NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
This is an incredible feast for collectors! The great New
York Philharmonic, founded in 1842, made its first acoustic recording
in the early '20s, and
many of these early recordings are included in this important set. Of
course there are no recordings by the many early music directors of
the orchestra (these included Theodore Eisfeld, Carl Bergman Walter
Damrosch and Gustav Mahler).. All of the music directors from that time
on made recordings, and many of these re included. 20 have
never before been issued on CD, and 15 are the first authorized releases.
All have been remastered from original sources with optimum udio qualiuty.
The first CD includes Willem Mengelberg's 1928 performance of
Heldenleben, still one of the finest recordings of this music which
was dedicated to the Dutch conductor. Audio quality in this recording
made in Carnegie Hall is a miracle. We have several other Mengelberg
recordings as well as one by Josef Stravinsky, who was briefly was music
director. Of course Arturo Toscanini is featured, music of Rossini,
Mozart and Beethoven—proving that the NYP was one of the great
orchestras at that time. John Barbirolli conducts Schubert, Brahms,
Sibelius, and Ravel, Sir Thomas Beecham is represented by Strauss, Don
Quixote, and Igor conducts his Sacre du printemps (the
work many yeas later would be recorded by Leonard Bernstein). Artur
Rodzinski leads Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Wagner and Sibelius..
Oscar Levant's brilliant playing of Gershwin's concerto is there.
Bruno Walter figures prominently
in Beethoven, Mahler,Dvorák,and Mozart. Leopold Stokowski conducts
Wagner, Messiaen, and Vaughan
Mitropoulos by many varied workd: Borodin, Gould,
Skalkattos, Berg. Schoenberg, Krenek, Sscriabin, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich,and
Prokofiev. Then begins the Leonard Bernstein era, and of course many
of his recordings are featured, along with varied repertory by other
later conductors: Pierre Boulez, Zubin
Mehta, and Kurt Masur.
This new Anniversary Edition sells at budget price - an incredible bargain for collectors. Doubtless it will be a limited edition so get it before it disappears.
R.E.B. (April 2017)