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Sir John Barbirolli, CH (2 December 1899 – 29 July 1970), Giovanni Battista Barbirolli, was a British conductor and cellist. He is remembered above all as conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, which he helped save from dissolution in 1943 and conducted for the rest of his life. Earlier in his career he was Arturo Toscanini's successor as music director of the New York Philharmonic, serving from 1936 to 1943. He was also chief conductor of the Houston Symphony from 1961 to 1967, and was a guest conductor of many other orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic, with all of which he made recordings.

Born in London of Italian and French parentage, Barbirolli grew up in a family of professional musicians. After starting out as a cellist, he was given the chance to conduct, from 1926 with the British National Opera Company, and then with Covent Garden's touring company. On taking up the conductorship of the Hallé he had less opportunity to work in the opera house, but in the 1950s he conducted productions of works by Verdi, Wagner, Gluck, and Puccini at Covent Garden with such success that he was invited to become the company's permanent musical director, an invitation he declined. Late in his career he made several recordings of operas, of which his 1967 set of Puccini's Madama Butterfly for EMI is probably the best known.

Both in the concert hall and on record, Barbirolli was particularly associated with the music of English composers such as Elgar, Delius and Vaughan Williams. His interpretations of other late romantic composers, such as Mahler and Sibelius, as well as of earlier classical composers, including Schubert, are also still admired.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1965 Cello Concerto / Sea Pictures Elgar; Jacqueline du Pré, Sir John Barbirolli, Dame Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra 5
1966 Finlandia / Karelia Suite / Valse Triste Jean Sibelius; Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
1986 Madama Butterfly (1966 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergonzi, Rolando Panerai, Piero de Palma, Anna di Stasio, Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Sir John Barbirolli 3
1986 Symphony no. 2 Sibelius; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
1989 Symphony no. 1 in E minor, op. 39 / "Pelleas and Melisande", op. 26 (excerpts) Jean Sibelius; Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
1989 Symphony no. 2 / The Swan of Tuonela Jean Sibelius; Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
1993 Peer Gynt Suites / Lyric Suite Grieg; Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
1994 Vaughan Williams: Symphony no. 5 in D / Bax: Tintagel Bax, Vaughan Williams; Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
1996 Italian Oboe Concertos Corelli, Bellini, Cimarosa, Fiorillo, Righini, Barbirolli; Anthony Camden, Julia Girdwood, City of London Sinfonia, Nicholas Ward 1
1996 The Art of Conducting, Volume 4: Beecham - Barbirolli - Szelll Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir John Barbirolli, George Szell 1
1997 Enigma Variations / Falstaff Sir Edward Elgar; Hallé Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
1998 Symphony No. 5 Mahler; Sir John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra 2
1999 Elgar: In the South / Walton: Partita / Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra / Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem Sir Edward Elgar, Sir William Walton, Benjamin Britten; Hallé Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
2000 Symphony no. 2 Jean Sibelius; Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
2002 John Barbirolli & Ginette Neveu Perform Sibelius Sibelius; Philharmonia Orchestra, Ginette Neveu, Walter Süsskind, New York Philharmonic, John Barbirolli 1
2002 Symphony no. 9 Mahler; Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir John Barbirolli 1
A London Symphony (Symphony No. 2) Vaughan Williams; Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
Piano Concertos / Variations Symphonique Edvard Grieg, Robert Schumann, César Franck; John Ogdon, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Berglund, Sir John Barbirolli 1
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no. 1 / Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 3 Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov; Vladimir Horowitz, New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1989 The Dream of Gerontius / Sea Pictures Compilation Elgar; Hallé Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Choir, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, The Ambrosian Singers, Dame Janet Baker, Richard Lewis, Kim Borg, Sir John Barbirolli 2
1991 Cello Concerto / Enigma Variations Compilation Elgar; Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
1994 Orchestral Works Compilation Delius; Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
1995 Peer Gynt / Piano Concerto etc. Compilation Grieg, Schumann, Franck; John Ogdon, Paavo Berglund, Sir John Barbirolli 1
1996 Elgar: Cello Concerto / Bach: Cello Suites No. 1 & 2 Compilation Elgar, Bach; Jacqueline du Pré, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
1998 Piano Concertos 1 and 2 / Variations on a Theme by Haydn / Tragic Overture / Academic Festival Overture Compilation Brahms; Daniel Barenboim, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir John Barbirolli 2
1999 Mahler: Symphony No. 3 Compilation Sir John Barbirolli 1
2000 English String Music Compilation Elgar, Vaughan Williams; Sir John Barbirolli 1
2000 The Sibelius Edition Compilation Jean Sibelius; Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 5
2004 Cello Concerto / Sea Pictures / Overture: "Cockaigne" Compilation Elgar; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli, Jacqueline du Pré, Dame Janet Baker 1
2005 Orchestral Works Compilation Grieg; Sir John Barbirolli, Paavo Berglund, Sir Thomas Beecham, Paul Tortelier, Daniel Adni 1
2005 The Lark Ascending / Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Compilation Vaughan Williams; Hugh Bean, Sir Adrian Boult, Sir John Barbirolli 1
2006 Violin Concertos Compilation Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov; Jascha Heifetz, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir John Barbirolli 1
2006 Orchestral Works Compilation Elgar; Sir John Barbirolli 1
2007 Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 Compilation Brahms, Tchaikovsky; Arthur Rubinstein, London Symphony Orchestra, Albert Coates, John Barbirolli 1
2007 Nielsen: Symphony no. 4 "The Inextinguishable" / Sibelius: Symphony no. 3 Compilation Carl Nielsen, Jean Sibelius; Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
Scheherazade / Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky / The Seasons Compilation Rimsky-Korsakov, Arensky, Glazunov; Yevgeny Svetlanov, Sir John Barbirolli 1

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