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Béla Bartók (1881-1945)

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Bartók: String Quartets Nos. 1-6 (complete)

Bartók: String Quartets Nos. 1-6 (complete)


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Camilla Wicks: Five Decades of Treasured Performances

Camilla Wicks: Five Decades of Treasured Performances


Barber:

Violin Concerto, Op. 14

Bartók:

Rhapsody for Violin & Orchestra No. 2, BB 96b, Sz. 90

Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96

Benjamin, A:

From San Domingo

Jamaican Rumba

Bloch, E:

Violin Sonata No. 1

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Hungarian Dance No. 7

Brustad:

Eventyr (Fairytale): Trollkvenna

Chausson:

Poème for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 25

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. post.

Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2

Debussy:

Violin Sonata

Fauré:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13

Gershwin:

Preludes (3)

arr. Heifetz

Grieg:

Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45

Kreisler:

Tambourin Chinois, Op. 3

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2

Nin:

Cantos populares españoles (20), for voice and piano: excerpts

arr. Kochanski

Paradies:

Sicilienne

Ravel:

Violin Sonata in A minor 'Sonate posthume'

Tzigane

Sarasate:

Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43

Danza Española No. 1: Malagueña, Op. 21, No. 1

Danza Española No. 6: Zapateado, Op. 23, No. 2

Scarlatescu:

Bagatelle

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

arr. Wilhelmj

Shostakovich:

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 10 in C sharp minor

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 15 in D flat major

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 16 in B flat minor

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 24 in D minor

arr. Tsiganov

Strauss, R:

Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18

Tailleferre:

Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 1 in C sharp minor

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Wicks:

Ode to the Desert

Wieniawski:

Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22

Violin Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 14

Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16


Camilla Wicks (violin)

Upheld by many as a queen amongst her peers, violinist Camilla Wicks led a stellar career in the dozen years following World War II. At the peak of her fame she retired from the concert stage to devote herself to her family. Upon resuming her career she remained an outstanding if intermittent performer for several more decades. Wicks made few commercial recordings besides a famed 1952 performance of the Sibelius Concerto. Now this precious set, spanning five decades and a vast range of repertoire, offers the most comprehensive collection of her concert performances ever likely to be assembled. It offers an in-depth insight into Wicks’ evolution from captivating, devil-may-care young virtuoso to profound interpreter. Music & Arts is pleased to make these great performances available for those who have long wished for Wicks’ discography to be expanded, and to enable a wider audience to be stirred by this extraordinary violinist and artist.

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In Honor of Rudolf Kolisch, 1896-1978

In Honor of Rudolf Kolisch, 1896-1978


Bartók:

String Quartet No. 5, Sz 102

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

Schoenberg:

String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 7

String Quartet No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 10

String Quartet No. 3, Op. 30

2 different recordings

String Quartet No. 4, Op. 37

Violin Concerto, Op. 36

Phantasy for Violin with Piano Accompaniment, Op. 47

String Quartet in D major (1897)

Schubert:

Octet in F major, D803

Webern:

Five movements for String Quartet, Op. 5 (1909)

Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op. 9 (1911-1913)


Rudolf Kolisch (violin), Clemence Gifford (soprano), Gunnar Johansen (piano), Eric Simon (clarinet), Wendell Hoss (horn), Leonard Sharrow (bassoon), Anthony Zentrick (double bass)

Kolisch Quartet, Pro Arte Quartet, Wisconsin Festival Orchestra, Rene Leibowitz

Recordings from 1936-1966

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Leonard Bernstein: Historic Broadcasts 1946-1961

Leonard Bernstein: Historic Broadcasts 1946-1961


Bartók:

Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, BB 114, Sz. 106

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral' - Ode to joy (excerpt)

Irma Gonzales (soprano), Nan Merriman (mezzo), Raoul Jobin (tenor), Nicola Moscona (bass)

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

Bernstein:

Symphony No. 2 'The Age of Anxiety'

Chávez:

Symphony No. 4: ‘Sinfonía Romántica'

Copland:

Preamble (For a Solemn Occasion)

Laurence Olivier (narrator)

Symphony No. 2 'Short Symphony'

Billy the Kid

Diamond:

Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C sharp

Symphony No. 8

Fine, I G:

Serious Song

Harris, Roy:

American Creed

Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

rehearsal and performance

Adele Addison (soprano), Nan Merriman (mezzo)

Ich atmet' einen linden Duft (Rückert-Lieder)

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

Das irdische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Um Mitternacht (Rückert-Lieder)

Piston:

Concerto for Orchestra

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

rehearsal and performance

Schumann:

Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 'Leningrad'

rehearsal and performance

United Nations March

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Weill, K:

The Threepenny Opera

and rehearsal excerpts of Turangalila & Mozart Piano Concerto No. 15


When it was announced that Leonard Bernstein was the become the new conductor of the New York Philharmonic in November 1957, Claudia Cassidy in the Chicago Daily Tribune wrote that it was “no great surprise” but injected a note of caution: “wish him luck, because no one needs it more than the musical director of a symphony orchestra.”

It turned out to be an inspired appointment. This set demonstrates what it was in about his music making and his personality that led the New York Philharmonic’s directors to choose him. It includes extensive recorded documentation of Bernstein’s career up to the time of his nomination in New York, mostly in live performances and rehearsal segments, working on music ranging from Mozart to Messiaen.

Bernstein’s work after his appointment to the NYP is represented in this set by performances of American music given as part of his “Survey of American Music” in the 1958–9 season (Fine, Harris and Piston), along with Copland in 1957 and Diamond in 1961; the 1959 recording sessions for two of his favourite twentieth-century classics (Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Copland’s Billy the Kid) which show conductor and orchestra at their most efficient and effective; and hitherto unpublished live performances of music by Bartók, Beethoven, Chávez, and Mahler.

“Excitement? Charisma? Sweat? Here in plenty. But there is also meticulous musicianship, particularly on view in some of the set’s most precious documents...Speeds hurtle; the heart races; the spine tingles...you’re holding history in your hand.” The Times, 12th April 2013 *****

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Szymon Goldberg Volume One - Non-Commercial Recordings

Szymon Goldberg Volume One - Non-Commercial Recordings


Babin, V:

Konzertstück for violin & piano

with Victor Babin (piano)

Bach, J S:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV1050

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV1051

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Concerto for Oboe & Violin in C minor, BWV1060

with Haakon Stotijn (oboe)

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Cantata BWV21 'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis': Sinfonia

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Sonata for solo violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV1001

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004

Bartók:

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Dimitri Mitropoulos

Variations in G major on Wenzel Muller's Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu, Op. 121a

with Pablo Casals (cello), Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Piano Trio No. 6 in E flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2

with Pablo Casals (cello), Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Piano Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 'The Ghost'

with Pablo Casals (cello), Mieczyslaw Horszowski (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 30 No. 1

with Mieczyslaw Horszowski (piano)

Berg:

Violin Concerto 'To the Memory of an Angel' (1935)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, William Steinberg

Brahms:

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

with Zara Nelsova (cello)

Oakland Symphony, Gerhard Samuel

Debussy:

Violin Sonata

with Artur Balsam (piano)

Dvorak:

Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin & Piano, Op. 75

with Artur Balsam (piano)

Gluck:

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice): Dance of the Blessed Spirits

(arr. Kreisler)

with Artur Balsam (piano)

Haydn:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob.VIIa:1

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Berenice, che fai? (Scena di Berenice), Hob XXIVa:10

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum

Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K218

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Schoenberg:

Phantasy for Violin with Piano Accompaniment, Op. 47

with Beveridge Webster (piano)

Schubert:

Rondo for violin and strings in A major, D438

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Schumann:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105

with Artur Balsam (piano)

Stravinsky:

Duo concertant

with Brooks Smith (piano)

Webern:

Four pieces for violin & piano, Op. 7 (1910)

with Beveridge Webster (piano)


Szymon Goldberg (violin)

Recorded between 1950 and 1970

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The Art of Fritz Reiner Vol.1

The Art of Fritz Reiner Vol.1

American Broadcast Performances 1942-1952


Bartók:

Two Romanian Dances, Op. 8a, Sz. 43, BB56

19th January, 1952

NBC Symphony Orchestra

The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19, Sz. 73 (suite)

15th December, 1946

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Hungarian Sketches, BB 103, Sz. 97

11th June, 1950

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Berlioz:

Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

11th June, 1950

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

5th January, 1947

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Debussy:

Petite Suite

arr. Busser, 19th January, 1952

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Falla:

Three dances from El Sombrero de Tres Picos

11th June, 1950

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Hindemith:

Symphony 'Mathis der Maler'

29th December, 1946

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Honegger:

Concertino for Piano & Orchestra

6th July, 1949

Oscar Levant (piano)

Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Mozart:

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

15th December, 1946

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Der Schauspieldirektor, K486: Overture

5th January, 1947

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Mussorgsky:

Boris Godunov - arias

23rd July, 1944

Alexander Kipnis (Boris)

New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra

Prokofiev:

Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60

14th January, 1945

The Cleveland Orchestra

Puccini:

Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly)

11th June, 1950

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Ravel:

Le tombeau de Couperin - Orchestral version

19th January, 1952

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Rossini:

Semiramide Overture

10th March, 1942

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54

14th January, 1945

The Cleveland Orchestra

Strauss, J, II:

Wiener Blut Waltz, Op. 354

5th January, 1947

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Die Fledermaus Overture

11th June, 1950

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Strauss, R:

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

19th January, 1952

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Don Quixote, Op. 35

10th March, 1942

Frank Miller (cello), Carleton Cooley (viola), Mischa Mischakoff (violin)

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Villa-Lobos:

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5: Aria (Cantilena)

11th June, 1950

Bidú Sayão (soprano), Frank Miller (solo cello)

NBC Symphony Orchestra


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The Art of Guido Cantelli

The Art of Guido Cantelli

New York Concerts & Broadcasts, 1949-1952


Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Debussy:

Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien - Fragments symphoniques

Dvorak:

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33

Frescobaldi:

Four Pieces

Gabrieli, G:

Canzona for Double Brass Ouartet

Ghedini:

Concertante

Magnificat: Vespro della Beata Vergine

Haydn:

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Symphony No. 88 in G Major

Hindemith:

Symphony 'Mathis der Maler'

Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Monteverdi:

Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Mozart:

Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201

Ravel:

Pavane pour une infante défunte

La Valse

Tableaux D'Une Exposition

Rossini:

Le Siège de Corinthe Overture

Semiramide Overture

Roussel:

Sinfonietta for string orchestra, Op. 52

Schubert:

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

Shulman:

A Laurentian Overture

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Verdi:

La Forza del Destino Overture

Vivaldi:

Concerto, Op. 3 No. 8 'Con due Violini obligati', RV 522

Weber:

Euryanthe Overture


NBC Symphony Orchestra, NYP Symphony Orchestra, Guido Cantelli

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The Fine Arts Quartet at WFMT

The Fine Arts Quartet at WFMT


Bartók:

String Quartet No. 3, Sz 85

Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18 No. 1

String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 'Rasumovsky No. 1'

String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 'Rasumovsky No. 2'

String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3 'Rasumovsky No. 3'

String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

Brahms:

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

with Barry Tuckwell (horn)

Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 1 No. 0 in E flat major

String Quartet, Op. 2 No. 5 in D major

String Quartet, Op. 2 No. 6 in B flat major

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 5 in F minor

String Quartet, Op. 64 No. 6 in E flat major

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 4 in B flat major 'Sunrise'

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 6 in E flat major

Hindemith:

String Quartet No. 4, Op. 22 (1921) (previously No. 3)

Husa:

String Quartet No. 3

Martinon:

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 54

Mozart:

String Quartet No. 17 in B flat major, K458 'The Hunt'

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493

Adagio & Fugue in C minor for Strings, K546

Horn Quintet in E flat, K407

with Barry Tuckwell (horn)

String Quartet No. 20 in D major, K499 'Hoffmeister'

Shifrin:

String Quartet No. 4


Recorded 1967-1973

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The Hungarian String Quartet

The Hungarian String Quartet

Historical recordings and previously unissued public performances, 1937-1968


Bartók:

String Quartet No. 3, Sz 85

String Quartet No. 5, Sz 102

String Quartet No. 6, Sz 114

Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 'Rasumovsky No. 1'

String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131

String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3 'Rasumovsky No. 3'

Brahms:

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

Debussy:

String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

Dvorak:

String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 'American'

Glazunov:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

Zoltán Székely (violin)

Hague Residentia Orchestra, Willem van Otterloo

5 Novelettes, Op. 15

Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 1 in C major

String Quartet, Op. 64 No. 5 in D major 'The Lark'

(two recordings)

Kodály:

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10

Mozart:

String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K465 'Dissonance'

String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K421

Porpora:

Violin Sonata No. 2

Zoltán Székely (vioin), Géza Fried (piano)

Schubert:

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

(two recordings)

String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D887

Schumann:

String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 41 No. 1

Tchaikovsky:

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11


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