Early stereo recordings • 4: ALBÉNIZ • BIZET • KODÁLY • RAVEL

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Streaming/digital: released 18 June 2021
UK physical: 25 June 2021
Europe: July 2021

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Early stereo recordings • 4

Maurice RAVEL (1872–1937)
1. Daphnis et Chloé – Suite No. 2: III. Danse générale
Philharmonia Orchestra / Guido Cantelli
Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London, 28 May 1956
Producer: Lawrance Collingwood; Stereo balance engineer: Christopher Parker

Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860–1909)
Iberia, Book 1 (orch. Enrique Fernandez Arbós 1863–1939) [29:05]
2. I. Evocación [0:00]
3.  II. El Corpus en Sevilla [0:00]
4. III. Triana [0:00]
5. IV. El Puerto [0:00]
6. V. El Albaicín [0:00]
Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Eugene Goossens
Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London, 15 February 1956
Producer: David Bicknell; Stereo balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(from HMV stereosonic tape SAT 1019)

Maurice RAVEL
7. Bolero
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Eugene Goossens
Recorded at No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London, 18 September 1957
Producer: Lawrance Collingwood; Stereo balance engineer: Robert Gooch

Georges BIZET (1838–1875)
Petite Suite, Op. 22 (from Jeux d’enfants)
8. No. 1. Marche: Trompette et tambour
9. No. 2. Berceuse: La Poupée
10.  No. 3. Impromptu: La Toupie
11. No. 4. Duo: Petite Mari, Petitee Femme
12.  No. 5. Galop: Le Bal
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Vittorio Gui
Recorded at No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London, 12 July 1955
Producer: Lawrance Collingwood; Stereo balance engineer: Christopher Parker
(from HMV stereosonic tape SAT 1002)

Zoltán KODÁLY (1882–1967)
13. Galántai táncok (Dances of Galánta)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Paul Kletzki
Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London, 24 March 1956
Producer: Unknown; Stereo balance engineer: Christopher Parker
Publisher: Universal Edition, Vienna

Press Quotes

“First Hand Records’s latest trawl through EMI’s archives of the 1950s, and the performances are mostly topnotch. Only the final section of Cantelli’s recording of Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 survives in stereo, but Eugene Goossens, also with the Philharmonia, gives a colourful account of Iberia by Albéniz. The orchestra changes to the RPO for the rest of the disc, and Goossens is again in charge for a controlled build-up in Boléro, although there are a few rough edges in ensemble. Vittorio Gui maximises the charm in Bizet’s Petite Suite and Kletzki whips up the whirling frenzy of Kodály’s Galánta Dances” (**** BBC Music Magazine)

“I’m not sure that this series has garnered as much interest and enthusiasm as it should…. As usual, the standards of textual accuracy in the booklet (David Patmore and Peter Bromley), artwork (David Murphy) and remastering, courtesy of Ian Jones, are top notch”  (MusicWeb International)