SLATKIN conducts Delius, Saint Saëns, Ibert (1952-54) - PASC190

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SLATKIN conducts Delius, Saint Saëns, Ibert (1952-54) - PASC190

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DELIUS Orchestral Music
SAINT-SAËNS Carnival of the Animals
IBERT Divertissement

Recorded 1952-1954
Total duration: 66:03
The Concert Arts Orchestra
conducted by Felix Slatkin

This set contains the following albums:

A fine collection of recordings conducted by Felix Slatkin

Multiple Grammy-winner, Sinatra's conductor and father of Leonard Slatkin


    "It is a pleasure to hear my dad's musicianship brought up to new sonic heights. The results of this remastering are nothing short of amazing."
    - Leonard Slatkin  Music Director: Detroit SO, Principal Guest Conductor: Pittsburgh SO & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


    The idea for this release came from Edward Johnson, who supplied the transfers from his own collection. The originals were in very good condition for their era, and if they were at times a little 'veiled' this has been lifted with careful remastering to reveal a much clearer and more open sound than was immediately apparent.

    Slatkin was the first non-British conductor to have recorded an LP of music by Delius - at the time he was following Beecham and Anthony Collins in being only the third conductor to havw recorded an all-Delius LP (the Collins recording for Decca is available here as PASC015).

    The recording here moves from Delius to France, where the composer spent the last three decades of his life, with Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals of 1886 and Ibert's colourful Divertissiment, which he wrote for Chamber Orchestra in 1930.

    To the best of our knowledge, none of these recordings has been previously issued on CD.

    Andrew Rose

    • DELIUS Orchestral Music
      On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
      Summer Night on the River
      Intermezzo from 'Hassan'
      Serenade from 'Hassan'
      Caprice for Cello and Orchestra
      Elegy for Cello and Orchestra
      Prelude to 'Irmelin'

      Paul Shure: solo violin
      Eleanor Aller: solo cello
      Recorded 8 & 11 September, 1952
      First issued as Capitol P-8182

    • SAINT-SAËNS Carnival of the Animals
      Victor Aller, piano
      Harry Sukman, piano
      Recorded 11 April, 1954
      First issued as Capitol P. 8270

    • IBERT Divertissement
      Recorded 23 November, 1953
      First issued as Capitol P. 8270

    The Concert Arts Orchestra
    conducted by Felix Slatkin

    Transfers by Edward Johnson
    Restoration and XR remastering by Andrew Rose, September 2009
    Cover artwork based on a photograph of Felix Slatkin

    Total duration: 66:03