Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Gibson, New Sym Orch of London|
Issued In The Us Under The Title 'witches' Brew', Alexander Gibson And The New Symphony Orchestra Of London Recorded This Album In 1959 And The Performances Remain Today As Characterful And Incisive As They Were Then. Whil... more »
Issued In The Us Under The Title 'witches' Brew', Alexander Gibson And The New Symphony Orchestra Of London Recorded This Album In 1959 And The Performances Remain Today As Characterful And Incisive As They Were Then. While Pieces From This Recording Have Previously Appeared On Decca, This Is Its First Complete Release On The Label. Given That The Music Is A Kind Of Halloween Concoction, It Is Now Filled Out On This Reissue For Cd With Two Supernatural Pieces By Gounod - His Funeral March Of A Marionette And The Sparkling Ballet Music For Faust, Both Recorded In 1964 And Which Have Come Up Sizzlingly Well On Cd. Composers: Arnold, Gounod, Humperdinck, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Saint-saens, Conductors: Sir Alexander Gibson, Orchestras: New Symphony Orchestra Of London, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House Covent Garden 1. Tam O'shanter Overture, Op. 55 - Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)2. Gnomus (from Pictures At An Exhibition) - Modeste Mussorgsky (1839-1881)3. A Night On The Bare Mountain (arr. Rimsky-korsakov) - Modeste Mussorgsky (1839-1881)4. Danse Macabre, Op. 40 - Camille Saint-saens (1835-1921)5. Witch's Ride (from Hansel Und Gretel) - Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)6. Mephisto Waltz No. 1 - Franz Liszt (1811-1886)7. Funeral March Of A Marionette - Charles Gounod (1818-1893)faust: Ballet Music - Charles Gounod (1818-1893)8. (i) Les Nubiennes: Valse (allegretto)9. (ii) Adagio10. (iii) Danse Antique (allegretto)11. (iv) Variations De Cleopatre (moderato Maestoso)12. (v) Les Troyennes (moderato Con Moto)13. (vi) Variations Du Miroir (allegretto)14. (vii) Danse De Phryne (allegro Vivo)
Two Gibson masterpieces now on one (budget) CD.
S. Baird | Baton Rouge, LA United States | 04/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The selections on this CD were originally released on two RCA Living Stereo LPs, one bearing the present "Witches' Brew" title, the other as a collection of ballet music from Gounod's "Faust" along with Bizet's "Carmen Suite." The last of these has been omitted from this collection, but there is enough here to keep you mesmerized for a full hour.
Audiophiles regard these recordings highly, both for the quality of sound and the excellent performances. It is noteworthy that two long out-of-print CDs containing this music routinely sell for more than $100 each whenever they come up for sale. The sound quality on this reissue is so close to these previous issues that it should leave those who want the recordings quite satisfied.