6 June 2024

Mahler 5 - Ancerl - Toronto, live

Symphony No. 5

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Live - November 4, 1969

FLAC + Scans


29 May 2024

Mitropoulos rarities


I fished out this CD bought several years ago, I don't remember where (maybe in a used record store?) I take the opportunity to "save" it by making a digital copy and here it is!

A group of little-known recordings by Mitropoulos, in good sound for the period. 

The most interesting are the Spanish Rhapsody (with Egon Petri) and the Bach-Casella Ciaccona from the Partita II. The "Orchestra of Radio Italiana" is the Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI (2 June 1950)

Complete booklet with details included.


28 May 2024

Mozart - Requiem - Ancerl 1966 live



Requiem KV 626

Agnes Giebel, soprano

Vera Soukoupova, alto

Georg Jelden, tenor

Heinz Rehfuss, bass

Czech Choir

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra


14 September 1966 (live in Montreux)

FLAC + Cover & Back

BTW, two more great Ancerl live concerts are still available here:



12 May 2024

Bach-Scherchen - Die Kunst der Fuge - Scherchen (1965)



"L'art de la Fugue"

Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana


Recording: 14 May 1965

2 CD - FLAC - Complete scans with details included

25 April 2024

Enescu - Complete Columbia recordings 1924-29

The previous post dedicated to Enescu was very well received, so I'll add this. 

A very rare OOP CD.

Enescu - Complete Columbia Recordings (EMI/Shellman, Japan, 1995)

FLAC - Scans, tracklist & infos included

13 April 2024

Beethoven 2 and Brahms 4 - Knappertsbusch 1952


A long time OOP CD which contains a 1952 concert 

(with extremely good sound for the period).

Kna's severe and "massive" style is perfectly recognizable even on the podium of an orchestra that is certainly not among the most famous; indeed, these are more energetic and "focused" interpretations than many others left by the german conductor. So I would recommend the listening even if this repertoire offers hundreds (if not thousands, by now) of alternatives: in particular for the powerful overhang given to the Passacaglia that closes Brahms' Fourth.

Beethoven 2 and Brahms 4

Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Bremen


Live -  12 XII 1952 - Grosser Glockensaal



11 April 2024

Bruckner 2 - Giulini, BSO Live 1974


The studio recording of the Second with Giulini on the podium 

of the Wiener Symphoniker is generally considered one of the best in the catalogue: 

very interesting, therefore, also listening to a live version in good sound like this one.

Bruckner Symphony no. 2

Boston Symphony Orchestra


Live recording - Boston, 29 march 1974


27 March 2024

Shostakovich 5 (Yuri Temirkanov) & Prokofiev 3 ( Gennadi Rozhdesvensky)

Another album in the series (one of the last at my disposal) 
also in homage to Temirkanov, recently passed away. 

Symphony no. 5

URSS State Symphony Orchestra
14 june 1981

Symphony no. 3

URSS State Symphony Orchestra
6 january 1961

FLAC + complete scans

I'm really sorry, but I don't have time to restore old posts at the moment. The Toscanini series, at the time, was very popular, with many downloads. Those who were already here know this. There's also a problem with hosting sites: I don't have the slightest intention of asking you for money, but on the other hand, it's not fair that I spend it. The Blog was born to share great music with an "invisible pact", not to put money in the way. I have done and will do what I can, I hope to choose and make available in the future interesting recordings, little known and so on... many times I avoid because I see that they are already somewhere, they are on the market, or they are too recent, or my source is not better. The only thing I can tell you is that even if you see moments of "stasis", I'try to continue. Sometimes I make a mistake believing that something is unwelcome or vice versa...  For this reason Your feedback is always very important!

20 March 2024

Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony - Rozhdestvensky


Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-overture

Orchestra of the Leningrad Kirov Theatre
recording 6 apr 1983

"Manfred" Symphony, op. 58

Grand Symphony Orchestra of Radio and Television
recording 10 oct 1965

FLAC - Separated tracks


20 February 2024

Klemperer in Budapest - live 1948-50


Bach - Magnificat & Brandenburg Concerto no. 5

Wagner - Lohengrin Preludes I-III, Meistersinger Preludes I-III

Budapest Symphony Orchestra

Hungarian State Opera Orchestra


Budapest 1948-50

FLAC + Complete scans & Details

9 February 2024

Mahler 6 - Abbado, WS 1967

A little late (but the last few weeks have been very busy), 

a small tribute on the tenth anniversary of his death (20 January 2014). 

CD Hunt, of course OOP.


Symphony no. 6

Wiener Symphoniker


Live - Wien. May 24, 1967

FLAC (separated tracks) + complete scans

28 January 2024

Rachmaninoff 3 & The Rock - Rozhdestvensky

And another one: 

The Rock, Symphonic Poem, Op. 7  
Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44  

State Symphony Orchestra
Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Recording: 12 March 1991.

FLAC - Scans


16 January 2024

Rozhdestvensky conducts Rimski, Taneyev, Arensky


I continue with this series of CDs, this time "escaping" from the more usual repertoire. Even Rimski-Korsakov's Third is hardly ever performed, but at least there are some versions on record. I listened to the other two works here for the first time... but I admit that for me these were not great "revelations" :)


Symphony no. 3, op. 32 (revised edition 1886)


Overture to "Oresteya", op. 6


March in memory of Suvorov

Grand Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio and Television


recordings 1962-1973 (further details in the booklet)

FLAC + Scans

12 January 2024

Shostakovich 8 - Alexander Gauk (1959)


Returning to the Russia Revelations series to start this year posts, 

here you can find an important DSCH 8 recorded in 1959: 

plus the Festive Overture, composed only five years earlier.


Festive Overture

Symphony no. 8

Grand Symphony Orchestra of  State Radio


October 7, 1959 

FLAC & Scans

29 December 2023

Kodrashin conducts Prokofiev & Bartók


Scythian Suite


Music for strings, percussion and celesta

Moscow Philharmonic


Melodiya, 1974

FLAC and scans

18 December 2023

Bruckner 9 - Lovro von Matačić

Among Matacić's many Brucknerian documents, I propose one of my favorites. 

A recording that did not have a great circulation, 

but a profoundly honest and thoughtful approach to Bruckner's symphonic last word.

Anton Bruckner - Symphony No.9



 Lovro von Matačić

 Recorded: 12 & 13 march 1983. - TT: 59'34''.

FLAC with Scans

10 December 2023

Rachmaninoff PC 2&3 Gieseking, Mengelberg (1940)


Two live recordings (1940) released several times, 

but I don't think currently available on CD. 

This is the 1997 Da Capo transfer.


Piano Concertos 2&3

Walter Gieseking

Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam


Live October 31, 1940 (no. 2) and March 28, 1940 (no. 3)


22 November 2023

Bruckner 4 - Solti & CSO live in Salzburg


Here you can find a remarkable Bruckner Fourth captured during the big CSO Europe Tour in 1981. As always is matter of taste: anyway, if you like Solti's style here you will find rush, compactness and energy but also breathing space, without that almost "brutal" and dismissive tone of some of his later Brucknerian recordings (impression I also had listening to him live in the Fourth and Eighth in the early 90s).


Symphony no. 4

Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Live, 30 august 1981

Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus

FLAC - 4 separated tracks

27 October 2023

Copland, Thompson & Sousa - BSO Koussevitzky


Another rare OOP Koussevitzky CD with an all-american program.

The narrator in "A Lincoln Portrait" is Melvyn Douglas (1901-1981).

works by Aaron Copland, Randall Thompson and John Philip Sousa

Boston Symphony Orchestra



9 October 2023

Haydn, Strauss, Mahler - Schwarzkopf, Cleveland Orchestra, Szell - live 1968


You may have already heard this Schwarzkopf-Szell 1968 Fourth live. Anyway, here you can also find the first part of that concert: surely no less interesting, speaking of one of Haydn's greatest interpreters and an equally renowned Straussian singer.

HAYDN - Symphony no. 93

STRAUSS  - 4 Orchesterlieder 

(Ruhe, meine Seele - Meinem Kinde - Morgen - Wiegenlied)

MAHLER - Symphony no. 4

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano

The Cleveland Orchestra


July 26, 1968 - Blossom Festival

FLAC (6 files)

30 September 2023

Beethoven Triple Concerto in C, op. 56 - Trio di Trieste (2 performances)

Unfortunately the activity of the Trio di Trieste is not as widely documented on record as it deserves (considering a repertoire that included over 80 compositions), but what remains is very important. It is hoped that sooner or later the live recordings preserved in the radio archives will resurface, like the two proposed here.


Triple Concerto op. 56 

(two recordings, 1954 and 1966)


Dario De Rosa (1919-2013), pf

Renato Zanettovich (1921-2021), violin

Libero Lana (1921-1989), cello

In the 1966 recording the cellist is Amedeo Baldovino (1916-1998).


21 September 2023

Mahler 3 - Martinon (Live 1973)

The Martinon/Chicago live recording made a few years earlier is quite well known and appreciated; this Paris performance is less widespread, but not less important. It's not so easy to find real continuity conducting a such vast work, but the French master does it very well - there are no flat or boring moments - doing justice to both the most delicate or intimate passages and the grandest ones, without exaggerations and extremisms but with all the necessary intensity. The stereo recording is good, although the sound is a little congested in the fortissimo. 
All considered, a remarkable Third indeed.

(Of course thanks for all your interesting and kind comments, always appreciated!)

Symphony No. 3 in D minor
Hildegarde Ruetgers, mezzosoprano

Choeurs de I'ORTF, Maîtrise de I'ORTF
Orchestre National de I'ORTF (Radio France)

Paris, Live - October 3, 1973

FLAC - 6 separated files


13 September 2023

Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem - Celibidache 1960



Ein Deutches Requiem, op. 45

Agnes Giebel, sp - Hermann Prey, br

Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano della Rai


Milano - February 19, 1960

Listening to this EDR after several years, I appreciated it again (and more than I remembered!) for the extreme concentration of all the performers, as well as for a better sound quality than the average Rai recordings of the period. I therefore recommend it to those who don't know it.

FLAC - Separated tracks

6 September 2023

Saygun - Yunus Emre - Stokowski


Here 2 of the rarest Stoky recordings I have. 
A veeeeery old post reuploaded on request (and sorry for the delay).

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
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
Live - February 1945
(with announcements)


4 September 2023

Furtwängler conducts Wagner (1952)

Furtwängler conducts Wagner

1) Der Fliegende Holländer, Overture

2) Siegfried-Idyll

3) Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt

Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Rai

Live - Torino, 6 June 1952

4) Siegfrieds Trauermarsch

Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della Rai

Live - Roma, 31 May 1952

5) Tristan und Isolde, Prelude & Liebestod

Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Rai

Live - Torino, 11 March 1952

I "fished out" from my collection and ripped this CD which contains some of Furtwängler's lesser known Wagnerian postwar documents. Luckily it still works, so I can offer it to you. Of course the Trauermarsch is not part of the complete Ring cycle in Roma (performed in 1953): so this 1952 recording is quite rare. 

FLAC - 5 Separated tracks + Scans

15 July 2023

Bruckner 5 - Jochum, live 1982


I don't know if it's the same for you, but for me every new "live" discovery of Jochum is a reason for a great joy, never for disappointment. Especially from the 70s onwards... and especially if we are talking about Bruckner! I don't even try to describe. Just listen for it. So, like last summer, I greet you wishing you happy holidays with Jochum. Thanks for staying here, see you in September.


Symphony No. 5 in B Flat Major (1878 Version Ed. Leopold Nowak)

Berliner Philharmoniker


Live - October 6, 1982 - Berlin, Philharmonie

FLAC - 4 separated tracks

8 July 2023

Richard Strauss - Giulini, Live


Still no Wagner-Giulini, at the moment... :)  Anyway, another "almost-avoided" great composer: during his entire activity, Giulini conducted only these two works by Richard Strauss (the Vier Letzte Lieder several times). Here they are gathered. An opportunity to meet again two other beloved artists. Lucia Popp - in the same period of the famous Emi recording with Tennstedt - and the great konzertmeister (or better "Concertgebouw-meister") Hermann Krebbers.


Violin Concerto

Hermann Krebbers, violin

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Carlo Maria Giulini

Live in Amsterdam - August 27, 1982

Vier Letzte Lieder

Lucia Popp

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Carlo Maria Giulini 

Live in Los Angeles - November 6, 1981

FLAC - 7 separated tracks

30 June 2023

Enescu plays Bach and Beethoven (1949)

Also available on YT, but this is the complete concert in a better source 

(very good for a live recording of the late 40s).

Beethoven's Concerto, performed with extreme freedom and intensity, 

not only highlights the musicality but also the humanity and even the fragility 

of an immense musician perhaps still underestimated as a composer.

Maybe it helps us understand why Menuhin, despite his relationships 

with Elgar, Bartók (!), Furtwängler - and many others - considered Enescu 

to be the greatest musician he ever met.

BACH Violin concerto n. 2, BWV 1042

BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto op.61 (cadenzas by Joseph Joachim)

BACH Fugue from Violin Sonata n. 1 BWV 1001

George Enescu, violin

University of Illinois Orchestra

John Kuypers


Live - Smith Music Hall, University of Illinois

February 16, 1949

FLAC - 7 Separated tracks


16 June 2023

Mengelberg - Strauss & Wagenaar


I've always appreciated this particular restoration 

of the famous Mengelberg 1928 recording: 

undoubtedly one of the best and most important of that period. 

I've been listening to it again these days 

and since this Pearl CD is now very difficut to find...

Well, here it is.

FLAC with complete scans & details

29 May 2023

Webern, Mahler, Brahms - Giulini, RCO


As in the previous Szell post, two works (Webern and Mahler, of course) absent from the conductor's "official" discography.

Anton Webern - Five Pieces for Orchestra, op. 10 

Gustav Mahler - Adagio from Symphony no. 10

Johannes Brahms - Symphony no. 4, op.98  

Royal Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam


Live, 9 June 1979 - Amsterdam, Concertgebouw  

FLAC - 6 separated files