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SBT 1506
Georg Solti

Wagner Götterdämmerung Act III
Birgit Nilsson · Wolfgang Windgassen · Gottlob Frick
Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, September 1963

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SBT3 1509
(3-CD set)
Benno Moiseiwitsch
Compact disc 1
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 ‘Waldstein’
Andante favori in F, WoO57
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
BBC recordings, 1958 & 1961
Compact disc 2
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, Op.73 'Emperor'
Stadium Symphony Orchestra/Josef Krips
Recorded at Lewisohn Stadium, New York, 1961
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult
Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, 1946
Compact disc 3
Moiseiwitsch in Interview
1] WKCR New York in the late 1950s
2] New York 1958
3] Extract from a BBC interview in the late 1950s or 60s
4] Frankly Speaking: a BBC interview with John Freeman, Philip Hope-Wallace and George Scott
5] Audio extract from Words and Music with Jack Payne
Chopin: Ballade No.3 in A flat, Op.47

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CD Release for April 2015

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SBT2 1504 (2CDs)
Otto Klemperer
Mozart
Die Zauberflöte
Richard Lewis · Joan Carlyle · Geraint Evans · Joan Sutherland
Royal Opera Chorus · Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, January 1962

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SBT 1502
Georg Tintner

Bruckner: Symphony No.5 in B flat
London Symphony Orchestra

Recorded: BBC Maida Vale Studios, 21 September 1969
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SBT2 1503 (2 CDs for a reduced price)
Eugene Ormandy & Artur Rubinstein

Compact disc 1
Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 in D, Op.25 Classical
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat, Op.73 Emperor
Compact disc 2
Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43
Philharmonia Orchestra

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SBT2 1505 (2 CDs at a reduced price)
Ernö Dohnányi
Compact disc 1
Beethoven
Piano Sonata No.16 in G, Op.31 No.1
Franz Schubert
Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894
Dohnányi
Six pieces for Piano, Op.41 No.2 Scherzino
Humoreske in the form of a suite, Op.17 No.1 March
Six Pieces for Piano, Op.41 No.4 Cascade
Compact disc 2
Dohnányi
Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, Op.29
Four Rhapsodies for Piano, Op.11 No.2 in F sharp minor
Pastorale on a Hungarian Christmas Song
Ruralia hungarica, Op.32a No.6 Adagio non troppo
Three Pieces for Piano, Op.23 No.3 Capriccio in A minor
Four Rhapsodies for Piano, Op.11 No.3 in C
Szimfonikus percek (Symphonic Minutes), Op.36

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CD Release for January 2015
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SBT3 1496 Stereo (3 CDs)
Havergal Brian: The Tigers
Released for the first time
The 1983 BBC studio recording of the only performance of Brian's delightful satirical burlesque opera
An Opera in a Prologue & 3 Acts
Teresa Cahill soprano · Alison Hargan soprano · Marilyn Hill-Smith soprano · Ameral Gunson mezzo-soprano
Ann Marie Owens contralto · Paul Crook tenor · Harry Nicoll tenor · John Winfield tenor
Kenneth Woollam tenor · Ian Caddy baritone · Malcolm Donnelly baritone · Henry Herford baritone
Alan Opie baritone · Alan Watt baritone · Norman Welsby baritone · Richard Angas bass-baritone
Eric Shilling bass–baritone · Dennis Wicks bass
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Orchestra / Lionel Friend
Recorded at the BBC Maida Vale Studios, 3-8 January 1983. Broadcast on BBC Radio3, 3 May 1983

Read all about Havergal Brian's The Tigers
Testament is proud to present the first CD release of Havergal Brian’s opera The Tigers (composed 1917–19, orchestrated 1928–29), from its BBC Radio 3 studio premiere performance recorded in May 1983. Lionel Friend conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, together with a huge cast of some of the finest British soloists of the day. The original performance was enabled by the Havergal Brian Society’s rediscovery of the full score, lost since WW2, and this release is issued with the Society’s generous support.
The first of Brian’s five operas, The Tigers is by far his most original in conception and execution. It opens on a rich and colourful panoply of Hampstead Heath Bank Holiday fun, but it is August 1914, and a poster announces that war is declared and every man under seventy-five is wanted. The main action then goes on to chronicle the misadventures in training of Brian’s Dad’s Army-style ‘ancient regiment’ The Tigers – drawn from his own brief experience as a WW1 volunteer in the  Honourable Artillery Company (he was invalided out, due to flat feet[!], before he could see action in the trenches).
The Tigers’ thread of comic plot and guying of English social pretensions and military protocol have some operatic precedent in Gilbert & Sullivan, but its overall air of dreamlike inconsequence is more in line with Lewis Carroll. It would be equally hard to find any real operatic successor to The Tigers; later ‘anti-war’ operas like Wozzeck, Kurka’s Good Soldier Schweik, or Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten are infinitely more savage and hard-edged. Rather the farcical, chaotic (though occasionally nightmarish) mise-en-scène of The Tigers seems again to point outside opera, to The Goons or Monty Python. It’s easy to imagine John Cleese & Co. bungling the warnings about Act III’s Zeppelin attack (which never arrives). But on the other hand, knockabout comedy has no place in the haunting, visionary dream ballets which open that same third Act.
In purely musical terms, there is no parallel in British music of the time for The Tigers’ brilliantly quirky, hyperactive sound-world and innovatory instrumental resources, ahead in one notable instance of any European contemporary. To match its sheer virtuosity one needs look to Richard Strauss or even Franz Schreker, for the kind of sensuous, iridescent sheen of sonorities with which Brian’s huge orchestral forces occasionally drench his hapless chocolate soldiers.
Issued with a full libretto, prefaces from original BBC producer Elaine Padmore and conductor Lionel Friend, and copious documentation by the late Havergal Brian expert Malcolm MacDonald, The Tigers is unmissable for any 20th-century opera or British music enthusiast.



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