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Arrau in Boston: Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5

Arrau in Boston: Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5


Beethoven:

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

Charles Munch

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

Pierre Monteux


The two performances in this disc were given with Charles Munch in 1961 (in No.4) and Pierre Monteux (in No. 5) in 1960, both with the Boston Symphony. Both performances demonstrate collaborative assurance.

“Arrau at his most direct and committed, with any hints of earthbound stolidity transfigured by the pianist's warm tone and the Boston Symphony's joyful playing.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2013 *****

“[in the Emperor] we have two vastly experienced musicians, both of whom have a deep understanding of the music and a determination to put their skills completely at the service of the music...There are several studio recordings of both concertos by Arrau but notwithstanding that this disc is an impressive and important addition to his discography.” MusicWeb International, 13th May 2013

“Arrau’s credentials as a Beethoven interpreter are second to none...the hard tone of the piano, on this live recording from Tanglewood (1961), is inimical to the lyrical No 4, and the eloquence of Arrau’s left hand is heard to beautiful effect in the finale’s magical second theme, but the Emperor fares better; again, the orchestra, now under Monteux, is on incisive form.” Sunday Times, 25th November 2012

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Sviatoslav Richter’s Boston Debut

Sviatoslav Richter’s Boston Debut

first release of the complete concert from the original broadcast tapes


Beethoven:

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

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

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)


Munch met and heard Richter in 1958 when the Boston Symphony Orchestra toured Russia. He was so impressed that he invited him to appear with the BSO.

Richter’s Boston debut two years later, is presented here from the original stereo tapes for the first time. “The result took your breath away” Boston Globe

“Richter and his accompanists are elegant and airy as well as noble, with the pianist offering a curtailed version of the longest cadenza option. The slow movement has a rapt, meditative quality that seems more compelling than ever experienced live...Richter retains his poise in the finale, the orchestral contribution turning beefier though still adequately pointed...Richter mavens will be gratified by the clear and truthful mono recording.” International Record Review, January 2012

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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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Charles Munch conducts a Treasury of French Music

Charles Munch conducts a Treasury of French Music


Berlioz:

Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21

Béatrice et Bénédict, Op. 27: Overture

Harold en Italie, Op. 16

Joseph de Pasquale (viola)

Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7

Debussy:

La Damoiselle élue

Victoria de los Angeles (soprano)

Radcliffe Choral Society

Jeux - Poème dansé

La Mer

Images for orchestra

Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Adele Addison (soprano) & Donald Graham (bass-baritone)

Radcliffe Choral Society & Harvard Glee Club

Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor

Indy:

Symphonie sur un chant montagnard, Op. 25

Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer (piano)

Milhaud:

Symphony No. 6, Op. 343

Ravel:

Introduction & Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet

Valses nobles et sentimentales

La Valse

Rapsodie Espagnole

Piano Concerto in G major

Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer (piano)

Roussel:

Suite in F major, Op. 33


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Munch conducts Romantic Favourites

Munch conducts Romantic Favourites


Brahms:

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

Zino Francescatti (violin), Samuel Mayes (cello)

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

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

Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Schumann:

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Pierre Fournier (cello)

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Don Juan, Op. 20

Allerseelen, Op. 10 No. 8

Wiegenlied, Op. 41 No. 1

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2

Irmgard Seefried (soprano)

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Divertimento (after Couperin) Op. 86


All from previously unissued live performances, 1951-57

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Charles Munch conducts Beethoven

Charles Munch conducts Beethoven


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

8/12/1956

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

15/10/1954

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

2/11/1956

Clara Haskil (piano)

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

30/11/1957

Claudio Arrau (piano)

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

30/11/1957

String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135 - Lento Assai

26/10/1956

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

25/11/1955

Jascha Heifetz (violin)

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

21/1/1956

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

23/4/1954

Zino Francescatti (violin)

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

30/9/1955


Recorded 1954-1957 Symphony Hall, Boston

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Charles Munch in New York

Charles Munch in New York


Debussy:

Images for orchestra: II. Ibéria

Ravel:

Le Tombeau de Couperin

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

Recorded 2/1/1949

NYPSO

Roussel:

Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43 - Suite No. 2


Recorded 28/3/1954

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In Memory of Arturo Toscanini

In Memory of Arturo Toscanini

Concert given by the Symphony Of The Air, Carnegie Hall 3/2/1957


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Bruno Walter

Berlioz:

Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

Debussy:

La Mer

Charles Munch

Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Pierre Monteux

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture


The Toscanini Memorial Concert preserved in this album was an altogether remarkable event: three great conductors came forth to pay homage to their friend and colleague, each leading a work that Toscanini had interpreted wonderfully. Only the Eroica was previously released from this memorable concert in any format and the bonus selections were only issued on a Roulette mono LP (which also included Dvorak's New World Symphony) as a fund-raising record for the Symphony of the Air; this is the first release of these performances in stereo.

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Charles Munch In Boston

Charles Munch In Boston

The Early Years


Auber:

La muette de Portici: Overture

12/26/53

Beethoven:

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

10/18/52

Lelia Gousseau (piano)

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

10/17/53

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

10/30/53

Brahms:

Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a 'St Anthony Variations'

11/21/53

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

1/9/53

Claudio Arrau (piano)

Debussy:

Images for orchestra: II. Ibéria

10/30/53

Honegger:

La Danse des Morts

12/19/52

Arnold Moss (speaker), Mariquita Moll (soprano), Betty Allen (mezzo soprano), Gerard Souzay (baritone)

NEC Chorus

Ibert:

Concerto for Flute & Orchestra

1/9/54

Doriot Anthony (flute)

Lalo:

Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

12/11/53

Ruth Posselt (violin)

Mendelssohn:

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

11/01/52

Mozart:

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

10/18/52

Ravel:

Le Tombeau de Couperin

10/17/53

Saint-Saëns:

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'

1/1/54

E. Power Biggs (organ)

Schubert:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

10/11/52

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

12/13/52

Schumann:

Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

11/12/55

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

10/11/52

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 3

1/24/53

Faust Overture, WWV59

2/26/54


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