SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished." SCHILLINGS: Prelude and Arnigo's Serenade from Mona Lisa, Op. 15. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E flat, Op. 55 "Eroica."
Berlin State Opera Orch//Max Von Schillings, cond.
PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 474 TT: 76:34
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MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 "Italian." Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op 25. SCHUMANN: Manfred Overture. Introduction and Allegro Appassionato, Op.92.
Rudolf Serkin, piano. Boston Symphony Orch/Pierre Monteux, cond.
RISTINE AUDIO PASC 473 TT: 77:36
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HINDEMITH: Noblissima Visione. BACH: Orchesstral Suite No. 3 in D. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92.
Suisse Romande Orch/Otto Klemperer, cond.
PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 475 TT: 79:41
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BEETHOVEN: Coriolan Overture. Symphony No. 3 in E flat, Op. 55 "Eroica."
NBC Symphony Orch/Arturo Toscanini, cond.
PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 472 TT: 59:17
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The gem of this quartet of historic concert performances is the magnificent Tanglewood concert of August 1, 1959 with the Boston Symphony led by Pierre Monteux and Rudolf Serrkin as soloist. Is paying of Mendelssohn's Concerto No 1 is a virtuo0so tour-de-force, perhaps a few no9tes missed, but it really doesn't matter This is an exciting reading, and he also makes much of the lesser-known Schumann Introduction and All appassi0nato A vibrant account 9of Mendelssohn;s Italian Symphony opens the oro9grtam, and we also have Schumann's Manfred Overture The concert also included the Prelude and iebesto9d from Tristan, but it would n9ot fit onto the disk H9opefuoly it will show up Andrew Rose's XR remastering is terrific, a big, detailed resonant sound.

Otto Klemperer's ,perer's Geneva performances with the Suisse Romande Orchestra were performed March 6, 1957 in Victoria Hall . The Swiss 1918, and he later made many important recordings with them, particularly early recordings of music o Stravinsky, which he later recorded in stereo. orchestra was formed by Ernest Ansermet in

Made about 300 recordings for Decca. These recordings were made during the period in which the famed conductor was making his famous EMI recordings of the Beethoven symphonies. This orchestra has developed considerably since that time and now is a first-rate symphonic ensemble; this site has praised many of their recordings including Bruckner symphonies as well as lighter fare. In orchestra in 1859 was not a virtuoso group as evidenced by an occasional slip. They respond enthusiastically to Klemperer's leadership. This is a rock-solid Seventh, but many other recordings show the conductor's ideas more effectively. The Bach is played with a large orchestra. Again, there are other recordings of this music conducted by Klemperer. The most valuable item here is the Hindemith, which Klemperer recorded only once before with the Berlin RIAS Orchestral. Victor Hall apparently is quite resonant, and producer Andrew Rose has managed to been able to improve the sound; still, though, there is a touch of over-reosonance that diminishes the effect. This is for the total Klemperer collector.

And here now is yet another Eroica with Arturo Toscanini, and it is a winner . This was an NBC broadcast of February 19, 1949. It is perhaps the finest of the conductor's many recordings of this work, and the NBC Orchestra is in top form. This is one of the finest Eroica's you'll ever hear, and the sound, as XR remastered by Andrew Rose, is remarkably clear and impactful. Broadcast announcements are by Ben Grauer are included as is the opening work, the Coriolan Overture.

Yet another Eroica is found on the fourth disk which is devoted to conductor Max von Schillings ( 1868 – 1933). This German conductor, composer and theatre director was \very famous during his era. He also was a respected teacher; one of his students was Wilhelm Furtwängler. He was chief conductor at the Berlin State Opera from 1919 to 1925. Pristine Classical already has issued a CD of his 1928 and 1929 recordings of Weber, Schumann and Beeth

oven Symphony No. 6 with the Berlin State Opera Orchestra (REVIEW). Schillings wrote seven operas/melodramas; his most famous was Mona Lisa (1915) of which there is a recording made in 1952 with Inge Borkh. Schillings married soprano Barbara Kemp who sang the title role at the premiere. The opera was quite successful and performed at the Met, but now is forgotten. One of his best-known orchestral was the orchestral symphonic poem A Victory Ball, written to a poem by english poet Alfred Noyes.It was recorded in 1925 with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Willem Mengelberg; it is one of the junkiest pieces of music I've ever heard! I'm surprised Mengelberg spent time on it, unless it was for political reasons. On Pristine's new disk we have his 1927 recordings of Schubert and his 1929 recordings of two excerpts from Mona Lisa and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3. The two excerpts from his opera are light fare and it is easy to understand the opera's neglect. However the Eroica is a b risk, powerhouse performance, quite exciting indeed. Andrew Rose's XR remastering has produced audio that does justice to the performances.

R.E.B. (June 2016)