From the Library: Tribute to Sir John Barbirolli

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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