12 July 2019

Mitropoulos conducts Copland, Barber etc NYPO 1952-58





AARON COPLAND
Appalachian Spring, suite

ROBERT SHERWOOD
Introduction and Allegro

ALBERTO GINASTERA
Creole Dance

MOZART CAMARGO GUARNIERI
Prologo y Fuga

SAMUEL BARBER
Medea's Meditadion
and Dance of Vengeance, op. 23a

New York Philharmonic
DIMITRI MITROPOULOS



Some Mitropoulos rarities: live recordings 1952-1958


Flac & scans with details

7 July 2019

Schoenberg, Webern, Hindemith NYPO Mitropoulos




SCHOENBERG
Erwartung, op. 17  (Dorothy Dow, soprano)


WEBERN
Passacaglia, op. 1


HINDEMITH
"Die Harmone der Welt", Symphony


New York Philharmonic
DIMITRI MITROPOULOS

nov 18, 1951
jan 1, 1960
oct 25, 1953

FLAC (complete scans & details included)

24 June 2019

10 June 2019

Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem - Wiener Philharmoniker, Walter (1953)




JOHANNES BRAHMS

Tragic Overture, op. 81

Ein Deutsches Requiem, op. 54

Irmgard Seefried, sp
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, br


Edinburg Choral Union
Wiener Philharmoniker
BRUNO WALTER

Live - Edinburgh Festival
September 8, 1953



EDR is available on a CD Andromeda,
but here you can find also the Tragic Overture
performed during the same concert.

Brisk tempos as in the NYPO studio recording
realized by Walter the following year (20, 28 & 29 december 1954).
So, the overall duration is just over 79 minutes.

Flac







25 May 2019

Karel Ancerl live in Köln 1970



Brahms
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a

Dvorák
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 53
(Saschko Gawriloff, violin)

Janácek
Sinfonietta


Köln Radio Symphony Orchestra (WDR)
KAREL ANCERL

Live - Köln
February 20, 1970

 
A complete concert (72 min) in excellent stereo sound.

Flac


Note.
"Beecham in Helsinki" is available again: updated link (may 25).
See the comment list in the post.





Swarowsky conducts Haydn




Franz Joseph Haydn


Mass in D minor
Missa in angustiis (Nelson Mass)

Teresa Stich-Randall, soprano
Nedda Casei, mezzo-soprano
Kurt Equiluz, tenor
Nikolaus Simkowsky, bass
Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Hans Swarowsky

LP Nonesuch H-71173 stereo

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bonus

Sinfonie D-Dur H I:93.

Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester
Hans Swarowsky

radio broadcast - February 1962


FLAC
see comments







14 May 2019

Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde - NYPO Rodzinsky 1944




Considering also the previous posts dedicated to Rodzinsky in New York,
it seems natural to continue the series with this CD (of course OOP).

Preceded by Mengelberg (1929, 1930) and Walter (1934, 1941),
Rodzinski was the third to conduct this work
on the podium of the NYPO (16, 17, 19 november 1944).

In New York he also conducted the Symphonies nn. 1&2 and the Gesellenlieder,
but unfortunately no recordings of those concerts seems to survive.

The audience applauds at the end of each Movement / Lied.
What to say? I do not know.
Maybe that night the MET was closed and the opera fanatics,
wandering around, had reached Carnegie Hall.
One moment... no, a concert at 3 o'clock, saturday afternoon.
Well, everything explains itself.

It remains only to imagine
how a casual audience could have properly appreciated what was being proposed,
but perhaps is better to ignore it and concentrate on listening.

CD ripped in Flac, scans included








7 May 2019

Wagner - Monteux




"Standard Hour"
complete broadcast
with announcements.

WAGNER

Tannhauser, overture
Lohengrin, prelude I
Lohengrin, "Elsa's dream"
Die Walküre, "Du bist der lenz"
Die Walküre, Magic fire music
Tristan und Isolde, Prelude & Liebestod


Helen Traubel, sp
San Francisco Symphony
PIERRE MONTEUX

Live - April 22, 1951
Richmond (California), New Memorial Auditorium


Let's stay on Wagner
a little bit more.

Flac


2 May 2019

Wagner - Meistersinger - Toscanini 1937

 


WAGNER
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg


Hans Sachs  Hans Hermann Nissen
Eva  Maria Reining
Pogner  Herbert Alsen
Jago  Herbert Alsen
Beckmesser  Hermann Wiedemann
Stolzing  Henk Noor
David  Richard Sallaba
Magdalena  Kerstin Thorborg
Walther  Charles Kullmann
Kothner  Viktor Madin
Vogelgesang  Georg Maikl
Nachtigall  Rolf Telasko
Zorn  Anton Dermota
Eisslinger  Eduard Fritsch
Moser  Hermann Gallos
Ortel  Alfred Muzzarelli
Schwarz  Carl Bissuti
Foltz  Karl Ettl

Wiener Staatsoper Choir
Wiener Philharmoniker
ARTURO TOSCANINI

Salzburg, Festspielhaus
August 5, 1937

(Sometimes misdated August 23 or August 8; but the opera was performed on August 5, 12 & 20).


As you know, this is not a opera-oriented blog (with few exceptions).
However, this vol. 33 is a must, because it concludes a long sequence of Toscanini rarities.

In particular, all the BBC-NYPO-WP live material in my possession.

This volume is too big, so I split the archive into two files.
Considering that we're talking about
the only AT complete recording of a Wagnerian opera, it could not be missing.

Toscanini conducting is not as heavy as the download.
It is difficult for me to think about a more fresh, better, alive, fun  rendition of the second act.

I don't have the Andante box (I'm pretty sure it's an excellent restoration),
but I've listened to several attempts  to "improve" a recording that cannot be ideal.
So I prefer to present this source, more "honest" and less "interventionist".
All in all, perfectly listenable
(some things included in other volumes are certainly in worse condition).


Flac

27 April 2019

Monteux in Copenhagen 1962






BERLIOZ
Benvenuto Cellini, overture

TCHAIKOVSKY
Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Erling Bløndal Bengtsson, cello

BRAHMS
Symphony no. 3 in F, Op. 90

DR SymfoniOrkestret
PIERRE MONTEUX

Copenhagen, Radiohusets Koncertsal
Live recording - 7 october 1962

+ Bonus - Radio interview 1959

 Very good sound.

Flac




20 April 2019

BACH-STOKOWSKI Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 (1946)








BACH-STOKOWSKI
Matthäus-Passion BWV 244
(Abridged - Sung in English)


Olive Mae Beach, soprano
Clemence Gifford, contralto
Joseph Sullivan, tenor
Leopold Wintner, baritone
Tudor Williams, bass


Los Angeles Chorus (Chorus Master: J. Arthur Lewis)
Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI

Live, Hollywood Bowl
August 29, 1946


I couldn't post it in time for Good Friday, but it was laborious.
Never published, a concert broadcasted for the U.S. Army.

This "collage" includes all the other Stokowski excerpts
from Bach's Johannes & Matthaus Passions (details in the folder)
and his transcription of the Chorale from Oster-Oratorium BWV 249.

Flac, cover-back with details

11 April 2019

Mahler 5 Houston Symphony, Barbirolli Live in NY 1966





MAHLER
Symphony no. 5

Houston Symphony
SIR JOHN BARBIROLLI

Live in New York, Carnegie Hall
March 24, 1966



Like the previous "Titan" conducted by Krips,
this unpublished Fifth is also very "adventurous",
outside the box and completely different from the 1969 studio version.

Contrarily to the "routine Mahler" which unfortunately is often heard today,
this is a visionary and suffered performance rich of surprises and contrasts.


Flac

3 April 2019

Beethoven 9 WP Szell - Live 1969




BEETHOVEN
Symphony No.9 in D minor, op.125

Gundula Janowitz
Meriel Dickinson
Ernst Haefliger
Walter Berry

Chor der Wiener Singakademie
Wiener Philharmoniker
GEORGE SZELL

Live - Musikverein, Wien
June 22, 1969


Apart from the famous studio Recording in Severance Hall (1961),
another performance by Szell (live in London, 1968) is available on a BBC Legends double CD:
here is the only other known recording of this symphony by Szell.

Ok, maybe it's not essential to have another version of the Ninth,
but I like it for many reasons.
It is meticulous in a very "Szellian way"
(1st mov: extremely well shaped and not too fast;
on the contrary the adagio is not too slow)
and everything is "merged" with the inimitable WP timbre.


Flac
(see comments)

28 March 2019

Pergolesi - Stabat Mater BP Abbado 1968







PERGOLESI
Stabat Mater

Janowitz, Forrester
Berliner Philharmoniker
CLAUDIO ABBADO


Live recording
Salzburg - august 6, 1968




Published in 1992, attached to the italian magazine "Il sabato".

A very rare live recording
not released later on commercial CDs.


"Philharmonica di Berlino"
and "44.96" (you'll read after downloading)
leave a bit perplexed,
but the quality of the recording is more than acceptable
and the two singers are exceptional.

BTW, the real duration is 45.04.


Flac with scans included







25 March 2019

Bruckner Te Deum & Mozart Requiem - Szell live 1968




BRUCKNER Te Deum
MOZART Requiem

Judith Raskin
Florence Kopleff
Ernst Haefliger
Thomas Paul


Cleveland Chorus & Cleveland Orchestra
George Szell

Live, Cleveland
Severance Hall - may 9, 1968



A particularly interesting concert, especially because
both works are not included in Szell's "official" discography.


Flac

16 March 2019

Bruckner - Symphony in D minor "Die Nullte" - Van Beinum




ANTON BRUCKNER
Symphony in D minor "Die Nullte"
1869 Ed. Woess. published by Universal Edition [1924]

RUDOLF ESCHER
Musique pour l'esprit en deuil


Congertebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
EDUARD VAN BEINUM

March 13, 1955 (Bruckner)
September 1, 1951 (Escher)


Apart from a Nixa LP (Henk Spruit, 1952)
should be the oldest surviving recording of this symphony
"Musique pour l'esprit en deuil" (1941-1943)
was first performed in 1947 by the COA under van Beinum.
A work well knonw in the Netherlands
and reproposed with the same orchestra by Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Chailly.


Flac & Cue


9 March 2019

RT 032 Rossini, Mozart, Brahms BBC SO Toscanini 1938




ROSSINI
La Scala di Seta, Overture

MOZART
Symphony No.41 in C, K. 551

BRAHMS
Liebeslieder-Waltzer Op. 52 (*)

(Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson, pf)

BBC Singers (Chorusmaster Leslie Woodgate) (*)

BBC Symphony Orchestra
ARTURO TOSCANINI

Live - Queen's Hall, London
June 3, 1938

(In the second part was performed Schubert's "Great", but someone thought it well not to record it.)


WARNING: some little gaps in Mozart & Brahms

These are the last toscanini recordings with the BBC Symphony in my possession,
with a final surprise: the "Jupiter" Symphony.

A pinnacle of Toscanini's Mozart
together with the "Haffner" Symphony (NYPO & BBC)
and the complete Magic Flute (WP 1937):
one of the best "Jupiter" ever recorded.

Unfortunately the flaws make the listening a bit frustrating, but as in the case of Don Quixote with Feuermann is better so that give up altogether. BTW I recently learned that a better source is preserved: I hope that sooner or later it will be published.

Flac
see comments

6 March 2019

Shostakovich 5&9 - Celibidache 1955 and 1967










DSCH 5&9

Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Rai (no. 5)
21 feb 1955

Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della Rai (no. 9)
17 feb 1967

SERGIU CELIBIDACHE


You may already have them, but these are the best sources I've found so far.

Flac
see comments





4 March 2019

Brahms 1&2 NYPO Rodzinski 1945-46




JOHANNES BRAHMS
Symphonies 1 & 2

New York Philharmonic

ARTUR RODZINSKI

Studio recordings
Carnegie Hall
jan 8, 1945 (n.1)
oct 14, 1946 (n.2)

77min



Since I decided to reopen this blog,
I'm receiving some welcome gifts from friends collectors
to share them here (Thanks a lot, R.)
I don't know how common these are,
but I didn't have them until a few days ago.

The recent big NYPO boxset (which I bought despite so many duplicates)
would have been an opportunity to reprint them,
but has not been taken... so, are not currently available on CD.


Flac as always
see comments







28 February 2019

Maderna conducts Bartók




Béla Bartók

The Miracolous Mandarin, suite
Dance Suite
Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion

Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo
BRUNO MADERNA

Almost unheard & Ultra-OOP.

Flac & Scans with details
(see comments)

A double post
to make up for the next 4/5 days, maybe too full of commitments...