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A Boult from the Blue (Derek Haslam, Feb.3rd, 2012)

Britten/RossiniMatinées Musicales (March)
SchumannSymphony No.1 in B flat - "Spring" (1st mvt.)
BerliozOverture: "Beatrice and Benedict"
BrittenFour Sea Interludes ("Peter Grimes")
Britten/RossiniSoirées Musicales (March)
SchumannSymphony No.3 in E flat - "Rhenish" (1st mvt.)
BerliozOverture: "Rob Roy"
WaltonSymphony No.1 in B flat minor (2nd mvt. - scherzo)
ElgarSymphony No.2 in E flat (1st mvt.)

All the recordings in this programme were made by the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult. The recordings were made by the American Westminster company in conjunction with the Pye-owned Nixa label in an astonishingly short burst of activity in August 1956. The venue was Walthamstow Assembly Hall and all the works were recorded in stereo - early examples of the new medium. Included were:

All the recordings have been remastered by First Hand Records and appear on CD for the first time as two 3-CD volumes, the first devoted to the Britten, Elgar and Walton items and the second to the Schumann and Berlioz.