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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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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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Jussi Björling Live

Jussi Björling Live

Broadcast Concerts 1937-1960


Adam:

O Holy Night

Recorded 20th December 1954

Alfvén:

Skogen sover, Op. 28 No. 6

Recorded 11th April 1949

Jag längtar dig (Text: Ernest Thiel)

Recorded 5th August 1960

Althen:

Land, du välsignade (Thou Blessed Country)

Recorded 12th May 1946

Land, du välsignade (Thou Blessed Country)

Recorded 25th May 1952

Flotow:

M'appari (from Martha)

Recorded 19th November 1945

Foster, S:

I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

Recorded 19th November 1945

I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

Recorded 7th November 1949

Geehl:

For You Alone

Recorded 21st January 1946

For You Alone

Recorded 8th January 1951

Giordano, U:

Come un bel dì di maggio (from Andrea Chénier)

Recorded 23rd October 1950

Glover:

Rose of Tralee

Recorded 12th March 1951

Godard, B:

Cachès dans cet asile (Jocelyn)

Recorded 25th March 1946; sung in English

Cachès dans cet asile (Jocelyn)

Recorded 11th August 1949; sung in English

Gounod:

Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre… Salut! Demeure chaste et pure (from Faust)

Recorded 12th May 1946

Nuit d'hyménée from Roméo et Juliette

Recorded 23rd October 1949

Anna-Lisa Björling (soprano)

Nuit d'hyménée from Roméo et Juliette

Recorded 30th September 1951

Bidú Sayão (soprano)

Prison Scene (from Faust)

Recorded 5th December 1937; Björling sings in Swedish

Grieg:

Jeg Elsker Deg, Op. 41 No. 3

Recorded 25th March 1946

Hardelot:

Because

Recorded 25th March 1946

Herbert, V:

Neapolitan Love Song

Recorded 25th March 1946

Neapolitan Love Song

Recorded 4th April 1949

Leoncavallo:

Recitar!...Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)

Recorded 16th February 1951

Mattinata - 'L'aurora di bianco vestita'

Recorded 15th March 1948

Recitar!...Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)

Recorded 12th March 1951

Mascagni:

Addio alla madre (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Recorded 4th April 1949

Massenet:

Instant charmant … En fermant les yeux (from Manon)

Recorded 19th November 1945

Je suis seul, seul enfin... Ah fuyez douce image (from Manon)

Recorded 23rd October 1949

Je suis seul, seul enfin... Ah fuyez douce image (from Manon)

Recorded 15th March 1948

Instant charmant … En fermant les yeux (from Manon)

Recorded 8th January 1951

Meyerbeer:

Pays merveilleux... Ô paradis (from L'Africaine)

Recorded 23rd October 1950

Pays merveilleux... Ô paradis (from L'Africaine)

Recorded 5th December 1937

Millöcker:

Ich hab' kein Geld, bin vogelfrei (from Der Bettelstudent)

Recorded 25th May 1952; sung in Swedish

Morgan, O:

Clorinda

Recorded 15th March 1948

Nordqvist:

Till havs (Towards the Sea)

Recorded 20th December 1954

Peterson-Berger:

Jungfrun under lind (Ernst von der Recke)

Recorded 12th May 1946

Jungfrun under lind (Ernst von der Recke)

Recorded 11th April 1949

Jungfrun under lind (Ernst von der Recke)

Recorded 8th January 1951

När jag för mig själv (When I Walk by Myself)

Recorded 20th December 1954

Ponchielli:

Cielo e mar! (from La Gioconda)

Recorded 30th September 1951

Puccini:

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Recorded 25th September 1949

Licia Albanese (soprano)

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Recorded 23rd October 1949

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Recorded 23rd October 1949

Anna-Lisa Björling (soprano)

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Recorded 30th September 1951

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Recorded 7th November 1949

Donna non vidi mai (from Manon Lescaut)

Recorded 8th January 1951

O sventata, sventata (from La Bohème)

Recorded 30th January 1956

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Recorded 30th January 1956

Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème)

Recorded 30th January 1956

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Recorded 30th January 1956

Renata Tebaldi (soprano)

Recondita armonia (from Tosca)

Recorded 5th December 1937

Rachmaninov:

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Recorded 15th March 1948

V molchanii nochi taynoy, Op. 4 No. 3

Recorded 23rd October 1950

Rangström:

Tristans död

Recorded 11th April 1949

Romberg, S:

Will You Remember (from Maytime)

Recorded 21st January 1946

Schubert:

An Sylvia, D891

sung in English; recorded 19th November 1945

Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

Recorded 4th April 1949

Sjögren:

I drömmen du är mig nära

Recorded 11th April 1949

Söderman:

Trollsjön

Recorded 11th April 1949

Trollsjön

Recorded 25th May 1952

Strauss, R:

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2

Recorded 7th November 1949

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Recorded 23rd October 1950

Tchaikovsky:

Kuda, Kuda 'Lensky's Aria' (from Eugene Onegin)

Recorded 5th August 1960; sung in Swedish

Tosti:

L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

Recorded 30th September 1951

L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

Recorded 11th April 1949

Verdi:

Quel suon…Ah! Che la morte ognora (from Il Trovatore)

Recorded 21st January 1946

Eleanor Steber (soprano)

Solenne in quest'ora (from La Forza del Destino)

Recorded 5th December 1937

Se quel guerrier io fossi!…Celeste Aida (from Aida)

Recorded 12th March 1951

Celeste Aida (from Aida)

Recorded 12th March 1951

Wagner:

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Recorded 20th December 1954

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Recorded 5th August 1960; sung in Swedish


This month is an excellent one for Björling fans. This collection is a treasury of rare performances from the US and Sweden and includes previously unreleased material. There is commentary and interviews, as well as Art and popular songs, Arias and duets and there are many guest artists such as Licia Albanese, Anna Lisa Björling and Renata Tebaldi.

“Björling recorded [Lensky's aria] many times but never, I think, so poignantly as here. As a prologue to this year's centenary celebrations the album is a worthy offering and this track an especially moving example of the great tenor's art at its best.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

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West Hill Radio Archive - WHRA6036

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

New York 1957


Cesare Siepi (Don Giovanni), Eleanor Steber (Donna Anna), Jan Peerce (Don Ottavio), Lisa Della Casa (Donna Elvira), Fernando Corena (Leporello), Giorgio Tozzi (Il Commendatore), Theodor Uppmann (Masetto), Roberta Peters (Zerlina)

Orchestra & Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, Karl Böhm

“Despite poor sound, there are attractions in the all-star cast, notably Siepi, the Don Giovanni of his day, but Böhm's Mozart style now seems outdated.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2008 ***

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Casals Festivals at Prades, Volume 2

Casals Festivals at Prades, Volume 2

Live Concert Performances, 1953-62


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004

9/7/1955

Yehudi Menuhin (violin)

Partita for solo violin No. 1 in B minor, BWV1002

7/7/1956

Yehudi Menuhin (violin)

Sonata for solo violin No. 3 in C major, BWV1005

8/7/1955

Yehudi Menuhin (violin)

Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV827

8/7/1955

Yehudi Menuhin (violin)

Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV1009

2/7/1955

Pablo Casals (cello)

Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV1011

3/7/1956

Pablo Casals (cello)

Italian Concerto, BWV971

11/7/1956

The Well Tempered Clavier, book II: selection

Nos. 14, 15, 24. 17/7/1956

Cantata and Mass excerpts

2/7/1955

Eleanor Steber, Carol Smith, Jan Peerce, Norman Farrow, Maurice Wilk (violin), Bernard Greenhouse (cello), Erich Itor Kahn (piano), Julius Baker (flute) & Robert Bloom (oboe)

Cantata BWV202 'Weichet Nur, betrübte Schatten' (Wedding Cantata)

19/6/1953

Maria Stader (soprano)

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV1048

19/7/1953

Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV1049

24/6/1953

Festival Orchestra, Casals

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

20/6/1954

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

15/7/1959

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

9/6/1954

Mieczislaw Horszowski (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'

15/7/1959

Christian Ferras (violin) & Kempff (piano)

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

24/6/1953

Horszowski (piano)

Festival Orchestra, Casals

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

24/6/1953

Horszowski (piano)

Festival Orchestra, Casals

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

8/7/1959

Collegium Musicum of London, Casals

Brahms:

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

11/7/1958

Horszowski (piano)

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

19/7/1958

Casals (cello) & Horszowski (piano)

String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

Végh Quartet

Casals:

The Birds

18/7/1956

Casals (cello) & Horszowski (piano)

Mendelssohn:

Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66

15/7/1959

Ferras (violin); Kempff (piano) & Casals (cello)

Mozart:

Fantasia in C minor, K396

1/8/1962

Violin Sonata No. 32 in B flat major, K454

7/7/1956

Menuhin (violin) & Horszowski (piano)

Divertimento in E flat major, K563

16/6/1953

Joseph Fuchs (violin); Lillian Fuchs (viola) & Tortelier (cello)

String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K516

11/7/1956

Végh Quartet

Ch'io mi scordi di te?... Non temer, amato bene, K505

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Collegium Musicum of London, Casals

Divertimento in D major, K136

3/8/1962

Végh CO

Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola & Orchestra in E flat major, K364

19/6/1953

Fuchs (violin) & Fuchs (viola)

Festival Orchestra, Casals

Schubert:

Lieder

8/7/1959

Victoria de los Angeles (soprano) & Horszowski (piano)

Schumann:

Études symphoniques, Op. 13

12/7/1956

Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Kreisleriana, Op. 16

1/8/1962


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