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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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Mozart: Don Giovanni & Le Nozze di Figaro

Mozart: Don Giovanni & Le Nozze di Figaro


Mozart:

Don Giovanni, K527

recorded live on 7th March, 1942

Ezio Pinza (Don Giovanni), Rose Bampton (Donna Anna), Charles Kullman (Don Ottavio), Jarmila Novotná (Donna Elvira), Alexander Kipnis (Leporello), Norman Cordon (Il Commendatore), Mack Harrell (Masetto), Bidù Sayão (Zerlina)

Le nozze di Figaro, K492

recorded live on 29th January, 1944

Ezio Pinza (Figaro), Bidù Sayão (Susanna), John Brownlee (Il Conte Almaviva), Eleanor Steber (La Contessa Almaviva), Jarmila Novotná (Cherubino), Irra Petina (Marcellina), Salvatore Baccaloni (Bartolo), Alessio De Paolis (Basilio), John Garris (Curzio), Louis d'Angelo (Antonio), Marita Farell (Barbarina)


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West Hill Radio Archive - WHRA6045

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Bruno Walter conducts Bruckner & Mozart

Bruno Walter conducts Bruckner & Mozart


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

recorded 10th February 1940

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

recorded 28th February 1948

Philadelphia Orchestra

Mozart:

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

recorded 6th February 1944

NYPSO


Bruno Walter was an ambassador for Bruckner’s works.

This collection includes a 1940 live broadcast of Symphony No. 4 as well as a previously unissued 1948 live broadcast of Symphony No.9.

The 1944 performance of Mozart’s Symphony No.35 is also previously unissued.

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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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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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Bruno Walter conducts Wagner & Bruckner

Bruno Walter conducts Wagner & Bruckner

First release of the concert given at Carnegie Hall, 10 February, 1957.


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll


Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Walter

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

The fabled 1956 Met Opera Broadcast (sung in English)


Laurel Hurley, Lucine Amara, Brian Sullivan, Theodor Uppman, Roberta Peters, Jerome Hines, George London, Paul Francke

Bruno Walter

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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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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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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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