best shading in the darker tones of the Delian palette. There is a starkness to the “Nordic” moments in these pieces which serves to remind us that Barbirolli, again like Beecham, was an outstanding interpreter of Sibelius’s music. What is unique to Barbirolli is the searing emotion he finds in the music, especially in Delius’s writing for the strings. His accounts have a high expressive profile, and an intensity of expression bordering on the incandescent. Although there is a slight amount of grain to the sound, the recordings, which date from the mid-’60s, are well balanced and have an appealing “live” ambience to them. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection.

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Sir John Barbirolli, Halle Orchestra – Dvorak Symphony No. 7, Op. 70 & Legends, Op. 59 (1959/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sir John Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra – Dvořák Symphony No. 7, Op. 70 & Legends, Op. 59 (1959/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 51:25 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

29 July 2020 marks the 50th anniversary Sir John Barbirolli’s passing. He died at the age of 70, having been born in 1899 in London to parents of Italian and French origin.

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