“Witches' Brew: Orchestral Rieces”
|Malcolm Henry Arnold||Tam O'Shanter, Op. 51.|
|Charles François Gounod||
Faust – Ballet Music,
Funeral March of a Marionette (March funèbre d'une marionette, Marionettenmarsch).
|Engelbert Humperdinck||Hänsel & Gretel: Witch's Ride (Hexenritt).|
|Ferencz Liszt||Scenes from Lenau's "Faust", S.110.|
|Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky||
A Night on the Bare Mountain (Walpurgisnacht, Walpurgis Night, Night on the Bald Mountain, St. John's Night, Una notte sul Monte Calvo),
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Gnome (Gnomus).
|Charles Camille Saint-Saëns||Danse macabre, Op. 40.|
New Symphony Orchestra of London, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra – Sir Alexander Gibson.
Issued in the US under the title ‘Witches’ Brew’, Alexander Gibson and the New Symphony Orchestra of London recorded this album in 1959 and the performances remain today as characterful and incisive as they were then. While pieces from this recording have previously appeared on Decca, this is its first complete release on the label. Given that the music is a kind of Halloween concoction, it is now filled out on this reissue for CD with two supernatural pieces by Gounod – his ‘Funeral March of a Marionette’ and the sparkling Ballet Music for ‘Faust’, both recorded in 1964 – and which have come up sizzlingly well on CD.