Leslie Jones and the Little Orchestra of London

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Leslie Jones and the Little Orchestra of London

I make no special claims for Leslie Jones's Haydn recordings, though i like them, but I have just keyed in his name and the name of the orchestra into the search box atthe head of this page, and got a "no result"  return.   This may not, in fact, be true for "Gramophone", but it's an accurate statement of the position in the UK CD market just now.  Does he really deserve that?   

Peter Street

RE: Leslie Jones and the Little Orchestra of London

This doesn't really answer your question, but you might be interested in these reviews of said orchestra from Gramophone in 1969:

Haydn

'Scandinavian Music'

 

Rachel Cramond

Gramophone Publishing Executive

RE: Leslie Jones and the Little Orchestra of London

Thanks - fascinating and pretty fair Haydn review in Roger Fiske's usual (and very individual) style, which I remember reading when it came out.   Well worth revisiting, but as you say, mentioning it doesn't help revisiting the recordings themselves on CD.  Charity shop LPs of the Pye issues of the earlier symphonies tend - and this must indicate something - to be heavily played and battle-scarred, and more often than not, mono.   Almost as battle-scarred as some jazz records, in fact.   Other folk must have liked them too.

Peter Street

RE: Leslie Jones and the Little Orchestra of London

I remember buying a Nonesuch Box Set of three LPs in the late 1960s or early seventies of the Haydn Paris Symphonies. Alas I no longer have these, but I do remember them as revelatory. I had been used to "big band" Haydn at that time and found the Leslie Jones approach so refreshing. I wonder why these recordings and others from this conductor have been ignored by the CD re-issuers. Perhaps they would no longer meet the test of historical authenticity, but their musicality {as I remember it} was of a very high order.

RE: Leslie Jones and the Little Orchestra of London

There are excellent performances on LP of Mozart's Clarinet and Oboe Concertos, soloists Thea King and Derek Wickens, with Leslie Jones conducting the Little Orchestra of London.  The LP exists in two editions, Sequence SEQ 22103 and Oryx ORPS 21, excellently recorded.  Gramophone advertised the Sequence LP (the advert also mentions a cassette version) in December 75 and reviewed the Oryx LP in November 76.  I've been unable to trace a CD version - I hope it becomes available soon.   Similarly the Jones recording of a J.C.Bach Sinfonia Concertante, also featuring Derek Wickens with James Galway on flute and other soloists.

Leslie Jones Haydn lives!

It so happens that the entire Leslie Jones run of Haydn has been reissued and can be had in the 'States on professional-quality CDR reissues, from HaydnHouse.com located in Massachusetts.  Apparently Jones managed to go almost halfway in his run of the symphonies (plus a few misc. pieces and 'The Seven Last Words') and the entire endeavor can now be had save for one last disc which is "in prep."  I have bought a number of CDRs from these producers, though not the Jones series (yet!), but without exception the quality is splendid.  There are however no booklets or notes.  Unfortunately overseas P&P is quite pricey but, if one orders enough items, the per-unit cost drops considerably.  Do at least give the site a look - they've also done the Goberman and Märzendorfer sets, the latter just beginning and as downloads only.  And no, the person posting this is just a customer of HaydnHouse, not an agent for them.  

LesliecJones.little orch of london

Hi, I was the second engineer on the Haydn recordings. We recorded them for Nonsuch at Conway Hall in LondonW1. I worked for IBC studios in Portland Place,just up from the BBC. Leslie's son was involved with the production,and he and I edited the tapes back in the studios. It seemed to me as an eighteen year old that it took months of recording and editing..which it probably did !! Once Nonsuch sent the mastertape back saying there was  a repeat missing, which there was....such an easy mistake to make.

the first engineer was Alan Stagg who was the studio manager at that time.

sadly I never did get a single copy of the finished LPs. I was heartened to read that people are appreciating these wonderful interpretations after all these years.

any questions do feel free to ask.

Philip 

Johann Christian Bach recordings

There was also a LP on Nonesuch with Leslie Jones and the Little Orchestra of London featuring three works of Johann Christian Bach, namely the Sinfonias in D an E major, Opp. 18:3 and 5, and the C major Sinfonia Concertante for flute, oboe, violin, cello, & orchestra. I have always liked that recordning, and therefore I kept it when I sold my other LP:s many years ago. According to Discogs, the release year was 1973, but I know I bought it several years before that. At other Internet sites I have found the years 1968 (ReverbLP) and 1967 (rateyourmusic), which I find far more likely.

I heard a few of these,

I heard a few of these, mostly in library records. They always gave pleasure.

I suspect that the problem with reissues may be that the copyright was owned by small companies. Often these companies were not realy issuing recordings by the time CDs came out, so getting all the copyright and performing rights issues sorted was too much for anyone to think it worthwhile.

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