16 September 2019

Mozart, Beethoven - Oistrakh, Giulini live 1968 & 1974





MOZART
Violin Concerto n. 4 in D, KV 218

Orchestra Sinfonica
di Torino della Rai

DAVID OISTRAKH
violin & conductor

LIVE - October 25, 1968



BEETHOVEN
Violin Concerto in D, op. 61

DAVID OISTRAKH, violin

Wiener Symphoniker

CARLO MARIA GIULINI

LIVE - May 25, 1974


FLAC

4 September 2019

Prokofiev, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky - Romeo - Celibidache






Another OOP CD, published in the '90s.


The chronology of the orchestra shows these
as the only pieces performed on April 4th,
although the overall duration is too short for a symphonic concert.

The presence of the public is not perceived in any way
(no noise and no applause).
Moreover the sound is extremely good,
much better than the standards of Italian radio broadcasts in the early '60s.


Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet, op. 64 (excerpts)
Berlioz: Romeo & Juliet, op. 17 (excerpts)
Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet, Fantasy-Overture


Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Rai
SERGIU CELIBIDACHE

April 4, 1960


FLAC
Scans & Details included



NOTE: Shostakovich 5&9 Celibidache
New link: updated & available.


23 August 2019

Stokowski - The first Wide range & Stereo recordings 1931-32










A CD published in the late '90s.
(I don't know if the content has been reprinted by other labels).


BERLIOZ
Le Carnaval romain

WEBER/BERLIOZ
Invitation to the Dance

MENDELSSOHN
Scherzo from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

WAGNER
Prelude & Liebestod
from "Tristan und Isolde"

SCRIABIN
Poeme de Feu, op. 60
(two excerpts in stereo)


MUSORGSKIJ
Pictures at an Exhibition
(two excerpts in stereo and two in mono)

Bell Telephone Laboritories, 1931-32


FLAC
(scans & tracklist included)

16 August 2019

Bruno Walter conducts & plays Wagner







Although all these live recordings are quite rare
and certainly valuable,
the big reason of interest are the "Wesendonck Lieder".

In fact, Walter is not on the podium: he sits at the piano
accompanying one of the greatest Wagnerian singers
of the XX Century, Kirsten Flagstad.


WAGNER
Siegfried Idyll

TRISTAN UND ISOLDE
Prelude & Liebestod
Margaret Marshall, sp

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
BRUNO WALTER

July 14, 1953  (misdated on the booklet)



PARSIFAL
Prelude

New York Philharmonic Orchestra
BRUNO WALTER
March 23, 1952


Wesendonck-Lieder

Kirsten Flagstad, sp
BRUNO WALTER, pf

New York, Carnegie Hall
March 23, 1952


FLAC
(scans included)

8 August 2019

Beethoven 9 NYPO Rodzinski, live 1946





BEETHOVEN
Symphony no. 9

Dorothy Kirsten
Nan Merriman
Donald Dame
Todd Duncan

Westminster Choir
(John Finley Williamson, chorus master)
New York Philharmonic
ARTUR RODZINSKI

Live - NY, Carnegie Hall
April 14, 1946


An important addition to Rodzinski's discography,
with particular reference to his "golden age" with the NYPO.

Here you can listen an extremely fast (60min)
and "clean" reading of the Ninth Symphony;
perhaps not particularly inspired,
although not "violent" like the last Toscanini performances.

In particular, sometimes it's refreshing to listen to the Adagio
in delicate and flowing versions like this
rather than in the more usual "very-slow-and-over-expressive" ones.

The sound is very good for a mid 40s live and the orchestra is at its best.

FLAC

NOTE: Macbeth De Sabata reuploaded



3 August 2019

Stravinsky in rehearsal (1954)




STRAVINSKY

Scenes de Ballet
Four Norvegian Moods
L'oiseau de Feu, suite

Rehearsals

Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della Rai
IGOR STRAVINSKY

April 13 or 14, 1954
(concert performed in Rome on April 14th)


This is a true and interesting rarity.

Unfortunately at the end of "L'oiseau de Feu"
appears a disturbance due to my faulty CD,
but the track remains listenable.

Apart from this problem, the audio quality is reasonable.
Stravinsky speaks in italian and french,
very basic and understandable,
especially for those who are used to musical terminology.

The total duration is around 75 minutes (20+30+25).

FLAC





24 July 2019

Verdi - Requiem - Szell, Cleveland 1968



GIUSEPPE VERDI
Messa di Requiem

Gabriella Tucci, soprano
Janet Baker, alto
Pierre Duval, tenor
Martti Talvela, bass

Cleveland Orchestra & Chorus
GEORGE SZELL


Live, Severance Hall
Cleveland - february 5, 1968


Like Mozart's Requiem and Bruckner Te Deum,
another great choral work never "officially" recorded by Szell;
available for a short period in the 90s only on a Melodram CD (OOP, of course).

FLAC






19 July 2019

Schumann 3 & Berlioz Romeo (excerpts) - CSO, Giulini live 1975





SCHUMANN
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, "Rhenish"

BERLIOZ
Romeo and Juliet, excerpts

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
CARLO MARIA GIULINI


Live - New York, Carnegie Hall
December 19, 1975

FLAC

12 July 2019

Mitropoulos conducts Copland, Barber etc NYPO 1952-58





AARON COPLAND
Appalachian Spring, suite

ROBERT SHERWOOD
Introduction and Allegro

ALBERTO GINASTERA
Creole Dance

MOZART CAMARGO GUARNIERI
Prologo y Fuga

SAMUEL BARBER
Medea's Meditadion
and Dance of Vengeance, op. 23a

New York Philharmonic
DIMITRI MITROPOULOS



Some Mitropoulos rarities: live recordings 1952-1958


Flac & scans with details

7 July 2019

Schoenberg, Webern, Hindemith NYPO Mitropoulos




SCHOENBERG
Erwartung, op. 17  (Dorothy Dow, soprano)


WEBERN
Passacaglia, op. 1


HINDEMITH
"Die Harmone der Welt", Symphony


New York Philharmonic
DIMITRI MITROPOULOS

nov 18, 1951
jan 1, 1960
oct 25, 1953

FLAC (complete scans & details included)

24 June 2019

10 June 2019

Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem - Wiener Philharmoniker, Walter (1953)




JOHANNES BRAHMS

Tragic Overture, op. 81

Ein Deutsches Requiem, op. 54

Irmgard Seefried, sp
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, br


Edinburg Choral Union
Wiener Philharmoniker
BRUNO WALTER

Live - Edinburgh Festival
September 8, 1953



EDR is available on a CD Andromeda,
but here you can find also the Tragic Overture
performed during the same concert.

Brisk tempos as in the NYPO studio recording
realized by Walter the following year (20, 28 & 29 december 1954).
So, the overall duration is just over 79 minutes.

Flac







25 May 2019

Karel Ancerl live in Köln 1970



Brahms
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a

Dvorák
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 53
(Saschko Gawriloff, violin)

Janácek
Sinfonietta


Köln Radio Symphony Orchestra (WDR)
KAREL ANCERL

Live - Köln
February 20, 1970

 
A complete concert (72 min) in excellent stereo sound.

Flac


Note.
"Beecham in Helsinki" is available again: updated link (may 25).
See the comment list in the post.





Swarowsky conducts Haydn




Franz Joseph Haydn


Mass in D minor
Missa in angustiis (Nelson Mass)

Teresa Stich-Randall, soprano
Nedda Casei, mezzo-soprano
Kurt Equiluz, tenor
Nikolaus Simkowsky, bass
Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Hans Swarowsky

LP Nonesuch H-71173 stereo

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bonus

Sinfonie D-Dur H I:93.

Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester
Hans Swarowsky

radio broadcast - February 1962


FLAC
see comments







14 May 2019

Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde - NYPO Rodzinsky 1944




Considering also the previous posts dedicated to Rodzinsky in New York,
it seems natural to continue the series with this CD (of course OOP).

Preceded by Mengelberg (1929, 1930) and Walter (1934, 1941),
Rodzinski was the third to conduct this work
on the podium of the NYPO (16, 17, 19 november 1944).

In New York he also conducted the Symphonies nn. 1&2 and the Gesellenlieder,
but unfortunately no recordings of those concerts seems to survive.

The audience applauds at the end of each Movement / Lied.
What to say? I do not know.
Maybe that night the MET was closed and the opera fanatics,
wandering around, had reached Carnegie Hall.
One moment... no, a concert at 3 o'clock, saturday afternoon.
Well, everything explains itself.

It remains only to imagine
how a casual audience could have properly appreciated what was being proposed,
but perhaps is better to ignore it and concentrate on listening.

CD ripped in Flac, scans included








7 May 2019

Wagner - Monteux




"Standard Hour"
complete broadcast
with announcements.

WAGNER

Tannhauser, overture
Lohengrin, prelude I
Lohengrin, "Elsa's dream"
Die Walküre, "Du bist der lenz"
Die Walküre, Magic fire music
Tristan und Isolde, Prelude & Liebestod


Helen Traubel, sp
San Francisco Symphony
PIERRE MONTEUX

Live - April 22, 1951
Richmond (California), New Memorial Auditorium


Let's stay on Wagner
a little bit more.

Flac


2 May 2019

Wagner - Meistersinger - Toscanini 1937

 


WAGNER
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg


Hans Sachs  Hans Hermann Nissen
Eva  Maria Reining
Pogner  Herbert Alsen
Jago  Herbert Alsen
Beckmesser  Hermann Wiedemann
Stolzing  Henk Noor
David  Richard Sallaba
Magdalena  Kerstin Thorborg
Walther  Charles Kullmann
Kothner  Viktor Madin
Vogelgesang  Georg Maikl
Nachtigall  Rolf Telasko
Zorn  Anton Dermota
Eisslinger  Eduard Fritsch
Moser  Hermann Gallos
Ortel  Alfred Muzzarelli
Schwarz  Carl Bissuti
Foltz  Karl Ettl

Wiener Staatsoper Choir
Wiener Philharmoniker
ARTURO TOSCANINI

Salzburg, Festspielhaus
August 5, 1937

(Sometimes misdated August 23 or August 8; but the opera was performed on August 5, 12 & 20).


As you know, this is not a opera-oriented blog (with few exceptions).
However, this vol. 33 is a must, because it concludes a long sequence of Toscanini rarities.

In particular, all the BBC-NYPO-WP live material in my possession.

This volume is too big, so I split the archive into two files.
Considering that we're talking about
the only AT complete recording of a Wagnerian opera, it could not be missing.

Toscanini conducting is not as heavy as the download.
It is difficult for me to think about a more fresh, better, alive, fun  rendition of the second act.

I don't have the Andante box (I'm pretty sure it's an excellent restoration),
but I've listened to several attempts  to "improve" a recording that cannot be ideal.
So I prefer to present this source, more "honest" and less "interventionist".
All in all, perfectly listenable
(some things included in other volumes are certainly in worse condition).


Flac

27 April 2019

Monteux in Copenhagen 1962






BERLIOZ
Benvenuto Cellini, overture

TCHAIKOVSKY
Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Erling Bløndal Bengtsson, cello

BRAHMS
Symphony no. 3 in F, Op. 90

DR SymfoniOrkestret
PIERRE MONTEUX

Copenhagen, Radiohusets Koncertsal
Live recording - 7 october 1962

+ Bonus - Radio interview 1959

 Very good sound.

Flac




20 April 2019

BACH-STOKOWSKI Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 (1946)








BACH-STOKOWSKI
Matthäus-Passion BWV 244
(Abridged - Sung in English)


Olive Mae Beach, soprano
Clemence Gifford, contralto
Joseph Sullivan, tenor
Leopold Wintner, baritone
Tudor Williams, bass


Los Angeles Chorus (Chorus Master: J. Arthur Lewis)
Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI

Live, Hollywood Bowl
August 29, 1946


I couldn't post it in time for Good Friday, but it was laborious.
Never published, a concert broadcasted for the U.S. Army.

This "collage" includes all the other Stokowski known excerpts
from Bach's Johannes & Matthaus Passions (details in the folder)
and his transcription of the Chorale from Oster-Oratorium BWV 249.

Flac, cover-back with details

11 April 2019

Mahler 5 Houston Symphony, Barbirolli Live in NY 1966





MAHLER
Symphony no. 5

Houston Symphony
SIR JOHN BARBIROLLI

Live in New York, Carnegie Hall
March 24, 1966



Like the previous "Titan" conducted by Krips,
this unpublished Fifth is also very "adventurous",
outside the box and completely different from the 1969 studio version.

Contrarily to the "routine Mahler" which unfortunately is often heard today,
this is a visionary and suffered performance rich of surprises and contrasts.


Flac