I have Chicago, Giulini (DG) and Philadelphia, Ormandy (RCA) - not sure if the Giulini is the one Barbirollians refers to above, but I like it a lot: characterful, virtuosic playing, maybe lacking an ounce of visceral excitement but very satisfying. Presumably nla, as it doesn't appear on EA's list?
I thought I heard A McG refer this morning to next week's BaL as only covering the Ravel orchestration.
Silvestri in Bournemouth used to walk on, taking the applause, and stride up to the rostrum and start the trumpet before he had stopped moving! Then would follow an amazingly colourful performance of the rest, ending with a tremendous din in The Great gate of Kiev that is still circulating in outer space somewhere!
Unfortunately he did not record it. Wonder if BBC Legends has anything up its sleeve?
Isn't the Elgar Howarth transcription for brass ensemble available?
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life(Berthold Auerbach)
There is/was a recording of the Stokowski version from the Cleveland Orchestra under the unexpected direction of Oliver Knussen.
My own favourites of the Ravel orchestration are LSO/Abbado, Chicago SO/Giulini, and BPO/Karajan all on DG interestingly. The 1966 Karajan still packe quite a punch but if you want a bass drum to blow your windows out or just to really annoy the neighbours you need to get James Levine with the MET Orchestra (on DG again).
Incidentally, I think that the Philharmonia/Ashkenazy listed above as Ravel is, in fact, Ashkenazy's own orchestration.
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“Every piece of music is a rehearsal of one’s life,” - Sir Colin Davis
A splendid feast of BB music of all sorts and periods:
PHILIP JONES BRASS ENSEMBLE Greatest Hits
Byrd The Earle of Oxfords March
Susato Renaissance Suite
Scheidt Battle Suite
Bull The King’s Hunting Jig
Anonymous Traditional Greensleeves
Ewald Quintet No. 1 in Bb minor, Op. 5
Jolivet Fanfare “Narcisse”
Arnold Quintet, Op. 73
Walton Prelude and Fugue from Spitfire
Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
Arban Etude Characteristique No. 1
Tchaikovsky Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Maurer Four Pieces for Brass Quintet
Mozart Serenade in G, K. 525 “Eine Kleine”
Joplin Ragtime Dance
Traditional Frere Jacques
Joplin Easy Winners
Debussy Le Petit Negre
Mendelssohn Tarentella, Op. 122
Dvorak Humouresque, Op. 101, No. 7
Dukas Fanfare from “La Peri”
Strauss R. Fanfare from “Stadt Wein”
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Decca 2cds 4677462
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