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Bruno Walter’s Mahler: The Early New York Recordings

Bruno Walter’s Mahler: The Early New York Recordings


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra & Westminster Choir, Bruno Walter

This account of the “Resurrection” is notably more rhetorical and dramatic than Walter’s several later recordings.

Bruno Walter had a missionary zeal for Mahler’s multidimensional music.

These are two previously unreleased recordings.

“The notion that Bruno Walter’s Mahler was “soft-centred” used to be a commonplace of English criticism...These [performances], previously unissued and taken from broadcasts from Carnegie Hall, New York, in 1942, confirm that his approach was anything but soft. They bristle with fierce energy and whiplash playing. No 1 is particularly impressive.” Sunday Times, 26th August 2012

“Rhetoric and searing drama charge the first movement with unprecedented levels of intensity...As to the closing minutes, no performance in my experience quite equals them for a sense of unbridled exhilaration, the Westminster Choir singing their hearts out like no other on disc. It'll likely move you to tears and I have no hesitation whatever in naming this the pre-eminent 'historic' Mahler Second” Gramophone Magazine, December 2012

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Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts Schoenberg, Scriabin & Schmidt

Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts Schoenberg, Scriabin & Schmidt


Schmidt, F:

Symphony No. 2 in E flat major

Schoenberg:

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5

Scriabin:

Prometheus (The Poem of Fire), Op. 60


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Dimitri Mitropoulos

Recorded 1953 & 1958

“an essential two-disc set for admirers of Dimitri Mitropoulos, the Philharmonic orchestras of New York and Vienna, and, for that matter, 20th century music...muscular, fleet-footed, impassioned performances shot through with a winning blend of virile lyricism, rhythmic certainty and revelatory attention to detail.” Michael Quinn, bbc.co.uk, 5th June 2009

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Lotte Lehmann – A 125th Birthday Tribute (Live)

Lotte Lehmann – A 125th Birthday Tribute (Live)


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Beethoven:

Freudvoll und leidvoll from Egmont

Die Trommel geruhret

Wonne der Wehmut, Op. 83 No. 1

Neue Liebe, Neues Leben, Op. 75, 2

An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved), Op. 98

Brahms:

Therese, Op. 86 No. 1

Vergebliches Ständchen, Op. 84 No. 4

Das Mädchen spricht, Op. 107 No. 3

Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4 (Lullaby)

Ständchen, Op. 106 No. 1

Es träumte mir (No. 3 from Acht Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 57)

Fruhlingslied, Op. 85, No. 5

Gounod:

Vierge

Ave Maria

Mendelssohn:

Morgengruss (Heine) Op. 47 No. 2

Venetianisches Gondellied

Neue Liebe, Op. 19a No. 4

Schilflied, Op. 71 No. 4

Frage Op. 9/1

Der Mond, Op. 86 No. 5

Lieblingsplätzchen, Op. 99 No. 3

Gruß, Op. 19a No. 5

Pagenlied

Die Liebende schreibt (Goethe) Op. 86 No. 3

Mozart:

Als Luise die Briefe, K520

Abendempfindung an Laura, K523

Dans un bois solitaire, K308

Die Verschweigung, K518

Das Veilchen, K476

Pfitzner:

Gretel, Op. 11 No. 5

Schubert:

Die junge Nonne, D828

Der Doppelgänger D957 No. 13

Liebesbotschaft, D957 No.1

An eine Quelle D530 (Claudius)

Der Tod und das Mädchen, D531

Auflösung, D807

Die Forelle, D550

Im Frühling, D882

Schwanengesang D744 (Senn)

Der Jungling und der Tod, D545 (Spaun)

Dass sie hier gewesen! D775 (Rückert)

An die Musik D547

Schumann:

Aufträge, Op. 77 No. 5

Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (extracts)

Strauss, R:

Der Rosenkavalier: excerpts

Ariadne auf Naxos (excerpts)

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Traum durch die Dämmerung, Op. 29 No. 1

Tchaikovsky:

None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6

Wagner:

Du Ärmste kannst wohl nie ermessen (from Lohengrin)

Der Engel (No. 1 from Wesendonck-Lieder)

Im Treibhaus (No. 3 from Wesendonck-Lieder)

Schmerzen (No. 4 from Wesendonck-Lieder)

Träume (No. 5 from Wesendonck-Lieder)

Wolf, H:

Selected lieder

Anakreons Grab (No. 29 from Goethe-Lieder)

Gesang Weylas (No. 46 from Mörike-Lieder)


Lotte Lehmann (soprano), Ernö Balogh (piano), Paul Ulanowsky (piano), Bruno Walter (narrator), Bruno Walter (piano), Artist Unknown (piano), Lotte Lehmann (reader), Lotte Lehmann (narrator)

Artist Unknown, NBC Symphony Orchestra, NBC Symphony Chorus, RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra, Frank Black, Nathaniel Shilkret, Richard Lert

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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies & Selected Overtures

Beethoven: Complete Symphonies & Selected Overtures

From the legendary Oct-Dec 1939 cycle: new 2013 digital transfers


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Egmont Overture, Op. 84


By 1939, after more than half a century on the podium and more than four decades conducting Beethoven, Toscanini’s approach to interpreting the canon could hardly have avoided extensive change and development. Precisely how he performed the symphonies early in the century is inevitably to some degree a matter of speculation, since no recordings survive from the first half of his career. This fine release can of course be judge and throughout the years this 1939 cycle recorded between October and December has been described as ‘legendary’.

“The greatest Beethoven cycle around”” classicalsource.com

“a remarkable testament to Toscanini” MusicWeb International

“Toscanini conducts the NBC Symphony Orchestra in this set from 1939 which for many is still the benchmark when it comes to conducting and performing Beethoven. Movements such as the last movement of the Second and the Scherzo of the Fifth are full of fire and riveting momentum. Considering the age of the set, the recorded sound is quite stunning.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical

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Glenn Gould in Concert 1951-1960

Glenn Gould in Concert 1951-1960


Bach, J S:

Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Previously unreleased. Vancouver Festival, 7/23/1958

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

10/5/1958

Swedish RSO, G.L. Jochum

Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV1056

Toronto, 9/11/1957

CBC SO, Goldschmidt

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV1050

Previously unreleased. 10/13/1960

Detroit SO, Paul Paray

Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

10/13/1960

Detroit SO, Paul Paray

Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69

Stratford 8/7/1960

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

11/6/1960

Buffalo PO, J. Krips

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Vienna, June 7, 1957

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Previously unreleased. 10/8/1959

Winnipeg SO, Victor Feldbrill

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 59 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:49

Previously unreleased. Vancouver; 7/23/1958

Krenek:

Sonata No. 3 for Piano, Op. 92, No. 4

Previously unreleased. Leningrad Conservatory; 5/19/1957

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

Previously unreleased. 4/4/1959

NYPSO, Leonard Bernstein

Schoenberg:

Piano Concerto, Op. 42

Previously unreleased. 11/26/1959

Cleveland Orchestra, Louis Lane

Klavierstücke (3), Op. 11

Previously unreleased. Toronto; 10/4/1952

Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten, Op. 15

Previously unreleased. Vancouver 8/2/1960

Kerstin Meyer (mezzo-soprano)

Suite for Piano, Op. 25

Previously unreleased. Toronto; 10/4/1952

Weber:

Konzertstück in F minor, Op. 79 for piano & orchestra

3/6/1951

Toronto SO, Ernest MacMillan

Webern:

Variations, Op. 27

Previously unreleased. Leningrad Conservatory; 5/19/1957


Glenn Gould (piano)

This set documents Glenn Gould the concert pianist in unprecedented depth. The recordings range in date from 1951, when Gould was just eighteen years old, to 1960, a few years before he gave up concert life for good. They include all of the genres in which he performed live—solo works, songs, chamber music, concertos. And they cover almost the whole range of his repertoire: the earliest work represented here, by Bach, dates from the early eighteenth century; the latest, by Ernst Krenek (who befriended Gould, and outlived him), was composed in 1943. In between are composers who were central to the young Gould’s repertoire: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schoenberg, and Webern. Included here are some of his warhorses but also several works of which he never made an authorized studio recording or broadcast, as well as a few interpretations that differ significantly from those in his official releases.

GGramophone Awards 2012

Finalist - Historic

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