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Samuel Barber: Historical Recordings 1935-1960

Samuel Barber: Historical Recordings 1935-1960


Barber:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Recorded live on 5th November 1938

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini

Capricorn Concerto

Recorded live on 2nd May 1945

CBS Orchestra, Samuel Barber

Violin Concerto, Op. 14

Recorded 7th February 1941

Albert Spalding (violin)

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Cello Concerto, Op. 22

Recorded 11th December 1950

Zara Nelsova (cello)

New Symphony Orchestra, Samuel Barber

Die Natali, Op. 37

Recorded live on 23rd December 1960

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Dover Beach, Op. 3

Recorded 13th May 1935

Samuel Barber (baritone)

Curtis String Quartet

First Essay for Orchestra Op. 12

Recorded live on 5th November 1938

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini

Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17

Recorded live on 16th April 1942

New Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Walter

Excursions Op. 20

Recorded 17th November 1950

Rudolf Firkušný (piano)

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Recorded live 19th June 1949

Eileen Farrell (soprano)

CBS Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann

Medea Orchestral Suite, Op. 23

Recorded 12th December 1950

New Symphony Orchestra, Samuel Barber

Overture to The School for Scandal, Op. 5

Recorded 11th March 1942

Janssen Symphony, Janssen Victor

Prayers of Kierkegaard, Op. 30

Recorded live on 3rd December 1954

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Cello Sonata in C minor, Op. 6

Recorded live on 28th January 1973

Orlando Cole (cello), Vladimir 'Billy' Sokoloff (piano)

String Quartet, Op. 11

Recorded live on 14th March 1938

Curtis Quartet

Symphony No. 1, Op. 9

Original version; recorded live 2nd April 1938

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Artur Rodzinski

Symphony No. 2, Op. 19

Original version; recorded live on 4th March 1944

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky

Vanessa

Recorded live on 1st February 1958

Eleanor Steber (Vanessa), Rosalind Elias (Erika), Nicolai Gedda (Anatol), Giorgio Tozzi (The Doctor), Regina Resnik (The Old Baroness), George Cehanovsky (Nicholas), Robert Nagy (Footman)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera House, Dimitri Mitropoulos

Violin Concerto, Op. 14

Revised version; recorded 7th January 1949

Ruth Posselt (violin)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Revised version; recorded live in October 1958

Eleanor Steber (soprano)

Edwin Biltcliffe

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Revised version; recorded live on 15th November 1959

Leontyne Price (soprano)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Schippers

Symphony No. 1, Op. 9

Revised version; recorded 12th March 1944

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruno Walter

Symphony No. 2, Op. 19

Revised version; recorded 13th December 1950

New Symphony Orchestra, Samuel Barber

Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a

Recorded live on 16th March 1958

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitri Mitropoulos

Sure on this shining night, Op. 13 No. 3

Four Songs, Op. 13, No. 4 (Nocturne)

I hear an army

Recorded live on 2nd May 1945

Jennie Tourel (mezzo)

CBS Symphony Orchestra, Samuel Barber

Commando March

Recorded live on 30th October 1943

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky

Souvenirs, Op. 28

Recorded on 15th August 1952

Gold & Fizdale Duo

Also includes interviews with Barber and Menotti and rehearsal footage of the Second Symphony (Barber conducting)


An extraordinary collection of Barber performances, most of them never before released. Several major works are included in both their original and revised versions. Newly restored sound.

“A treasure-trove of historic Barber recordings...A real discovery is the broadcast of the Adagio for strings and the First Essay with the NBC Symphony under Toscanini on November 5, 1938. These were the actual sounds that propelled Barber into the front rank of American composers...This set of CDs is a gold mine for anyone wanting to study Barber's revisions and early performances, many of which are not otherwise available.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2011

“this is as wide-ranging an anthology of Barber performances as anyone could wish for… the transfers are consistently excellent and the presentation is superb… Barber was one of the most subtle and individual voices of American twentieth-century music and this box is a magnificent celebration of his very personal art.” International Record Review, July/August 2011

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West Hill Radio Archive - WHRA6039

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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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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 Dmitri Mitropoulos Vol.1

The Art of Dmitri Mitropoulos Vol.1


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Berg:

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

Busoni:

Indianische Fantasie, Op. 44

Two Studies for 'Doktor Faust'

Violin Concerto

Chausson:

Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20

Mozart:

Idomeneo, K366: Overture

Schumann:

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 'Spring'

Strauss, R:

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis


Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Dimitri Mitropoulos

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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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Joseph Szigeti plays Mendelssohn & Brahms

Joseph Szigeti plays Mendelssohn & Brahms


Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

24th October 1948

Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Dimitri Mitropoulos

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

2nd February 1941

Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Walter


“Unbridled passion and charisma here compensate for occasional temporal and technical blemishes and less than sophisticated recorded sound.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2007

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Arrau Plays Liszt, Schumann & Weber

Arrau Plays Liszt, Schumann & Weber


Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

5/9/1943

Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Dimitri Mitropoulos

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

18/3/1951

Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Victor De Sabata

Weber:

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

20/12/1947

Victor De Sabata


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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

Building a Library

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Keyboard Giants Play Beethoven

Keyboard Giants Play Beethoven

Newly discovered broadcasts, 1943


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Philharmonic-Symphony, Eugene Ormandy

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Josef Hofmann (piano)

Philharmonic-Symphony, Dimitri Mitropoulos


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Jussi Björling in Two Puccini Operas

Jussi Björling in Two Puccini Operas

La Boheme and Manon Lescaut: Live Performances from the Met (1948 & 1956)


Puccini:

Manon Lescaut

31st March 1956

Licia Albanese (Manon), Jussi Björling (Des Grieux), Frank Guarrera (Lescaut), Fernando Corena (Geronte), Thomas Hayward (Edmondo), George Cehanovsky (Innkeeper), James McCracken (Lamplighter)

Giuseppe Antonicelli

La Bohème

25th December 1948

Bidú Sayão (Mimi), Jussi Björling (Rodolfo), Mimi Benzell (Musetta), Frank Valentino (Marcello), George Cehanovsky (Schaunard), Nicola Moscona (Colline), Salvatore Baccaloni (Benoit/Alcindoro), Anthony Marlowe (Parpignol)

Dimitri Mitropoulos


Jussi Björling (tenor)

Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Digitally restored by Ward Marston in 2008

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