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I confess I only knew Eugene Goossens as an English oboist with a side hustle introducing trombones and cymbals to Handel's Messiah. This is a very exciting performance, and sounds very well here, although I have nothing to compare it with.
I have been a fan of Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony for many years. Goossen's Manfred is an excellent performance and the quality of this DSD transfer is excellent. Remember, Goossens adopts some cuts in the finale, but for excellence of performance and the necessary fervor required for any Manfred, this exceeds many out there.
Of Britain’s baton-wielding knights, Sir Eugene Goossens is not as well known as some of his contemporaries, yet he was highly regarded and left a creditable legacy of recordings, often of repertoire which at the time was less well known than it is now, as was the case with “Manfred” in 1959. Goossens gave a detailed reading, and the Everest engineers have captured the weight and depth of tone of that he drew from the London Symphony orchestra in a recording that bears up very well after more than 60 years. The performance is definitely worth having, but I have deducted one star because there are two cuts in this performance. About 4 or 5 minutes of the development in the first movement are cut, and the fugato section in the finale has also been skipped. At least Goossens did leave Tchaikovsky’s coda with its harmonium solo intact.
Title: Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphonic Poem
Artist(s): Conductor – Sir Eugene Goossens
Orchestra – The London Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Recorded by Everest Records 1958
1 Lento Ligubre: Lento Ligubre 12:52
2 Vivace con spirito 9:08
3 Andante con moto 10:02
4 Allegro con fuoco 16:40