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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


Maria Stader (soprano) & Maureen Forrester (contralto)

Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Walter

Carnegie Hall, 17/2/1957

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

recorded April 1950


Frances Yeend, Uta Graf, Camilla Williams (sopranos), Martha Lipton, Louise Bernhardt (mezzos), Eugene Conley (tenor), Carlos Alexander, George London (bass)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Westminster Choir, Schola Cantorum and the Boys' Choir from P.S., Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Stokowski gave the U.S. premiere of the work and was a renowned exponent of Mahler's music. On its initial release, Kevin Conklin wrote of this recording in Stereophile: "this is the most consistently satisfactory performance of the Mahler Eighth I know, and a powerful argument for preferring a live recording of the work. It deserves to be known as widely as the famous Bruno Walter/Kathleen Ferrier Das Lied von der Erde of about the same vintage."

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Barbirolli in New York: The 1959 Concerts

Barbirolli in New York: The 1959 Concerts


Barbirolli:

An Elizabethan Suite

Recorded 10th January, 1959

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Recorded 18th January, 1959

Berl Senofsky (violin)

Elgar:

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Recorded 25th January, 1959

Richard Lewis (tenor), Maureen Forrester (contralto), Morley Meredith (baritone)

Westminster Choir

Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47

Recorded 3rd January, 1959

William Lincer (viola), John Corigliano & Leopold Rybb (violin) & Laszlo Varga (cello)

Haydn:

Symphony No. 88 in G major

Recorded 10th January, 1959

Holst:

The Planets: Mars

The Planets: Mercury

The Planets: Uranus

The Planets: Jupiter

Recorded 18th January, 1959

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Recorded 10th January, 1959

Vaughan Williams:

Symphony No. 8 in D minor

Recorded 3rd January, 1959


Barbirolli conducted the New York Philharmonic from 1936 to 1943 and returned to New York in 1959 to conduct the orchestra in a series of concerts featuring English repertoire rarely heard by Americans. Here are the best performances of Sir John’s visit, previously unissued, in state-of-the-art digital restorations. Includes “Dream of Gerontius” with Richard Lewis, a very fine Gerontius.

“[Gerontius] anticipates the superlative studio recording Barbirolli and Lewis made together with Janet Baker five years later, though Maureen Forrester is a more than capable Angel here and the baritone, Morley Meredith, is arguably superior to his later equivalent...The mono sound is patchy but just about serviceable, but Barbirolli fans won't worry about that.” The Guardian, 23rd September 2010 ***

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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

GGramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - December 2012

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Bruno Walter conducts Mozart, Mahler, Strauss and Brahms

Bruno Walter conducts Mozart, Mahler, Strauss and Brahms


Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Recorded 11th February 1951

Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra

Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

Recorded 19th June 1952

with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra

Mozart:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Recorded 19th June 1952

Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Recorded 11th February 1951

Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra


Recorded 1951-2

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Bruno Walter with the NBC Symphony 1939

Bruno Walter with the NBC Symphony 1939


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Wagner:

Faust Overture, WWV59

Siegfried Idyll


This is the first release of a complete concert performed on 8th April 1939, of Wagner’s Faust Overture, Siegfried Idyll and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. Bruno Walter was Mahler’s protégé and heard Mahler himself perform and conduct the symphony. A must for admirers of this conductor and in excellent sound.

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Historic Mahler & Bruckner

Historic Mahler & Bruckner


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

1890 version. Live recording, 8 April 1953 from the Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft

Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Original production by ORF [Austrian Radio], studio recording, 29 March 1956.

Anny Felbermayer (soprano) & Sonja Dreksler (alto)

Austrian Radio Choir


Vienna Symphony Orchestra, F.Charles Adler

A conducting student of Mahler, F. Charles Adler conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in works by Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor (WAB 103) [1890 version first published by Theodor Rättig]. Live recording, 8 April 1953 from the Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft, Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C-minor, “Resurrection,” with Anny Felbermayer, sop.; Sonja Dreksler, alto; Austrian Radio Choir. Original production by ORF [Austrian Radio], studio recording, 29 March 1956. Both recordings are previously unissued.

“the courage, enterprise and vision of musicians such as Charles Adler in presenting these scores cannot be overstated. There may be shortcomings in these performances – or, at least, shortcomings as judged by today’s standards...However, there’s also a great deal to commend these readings and they are well worth hearing. Music & Arts deserve our gratitude” MusicWeb International, 3rd May 2013

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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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Mitropoulos conducts Mahler

Mitropoulos conducts Mahler


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Recorded on 9th January 1960 at Carnegie Hall

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 3

Recorded on 15th April 1956 at Carnegie Hall

Beatrice Krebs (contralto)

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 5

Recorded on 2nd January 1960 at Carnegie Hall

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'

Recorded on 31st August 1959

WDR Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Recorded on 28th August 1960 at the Salzburg Festival

Mimi Coertse, Hilde Zadek (sopranos), Lucretia West, Ira Malaniuk (contraltos), Giuseppe Zampieri (tenor), Hermann Prey (baritone), Otto Edelmann (bass)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Staatsopernchor

Symphony No. 9

Recorded on 23rd January 1960 at Carnegie Hall

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio

Recorded on 17th January 1960

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra


This set has been reissued by popular demand. It was originally offered as a belated tribute on the centenary of Dimitri Mitropoulos’ birth and presents some of his finest performance of Mahler. The original release received excellent reviews: “This is a fabulous collection: an orgy of great music interpreted greatly.” Fanfare. Included are Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10.

Technical reconstruction by Maggie Payne

“The playing has a lacerating intensity...in rhythmic incisiveness and clarity of texture, in fluidity of tempo, in naked emotional power, he is an ideal Mahler conductor.” Sunday Times

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The Art of Dmitri Mitropoulos Vol.2

The Art of Dmitri Mitropoulos Vol.2


Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV1050

Lalo:

Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

Mahler:

Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

Schoenberg:

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

orchestrated

Erwartung, Op. 17

Vaughan Williams:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor


Carmine Coppola, Mischa Mishakoff, Dimitri Mitropoulos (piano), Zino Francescatti, Pietro Scarpini, Astrid Varnay, Strings Of The Nbc Symphony Orchestra, Dorothy Dow

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Nbc Symphony Orchestra, Dimitri Mitropoulos

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