Orchestras/Ensembles Archives: Hallé Orchestra

RVWelder

Decent RVW Fifth and Eighth from Elder and Hallé

This series has been inconsistent, but these are good performances. In the Fifth Symphony, Elder adopts brisk tempos that serve th...
VW3Elder

So-So RVW 3 from Elder and Hallé

Vaughan Williams' Pastoral Symphony has turned out to be a tricky work to conduct and record. Mark Elder hasn't quite gotten the p...
Moeran

Historical Gems: Moeran and Ireland Premieres from Heward

British conductor Leslie Heward died of tuberculosis just a few months after these 1942 recordings were issued in January of 1943....
SibBarb

CD From Hell: Barbirolli’s Spasmodic Sibelius Cycle

Why Warner chose this spasmodic Sibelius cycle for reissue is anyone's guess, especially with at least two Berglund cycles ready t...
Barbshost

CD From Hell: Barbirolli’s Barbaric Beethoven and Shostakovich

Here we go again: pitiful orchestral playing in foggy mono sound walks hand in hand with positively witless leadership from John B...
Barbirolli

CD From Hell: Barbirolli’s Most Embarrassing Moments?

This latest release in the BBC's ongoing series of live Barbirolli recordings runs true to form: it's pretty dreadful. In fact, th...
Barbirolli

A Big Box of Barbirolli’s Best (Mostly)

There was a guiding intelligence behind this set, something we certainly can't take for granted in this ongoing EMI series. This i...
GounodEmi

Gounod’s Saint Cecilia Mass: Reference Recording No. 2

There are some works in which excellent versions are so different that it's impossible to select a single reference recording. In ...
hallewagner

The Hallé’s L-O-N-G Walküre

I had read such great things about these performances on an opera chat board when they were current (the opera was recorded in two...
EngString

Reference Recording: Barbirolli’s English String Music

This classic disc returns with a "bonus" in the form of Delius' Brigg Fair that, while a nice gesture on EMI's part, sort of makes...