TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathetique." ROSSINI:
William Tell Overture.
NBC Symphony Orch./Arturo Toscanini, cond.
MUSIC & ARTS 1194 (F) TT: 58:00
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SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 9 in C. STRAUSS: Death and Transfiguration, Op.
24. DEBUSSY: La Mer. Ibéria. RESPIGHI: Roman Festivals. BERLIOZ: Queen
Mab Scherzo from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 17. MENDELSSOHN: Incidental Music
to A Midsummer Night's Dream. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op.
Philadelphia Orch/Arturo Toscanini, cond.
RCA RED SEAL 88697 02331 (3 CDs) TT: 68:55 / 71:58 /78:59
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BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8 in F, Op. 93. Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op.
125 "Choral." "Ah, Perfido!"
Gre Brouwenstijn, soprano; Annie Hermes, contralto; Ernst Häfliger, tenor;
Hans Wilbrink, bass; Amsterdam Toonkunst Choir; Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Orch/Otto Klemperer, cond.
MUSIC & ARTS 1191 (2 CDs) TT: 70:06 / 42:22
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"Sunday Evenings with Pierre Monteux" - Broadcast performances
from California, 1941-1952
All Performances with the “Standard Symphony Orchestra” (San
Francisco). CD No. 1 (78:13) BEETHOVEN: Consecration of the House Overture
- Symphony No. 5 Prometheus Adagio - Egmont, Fidelio & Leonore No.
3 Overtures. CD No. 2 (75:51) MOZART: Don Giovanni Overture
- Symphony in D, Haffner. Piano Concerto in A (exc.) (W. Kapell,
soloist) - Die Zauberflöte Overture - Die Entführung
Aus Dem Serail Overture GLUCK: Iphigénie en Aulide Ouverture
HAYDN: Symphony No. 88. CD No. 3 (70:12) R. STRAUSS: Don Juan -
Tod und Verklärung - Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche - Der
Rosenkavalier Suite. CD No. 4 (66:33) WAGNER: Parsifal (exc.)
- Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (exc.) Der Fliegende
Holländer (exc.) - Tristan und Isolde (exc.). CD
No. 5 (61:54) WAGNER: Die Walküre (exc.) - Siegfried (exc.)
- Götterdämmerung (exc.) - Rienzi Overture
LISZT: Les Préludes - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. CD
No. 6 (74:02) BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture - The Trojans Prelude
- L’enfance du Christ (exc) - La Damnation de Faust (exc.)
- Romeo and Juliet (exc.) - Le Corsair Overture.
CD No. 7 (70:14) MENDELSSOHN: Overture Fingal's Cave- Symphony
No. 4 - Overture Ruy Blas - TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
- BRAHMS: Five Waltzes from Op. 39 (arr. Hertz). CD No. 8 (76:27) ROSSINI: L’Italiana
in Algeri Overture - BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 (exc.) - THOMAS: Mignon Overture
- DUKAS: L’Apprenti Sorcier - MESSIAEN: L’Ascension -
SIBELIUS: Valse Triste BRAHMS: Tragic Overture -
WEBER: Euryanthe Overture SOUSA: The Stars and Stripes
Forever. CD No. 9 (75:51) BORODIN: Polovetsian Dances from Prince
Igor RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Christmas Eve Suite - Russian
Easter Overture - Capriccio Espagnol - GLAZUNOV: Scènes
de Ballet RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2 (exc.). CD No. 10 (74:59)
FRANCK: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue (arr. Pierné) - Rédemption
- Psyche Suite (exc.) - Symphony in d. CD 11 (1:19:12) GRETRY: Cephale
et Procris - NICOLAI: Merry Wives of Windsor Overture
- MASSENET: Phedre - FALLA: 3-Cornered Hat Suite
ROSSINI: William Tell Overture - WAGNER: Tannhäuser Overture
- RESPIGHI: Fountains of Rome. CD 12 (1:11:47) BEETHOVEN:
Piano Concerto No. 3 in c, Op. 37 mvt 1 (Solomon) - SCHUBERT-LISZT: Wanderer
Fantasy (Lili Kraus, piano) - TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No.
l in Bb minor, Op. 23 mvt 1 (Cherkassky) - BRAHMS: Concerto for violin
and cello in a, Op. 102 mvt 1 (Naoum & Boris Blinder). CD 13 (1:13:59)
WALTON: Façade Suite - SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 4 in
d, Op. 120 - MOZART: Symphony No. 41 in C, K 551 - ALFANO: Aria from Resurrection -
SIBELIUS: Pohjola’s Daughter - CHADWICK: Jubilee
MUSIC & ARTS 1192 (13 CDs)
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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Suites from The Snow Maiden and
Ivan the Terrible. TCHAIKOVSKY: Suite from The Slippers.
Philharmonia Orch/London Symphony Orch (Ivan the Terrible)/Anatole Fistoulari,
REDISCOVERY RD 121 TT: 71:55
WAGNER: Prelude to Die Meistersinger. BOCCHERINI: Minuet.
Fire Dance. WALDTEUFEL: Skaters' Waltz. SAINT-SAENS: Introduction
and Rondo Capriccioso. DELIBES: Intermezzo from Naila. GADE:
Jalousie. SULLIVAN: Overture to H.M.S. Pinafore. GRIEG: The
DINICU: Hora Staccato. IBERT:
Escales. CHABRIER: Espana.
New Symphony Orchestra of London/Rome Philharmonic Orch/Royal Philharmonic
Orch/René Leibowitz, cond.
REDISCOVERY RD 125 TT: 73:56
Arturo Toscanini had the misfortune
of inferior engineering for the last decades of his life. His insistence
on broadcasting from and recording in NBC's Studio 8H is a part of
the problem, but even when venues were acoustically better RCA's engineers
could remotely be considered high-fidelity. Many of his incredible
performances continue to amaze in spite of less-than-ideal sound. Now
RCA has newly remastered Toscanini's recordings with the Philadelphia
Orchestra made in 1941-1942. Original release of these recordings was
delayed because of technical problems, but finally they were issued
by RCA in their Toscanini Edition in the early '90's, in deplorable
sonics. The new set is considerably better, but the fact remains that
these are poor recordings with limited dynamic range and no low bass
whatever. However, these are important performances by a major conductor,
and it is good to have them available again in improved sound—and
fitting onto three mid-priced disks instead of four as in their previous
Music & Arts' issue of Toscanini's Carnegie Hall concert of March 21,
1954, consisting of Rossini's Overture to The Barber of Seville and
Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, states that it was recorded in stereo.
Aaron Z. Snyder
did the digital restoration and
on the many problems which included a missing section of the original
tape because of RCA's forgetfulness and mishandling. In spite of Snyder's
efforts, sound on this recording is highly disappointing.
stereo effect and what bass there is is lumpy and undefined. Rossini's
overture goes well, but orchestral playing in the Tchaikovsky is untidy,
particularly in the first movement; Snyder tells how he adds a beat in
this movement to make the scramble less obvious. Toscanini fans surely
will want to have this document, others should approach with caution.
Orchestral playing of the highest order is heard on M&A's Beethoven
issues with Otto Klemperer and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra.
This mighty Ninth and Eighth are from the Holland Festival May 17,
1956, Ah, Perfido! from a concert April 26, 1951. Excellent,
well-balanced sound throughout. Curiously, CD notes by Harris Goldsmith
about Furtwängler's Ninths than they do about Klemperer's (and a
typo updates date of the latter by a decade). As these are full-priced
and the second has rather short playing time, it seems odd M&A didn't
include more of the many Klemperer/ACO broadcast performances.
Another M&A release, and one of their biggest, is this huge set of
radio broadcasts, contents listed above. The first ten CDs were issued
a decade ago but that set has been deleted. The last four
unissued performances including some fantastic items new to the Monteux
discography. Highly recommended for fans of the distinguished conductor!
2006 this site reviewed another outstanding M&A issue of Monteux live
concert performances from France (see REVIEW).
The other two historic reissues are from one of the most imaginative
small private labels: Rediscovery. The first offers a group of recordings
of music by Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky conducted by Anatole
Fistoulari for the MGM label with two of London's leading orchestras,
sounding better than ever and free from surface blemishes that seemed
to mar all of the original releases. The disk of "pops" favorites
conducted by René Leibowitz with various orchestras should intrigue
audio buffs as these are all early recordings made for the Reader's Digest
by the legendary producer/engineer Charles Gerhardt. Even by today's
audio standards, these are outstanding. You can order both of these from
the producers: REDISCOVERY
R.E.B. (February 2007)