Born in London of an Italian father (a violinist at La Scala, Milan) and French mother, Sir John Barbirolli, CH (1899-1970), n' Giovanni Battista Barbirolli, was an English conductor and cellist. He is remembered above all as conductor of the Hall' Orchestra in Manchester, which he helped save from dissolution in 1943 and conducted for the rest of his life. Noted for his interpretations of Sibelius, Barbirolli and the Hall' recorded all the Sibelius symphonies for EMI and these recordings were made just over a year before Barbirolli died. Recorded on 29-30 May and 5th of August 1969 at the Kingsway Hall, London.Produced and engineered by the legendary two Christopher's: Christopher Bishop and Christopher Parker respectively (*with additional engineer Martin Benge). Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process. 180 gram audiophile vinyl.