here). This is of Gordon Jacob's orchestration of Vaughan Williams' military band classic, the English Folk Song Suite (1923). In 1940, when this recording was issued, this may well have seemed unusual repertoire, and indeed it appears to be the first (and, in the 78-rpm era, only) recording of the 1924 Jacob orchestration, which has since become standard.
Of course, for me, a good excuse to listen to any Barlow-Columbia Symphony recording is to hear the beautiful oboe playing of Mitch Miller, and here he doesn't disappoint - just listen to that oboe solo at the beginning of the second movement!
This recording was also issued, naturally enough, in England, and was reviewed in the September 1940 issue of The Gramophone. The recording was still listed in the 1954-55 UK Columbia Catalogue, though it was slated for deletion with that issue.
Vaughan Williams (arr. Jacob): English Folk Song Suite
Columbia Broadcasting Symphony, conducted by Howard Barlow
Recorded December 19, 1939
Columbia Masterworks set X-159, two 10-inch 78-rpm records
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