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« Reply #2460 on: July 16, 2021, 06:11:53 pm »

Moeran: Violin Concerto   Albert Sammons (Violin) BBC SO /Boult    St Andrews Hall,Norwich,28th April 1946

Moeran: Fantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings  Leon Goossens & the Carter String Trio    London,1947

Moeran: Serenade in G for Orchestra   LSO /Basil Cameron  Promenade Concert,Royal Albert Hall,Sept 2nd 1948

Symposium Cd

Playing now: Serenade in G

This cd of old recordings is great! The transfers are very good Very clear with not too much filtering (ie: elimination of sausage frying noises,et al). There's the odd mishap ( one bit that sounds like a needle jumping a groove) and the audience's are nice & quiet during the music! (They can't wait for the interval to clear their throat's though! :o ;D) But the real treat,apart from the fine performances is the inclusion of the posh radio announcer! ("The Cemposer ceming beck onto the pletform!") The kind that Lionel was referring to that make the Queen sound like Arthur Mullard! The recording of the Serenade is of the first performance,at a Prom,and "has the added distinction of containing the Intermezzo and the Forlana". I'm not an expert on the history of this work & perhaps someone else here can shed more light on the history of this work? It sounds lovely here! The whole disc is a delight,I might add! I tend to avoid live recordings,generally;but this one is very enjoyable indeed! :)

The author of the booklet notes (Lionel Hill) adds "that over the following months (following the broadcast) I moved Heaven and Earth to get HMV or Decca to record a performance with Sammons and Barbirolli-all to no avail". :( (The performance of the Moeran Violin Concerto is glorious!)

Thank you for that entertaining and informative post! The published version of Moeran's Serenade omitted the second movement Intermezzo and the sixth movement Forlana. There is a modern recording of the original 1948 version including both these movements on Naxos with the Ulster Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta (which I have). Paul Conway's liner note in that recording states, "Serenade in G was completed in 1948 and first performed on 2nd September of that year by the London Symphony Orchestra under Basil Cameron at a Promenade Concert in the Royal Albert Hall. On that occasion eight movements were played. When the piece was being considered for publication, however, it was thought to be too long. The Intermezzo and Forlana were therefore excised and the Serenade was subsequently played in a six-movement form until a new edition of the score, published in 1996, restored the two movements to the places Moeran intended for them. The inclusion of the Intermezzo and Forlana movements significantly alters the character of the suite, deepening and intensifying what would otherwise have been an example of purely light music... Although some of the Serenadeʼs movements have a convoluted history the Minuet and Rigadoon originally belonged to a 1932 four-movement orchestral suite entitled Farrago which the composer subsequently withdrew the piece works convincingly as a suite".

So there we are!
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