26 March 2011

De Sabata conducts Franck and Dvorak




Franck Symphony and Dvorak no. 9 with the Nypo
live recordings - march 12 & 26, 1950


I'll add more De Sabata in the next days...

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18 March 2011

De Sabata & Berliner Philharmoniker: The complete Polydor recordings





This collection contains in my opinion some of the greatest recordings ever made:
for Brahms 4th I find the only possible terms of comparison in Furtwangler and Kleiber;  for Feste Romane and Tod und Verklärung De Sabata is my first choice.

Not only the musical content is a treasure, but the sound quality too is excellent for the period.


CD1

BRAHMS - Symphony no. 4
RESPIGHI - Feste Romane

CD2

KODÁLY - Dances of Galanta
VERDI - Aida, preludio
WAGNER - Tristan und Isolde - Prelude und Liebestod
STRAUSS - Tod und Verklärung

Berliner Philharmoniker
VICTOR DE SABATA

Studio recordings for Polydor
Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin
April 1939

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IMPORTANT NOTE: In the comment section you can find a RS link for the extremely rare Tristan fragments (1930), kindly provided by adbm.
Thanks, thanks, thanks!


p.s. You can find a very good "no treated" digitalization of Tod und Verklärung directly taken from 78rpm in the fantastic 33+45=78 blog

http://334578.blogspot.com/search/label/de%20Sabata

17 March 2011

Victor De Sabata - Live in Salzburg (august 1, 1953)



Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani
Berlioz: Il Carnevale Romano
Strauss: Tod und Verklärung
Ravel: La Valse

Wiener Philharmoniker
VICTOR DE SABATA
Salzburg Festival - August 1, 1953


One of the last concerts given by De Sabata (he died in december 1967, but his retirement is dated 1953: then he conducted again only twice more, once in a HMV studio recording of Verdi's Requiem - June 1954 - and at Toscanini's memorial service; funeral march from Beethoven's Eroica at La Scala followed by Verdi's Requiem in Milan Cathedral, 1957).

The audio quality is certainly not superb; better, anyway, than in the previous Nuova Era remastering published in the late 80s.


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NOTE: In the comment section you can find a link kindly provided by adbm:
Sibelius: En Saga - LPO - Victor De Sabata (1946 recording)

Thank you!

13 March 2011

Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf (part 2 - nine versions)


V.P. Maretskaja, narrator (in russian)
URSS State Symphony Orchestra
NIKOLAI GOLOVANOV
Recording: 1947

David Franklin, narrator
L' Orchestre de L' Association Des Concerts Colonne
ISAIE DIESENHAUS
Recording date unspecified

Romy Schneider, narrator (in german)
Philharmonia Orchestra
HERBERT VON KARAJAN
Recording: 1956

Nikolai Litvinov, narrator (in russian)
URSS State Symphony Orchestra
GENNADI ROZHDESTVENSKY
Recording: 1956

Boris Karloff, narrator
Wiener Staatsoperorchester
MARIO ROSSI
Recording: 1957

Michael Flanders, narrator
Philharmonia Orchestra
EFREM KURTZ
Recording: 1959

Dzhemal Dalgat, narrator (in russian)
All Union Radio Orchestra
EVGENY SVETLANOV
Recording date unspecified

Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan), narrator
Stadium Symphony Orchestra
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
Recording: 1960

make your own version
Stadium Symphony Orchestra
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
Recording: 1960



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11 March 2011

Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf (Nine versions 1939-1959)



From the first american recording (Koussevitzky), a selection of 9 versions of this beloved musical fairy tale.


SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Peter and the Wolf, op. 67

Richard Hale, narrator
Boston Symphony Orchestra
SERGEI KOUSSEVITZKY
Recording: 1939

Basil Rathbone, narrator
All American Orchestra
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
Recording: July, 1941

Carlos Pellicer, narrator (in spanish)
Mexico Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Chávez
Recording: 1947

Lauritz Melchior, narrator
NBC Symphony Orchestra
FRITZ REINER
Recording: June 19, 1949 (Live)

Frank Phillips, narrator
London Philharmonic Orchestra
NICOLAI MALKO
Recording: 1949
(original upload by Tin Ear: http://themusicparlour.blogspot.com)

Eleanor Roosevelt, narrator
Boston Symphony Orchestra
SERGEI KOUSSEVITZKY
Recording: August 11, 1950

Gérard Philipe, narrator (in french)
URSS State Symphony Orchestra
GENNADI ROZHDESTVENSKY
Recording: 1956 (published 1957)

José Ferrer, narrator (in spanish)
Vienna State Opera Orchestra
EUGENE GOOSSENS
Recording: 1959

Fernandel, narrator (in french)
Orchestra Pro Musica Hamburg
ALBERT WOLFF
Recording: 1959


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8 March 2011

Rare Toscanini 020: Missa Solemnis (NYPO 1935) + Sibelius, Bach-Wood, Strauss





LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Missa Solemnis in D Major, op. 123 (82:36)

Elisabeth Rethberg - Marion Telva
Giovanni Martinelli - Ezio Pinza

Pietro Yon (organ)
Schola Cantorum - New York Philharmonic
ARTURO TOSCANINI

April 28,1935
New York, Carnegie Hall - Live recording

acetates from AM radio broadcast - NOTE: In the "Credo" the "Et resurrexit tertia die secundum scripturas" (6 bars) is missing


Sibelius: En Saga
March 29, 1936 - Live, Carnegie Hall

Bach-Wood: Toccata & Fugue BWV 565
February 23, 1936 - Live, Carnegie Hall

Strauss: Salome - Dance of the seven Veils
January 27, 1935 - Live, Carnegie Hall

New York Philharmonic
ARTURO TOSCANINI



This selection includes some or the rarest Toscanini documents posted until now.

The recording quality of the Missa Solemnis is certainly poor, but (particularly in the Credo and in the Sanctus) this performance contains wonderful moments.

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6 March 2011

Fritz Busch & Nicolai Malko in Copenhagen (1932-1934)





The Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra had very important guest conductors from '30s to '70s. Among them: Nicolai Malko, Fritz Busch, Eugene Ormandy, Rafael Kubelik and of course (1968-1976) Sergiu Celibidache.

And the "parterre de roi" of great soloists is no less impressive: only in this CD we can listen for Piatigorsky (Dvorák Cello Concerto, 1st mov - what a performance), Horowitz (Tchaikovski 1, 3rd mov), Serkin (Beethoven 4, 1st mov), Nathan Milstein, Wanda Landowska.

But the real "stars" are Fritz Busch (listen for his Carnival overture) & Nicolai Malko; two outstanding and underrated conductors.

Forgotten treasures very well conserved and restored. Don't miss this rarity!

Rec: 1932-1934

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UPDATE: This post has become quickly unnecessary
Invocation posted on his fantastic blog  the complete collection (6cd) "Great Singers & Musicians in Copenhagen 1931-39".
Are you still here? Run there!! :-)))

Rare Toscanini 019: All Wagner - BBCSO 1937




TOSCANINI BBCSO - ALL WAGNER CONCERT

Part I (54:57)
01 Announcement
02 God Save the King
03 Faust Overture
04 Lohengrin: Act I prelude
05 Lohengrin: Act III prelude
06 Tannhauser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Part 2 (44:16)
01 Siegfried Idyll
02 Siegfried: Waldweben
03 Gotterdammerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey
04 Die Walkure: Walkurenritt
05 Final announcement

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Arturo Toscanini
London, Queen's Hall, June 16, 1937 - Live


Bonus
Friedlinde Wagner (1918-1991), Richard's granddaughter,
in conversation with Ben Grauer about Toscanini in Bayreuth
NBC Broadcast: January 2, 1967 (13:58)


Another GREAT surprise from Wagnerite; many, many thanks!

Again I've removed the biggest clicks & pops and made minor adjustments.
Hope you like also the other (little) surprise in appendix.

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2 March 2011

Furtwängler - Symphony no. 2 (Stuttgart march 30, 1954)



Another great share provided by alteroton62.
Thanks!!

In appendix a conversation - approx 30 min - about the art of conducting (in german, of course) with the composer Werner Egk (1901-83).

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