30 March 2012

Shostakovich - Symphony no. 10 - Constantin Silvestri



The date is not indicated, but certainly the recording can be placed in the middle 50s, when Silvestri was Principal Conductor of the Romanian National Radio Symphony Orchestra (1953–1958); then he left his country...

So, we're talking about one of the first recordings ever made of this DSCH masterwork (his best symphonic achievement, IMHO).

As "fill up" I've included a 1953 Supraphon recording of the Symphony no. 27 by F.J. Haydn with the Prague Symphony Orchestra (F.O.K.).



Shostakovich
Symphony no. 10

Romanian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
CONSTANTIN SILVESTRI
Studio - Electrerecord - middle 50s


Haydn
Symphony no. 27 in G major

Prague Symphony Orchestra
CONSTANTIN SILVESTRI
Studio - Supraphon, 1953


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29 March 2012

Ernst von Dohnányi (reup)




A precious OOP compact reuploaded for who missed it.

Ernst von Dohnányi plays his most famous work (with Sir Adrian Boult on the podium) and Sir Malcolm Sargent conducts the rare but very nice Suite For Orchestra op. 19 in four movements.
Recordings: 1956 & 1961

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25 March 2012

"Le post du printemps" 4 (and last)




To conclude this little "Spring cycle", here you can find the 1940 Sacre and other early recordings by the composer.


Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky (Recordings 1929-1940)

Petrushka (abridged by the composer)
The Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Of New York
Igor Stravinsky (Conductor) - Recorded 1940

Piano Rag-music
Igor Stravinsky (Piano) - Recorded 1930

Rag-time For 11 Instruments
Aldar Racz, Charmy & Volant, Ginot, Juste, Lavaillotte, Godeau, Foveau, Dvemy, Tudesq, Movel - Recorded 1930

Pulcinella - Ballet With Song (after Pergolesi)
(Uncredited) Symphony Orchestra
Igor Stravinsky (Conductor) - Recorded 1929

Le Sacre Du Printemps
The Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Of New York
Igor Stravinsky (Conductor) - Recorded 1940


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24 March 2012

"Le post du printemps" 3




Again a Sacre, this time conducted by Eduard van Beinum in the immediate postwar period. And 2 other important recordings realized by the dutch maestro in the middle 50s, taken from a LP Epic (LC 3274).


BELA BARTOK
Music for String, Percussion & Celesta (*)

IGOR STRAVINSKY
Le Chant du Rossignol (**)
Le Sacre du Printemps (***)

Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
EDUARD VAN BEINUM

Recordings:
Studio, October 13-14, 1955 (*)
Studio, May 22-25, 1956  (**)
Studio, September 9-20, 1946 (***)

TT. 79.17

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22 March 2012

"Le post du printemps" 2




Another "improved" reupload ad another couple of "Rites":

the 50th Anniversary Sacre + a live performance in Boston (1957).

As you know, Pierre Monteux conducted in Paris (may 29, 1913) the 1st world performance of Le Sacre du Printemps.

Here the original radio broadcast of the 50th anniversary performance in London, with the London Symphony Orchestra and again Pierre Monteux on the podium. The composer himself attended to the concert and received an enormous ovation by the audience at the end (15 min applause).

Curiously never "officially" published until now (e.g. on BBC Legends), may be for some minor imperfections: but the historical value of this recording is extraordinary... so, don't miss it.


IGOR STRAVINSKY
Le Sacre du Printemps

London Symphony Orchestra
PIERRE MONTEUX
London - Royal Albert Hall - may 29, 1963


IGOR STRAVINSKY
Le Sacre du Printemps

Boston Symphony Orchestra
PIERRE MONTEUX
Boston Symphony Hall - Live, april 13, 1957


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21 March 2012

"Le post du printemps"



Igor Markevicht left us 2 studio & many live recordings of this "cheval de bataille". Here you can find 4 versions of The Rite recorded between 1952 and 1962.


And... merry spring to you all!


IGOR STRAVINSKY

Le Sacre du Printemps


RIAS Symphony Orchestra
IGOR MARKEVITCH
Berlin - 1952

Wiener Philharmoniker
IGOR MARKEVITCH
Wien, Musikverein - April 6, 1952

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
IGOR MARKEVITCH
Prague, Smetana Hall - May 30, 1959
(Prague Spring International Music Festival)

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
IGOR MARKEVITCH
Warsaw - January 26, 1962

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20 March 2012

Mitropoulos conducts Wagner (reup)






I continue alternating new post & reuploads: so, here again the Götterdämmerung Act III conducted by Mitropoulos in NY.

A great Wagner evening.......
Live, october 30, 1955

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16 March 2012

More rare Stokowski



Another selection of rare Stoky directly from the Fifties...




MORTON GOULD
Dance Variations (21:13)
1 Chaconne - 2 Arabesques
3 Pas de Deux, "Tango" - 4 Tarantella
Arthur Wittemore & Jack Lowe, piano
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
November 22, 1953

GIANCARLO MENOTTI
Sebastian Suite (23:32)
I. Adagio - II. Barcarolle - III. Street Fight
IV. Cortege - V. Sebastian's Dance
VI. Dance of the Wounded Courtesan - VII. Pavane
NBC Symphony Orchestra
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
September 28&30, 1954

GUENTHER RAPHAEL
Jabonah, Ballet Suite op. 66 (12:01)
Sinfonieorchester des Nordwestdeutschen Rundfunks
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
July 7, 1952

ALEXANDER BORODIN (arr. M. SARGENT)
Nocturne from String Quartet no. 2 (8:51)
Leopold Stokowsky Symphony Orchestra
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
August 15-17, 1957

JOHANN STRAUSS II
"An der schönen blauen Donau" op.314 (9:20)
Leopold Stokowsky Symphony Orchestra
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
February 1957


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15 March 2012

Mitropoulos plays & conducts Prokofiev, Bach, Krenek (reup)



Another reupload on MF


Mitropoulos was not only a wonderful conductor but a first rate pianist. Unfortunately he left us only a few recordings as a soloist.
This As Disc - saved just in time before his definitive bronzing :( as you'll se in the scans - includes three recordings:
the first (Prokofiev no. 3) is famous; not so much Bach and Krenek.

Prokofiev
Piano Concerto no. 3
NBC Symphony
16 dec 1945

Bach
Brandeburg Concerto no. 5
NBC Symphony
16 dec 1945

Krenek
Piano Concerto no. 3
New York Philharmonic
11 dec 1949

DIMITRI MITROPOULOS, piano & conductor

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Schneiderhan plays Beethoven



This time the comparison is between 2 performances of the same artist: the austrian violinist Wolfgang Schneiderhan (1915-2002). He recorded LVB op. 61 also with Furtwängler and Jochum, but this couple of "live" with SC in Rome and with HVK in Lucerne is less known.

I've added Coriolan & 7th Symphony conducted by Karajan in the same august 27, 1955 concert (the opening work was Bach's Orchestral Suite no. 2, but I don't know if the recording survives)



BEETHOVEN

Violin Concerto in D op. 61

Wolfgang Schneiderhan
Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della Rai
SERGIU CELIBIDACHE

Live - Roma - january 30, 1954



BEETHOVEN

Coriolan overture op. 62

Violin Concerto in D op. 61

Wolfgang Schneiderhan
Symphony no. 7 op. 92
Luzerner Festspiel-Orchester

HERBERT VON KARAJAN

Live - Luzern, Kunsthaus - august 27,1955

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13 March 2012

Barber conducts Barber (another "improved" reupload)



Again an "improved" upload.

Symphony no. 2  (Lp Everest instead of the old Decca - of course not in "stereo" as wrongly announced on the cover)  & rehearsals too are presented in a better source than in the previous post: and you'll find in the rar archive also the Medea Suite recorded in London by the composer 1 day before the Symphony.

Not my transfer: thanks to the dear alteroton62


SAMUEL BARBER

Symphony No. 2
New Symphony Orchestra
SAMUEL BARBER
London, Kingsway Hall - December 13, 1950

Medea Suite, Op. 23
1 Parodos
2 Choros: Medea and Jason
3 The Young Princess - Jason
4 Choros
5 Medea
6 Kantikos Agonias
7 Exodos
New Symphony Orchestra
SAMUEL BARBER
London, Kingsway Hall - December 12, 1950

Symphony no. 2 (rehearsals)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
SAMUEL BARBER
Rehearsal for the april 6&7, 1951 performances


tt 76.50



11 March 2012

Monteux in Philadelphia (reupload)



This was a very popular post before MU eclipse...
So, for the newcomers, here it is again!

A live unpublished concert given by Pierre Monteux in Philadelphia (1960).
Radio broadcast with announcements.


Hindemith
Symphony "Mathis der Maler"

Schubert
Symphony no. 9 "The Great"

Philadelphia Orchestra
PIERRE MONTEUX

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Wolf - Lieder - Schwarzkopf, Furtwängler (pf) - Live 1953




The famous Salzburg recital given by E. Schwartzkopf accompanied by WF: an old Virtuoso CD out of print


HUGO WOLF
22 LIEDER

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano
Wilhelm Furtwangler, piano

Live Recording
Salzburg - August 18, 1953


With scans & details
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9 March 2012

Tchaikovsky 4 & Saint-Saens - Malko ("improved" reupload)





Another reupload, this time "improved":
I've added in the folder Saint-Saens PC 2 as "fill up".


Tchaikovsky
Symphony no. 4

Philharmonia Orchestra
NICOLAI MALKO
EMI - Studio recording 1955


Saint-Saens
Piano Concerto no. 2 in G Minor
Andante Sostenuto
Allegro Scherzando
Presto

Victor Schioler, piano
Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra
NICOLAI MALKO
HMV KALP I - Studio recording 1953


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Schoenberg, Webern, Hindemith NYPO Mitropoulos (reupload)



Reupload

With scans & infos

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6 March 2012

Koussevitzky conducts Bruckner




All the surviving Bruckner conducted by Koussevitzky, I'm afraid...
(I've no evidence of the complete 7th or other recordings).

I like very much the rehearsal sequence; and despite the heavy cuts, the 8th too deserves careful listening! Obviously a performance foreign to the Austro-German tradition, but generous, passionate and full of lyricism...



Bruckner
Symphony no. 8
(edited by S. Koussevitzky)

Boston Symphony Orchestra
SERGEI KOUSSEVITZKY
December 30, 1947

+ Symphony no. 7 (26 min rehearsals II mov)

Boston Symphony Orchestra
SERGEI KOUSSEVITZKY
1949


p.s.

thanks to anon for the infos: A bit more on that Bruckner 7th rehearsal.
It comes from the NBC "Dress Rehearsal" program. Portions of the second movement were broadcast on April 18, 1949.




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4 March 2012

Beethoven 6 - NBC, Stokowski




Here a colourful & joyful "Pastoral" conducted by Stokowski: in my opinion his best recording of this work. Then, his first beethoveenian recording (acoustic): the II mov from Symphony no. 8 (1920).
Last but not least, the Pagan Poem by Charles Loeffler (1861-1935): a neglected but very fascinating score composed in 1906.


LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphony no. 6 in F Major, op 68 "Pastoral"
NBC Symphony Orchestra
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
+ "The Sounds of Nature",
an introduction to the 6th Symphony by Leopold Stokowski
Studio - March 18 & 19, 1954

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphony no. 8 - II mov.
Philadelphia Orchestra
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
78rpm - Studio, 1920

CHARLES LOEFFLER
"A Pagan poem" for piano and orchestra
Robert Hunter, piano
Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
december 18 & 20, 1957

Stokowski - 2 rare recordings



Here 2 of the rarest Stoky recordings I have.

Ahmed Adnan Saygun (7 September 1907 - 6 January 1991)  composer, musicologist and writer on music, is acknowledged as one of the most important composers in Turkish music history.

His works are rooted in Western musical practice; yet they incorporate traditional Turkish folk songs and culture. He usually adds this folk element by picking one note out of the scale and weaves a melody around it using a Turkish mode. His  output includes five symphonies, five operas, two piano concertos, concertos for violin, viola and cello, and a wide range of chamber and choral works. The London Times called him "the grand old man of Turkish music, who was to his country what Jean Sibelius is to Finland, what Manuel de Falla is to Spain, and what Béla Bartók is to Hungary."

Sincerely I ignore if this tape contains the entire performance - no applause at the end - but according to wiki "is an hour-long work" (and here the duration is 58.35):

"Saygun's international acclaim flourished with his oratorio Yunus Emre in 1946. This is an hour-long work written for four vocal soloists, a full chorus and full orchestra that sets a number of poems by the 13th century Anatolian mystic poet Yunus Emre. This work captures Yunus Emre's legacy with the use of Turkish modes and folk melodies, although it is written in the post-romantic style. Since its premiere in Ankara in 1947, the oratorio has been translated into five languages and performed worldwide, including a performance in English at the United Nations led by conductor Leopold Stokowski with the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1958. This same year he won the Stella della Solidarietà and the Jean Sibelius composition awards".


In theme of oddities, as fill-up for an hypotetical CD  I propose a coupling with the Concerto for Theremin & Orchestra by Anis Fuleihan (1900 - 1970), a Cypriot-born American composer, conductor and pianist.  The orchestra is not (as frequently indicated for this recording) the NYPO, but the NY City SO.

"In 1944, on the recommendation of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Stokowski helped form the New York City Symphony Orchestra, which they intended would make music accessible for middle-class workers. Ticket prices were set low, and performances took place at convenient, after-work hours. Many early concerts were standing room only; however, a year later in 1945, the board wanted to trim expenses even further and Stoky resigned. Stokowski made three 78pm sets with the New York City Symphony for RCA: Beethoven's 6th Symphony, Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, and a selection of orchestral music from Georges Bizet's Carmen".



Ahmed Adnan Saygun (1907-1991)
"Yunus Emre" oratorio op.26

Janice Harsanyi
Carol Wolf
James Wainner
Scott Gibson

Crane Chorus of the Potsdam State University
Symphony of the Air
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
Live - New York, United Nations - 25/11/58


ANIS FULEIHAN (1900-1970)
Concerto for Theremin and Orchestra
(1st world performance)

Clara Rockmore, theremin
New York City Symphony
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
Live - February 1945
(with announcements)

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