Robert Irving – The Decca Recordings
Robert Irving
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4827289
Barcode
00028948272891
Format
2-CD
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CD 1
CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD VON GLUCK: Ballet Suite No. 1 (arranged by Felix Mottl)
ANDRÉ GRÉTRY: Céphale et Procris – Ballet Suite (arranged by Constant Lambert)
JULES MASSENET: Le Cid – Ballet Music (Act II)*
GIACOMO MEYERBEER: Les Patineurs (arranged by Constant Lambert)*

CD 2
CONSTANT LAMBERT: Horoscope – Ballet Suite
WILLIAM WALTON: Façade – Suites Nos. 1 & 2
GIUSEPPE VERDI: The Lady and the Fool – Ballet Suite (arranged by Sir Charles Mackerras)*

New Symphony Orchestra (Gluck, Grétry, Verdi)
London Symphony Orchestra (Massenet, Meyerbeer, Lambert, Walton)
Robert Irving

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

Track previews
Ballet Suite No. 1, Wq. 30 [Arr. Mottl]: 1a. Introduction (Don Juan, Wq. 52)
Horoscope - Suite: Bacchanale
Les Patineurs (Arr. Lambert): 3. Pas de deux
Les Patineurs (Arr. Lambert): 4. Ensemble
Les Patineurs (Arr. Lambert): 5. Pas de trois
Les Patineurs (Arr. Lambert): 6. Duet
Les Patineurs (Arr. Lambert): 7. Pas des patineurs
Les Patineurs (Arr. Lambert): 8. Finale
Horoscope - Suite: Dance Of The Followers Of Leo
Horoscope - Suite: Saraband For the Followers Of Virgo
Horoscope - Suite: Valse Of the Gemini
Horoscope - Suite: Invocation To The Moon and FInale
Les Patineurs (Arr. Lambert): 1. Entrée
Façade, Suite No. 2 for Orchestra: 1. Fanfare
Façade, Suite No. 2 for Orchestra: 2. Scotch Rhapsody
Façade, Suite No. 1 for Orchestra: 2. Valse
Façade, Suite No. 1 for Orchestra: 4. Tango-Pasodoble
Façade, Suite No. 1 for Orchestra: 3. Jodelling Song
Façade, Suite No. 2 for Orchestra: 3. Country Dance
Façade, Suite No. 1 for Orchestra: 1. Polka
Façade, Suite No. 2 for Orchestra: 4. Noche Espagnole
Façade, Suite No. 2 for Orchestra: 5. Popular Song
Façade, Suite No. 2 for Orchestra: 6. Old Sir Faulk
Les Patineurs (Arr. Lambert): 2. Pas seul
Le Cid, Act 2, Ballet Music: 7. Navarraise
Ballet Suite No. 1, Wq. 30 [Arr. Mottl]: 1b. Air gai - Lento - Air gai (Iphigénie en Aulide, Wq. 40)
Céphale et Procris (arr. Lambert): 6. Pantomime
Ballet Suite No. 1, Wq. 30 [Arr. Mottl]: 2. Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30)
Ballet Suite No. 1, Wq. 30 [Arr. Mottl]: 3. Musette (Armide, Wq. 45)
Ballet Suite No. 1, Wq. 30 [Arr. Mottl]: 4a. Air gai (Iphigénie en Aulide, Wq. 40)
Ballet Suite No. 1, Wq. 30 [Arr. Mottl]: 4b. Sicilienne (Armide, Wq. 45)
Ballet Suite No. 1, Wq. 30 [Arr. Mottl]: c. Air gai (Iphigénie en Aulide, Wq, 40)
Céphale et Procris (arr. Lambert): 1. Largo - Andante
Céphale et Procris (arr. Lambert): 2. Gigue légère
Céphale et Procris (arr. Lambert): 3. Pantomime
Céphale et Procris (arr. Lambert): 4. Passepied
Céphale et Procris (arr. Lambert): 5. Largo
Céphale et Procris (arr. Lambert): 7. Tambourin
Le Cid, Act 2, Ballet Music: 6. Madrilène
Céphale et Procris (arr. Lambert): 8. Loure
Céphale et Procris (arr. Lambert): 9. Air lent
Céphale et Procris (arr. Lambert): 10. Passepied
Céphale et Procris (arr. Lambert): 11. Gavotte
Céphale et Procris (arr. Lambert): 12. Finale
Le Cid, Act 2, Ballet Music: 1. Castillane
Le Cid, Act 2, Ballet Music: 2. Andalouse
Le Cid, Act 2, Ballet Music: 3. Aragonaise
Le Cid, Act 2, Ballet Music: 4. Aubade
Le Cid, Act 2, Ballet Music: 5. Catalane
Façade, Suite No. 1 for Orchestra: 5. Tarantelle Sevillana
Recording information

Recording Producers: Peter Andry (Gluck, Grétry), John Culshaw (Massenet, Meyerbeer, Lambert, Walton); unidentified (Verdi)
Balance Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson (Massenet, Meyerbeer, Lambert, Walton); unidentified (Gluck, Grétry, Verdi)
Recording Locations: Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 14–16 July 1952 (Massenet, Meyerbeer), 26–27 February 1953 (Lambert), 10 & 27 March 1953 (Walton), 14–15 February 1955 (Gluck, Grétry); Carlton Rooms, Maida Vale, London, UK, 23 May 1955 (Verdi)
Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer
Original Decca LP Releases: LXT 5063 (Gluck, Grétry), LXT 2746 (Massenet, Meyerbeer); LXT 2791 (Lambert, Walton); LW 5208 (Verdi)

Reviews

‘An attractive record… spirited, elegant and colourful performances. The recording is excellent.’ Gramophone (Massenet/Meyerbeer)

‘The LSO is on top form, and is persuaded by Robert Irving to give some parts of the enchanting Façade suites more point than I remember hearing ever before … [a] recording of the very highest quality: this is the best to be had.’ Gramophone (Lambert/Walton)

‘The Suite is perhaps the best possible introduction to [Gluck] … Ears cannot resist its miraculous simplicity. The disc is a good one, especially in the delivery of a smooth relaxed orchestral sound’
High Fidelity (Gluck/Grétry)