Sir Adrian Boult was a giant of the UK classical music establishment through most of the 20th century. A tireless champion of British composers such as Bliss, Britten, Delius, Tippett, Vaughan Williams and Walton, famously he conducted the premier performance of Holst’s Planets in 1918.
Throughout his sixty year conducting career, he was associated with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra amongst others, but is perhaps best known for his work with the BBC symphony Orchestra between 1930 and 1948 and his ‘Indian Summer’ of performances between 1964 and 1978.
Fortunately for us, Boult was a prolific recording artist – particularly during the mid sixties and seventies with HMV – and we have a fantastic selection of his records for sale. Here is just a taster;
Originally composed for the film Scott of the Antartic, Vaughan Williams reworked the score into a Symphonic poem which captures the haunting beauty and desolation of the South Pole
Although not Elgar's most famous composition (that accolade probably belongs to Pomp and Circumstance) the Enigma Variations are widely considered his masterpiece.
Possibly the single most famous Orchestral suite in history, The Planets is particularly strongly associated with Sir Adrian Boult.
This early recording captures Boult interpreting Bach with the legendary Contralto Kathleen Ferrier who died tragically young from Breast Cancer.
Finally, we find Boult tackling two of the great Russian composers – while Boult scorned the showing conducting of some of his contemporaries, he had no difficulty bringing out the emotion in the work of great Romantic composes like Tchaikovsky.