Raymond Leppard

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Music for Four Harpsichords

Music for Four Harpsichords


Bach, C P E:

Concerto in F major for Two Claviers and Orchestra, Wq. 4

arranged by Raymond Leppard for four harpsichords

Bach, J S:

Concerto for Four Keyboards in A minor (after Vivaldi), BWV1065

Concerto for Three Keyboards in D minor, BWV1063

Malcolm:

Variations on a theme by Mozart for four harpsichords


There were many worlds in George Malcolm’s (1917–1997) universe – organist, harpsichordist, pianist, composer, choral director and conductor – and this one demonstrates his unique skill as a solo performer who, throughout his career, more than any other individual defined the harpsichord’s identity in England. After World War II Malcolm became the most famous English harpsichordist of his day, with a brilliant technique, superb musicianship and an idiosyncratically modern approach to playing which, for his audiences, came to exemplify the very nature of the instrument itself. In celebration of the centenary of his birth (28 February 1917).

The inspiration for this recording was a familiar event on London’s musical scene during the late 1950s and 1960s: the annual ‘Thomas Goff Harpsichord Jamboree’, held at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Four Goff harpsichords were arrayed on the stage, with, at various times, harpsichordists Thurston Dart, George Malcolm, Simon Preston, Denis Vaughan, Valda Aveling, Eileen Joyce, Geoffrey Parsons and Simon Preston taking part.

Malcolm’s Variations on a Theme of Mozart were composed specifically (and ingeniously) for four solo Thomas Goff instruments, largely to display the art of modern harpsichord stop-changing. The music presented on this recording is a cross section of the works played at Goff’s annual concerts, with conductor Raymond Leppard – also a harpsichordist who played Goff instruments – and the English Chamber Orchestra.

Notes are by Peter Watchorn, an Australian-born, US-based harpsichordist, one of whose teachers, Harold Lobb, was also an associate of Malcolm.

“This [is a] very attractive disc … these pieces cry out for stereo and I’m glad that the engineers haven’t hesitated to make maximum use of directional effect. … I warmly recommend this enjoyable record” Gramophone Magazine, October 1967

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Gerard Souzay sings Handel, Rameau and Lully

Gerard Souzay sings Handel, Rameau and Lully

Decca Most Wanted Recitals Vol. 42


Gluck:

Che puro ciel (Orfeo ed Euridice)

Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Serge Baudo

Che faro' senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Serge Baudo

C'est un torrent impétueux (from La rencontre imprévue ou Les pèlerins de la Mecque)

L´Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatiore de Paris, Robert Corman

Handel:

Scacciata dal suo nido (from Rodelina)

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Stille amare (Tolomeo)

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Perfido, di a quell'empio (from Radamisto)

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Alma mia (from Floridante)

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Furibondo spira il vento (Partenope)

Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Serge Baudo

Lully:

Il faut passer tôt ou tard (from Alceste)

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Belle Hermione, hélas! (from Cadmus et Hermione)

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Je ne puis dans votre Malheur (from Persée)

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Monteverdi:

Tu se’ morta mia vita, Lamento d’Orfeo

Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Serge Baudo

Rameau:

Ah! Qu'on Daigne Du Moins...Puisque Pluton Est Inflexible (Hippolyte Et Aricie)

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Nature, amour, qui partagez mon coeur (from Castor et Pollux)

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Voici les tristes lieux...Monstre affreux (from Dardanus)

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard


Gerard Souzay (baritone)

“Souzay comes [close] to modern notions of how to interpret Handel, Rameau, Lully, Gluck and Monteverdi, while retaining his unique individuality.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

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Rodrigo & Giuliani: Guitar Concertros

Rodrigo & Giuliani: Guitar Concertros


Giuliani, Mauro:

Guitar Concerto No. 1 in A major, Op. 30

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Guitar Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 70

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Rodrigo:

Concierto de Aranjuez

London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn


Angel Romero (guitar)

The magnificent gardens of the Spanish royal palace of Aranjuez gained a place in music history thanks to the Rodrigo guitar concerto. This recording with Angel Romero is a highlight in the famous guitarist's large discography; here, he plays two concertos by Rossini contemporary and guitar virtuoso Mauro Giuliani in addition to the "Concierto de Aranjuez".

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Raymond Leppard conducts Lully & Campra

Raymond Leppard conducts Lully & Campra


Campra:

L'Europe Galante

Lully:

Pieces de Symphonie


Recordings: Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 1966 (Campra), 1967 (Lully)

A glorious collection of orchestral pieces from operas and ballet music by Lully. At the same time easy and luscious on the ear, these instrumental movements or ‘symphonies’ from his ballets and operas were made into suites for performance away from the theatre, a fashion which eventually led to the overture-suites of Bach, Handel and Telemann, as well as so many of their lesser contemporaries. The coupling on this disc is yet another French orchestral suite by André Campra – a Provençal of Italian descent who became director of the Opéra in Paris.

First release on CD.

‘Performances are excellent … In the Campra the character of the various pieces is precisely caught and conveyed, … an extremely enjoyable record, with impeccable playing from the ECO’ Gramophone

“Another selection of splendid operatic instrumental pieces by the Italian-born creator of French music…The performances are extremely polished…Leppard, following the rhythmic (and instrumental) conventions of the time, characterizes the music strongly, and rightly makes the most of its variety…The ECO’s playing and the recording alike are first-rate” Gramophone Magazine

“a thoroughly idiomatic performance, with modern instruments used to good effect, for Leppard had a fine sense of texture…There is plenty to enjoy here.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Raymond Leppard conducts Rameau & Charpentier

Raymond Leppard conducts Rameau & Charpentier


Charpentier, M-A:

Medée: Suite

Gretry:

Ballet music from operas

Rameau:

Le Temple de la Gloire: Suite No. 1

Le Temple de la Gloire: Suite No. 2


Recording location: Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 1966

A generous disc (nearly 80 minutes) of some of Raymond Leppard’s pioneering L’Oiseau-Lyre recordings of French Baroque music with the English Chamber Orchestra. The brilliant realisations of Rameau’s Temple de la Gloire suites have seldom been more strikingly realised. Le Temple de la Gloire was a theatrical entertainment to a text by Voltaire, written to celebrate a French victory and at the same time, of course, to glorify Louis XV.

Grétry was Belgian by birth but spent most of his working life in Paris. Since he wrote for the theatre, Grétry was used to making his work suit the ever-changing demands of each new production. So it is not surprising that the ‘interchangeability’ of this music makes for a very pleasing suite of balletic moments from his operas. Likewise, the ample balletic moments incorporated into his opera Médée are perfect fodder for Charpentier’s orchestral suite.

First release on CD.

‘…a very rewarding disc: splendid music, played with feeling and style, and finely recorded’ [Charpentier] Gramophone

‘Performances are excellent … Leppard splendidly catches the sense of wilfulness and quirky brilliance which lends his music its special colour’ [Rameau] Gramophone

‘an extremely pleasing record’ (Rameau: Suite 2 / Grétry) Gramophone

“'The playing is immensely alert and undoubtedly stylish and the recording extremely fine.' That review was written in 1966, when the recording came out and, in spite of the authentic-movement revolution, there is no reason to change our opinion. Indeed, these performances have stood the test of time remarkably well and remain hugely enjoyable.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Couperin: Apothéose de Lully & Les Nations

Couperin: Apothéose de Lully & Les Nations


Couperin, F:

L'Apothéose de Lulli

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Les Nations

The Jacobean Ensemble, Thurston Dart


Recordings: 1962, Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, UK, (Les Nations) & Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 1966 (Apothéose de Lully)

One of Couperin’s most important, varied and profound compositions, Apothéose de Lully is cast in a programmatic form. Each movement tells a section of the story of the acceptance of Lully into Parnassus, his meeting there with Corelli (the founding fathers of the rival French and Italian styles), and Apollo's persuading of them to bring about a reconciliation of the two styles for the sake of ‘la perfection de la Musique’. Originally indicated to be performed on two harpsichords, or even as a piece for chamber orchestra, Raymond Leppard has carefully devised the piece in such a way as he thinks it might have been played in a formal concert performance, drawing clues on instrumentation from contemporary operatic scores.

The companion piece on this CD, the first two ‘ordres’ of Les Nations is performed by one of the early pioneering Baroque ensembles, The Jacobean Ensemble (with Neville Marriner playing first violin) under Thurston Dart. Reviewing the recording in November 1962, Gramophone praised the recording for being ‘distinguished by the finesse of playing and a sense of style that is all too rare in modern recordings of 17th-century masterpieces. The elegance, grace, and charm of these suites for the standard trio-sonata group reach the listener with an air of easy authority, thanks to the expert handling of ornaments by these four players. The violins of Neville Marriner and Carl Pini blend as smoothly as one could wish, and Desmond Dupre’s gamba is skilfully balanced into the ensemble, whose mainstay and prop is the harpsichord realisation in the capable hands of Thurston Dart. The individual character of these pieces emerges vividly and naturally, and will surely give pleasure to all connoisseurs of French music.’

First release on CD.

“The orchestration is the work of Raymond Leppard, who directs some alert and stylish playing from the keyboard: the English Chamber Orchestra respond excellently and the 1966 recording is quite superlative in its range and clarity of definition.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67, etc.

Britten:

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Prokofiev:

Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Rawsthorne:

Practical Cats

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Robert Donat (speaker) & Richard Baker (speaker)

New Philharmonia Orchestra & Philharmonia Orchestra, Alan Rawsthorne & Raymond Leppard

GGramophone Magazine

Collection Winner - March 2011

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Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K271 'Jeunehomme', etc.

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K271 "Jeunehomme"

Rondo for Piano & Orchestra in A major, K386

Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503


Pascal Rogé (piano)

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


Elizabeth Gale, Janet Baker

London Philharmonic Orchestrated, Raymond Leppard

Recorded: 1982 Glynbourne

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Grieg: Popular Orchestral Suites

Grieg: Popular Orchestral Suites


Grieg:

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46

English Chamber Orchestra

Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55

English Chamber Orchestra

Sigurd Jorsalfar - three orchestral pieces, Op. 56

English Chamber Orchestra

Old Norwegian Romance with Variations, Op. 51

Philharmonia Orchestra

Symphonic Dances (4), Op. 64

Philharmonia Orchestra


Jose Luis Garcia (violin), Quintin Ballardie (viola)

Raymond Leppard

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