Orchestras/Ensembles Archives: Hallé Orchestra

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

Vaughan Williams: London Symphony/Elder

This must have sounded very good live. The symphony receives an exciting performance, swift but (as preserved here) also somewhat ...

Debussy: Preludes

Simon Rattle recorded three of these arrangements, drearily, but these performances are far more colorful and appealing. Matthews'...

Wagner: Götterdämmerung/Elder

Recorded live in Manchester's Bridgewater Hall over two evenings in May, 2009, this concert recording of Wagner's Götterdämmerun...