23 January 2021

Beethoven and Schubert - Krauss



Here's the first of some Krauss posts upcoming.


Beethoven

Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II

Choral Fantasy op. 80


Schubert

Gesang der Geister über den Wassern


Wiener Symphoniker

CLEMENS KRAUSS

1950


FLAC


 

13 January 2021

Mahler 5 Boulez live 1970


 

MAHLER

Symphony no. 5

BBC Symphony Orchestra

PIERRE BOULEZ

Live BBC Proms 4 august 1970

FLAC with scans


5 January 2021

Wagner LPO Tennstedt - live 1981


 


I didn't know what to choose to start this 2021... well, why not this one?

Another live recording with Kollo, Bundschum & Thomlinson is available on a LPO CD.

But here we have Jessye Norman as Sieglinde.

All the best for this New Year.


Richard Wagner 

Die Walküre, Act One 


Jessye Norman, Robert Schunk, Marius Rintzler 


London Philharmonic 

KLAUS TENNSTEDT 

LIVE - October 25, 1981

FLAC

27 December 2020

Reiner conducts Bartók - 1957 & 1946



Still a bit in trouble, but just to show that I'm still here, 

I propose the last post of the year.


Greetings to all!

See you in 2021



Béla Bartók

Violin Concerto n.2


Yehudi Menuhin, vl

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

FRITZ REINER

Chicago, Symphony Hall 24 october 1957

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Concerto per Orchestra

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Pittsburgh, 4&5 Februrary 1946

10 December 2020

Alban Berg - Hermann Scherchen live

 





Hello everyone, I'm back.
For two months I was busy renovating an apartment and moving house. 

Never do it, if you can! 

It's all messed up, but I'll slowly start over with a few posts 
over the next weeks, then pick up next year...



ALBAN BERG

Lulu Suite
BRSO 20 feb 1953

Der Wein
BRSO 8 mar 1957

Lyrische Suite, 3 stücke (string orchestra)
NDR SO 1959

HERMANN SCHERCHEN


FLAC 
scans & info included










6 October 2020

Karajan and Czech PO Live 1971





A complete concert from the 1971 Salzburg Festival,

and a rare opportunity to listen to Karajan on the piano... 

as long as you spot him :) 

Seriously, I don't know if he has conducted this orchestra on other occasions 

and if this document has already been published on some phantom CD. 

Anyway, tell me your opinion.


BTW, In those days the orchestra was also conducted in Salzburg 

by Böhm, Abbado and Neumann.



BACH  Konzert für vier Klaviere und Streicher a-Moll BWV 1065

DVORÁK  Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 – “From the New World”


Walter Klien, Piano

Justus Frantz, Piano

Jean Bernard Pommier, Piano

Herbert von Karajan, Piano


Czech Philharmonic 

HERBERT VON KARAJAN


15 August 1971

Salzburg, Grosses Festspielhaus


FLAC (5 files)


27 September 2020

Karel Ancerl & Czech PO Live 1958


 


Smetana, Dvorák & Musorgkskij/Ravel


Czech Philharmonic

KAREL ANCERL


Live recording

Ascona, Switzerland - 10 october 1958



FLAC

9 September 2020

Shostakovich BSO Koussevitzky - live

 





SHOSTAKOVICH


Symphony no. 9 (First american performance)

August 10, 1946


Symphony no. 5

March 16, 1948


Boston Symphony Orchestra

SERGEI KOUSSEVITZKI


FLAC (scans included)



21 August 2020

Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev - NBC, Stokowski

 


TCHAIKOVSKY

The Tempest, op. 18


PROKOFIEV

Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78

Jennie Tourel, contralto

Westminster Choir

NBC Symphony Orchestra

LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI 

NY, 7 march 1943


First performance in America

(sung in english)


FLAC (separated tracks)



15 August 2020

Bartok PC2 & Britten PC - Richter




It is difficult to imagine a discography as rich and important 
and at the same time as disordered as that of Sviatoslav Richter, 
scattered on dozens of labels, 
moreover with frequent mistakes in the dates :/
 
As in this case.
Misdated on the cover, Bartók PC2 is the same (may 6, 1967)
published on Brilliant, Russian Revelation and Yedang.

The true rarity is Britten, live in Aldeburgh (june 18, 1967)
with the composer on the podium:
this should be the only CD release.

FLAC (with scans)





 

1 August 2020

Strauss BSO Koussevitzky





STRAUSS

Don Juan
Till Eulenspiegel
Also Sprach Zarathustra

Boston Symphony Orchestra
SERGEI KOUSSEVITZKY

Live 1946/1947


FLAC (3 separated tracks)

Scan & details included

Mozart Piano Concertos 21&27 Gulda, Swarowsky





MOZART

Piano Concerto No 21 in C-dur, KV 467
Piano Concerto No 27 in B-dur, KV 595


FRIEDRICH GULDA,  Klavier
Orchester Der Wiener Staatsoper
HANS SWAROWSKY


Recording 1963, from LP Concert Hall M-2319

Reupload on request.

FLAC (separated tracks)








24 July 2020

Fritz Reiner conducts Richard Strauss - BSO 1945





STRAUSS

Salomes Tanz
Symphonia Domestica

Boston Symphony Orchestra
FRITZ REINER

Live, Boston - 22 december 1945

FLAC



IMPORTANT NOTE:
On request, a new upload of Musorgskij/Ravel Pictures
by Dorati (RCO) & Reiner (live NYPO)
is available here:

https://laureateconductor.blogspot.com/2011/09/pictures-at-exhibition-2-rare-versions.html


(If you have reup requests, please write them in a comment on the most recent post!)







17 July 2020

Berlioz Fantastique BSO Koussevitzky





BERLIOZ
Symphonie Fantastique

Boston Symphony Orchestra
SERGEI KOUSSEVITZKY

Live 16 october 1943

FLAC (scans included)



10 July 2020

Scherchen conducts Berg, Skalkottas, Schönberg





ALBAN BERG
Kammerkonzert
(Paul Jacobs, pf - Wolfgang Marschner, vl)

NIKOS SKALKOTTAS
Piano Concerto n. 2
(Georg Hadjinikos, pf)

ARNOLD SCHOENBERG
Piano Concerto
(Eduard Steuermann, pf)


HERMANN SCHERCHEN, conductor

(live 1953-1959)


FLAC (Scans & details included)






6 July 2020

Bloch, Schoenberg, Shostakovich 5 Piatigorsky NYPO Rodzinski








Bloch
Schelomo, Hebraic rhapsody for cello & orchestra
(26 November 1944)

Schoenberg
Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, Op 41
Mack Harrell, voice;
Edward Steuermann, piano;
New York Philharmonic;
Artur Rodzinsky, conductor
(First recording - 26 November 1944) *

Shostakovich
Symphony No 5 in D Minor, Op 47
(24 February 1946)


New York Philharmonic
Artur Rodzinsky, conductor


* The first performance, with the same interpreters, dates back to 23 november.


FLAC (cover & tracklist included)

3 July 2020

Rachmaninoff BSO Koussevitzky





Rachmaninoff

Symphony no. 3
Vocalise (orchestral version)
The Isle of the Dead, op. 29

Boston Symphony Orchestra
SERGEI KOUSSEVITZKY

Live 1945-47

FLAC (Scans & details included)

28 June 2020

Mozart, Beethoven - David Oistrakh




MOZART
Violin Concerto K. 219
DAVID OISTRAKH, vl
Orchestra “A. Scarlatti”di Napoli
Gabor Ötvös, conductor
Live 22 april 1963


BEETHOVEN
Violin Concerto op. 61
DAVID OISTRAKH, vl
Orchestra “A. Scarlatti”di Napoli
Herbert Albert, conductor
Live 15 april 1965

FLAC



Mahler 1 - LSO, Kubelik - live 1975







MAHLER
Symphony no. 1

London Symphony Orchestra
RAFAEL KUBELIK

Live - 16 october 1975



Although we have many Mahlerian studio and live recordings made by Kubelik
(those published by Audite were a wonderful surprise),
the LSO is definitely not an orchestra
strictly associated with the name of the czech conductor.
So, many reasons to be curious.

Apart from a little tape hiss, the quality of the source is quite good.

FLAC (separated tracks)







15 June 2020

Orff - Carmina Burana - Stokowski 1954




Leopold Stokowski's words:

"I believe that Orff's genius – combining as it does so magnificently all the resources of traditional occidental music with vigourous new conceptions of lyricism, romantic intensity, gigantic architectonics, rhythmic audacity, an extraordinarily personal blending of pagan and modern feeling, and the mature simplicity achieved only by a master – will be recognised by future generations as a major departure in the development of the art of music."


Third performance in USA.
The creation of this work was in Frankfurt in 1937, but the published score was not available in the United States until 1953. The USA premiere took place in a San Francisco concert (University of San Francisco's Schola Cantorum under Giovanni Camajani). Then, Thor Johnson conducted the second  at the Cincinnati May Festival (5 May 1954).


Stokoswki's "extremist" dynamics are also evident in the Houston recording (Capitol, EMI and so on); perhaps here we have a problem (yes: in Boston, not in Houston) with the microphones or with the distances.

However, since the sharp, powerful break after "O Fortuna", it is clear that Stoky has a lot to say about this score.
Also in this case I don't know "official" publications on CD or other format.



ORFF
Carmina Burana

Student soloists:

Ruth Ann Tobin sp
Gwendolyn Belle ms
Elmer Dickey tn
John Colleary br
Kenneth Shelton br

Newton Boys' Choir
Boston University Chorus,
Boston University Symphony
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI

Boston, Symphony Hall
Live - 19 november 1954

FLAC