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Nicolai Malko conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra

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Label: Lyrita

Cat No: REAM2120

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 4

Release Date: 6th November 2015

Contents

Artists

Elizabeth Simon (soprano)
Norma Proctor (contralto)
Kathleen Joyce (contralto)
Duncan Robertson (tenor)
Denis Dowling (baritone)
Owen Brannigan (bass)
BBC Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Nicolai Malko

Works

Bruckner, Anton

Symphony no.7 in E major

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Symphony no.83 in G minor, Hob.I:83 'The Hen'

Kodaly, Zoltan

Szekely Fono (The Transylvanian Spinning Room)

Mussorgsky, Modest

Khovanshchina
» Prelude

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Symphony no.2, op.9 'Antar'
The Tsar's Bride
» Overture

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Symphony no.1 in F minor, op.10

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Symphony no.2 in C minor, op.17 'Little Russian'

Artists

Elizabeth Simon (soprano)
Norma Proctor (contralto)
Kathleen Joyce (contralto)
Duncan Robertson (tenor)
Denis Dowling (baritone)
Owen Brannigan (bass)
BBC Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Nicolai Malko

About

Nicolai Malko was born in 1883 in the Ukraine. His musical studies were largely undertaken in St Petersburg. By the mid-1920s he was teaching at both Moscow and Leningrad Conservatories, and conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic where he premiered Shostakovich’s first two symphonies.

Subsequently, history, circumstances and inclination led Malko into a peripatetic life. He worked at various times in Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Copenhagen, New York, London and Sydney, and was an ambassador for Russian music throughout his life. His sporadic relationship with the BBC – he was never a staff conductor - began in 1929 and lasted until his death in 1962.

In 1952 Richard Itter, the founder of Lyrita, began to make domestic recordings of BBC transmissions using state-of-the-art disc and tape recorders. He documented his collection but rarely listened to it, thus preserving a pristine archive. The Lyrita Recorded Edition Trust began a transfer programme in 2014 with the intention to release the best and rarest of these recordings to the public.

The Itter collection is predominantly of British music, but it also contains some unique international repertoire. This release is the first in a planned occasional series in which Lyrita will pay tribute to those musicians who made an important contribution to musical life in the UK.

Contents:
CD 1
[66.08]
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.2 ‘Little Russian’
BBC Broadcast 13 January 1957
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.1 in F minor Op.10
BBC Broadcast 5 May 1957

CD 2 [66.07]
JOSEPH HAYDN: Symphony No.83 ‘La poule’
BBC Broadcast 31 January 1960
MODEST MUSSORGSKY: Prelude, Khovanschina
BBC Broadcast January 1957
NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Overture, The Tsar’s Bride
BBC Broadcast 26 March 1956 (London Symphony Orchestra)
NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Symphonic Suite ‘Antar’
BBC Broadcast 5 May 1957

CD 3 [65.14]
ANTON BRUCKNER: Symphony No.7 in E major
BBC Broadcast 30 January 1960

CD 4 [70.00]
ZOLTÁN KODÁLY: Székelyfonó ‘The Spinning Room’
BBC Broadcast 3 February 1960
Cast:
- Elizabeth Simon, girl (soprano)
- Norma Proctor, housewife (contralto)
- Kathleen Joyce, neighbour (contralto)
- Duncan Robertson, youth (tenor)
- Denis Dowling, mummer/flea (baritone)
- Owen Brannigan, lover (bass)
BBC Chorus

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