We are delighted to host the downloads on this page as adjuncts to the historical recordings that have already been issued on Dutton CDBP 9798.
The performances on this page complement the performances of symphonies 9 and 11 on the CD, since these are of symphonies 8, 10 and 12 which
were transmitted by the BBC Third Programme (now Radio 3) at around the same time, the late 1950s. As such, these recordings now fall outside UK
copyright and are presented here for your continued enjoyment.
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The recordings are in .mp3 format, encoded at 192 kbps with ID3 tags that should index the .mp3 files within your mp3 player, and are in mono as
originally transmitted in the UK. The files are contained within a .zip file archive which may be extracted using native Windows XP unzipping, or by using
software such as the freeware 7-zip program. Using an average broadband connection, download rate is of the order of 2-3Mb per minute.
SYMPHONY NO. 8: BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rudolf Schwarz (broadcast 20th December 1958)
The first performance of symphony no. 8 was undertaken by Sir Adrian Boult conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 1st February 1954
as a live broadcast, repeated the following day. It is understood that no recordings of these performances survive. However, the symphony was performed
again on 20th December 1958 by Rudolf Schwarz conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra, again as a live transmission, and it is this performance that is
provided here. DOWNLOAD SYMPHONY NO. 8 (32Mb)
SYMPHONY NO. 10: Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Stanley Pope (broadcast 3rd November 1958) FIRST PERFORMANCE
Completed in 1954, the first performance of symphony no. 10 was undertaken as a live broadcast only four years following its completion.
DOWNLOAD SYMPHONY NO. 10 (30Mb)
SYMPHONY NO. 12: London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Harry Newstone (broadcast 5th November 1959) FIRST PERFORMANCE
Completed in February 1957, this performance took place at Hammersmith Town Hall two years after the work's completion, on 8th April 1959 as part of a
recording in front of a live audience that also included a performance of Brian's Dr Merryheart and the first performance of the symphony no. 11, which
were both issued on the CD noted above. The recording here therefore provides a valuable completion of that event. DOWNLOAD SYMPHONY NO. 12 (18Mb)