André Cluytens

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Her First Recordings, Vol. 6 (Recorded 1957-1958)

Her First Recordings, Vol. 6 (Recorded 1957-1958)


Documents - Christa Ludwig - Her First Recordings - 282545

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The Cluytens Box, Vol. 7

The Cluytens Box, Vol. 7


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

Clara Haskil (piano)

Orchestre National de France

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Liebesszene (from Feuersnot)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


Documents - The Cluytens Box - 299791

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The Cluytens Box, Vol. 10

The Cluytens Box, Vol. 10


Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14


Documents - The Cluytens Box - 299794

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The Soprano Queen, Vol. 2

The Soprano Queen, Vol. 2


Leonie Rysanek (soprano), Kieth Engen (bass), Ernest Blanc (baritone), Sandor Konya (tenor), Astrid Varnay (soprano), Bernd Aldenhoff (tenor), Gottlob Frick (bass), Birgit Nilsson (soprano), Hermann Uhde (baritone)

Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Royal Opera House Chorus, Covent Garden, Philharmonia Orchestra, Bavarian State Orchestra, Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Andre Cluytens, Wilhelm Schuchter, Hans Knappertsbusch

Documents - Leonie Rysanek - The Soprano Queen - 282662

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Richard Strauss, Vol. 6

Richard Strauss, Vol. 6


Strauss, R:

Liebesszene (from Feuersnot)

Wiener Philharmoniker, André Cluytens

Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85

Friedrich Gulda (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Collins

Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18

Ginette Neveu (violin), Gustaf Beck (piano)


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The David Oistrakh Edition

The David Oistrakh Edition


Heritage - HTGCDM022

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Piano Masterpieces: Emil Gilels Plays Saint-Saëns, Kabalevski & Mozart (Recorded 1954)

Piano Masterpieces: Emil Gilels Plays Saint-Saëns, Kabalevski & Mozart (Recorded 1954)


Emil Gilels (piano)

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, USSR State Radio Symphony Orchestra, André Cluytens, Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky

JUBE - JUBE1292

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Leon Fleisher plays Beethoven & Mozart

Leon Fleisher plays Beethoven & Mozart


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 7 March 1960

André Cluytens

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 25 March 1957

Georg Ludwig Jochum


The great American pianist Leon Fleisher (born in 1928) was a pupil of Artur Schnabel, with whom he stayed for an unprecedented ten years. He made his professional debut with Pierre Monteux and the San Francisco Orchestra in 1942 aged fourteen. Success came quickly and by eighteen, Fleisher had played with all the US orchestras and had given recitals at Carnegie Hall. Between 1950 and 1958, Fleisher lived in Europe, winning the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.

During this time he made highly succesful tours of Europe, North and South America and his partnership with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra in the late 1950s and 1960s is today considered one of the great recording legacies.

During the 1960s Fleisher was diagnosed with focal dystonia in his right hand forcing him to restrict himself to left-hand repertoire. He eventually recovered and by 2008 was recording again as a two-handed pianist.

The celebrated French conductor Pierre Monteux called Fleisher ‘the pianistic find of the century’. This release celebrates Fleisher’s 85th birthday. Sony Classical have also issued a 23 CD set to commemorate the pianist’s association with them. Fleisher’s 1960 live recording with the KRSO of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1, superbly conducted by André Cluytens, is wonderfully sprung and full of stylish brio. At this time Cluytens was just completing his acclaimed cycle of Beethoven Symphonies with the Berlin PO for EMI.

Fleisher described Mozart’s K414 as ‘a beautiful little concerto … sparer and more direct than some of the pieces he wrote while he was still living in Salzburg’. The work is a rarity in Fleisher’s discography, since he did not record it (and then in a commercial studio recording) until 2008. This 1957 live perfomance is direct with a full-bodied singing tone and pinpointed responsiveness.

These recordings have never been issued before and are beautifully recorded by WDR. In addition, they represent one of the few examples of Fleisher caught live as opposed to his studio-made recordings.

“though I have heard performances of these two works that equal these, I can't think of any that surpass them...The sound is impressive, though both Concertos are in mono.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 *****

“Fleisher was a Schnabel pupil and, like Schnabel, is a distinguished Mozartian...though the orchestra is none too well recorded, Fleisher's own shapely and cultured playing is nicely caught by the microphones.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

ica classics Legacy - ICAC5121

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Wagner's Vision: Tannhauser, Act II (1955)

Wagner's Vision: Tannhauser, Act II (1955)


Volker Horn (tenor), Wolfgang Windgassen (tenor), Gerhard Stolze (tenor), Josef Greindl (bass), Toni Blankenheim (baritone), Herta Wilfert (soprano), Gre Brouwenstijn (soprano), Josef Traxel (tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Alfons Herwig (baritone)

Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Schoneberger Sangerknaben, Andre Cluytens

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Wagner's Vision: Lohengrin (excerpts) (1953-1960)

Wagner's Vision: Lohengrin (excerpts) (1953-1960)


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