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Sir John Barbirolli

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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Act 2

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Act 2

recorded in concert at Carnegie Hall on 16th April 1939


Kirsten Flagstad (Isolde), Eyvind Laholm (Tristan), Enid Szántho (Brangäne) John Gurney (King Marke), Daniel Harris (Kurwenal, Melot)

New York Philharmonic, John Barbirolli

First complete performance in the U.S. of Act II; a rare opportunity to hear Barbirolli conducting a substantial portion of this opera of which he left no commercial recording. A co-production with The Barbirolli Society.

“Barbirolli and the NY Phil respond enthusiastically to the music’s erotic excitement. The other roles are decently sung — Tristan by the Swedish-American Eyvind Laholm — but the glory is Flagstad’s.” Sunday Times, 10th June 2012

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West Hill Radio Archive - WHRA6044

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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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West Hill Radio Archive - WHRA6033

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Artur Schnabel plays Mozart

Artur Schnabel plays Mozart

The complete EMI recordings, augmented by live performances


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482

13 or 16/11/1941

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310

27/1/1939

Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra No. 10 in E flat, K365

28/10/1936

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

19/12/1934

Pro Arte Quartet

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332

5/6/1946 & 5/6/1947

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

2/5/1934

London Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

17 & 18/6/1948

Philharmonia Orchestra, Walter Susskind

Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K333

U.S.Armed Forces Radio Recording 1944/45?

Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K459

9-12/1/1937

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

18 & 19/6/1948

Philharmonia Orchestra, Walter Susskind

Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat major, K570

16/6/1948

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

3/3/1946

Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, A. Rodzinsky

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

12/1/1937

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent

Rondo in A minor, K511

4/6/1946

Piano Sonata No. 15 in F major, K533/494

14/11/1943

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453 - Extract

22/3/1942

New Friends of Music Orchestra, Fritz Stiedry


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Walter Gieseking: Three Legendary Concert Performances

Walter Gieseking: Three Legendary Concert Performances


Debussy:

Fantasie for piano and orchestra

1938

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, William Mengelberg

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

1940

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, William Mengelberg

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

1939

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli


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