27 February 2011

Rare Toscanini 018: Bach & R. Strauss - BBCSO (1938)

Bach & Strauss recordings kindly provided by Wagnerite:

A big surprise, and an unexpected extra-volume of the BBC - Toscanini survey.
Thank you again, dear Wagnerite, for the marvellous gift.

I've joined the separated files and - with a spectral cleaner - I've eliminated manually 200 (circa) clicks, pops & big "tocs" (I don't like the "automatic" declicking & decrackling). Then a very little filtering and a final conversion in flac.

British National Anthem "God Save the King"
BBC Symphony Orchestra
May 19, 1938 - London, Queen's Hall - Live

Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No.2 (fragment)

Richard Strauss
Don Quixote

Emanuel Feuermann
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Arturo Toscanini

May 23, 1938 - London, Queen's Hall - Live

Emanuel Feuermann plays his own transcriptions of
Chopin Nocturne Op.9/2 & Falla Jota (Theodore Saidenberg, piano)
and talks with Bob Burns
Kraft Music Hall, August 22, 1940.

bizarre interferences (????) in Brandenburg Concerto fragment
some little gaps in Don Quixote - and something strange happens from 8:47, but I left the source as it was.

Fileserve & Megaupload

26 February 2011

Jascha Horenstein conducts Richard Strauss (1954)


Don Juan
11 September 1954

Till Eulenspiegel
12 September 1954

Tod und Verklärung
14 September 1954

Bamberger Symphoniker

LP VOX PL 9060

not my rip - thanks to alteroton62

flac + cover & details

25 February 2011

Rare Toscanini 017: Verdi - Requiem BBCSO

Verdi - Requiem
Cherubini - Anacreon, overture
Mozart - Symphony no. 35
Beethoven - Symphony no. 7


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24 February 2011

Schubert - Symphonies n. 8&9 - Bruno Walter (live 1950, 1960)

Another OOP As Disc:

Bruno Walter conducts Schubert

Symphony No. 8
Vienna Philharmonic
May 29, 1960; Musikvereinssaal (live broadcast)

Symphony No. 9
Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
September 8, 1950; Konserthusets stora sal (live broadcast)

Fileserve / Megaupload
(1 single link) - with scans

Rare Toscanini 016: Missa Solemnis BBCPO

1939 Live recording -  again BBCSO / Toscanini.

Megaupload & Fileserve
(as always interchangeable)

22 February 2011

Fritz Reiner conducts Bartok and Kodaly - Live 1960

Very rare live recordings.
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".

Peacock Variations
march 12, 1960

The Miracolous Mandarin, suite
march 12, 1960

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

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Flac + scans


18 February 2011

Rare Toscanini 015: Mozart, Rossini, Debussy, Elgar BBCSO

Two "Must" in Toscanini legacy:
La Mer & Enigma Variations with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

flac + scans

15 February 2011

Rare Toscanini 014: Beethoven 4&7, Prometheus - BBCSO

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Rare Toscanini 013: Weber, Mendelssohn, Sibelius - BBC SO

After a little pause (very busy days, sorry)
here I am again with more Toscanini - BBC.

This selection includes the oldest recording of Sibelius 2 conducted by the "maestrissimo"

flac + cover

7 February 2011

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

Very rare NBC recordings of Bruno Walter.
The most interest thing, here, is the opportunity to listen Walter as a pianist (as in the old Emi version of the same Concerto).
Nice sound quality for 1939 / 1940.


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3 February 2011

Rare Toscanini 011: Beethoven 9 with the BBC SO

Recorded in november 1937.

Plus a very interesting interview:
Sir Adrian Boult talks about the BBC years of Toscanini

Flac + cover


Tchaikovsky - Symphony no. 5 - Furtwängler

Posted on request.

Symphony No.5 in E minor, op.64

Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Rai
Wilhelm Furtwängler

June 6, 1952 (live)
Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, Torino

Serenade for Strings, op.48
Waltz (2nd movement) & Finale (4th movement)

Wiener Philharmoniker
Wilhelm Furtwängler

February 2, 1950
Wien, Brahmssaal (studio)

Flac + cover front / back with infos included
pw: laureate
Fileserve or Megaupload (single link)

2 February 2011

Wilhelm Furtwängler in rehearsal (LVB Leonore III, Symphonies 7&9)

Wilhelm Furtwängler


Leonore III

Stockholm Philharmonic
Stockholm - nov 12, 1948
Symphony no. 7 - II mov

Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Lucerne - aug 15, 1951
Symphony no. 9 - III & IV mov

Gré Brouwenstijn, Ira Malaniuk,
Wolfgang Windgassen, Ludwig Weber

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus
Bayreuth - aug 8, 1954

All the surviving Beethoven rehearsals by WF apart from a very rare fragment of Leonore II in Bremen (1950)... Anyone can provide it?

Flac + cover

MU & FS links

1 February 2011

Beethoven - Missa Solemnis NYPO Bruno Walter

Beethoven - Missa Solemnis in D, Op. 123

Eleanor Steber, soprano
Nan Merriman, mezzo-soprano
William Hain, tenor
Lorenzo Alvary, baritone

Westminster Choir
New York Philharmonic

(radio broadcast - april 18, 1948)

Another rarity from the entirely oop AS catalogue:
good sound for the period and Bruno Walter at his best.

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