From the Library: Tribute to Sir John Barbirolli

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 10 October, 2009

Today we’re presenting a programme of classical music, featuring the work and historic recordings of the noted British conductor and cellist Sir John Barbirolli (1899–1970).

Born in London into a musical family, Barbirolli first came to fame as Conductor of the New York Philharmonic (1936–42), and we will hear some of his earliest recordings today, made live in November 1936.
Unwilling to become a US citizen, he returned to Britain in 1942 and became Chief Conductor of Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, and made some historic recordings of Bax and Vaughan Williams in wartime Manchester. He conducted the orchestra for a quarter of a century and in that time became known as an interpreter of both new and established British composers as well as Mahler, Schubert, Sibelius, Beethoven and others.
Today we’ll be hearing an extensive collection of the Maestro Gentile’s historic recordings from the period 1936–48. It’s supplemented by additional recordings by the composers he loved and promoted, including Arnold Bax, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, and some historic recordings conducted by Sir Edward Elgar himself.
For more on Sir John’s life and work, see this Wikipedia article.

From the Library is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme now at Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin.

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.


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