20 January 2023

Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem, op. 45 - BSO, Munch - Tanglewood 1958


 

BRAHMS

Ein Deutsches Requiem, op. 45


Hilde Gueden, sp

Donald Gramm, br


Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Boston Symphony Orchestra

CHARLES MUNCH


July 19, 1958

Live - Tanglewood 


FLAC - Separated tracks


30 December 2022

Strauss - Norman & Tennstedt, LPO


 



Hard to imagine anything more gorgeous than Jessye Norman's singing alongside Tennstedt's conducting: a great all-Strauss concert indeed.

Have a Good Year!

See you here in 2023.


STRAUSS


Der Bürger als Edelmann, Suite op. 60


5 Orchesterlieder

(Cäcilie, Zueignung, Wiegenlied, 

Ruhe meine Seele, Meinem Kinde)


Salomes Tanz & Final Scene


Jessye Norman

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Klaus Tennstedt


London, Royal Festival Hall

Live - May 4, 1986


FLAC

12 December 2022

Mahler 5 - Leinsdorf, CSO - Live


 


Very different from the more sober Mahler-Leinsdorf studio recordings (I like his Boston Third, but meh... not so much nn. 1, 5 & 6). This Fifth is more intense and rich of contrasts; the CSO offers great moments. Fast tempos (the total duration is 65 minutes) and an extremely exciting finale.


Mahler

Symphony no. 5


Chicago Symphony Orchestra

ERICH LEINSDORF 


Orchestra Hall, Chicago

January 19, 1978


FLAC







22 November 2022

Bernstein conducts Bernstein & Bach


 


Bernstein had already performed his Chicester Psalms in Rome with the same orchestra (1967, recording previously posted here); he also presented his work many years later, conducting the Santa Cecilia Orchestra. The curious fact is that at the opening of this 1973 concert - in the presence of Pope Paul VI - for the first time a musical page with a Hebrew text was performed in Vatican City


BERNSTEIN

Chichester Psalms


BACH

Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243


soprano I, soprano II, elements of the children's choir

controtenore, William Zukof

tenore, Eberhard Buchner

basso, Kurt Moll


Harvard Glee Club and Newark Boys Chorus

choir masters: James Mc Carthy, F. John Adams, Gianni Lazzari

Orchestra e Coro di Roma della Rai

LEONARD BERNSTEIN


Live - June 23, 1973

Sala Nervi, Città del Vaticano


FLAC







18 November 2022

Schubert / Szell - Octet - George Szell






SCHUBERT

Octet in F major, D. 803 (arr. Szell)


Members of the Cleveland Orchestra

GEORGE SZELL

December 16, 1965 - Severance Hall, Cleveland


The work is performed in a "enlarged" version prepared by Szell: 

Horn, clarinet, bassoon and a small string orchestra (17 players, 4-4-4-3-2).


FLAC (separated files)







27 October 2022

Leinsdorf & NBC Orchestra


 


Gluck

Iphigénie en Aulide, Overture 


Rimskij-Korsakov

Sheherazade, Op. 35

(Mischa Mischakoff, violin)


NBC Symphony Orchestra 

ERICH LEINSDORF 

17 april 1948 - NY, studio 8H


 FLAC (commentary included)






21 October 2022

Igor Markevitch in Bucharest - 1965

 




TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony no. 6 in B Minor, op. 74

STRAVINSKY: Le Sacre du Printemps


Romanian National Radio Orchestra

IGOR MARKEVITCH


Mihail Jora Concert Hall

Bucharest - November 5, 1965



In very good sound quality, a concert recorded for the Romanian Radio.


FLAC





10 October 2022

Ansermet & NBC Orchestra


 



Béla Bartók

Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz. 106


Igor Stravinsky

The Firebird, suite


NBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

ERNEST ANSERMET

New York  - NBC - Studio 8H 

January 8, 1949

(announcements included)


FLAC 




2 October 2022

Webern, Berg, Schönberg - Karl Böhm WP live 1969


 


Webern: Passacaglia op. 1

Berg: Der Wein (*)

Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melisande


Dorothy Dorow, soprano (*)

Wiener Philharmoniker

Karl Böhm


Wiener Konzerthaus - Live, 1 June 1969

FLAC (separated files, with commentary)


19 September 2022

Schubert, Tchaikovsky - Celibidache 1963


 

Out of print CD.

Recorded in Lugano, 14 june 1963.

FLAC - Complete scans included





16 September 2022

Mahler 2 - Ormandy, Cleveland


 


MAHLER

Symphony no. 2


Veronica Tyler, soprano

Helen Watts, contralto


Cleveland Orchestra & Chours

Eugene Ormandy


Cleveland, 2 november 1972


FLAC (Separated files)






5 September 2022

Boulez in Amsterdam, 1967


 

Arnold Schönberg: Variations for Orchestra, op.31

Béla Bartók: Piano Concerto no.2, Sz.95  (Theo Bruins, pf)

Claude Debussy: Jeux


Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam 

Pierre Boulez

Amsterdam, Concertgebouw - February 5, 1967


FLAC






7 August 2022

Schubert - Symphony no. 9 (8) "The Great" - Jochum live





One last post before some weeks of vacation. Have a good August!


SCHUBERT
Symphony no. 9 (8) "The Great"

RSO Berlin
EUGEN JOCHUM

Live - Berlin, Philharmonie
May 19, 1986

FLAC








 

30 July 2022

All Beethoven Concert in Montreux - Backhaus & Böhm (1959)


BEETHOVEN

Egmont, overture op. 84

Piano Concerto no. 4, op. 58 (*)

Symphony no. 7, op. 92


Wilhelm Backhaus, pf (*)

Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Karl Böhm

Live in Montreux - 11 September 1959

 

FLAC




Alban Berg op. 6 - Three Live Performances - Claudio Abbado

 



ALBAN BERG
Three Orchestral Pieces, op. 6


Philharmonia Orchestra
Luzern, 4 september 1968

Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra
Budapest, 30 september 1969

London Symphony Orchestra
London, 6 december 1983

CLAUDIO ABBADO


Three unpublished live recordings. In addition to the rarity of the material, the evolution of the conductor is very impressive: the London performance shows a true "possession" of the complex score, certainly not achieved in the previous two.


FLAC




9 July 2022

Mozart, Strauss - WP, Karl Böhm - Live 1975





MOZART
Symphony no. 34

STRAUSS
Ein Heldenleben (*)

Gerhart Hetzel, vl (*)
Wiener Philharmoniker
Karl Böhm

Live - Wien - May 4, 1975

FLAC

 



2 July 2022

The Young Glenn Gould (1947-53)

 



Berg - Sonata op, 1

Bach - Concerto Italiano

Mozart - Fantasy In F Minor, K.594 

etc.


Material published for the first time in the second half of the '80s and reprinted in the early '90.

Detailed tracklist & recording infos included


FLAC + Scans



19 June 2022

Mahler 8 - Georges Sébastian ORTF 1964





MAHLER

Symphony No. 8 


Liane Synek, soprano drammatico

Colette Herzog, soprano

Ruth Hesse, mezzosoprano

Helga Jenckel, mezzosoprano

William Blankenship, tenore

Hans Otto Kloose, baritono 

Gerd Nienstedt, basso


Maîtrise de l'ORTF, Orchestre National de l'ORTF, Choeurs de l'ORTF

Georges Sébastian


November 26, 1964

First Performance in France

FLAC




7 June 2022

Bruckner 7 - Böhm, BP Live 77




BRUCKNER

Symphony no. 7

Berliner Philharmoniker

Karl Böhm

March 24, 1977


FLAC


I don't know if it's the same for you ... anyway, Böhm for me is sometimes the most boring, other times the most sensational. In particular with Mozart and Bruckner. 

For example, the 4th Decca is one of my ten favorite studio symphonic recordings ever (and maybe number 1 for recording quality). At the same time, listening to his Bruckner 7&8 DG I almost fall asleep. 

BUT in my humble opinion this Berlin 7th is REALLY good :)

Let me know, if you like. :)





6 June 2022

Mozart - Requiem - Celibidache 1972


 


MOZART

Requiem KV. 626

Margareta Hallin, sopran.

Gurli Plesner, alt.

Claes-Hakan Ahnsjö, tenor. 

Ulrik Cold, bass.


DR Symphony Orchestra & Concert Choir

Sergiu Celibidache 


Copenhagen - Radiohusets Concert Hall, 9 novembre 1972)