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Britten : Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra / Dohnanyi : Variations on a Nursery Tune


The score of Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra bears a dedication to four young friends, “for their edification and entertainment.”

“A Thrilling Experience In Stereo Sound” was promise found on Capitol’s 1957 2-track tape of this recording. Cisco offers the same promise on our new 180-gram LP, only this time the sound is even better!


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Recorded during the Summer of ’56 at Goldwyn Studio Stage 7, this record proves to all of the skeptics that classical music was alive, and doing quite well in the Hollywood of the 50s. Capitol combined Benjamin Britten’s witty guide to the orchestra’s instruments with Ernst von Dohnanyi’s sublime Variation’s On A Nursery Tune. Conductor Felix Slatkin and pianist Victor Aller (The “5th” member of the legendary Hollywood String Quartet) coax a level of inspiration from an orchestra culled from Hollywood’s best studio musicians that is unheard of in today’s recordings.


The Concert Arts Symphony Orchestra
Felix Slatkin, conductor
Victor Aller ( on the piano Dohnanyi)


Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Young Person’s Guide To The Orchestra
Ernst Von Dohnanyi (1877-1960)
Variations On A Nursery Tune

Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm