BRUNO WALTER - BBC SYMPHONY ORHESTRA
PIERRE MONTEUX - BBC LIVE RECORDINGS
OTTO KLEMPERER LIVE - BBC PERFORMANCES
MOZART: Symphony No.25 in G minor, K. 183. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.
∞ in C minor, Op 67. BRAHNMS: A German Requiem
It always is important to find live performances by major conductors of the past, and here we have some from BBC sources The venerable conductor Bruno Walter recorded profusely - check his discography on-line and you will find multiple live and commercial recordings of all of the music in this set. Still, these are important for the collector. It does seem odd that the limited program notes are available only in French and German¡
Pierre Monteux (1875 - 1964) also recorded profusely during his long career and many of these have already been reissued. Of particular importance is the 8 disk RCA set of all of his stereo recordings for the label, but many others are available. This ICA set offers live performances, all from the BBC. Monteux is heard conducting the BBC Symphony in Debussy's Imsge, and Chausson's Symphony in B flat, both from a concert May 11, 1956 in Royal Festival Hall. Also we have Brahms, the Violin Concerto from a concert in Royal Festival Hall Apru 26, 1955 with Zino Francescatti as soloist, and the Double Concerto with Francescatti and Pierre Fourniuer, a concert April 28, 1955.
Another disk features the BBC Symphony playing D'Indy's Symphony on a French Mountain Air with the superb British pianist Valerie Tryon as soloist, a studio performance from October 16, 1961. She was highly regarded during her time and made numerous recording, particularly music of Liszt. This CD is filled out with the final part of Berlioz' Romeo and Juliet with bass André Vessiers as an imposing Friar Laurence. Also featured are the BBC Chorus and the London Symphony, a performance from Royal; Festival Hall May 22, 1961. The final disk offers the Boston Symphony on tour in Edinburgh's Usher Hall. Pierre Monteux conducts Symphony No. 3 of Brahms, and Franck's Symphonic Variations with Robert Casadesus as soloist from a concert August 29, 1956. The CD is filled out with Haydn's Symphony No. 102 conducted by Charles Munch in a concert August 26, 1956 in the same venue.
Audio throughout is excellent except for the Boston Symphony recordings which are quite constricted.
R.E.B. (November 2018)