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Re: Boult's VW box on EMI
I'd like to know if in their new transfer EMI have finally corrected the old LP side join in Dona nobis pacem. When the recording was originally issued Boult added a bar of final conclusion to the Dirge for two veterans - this is authorised by Vaughan Williams in the event that the movement is performed separately, but if the work is performed complete the movement is meant to move directly into the finale - the rhythm of the drumbeats in the bass remains unchanged through the transition. One can understand why EMI would need to make a side break on the LP issue, and that it would have been satisfactory to add the additional bar to make this palatable. But on all the CD transfers I have heard, this solution (appropriate to LP) has been slavishly followed. This means that the Dirge comes to a full conclusion; then the drumbeats take up again and move into the finale, which is musical nonsense. The two sides should have been stitched together using the form that VW expected when the work was performed complete, and Boult would surely have expected this. (EMI make a similar misjudgement in their transfer of the Willcocks Sancta Civitas; the correct rendition of these passages can be heard on their own Hickox recordings.) It is about time this was recitified; EMI failed to do so in the VW boxed collection, which reduces its documentary value.
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