29 July 2011

Gershwin plays and conducts Gershwin



Gershwin plays Rhapsody in blue, 3 Preludes, 2nd Rhapsody,
a piano solo extract from Rhapsody in blue and conducts An American in Paris.

recordings: 1927 - 1931

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Dear friends,
and now a break... the blog will return fully active in september.
Have a good, sunny, happy august !!!
















27 July 2011

Hans Knappertsbusch conducts Mozart



MOZART

Eine kleine Nachtmusik K. 525
with Vienna Philharmonic (12.05.1940)

Symphony no. 39 K. 543
with Berlin State Opera (01.10.1929)

Symphony no. 40 K. 550
with Vienna Philharmonic (09.11.1941)

HANS KNAPPERTSBUSCH



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24 July 2011

Stravinsky - Oedipus Rex - Karajan





STRAVINSKY
Oedipus Rex, opera-oratorio

Arnoldo Foa' (narrator)
Nicolai Gedda (Edipo)
Magda Laszlo (Giocasta)
Mario Petri (Creonte)
Aldo Bertocci (Un pastore)
Nestore Catalani (Un corriere)

Orchestra e Coro di Roma della RAI
Herbert von Karajan

recording - Roma, 20 december 1952


BRUCKNER
Te Deum in C major, for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ, WAB 45

Rita Streich (Soprano)
Dagmar Hermann (Contralto)
Ernst Haefliger (Tenor)
Hans Braun (Bass)

Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien
Wiener Symphoniker
Herbert von Karajan

recording - Perugia, Basilica di San Pietro - 29 september 1952
VII Sagra Musicale Umbra


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23 July 2011

Brahms 1 & Kalinnikov 1 - Scherchen


Johannes BRAHMS - Symphony No.1 in C minor Op.68 *
Vassily KALINNIKOV - Symphony No.1 in G minor

Vienna State Opera Orchestra *
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Hermann Scherchen

Recorded 1951
ARCHIPEL ARPCD 0211 [79.52]

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22 July 2011

Mozart - Requiem - Horenstein





Recorded in the 200th anniversary of W.A.M. birth.


MOZART
Requiem K.626

Wilma Lipp, Elisabeth Höngen
Murray Dickie, Ludwig Weber

Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde
Orchestra Vienna Pro Musica
JASCHA HORENSTEIN

Studio - Mono - 10-13 February 1956 (Vox)

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Rare Toscanini 023 - The first recordings



Note: please discard the cover included in the rar archive and use this one (for details read FEM message in the comment section)




ARTURO TOSCANINI
The first recordings

Not taken from the Rca included in the Toscanini Collection (vol 71 - harsh remastering, unfortunately) but from other sources, including a La Scala celebrative issue, a Symposium CD and some original 78rpm.

Here the sound is more soft, natural and enjoable (if you've the Rca, you can compare). The Finale from Beethoven 5 is presented in two alternative sources.

In appendix a true rarity: the first recording ever made by the New York Philharmonic.

In 1911, after Mahler's death, the Philharmonic appointed Josef Stransky as his replacement. Stransky led the orchestra until 1923 (from 1922 in cohabitation with his successor Willem Mengelberg): and he made the first recording with the orchestra in 1917. Mahler scholar Henry-Louis de La Grange has described J. Stransky as a "conscientious but uninspiring" leader, who allowed the high performing levels achieved by Mahler to fall.

Anyway, only 6 years after Mahler's death, something still remains in the sound of the Philharmonic? Impossible to say, but a fascinating question.




ARTURO TOSCANINI
ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS 1920-1921


Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
ARTURO TOSCANINI


bonus:

Beethoven Symphony 5 (Andante)
New York Philharmonic
JOSEPH STRANSKY
Studio - january 24, 1917

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19 July 2011

Charpentier & Monteverdi - Nadia Boulanger



Ah, Mademoiselle...

M.A. CHARPENTIER
Médeé, selection

MONTEVERDI
Madrigali

Hor che'l ciel e la terra
Lamento d'Arianna (exc.)
Zefiro torna
Ohimè, dov'è il mio ben (Book 7)
Chiome d'oro (Book 7)
Il Ballo delle ingrate (exc.)
Lamento della Ninfa (Book 8)
Ecco mormorar l’onde (Book 2)
Recording date: 1937

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18 July 2011

Dvorak Cello Concerto (Rose) and Franck Symphony NYPO Rodzinski



Another couple of classic NYPO - Rodzinski live recordings (1945), with the young Leonard Rose as soloist in Dvorak.

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17 July 2011

Rare Toscanini 022: Complete NYPO Concert feb 2, 1936 + Brahms Violin Concerto (NYPO, Heifetz - 1935)



Robert Casadesus (Brahms) - Toscanini- NYPO

Complete concert 2 feb 1936

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2
Brahms: Piano concerto No.2 op. 83 (*)

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture op. 62
Beethoven: Symphony No.4 op. 60

Robert Casadesus, piano (*)
New York Philharmonic
ARTURO TOSCANINI

Live - New York - February 2, 1936

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+ Brahms Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 (37:32)
Violin : Jascha Heifetz
Recording Date & Place : February 24, 1935 Carnegie Hall
New York Philharmonic
ARTURO TOSCANINI


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14 July 2011

Rare Toscanini 021: Aida and Un ballo in maschera rehearsals




The Rare AT project restarts with
rehearsals for Aida (1949) and Un ballo in maschera (1954).
In appendix the only Bellini recording by Toscanini: Introduction and Druid's Chorus from Norma (December 2,1945).

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13 July 2011

Brahms - Symphony no. 3 - Kindler and Beecham



Here a very interesting couple of rare Brahms 3.

Now almost forgotten, The (Dutch-born) American cellist and conductor Hans Kindler (1892-1949) was the principal cellist in Stokowski’s Philadelphia Orchestra; he gave recitals with Rachmaninov and Ravel, concerts with Monteux and Furtwängler: later, became a conductor.
In 1931 he had formed the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington and in 1940 they began to record. The major fruits were the third symphonies of Brahms and Tchaikovsky; but they recorded also shorter works and lighter repertoire.

Then, you can listen for the only surviving Brahms 3 conducted by Beecham (just 2 weeks after Toscanini's death): Sir Thomas was a "champion" of the Second, but he conducted only a few times 1 and 3, and never the Fourth!

Both versions are imaginative, vivid and energetic (listen to STB shouting!):
fast tempos and very flexible, unpredictable phrasing.

I don't know if these versions are on CD.
Kindle is taken from a 78rpm set; Beecham from a radio broadcast.
Two "outsiders", of course, in an enormous discography full of great readings...
But I suggest you to try :-)

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2 July 2011

Hermann Scherchen conducts Bartok (with Edith Farnadi, piano)



Another rare Hermann Scherchen CD

Bartok:
Piano Concertos no. 2&3 with the hungarian pianist Edith Farnadi (1921-73) - not Fernadi as reported on the cover - plus Music for strings, percussion & celesta. Recording dates: 1953 and 1954.

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