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03/06/2013

Robert Irving conducts... Facade - Horoscope - LSO ... Lambert, Bliss, Gordon - ROHO - Decca 1953 / HMV 1956

William Walton:  "Facade" - Suites 1 & 2                              
Constant Lambert:  "Horoscope" - Ballet Suite   
2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download 
London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Robert Irving 
Decca  LXT 2791   1953 LP/matrices:  ARL1582 -1A / ARL1583 -1A   
Recorded: 10/27 March 1953 + 26-27 February 1953 - Kingsway Hall.      Dec.2014: '1.3' de-click + 1.4dB treble EQ
Constant Lambert:  "Horoscope" - Valse for the Gemini  /  Arthur Bliss:  "Adam Zero" - Dance of Summer  
Gavin Gordon:  "The Rake's Progress" -  Sarabande & Orgy                          3 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden  conducted by  Robert Irving     (Very fine playing/sound)
HMV  HQM 1078  (from CLP 1070). 1967 matrix: 2XEA 2916 -1.      (Sleeve-note: see Constant Lambert conducts... link below)
Walton conducts Facade/much more          Walton conducts Marches/Troilus & Cressida         Constant Lambert conducts...         EMG reviews / sleeve-note >>>   

4 comments:

  1. Reading the EMG reviews...a reviewer who used the word "disinterested" when he meant "uninterested" back in 1953 when I thought English grammar was at a peak of perfection :-)

    And what is a "glassy tone" on the 78 which needs to be filtered? Any idea?

    It's great to have Horoscope - it's long been a favourite of mine, so thank you for all your efforts in restoring it.

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    1. The EMG 'panel' was endowed with English Composers.....

      The effort was Huge - ridiculously so (had mentioned this pressing on the HISTORICAL blog, some time ago)- but, having started...

      Unfortunately I can't bring myself to use de-click/de-crackle as even the lowest settings always damage the sound - and this would require very substantial 'intervention'.

      Horoscope is a score I love (as did my Mother - who was a great fan of Constant Lambert as a conductor).

      Difficult to second-guess the EMG Walton (very fine as the 1953 LP) - but they did use high-quality equipment - and the 78 would have been a tape-dubbing; none too successful, judging by various reviews.

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  2. Anonymous09 June, 2013

    Thanks for the work on this: somehow this recording has escaped my notice until now. Irving was a much under-rated (and under-recorded) conductor. In fact I will go so far as to say that his recording of Horoscope has more rhythmic point and beauty than Lambert's own (which was a hotch-potch anyway, with two orchestras).
    Andrew Smith

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    1. Hello Andrew,

      Not an LP I would choose to transfer - due to the awful surface defects - but the only other Decca 'Coronation' cover I have is of the truly dire Masses by RVW/Rubbra.

      This appears only to have had a NoxOff dubbing - and would have preferred if the LP was a later mastering (assuming Decca ever re-cut this..) - though the Sargent/LSO ACL 1953 'Marches' I intended coupling this with (have some tracks edited) was bad for orchestral playing + 'brash' sound/conducting...this has nice string-tone.
      There's still Irving's Decca Patineurs/Le Cid (original LXT /ACL)....plus EMI's Ballet stuff from around 1959

      I think I prefer the 'jazzy' playing of Facade here; but the 1945/1949 Lambert Horoscope was a joke on the 'Treasury' LP as tape/78 tracks were alternating 'according to the correct sequence'; and anyway (I think) took the taped tracks from the HQM.

      But the Rawsthorne/Bliss zip folder contains some wonderful performances...and have some more Lambert 78's - Dido & Aeneas (complete!) + Capriol + 'something Delius'..

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