11 December 2019

Fritz Reiner conducts Bartók and Kodály - Live 1960





On request,
here's another "definitive reupload" on Mediafire.


Fritz Reiner conducts Bartók and Kodály:
three masterworks non included in the "official" discography
of the great hungarian conductor.
No Chicago, no Pittsburgh, no NBC...  but the New York Philharmonic.

And excellent performances:
in particular The Miracolous Mandarin is lavish,
hot, brutal, almost "pornophonic".



Kodály
Peacock Variations
march 12, 1960

Bartók
The Miracolous Mandarin, suite
march 12, 1960

Piano Concerto n. 1
(Rudolf Serkin, piano)
march 19, 1960


New York Philharmonic Orchestra
FRITZ REINER

FLAC (scans included)



8 December 2019

Beethoven Missa Solemnis NYPO Walter live 1948



All right, another Missa Solemnis.
Then I'll stop for a while, I swear...

("for a while", on the other hand, is a very vague concept...)

But it's not my fault if Toscanini, Szell and even Walter have made
such beautiful and important readings of this monumental score.

Maybe the soloists are not up to some previously uploaded recordings,
but NYPO and Walter are absolutely at their best.

Also, Beethoven's year is coming.

BEETHOVEN
Missa Solemnis, op. 123

Westminster Choir
New York Philharmonic
BRUNO WALTER
Live - April 18, 1948


FLAC (separated tracks)
complete scans included





6 December 2019

Mozart 39, 40 & 41 Berlin State SO Richard Strauss








"Definitive" reupload


MOZART
Symphony no. 39
Symphony no. 40
Symphony no. 41

Berlin State Symphony Orchestra
RICHARD STRAUSS

recordings: 1926 (nn. 39 & 41), 1927 (n. 40)
(No DG or Koch... Direct transfers from 78rpm)

FLAC (12 separated tracks)



30 November 2019

Shostakovich Violin Concerto n. 2 Oistrakh (Ormandy and Martinon)




SHOSTAKOVICH
Violin Concerto n. 2, op. 129

DAVID OISTRAKH, violin

(two live performances)


London Symphony Orchestra
EUGENE ORMANDY (november 17, 1967)


Orchestre National de l'ORTF
JEAN MARTINON (october 10, 1971)


Two little known live performances starring "King David",
the first and the greatest performer of this Concerto.
Composed in spring 1967, it is also the last concert for soloist and orchestra written by Shostakovich, as 60th birthday gift for its dedicatee, David Oistrakh. Premiered unofficially in Bolshevo, near Moscow (13 September 1967) and officially on 26 September in Moscow, of course by Oistrakh himself (with the Moscow Philharmonic under Kirill Kondrashin).


FLAC

22 November 2019

Stokowski live in Turin 1955




JACQUES IBERT
Féerique
   

MORTON GOULD
Latin-American Symphonette
     

MANUEL DE FALLA
El amor brujo (*)
(Oralia Dominguez, contralto)
         

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphony no. 5



Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI

Live - 6 & 8 (*) may 1955


Stokowski conducted other works during the two evenings (details in the folder),
but the recordings apparently did not survive.




FLAC & details included

15 November 2019

Shostakovich 11 - BBCSO Sargent 1958






SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 11 in G minor, op. 103 "The Year 1905"

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Malcolm Sargent

London, Royal Festival Hall
January 22, 1958


The Symphony was premiered on 30 October 1957,
by the USSR Symphony Orchestra (conductor Natan Rakhlin).
This is the 1st performance outside USSR: the US Premiere was given
by Stokowski and the Houston SO a few months later, on 7 April 1958.


FLAC
separated tracks






13 November 2019

Beethoven 2 - Beecham LSO (1926) & LPO (1936)





Another reupload on request.

Two version of Beethoven 2 conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.

The older is more bizarre, quick and full of surprises: both are very enjoyable.

Direct transfers from 78rpm





BEETHOVEN

Symphony no. 2 op. 36


London Symphony Orchestra

SIR THOMAS BEECHAM

Studio, 1926

Columbia 78rpm. Original issue numbers: L 1864; L 1865; L 1866; L 1867



London Philharmonic Orchestra

SIR THOMAS BEECHAM

Studio - october 13, 1936

Columbia 78rpm. Original issue numbers: LX 586; LX 587; LX 588; LX 589



FLAC
(8 separated files)

11 November 2019

Bruno Walter plays and conducts Mozart - NBC Symphony (1939-1940)






On request, here's three rare NBC recordings by Bruno Walter.

Like in the previous Wagner post, we have the opportunity to listen Walter as a pianist
(as in the old EMI version of the same Concerto).

Nice sound quality for 1939 / 1940.


FLAC + complete scans

5 November 2019

Strauss - Karl Böhm, Staatskapelle Dresden live 1976




RICHARD STRAUSS


DON JUAN

VIER LETZTE LIEDER
Anna Tomowa-Sintow, sp

EIN HELDENLEBEN

Staatskapelle Dresden
Karl Böhm

Live - Salzburg Festival
August 11, 1976

FLAC
(3 separated files)





Beethoven - Missa Solemnis - Szell, live 1967





After Mozart's Requiem / Bruckner's Te Deum
and Verdi's Requiem
this Missa Solemnis concludes an ideal CD triptych
dedicated to great choral works
never recorded in studio by Szell.

As in the previous cases,
a very personal reading of absolute importance.
The fast tempos (tt 76 minutes) give the Gloria and the Credo
a bump and a momentum of great impact,
but also the Sanctus succeeds magnificently
(with a very good violin solo in the Benedictus).

Last but not least,
Robert Shaw's imprint on the choir is crystal clear.
Fortunately, the sound quality is also very good.




BEETHOVEN

Missa Solemnis in D major, op.123

Sara Mae Endich, sopran
Florence Kopleff, alto
Ernst Haefliger, tenor
Ezio Flagello, bass

Robert Shaw, Chorus Master
Cleveland Orchestra & Chorus
GEORGE SZELL


February 2-4, 1967
Severance Hall, Cleveland (live)


FLAC
(separated tracks)





30 October 2019

Beethoven - Piano Concerto no. 1 - Gulda (Hindemith & Böhm)




BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No.1 in C, op.19

Friedrich Gulda, pf

Rias Sinfonie-Orchester
Paul Hindemith
(Live, 1957)

Wiener Philharmoniker
Karl Böhm
(Studio, 1951)

FLAC



25 October 2019

Berlioz, Bernstein, Schumann - Bernstein (live 1967)




BERLIOZ
Le Carnaval romain, overture

BERNSTEIN
Chichester Psalms

SCHUMANN
Symphony no. 2 in C, op. 61

(chorus master Giulio Bertola)
Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Roma della Rai

LEONARD BERNSTEIN

Roma - June 5, 1967


FLAC

15 October 2019

Stokowski conducts Haydn








FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN


Symphony no. 45 “Farewell”
American Symphony Orchestra

(NY Town Hall - March 1, 1972) §


Symphony no. 53 “L’Impériale”
Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
(NY Manhattan Center - May 25, 1949) *



Symphony no. 60 “Il distratto”
American Symphony Orchestra

(NY Carnegie Hall - January 19, 1970) §

LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI, conductor

Live (§) & Studio (*)


FLAC



8 October 2019

Bartók - The Miraculous Mandarin, suite - Boulez, Kértesz, Stokowski, Abbado






Bartók
The Miraculous Mandarin, suite


Orchester des Südwestfunks (Now SWR Baden-Baden und Freiburg)
PIERRE BOULEZ
(October 18, 1959)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
ISTVAN KERTESZ
(September 26 or 28, 1968)

American Symphony Orchestra
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
(May 19, 1969)

Wiener Philharmoniker
CLAUDIO ABBADO
(Salzburg Festival, August 23, 1981)


FLAC





1 October 2019

Schoenberg - Gurrelieder - Josef Krips (live 1969)





Arnold Schoenberg
GURRELIEDER

GUNDULA JANOWITZ (Tove), sp
CHRISTA LUDWIG (Waldtaube), ms
MURRAY DICKIE (Klaus-Narr), tn
ARTURO SERGI (Waldemar), tn
HERBERT LACKNER (Bauer), bs
EVA PILZ, Sprecher

WIener Schubertbund Männerchor
Chorus Viennensis
Gemischter Chor der Wiener Singakademie

Wiener Symphoniker
JOSEF KRIPS

Wiener Konzerthaus - June 10, 1969

FLAC





27 September 2019

Bernstein and NYPO in Venice 1959







Bernstein and NYPO in Venice 1959, realized as not commercial LP


Recorded at Teatro La Fenice during the NYPO/Bernstein european tour (including two famous concerts in Moscow), finally in good sound.


MOZART
Figaro ouv (excerpts) & Piano Concerto n. 17 (II & III mov)
plus Bernstein speech about Mozart.

FLAC

19 September 2019

RT 034 Toscanini in Den Haag 1938





CHERUBINI
Anacréon Overture

DEBUSSY
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

DUKAS
L'apprenti sorcier

HAYDN
Symphony No. 101 "The Clock"


Bonus: Debussy rehearsal


Het Residentie-Orkest Den Haag
ARTURO TOSCANINI
March 23, 1938

FLAC




16 September 2019

Mozart, Beethoven - Oistrakh, Giulini live 1968 & 1974





MOZART
Violin Concerto n. 4 in D, KV 218

Orchestra Sinfonica
di Torino della Rai

DAVID OISTRAKH
violin & conductor

LIVE - October 25, 1968



BEETHOVEN
Violin Concerto in D, op. 61

DAVID OISTRAKH, violin

Wiener Symphoniker

CARLO MARIA GIULINI

LIVE - May 25, 1974


FLAC

4 September 2019

Prokofiev, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky - Romeo - Celibidache






Another OOP CD, published in the '90s.


The chronology of the orchestra shows these
as the only pieces performed on April 4th,
although the overall duration is too short for a symphonic concert.

The presence of the public is not perceived in any way
(no noise and no applause).
Moreover the sound is extremely good,
much better than the standards of Italian radio broadcasts in the early '60s.


Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet, op. 64 (excerpts)
Berlioz: Romeo & Juliet, op. 17 (excerpts)
Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet, Fantasy-Overture


Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Rai
SERGIU CELIBIDACHE

April 4, 1960


FLAC
Scans & Details included



NOTE: Shostakovich 5&9 Celibidache
New link: updated & available.


23 August 2019

Stokowski - The first Wide range & Stereo recordings 1931-32










A CD published in the late '90s.
(I don't know if the content has been reprinted by other labels).


BERLIOZ
Le Carnaval romain

WEBER/BERLIOZ
Invitation to the Dance

MENDELSSOHN
Scherzo from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

WAGNER
Prelude & Liebestod
from "Tristan und Isolde"

SCRIABIN
Poeme de Feu, op. 60
(two excerpts in stereo)


MUSORGSKIJ
Pictures at an Exhibition
(two excerpts in stereo and two in mono)

Bell Telephone Laboritories, 1931-32


FLAC
(scans & tracklist included)