Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bach by Wood

It's been an insanely busy weekend, and I've had time to prepare only morsels, but they are, I think, tasty ones, and I hope you will agree: two string-orchestra arrangements of Bach conducted by the great Sir Henry J. Wood (1869-1944).  Here they are:

Bach-Wilhemj: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068 - Air and
Bach-Wood: Unaccompanied Violin Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006 - Gavotte
String Orchestra conducted by Sir Henry J. Wood
Recorded June 16, 1932
English Columbia DX 475, one 78-rpm record
Link (FLAC files, 23.28 MB)
Link (MP3 files, 9.94 MB)

The label incorrectly identifies the orchestra as the London Symphony; American and British catalogues identify the record as by the British Symphony Orchestra, which Weingartner and Bruno Walter also conducted for records, and which I suspect was a pseudonym for an ad hoc group.  On the same session, Wood and the orchestra also recorded Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, which I uploaded earlier at this post.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! These are indeed gems. What a wonderful soul Sir Henry J. was!