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Back from the Shadows - L. van Beethoven by Friedrich Wührer

Tah 704/707 - Back from the Shadows - L. van Beethoven by Friedrich Wührer

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Ludwig van Beethoven:
CD I: Piano Concerto No. 1, op. 15, in C major - Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra - Conductor: Hans Swarowsky
Piano Concerto No. 2, op. 19, in si bémol majeur - Stuttgart Pro Musica Orchestra - Conductor: Walter Davisson
CD II: Piano Concerto No. 3, op. 37, in C minor - Stuttgart Pro Musica Orchestra - Conductor: Walter Davisson
Piano Concerto No. 4, op. 58, in G major - Bamberger Sinfoniker - Conductor: Jonel Perlea
CD III: Piano Concerto No. 5, op. 73, in E flat major - Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra - Conductor: Heinzich Hollreiser - Triple Concerto op. 56, in C major - Württembergisches Staatsorchester - Conductor: Walter Davisson - violin: Bronislaw Gimpel - Cello: Joseph Schuster
CD IV: Sonata No. 30, op. 109, in E Major - Sonata No. 31, op. 110, in A flat major - Sonata No. 32, op. 111, in C minor

This set is dedicated to the great Austrian pianist Friedrich Wührer and is the first one of a new series called “Back from the Shadows”, the aim of which is to give “a second life” to some artists that are unjustly forgotten and to their commercial recordings. This structure is entirely dedicated to Beethoven and includes 5 piano concertos as well as the Triple concerto, and the last three sonatas op. 109, 110 and 111. Wührer was a great interpreter of the romantic repertoire, namely of Beethoven and Schubert but also Brahms and Schumann.

Date : March, 2010 - Barre code : 3504129070410

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Ferenc Fricsay Conducts Mozart

Tah 690 - Ferenc Fricsay Conducts Mozart

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W.A. Mozart: The Great Mass in C Minor, KV 427 (417a), for soloists, Choirs and orchestra - Maria Stader (soprano), Hertha Töpper (mezzosoprano) - Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - Ivan Sardi (Bass) - Choirs of St-Hedwig Cathedral, Choirmaster: Karl Forster - Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin - Public Live stereo recording of 29.IX.1959 in the Grosser Sendesaal du Sender Freies Berlin - Gala concert on the occasion of the reopening of the recording studio

The Hungarian conductor Ferenc Fricsay is known to be a great interpreter of Mozart, particularly of his operas (Don Giovanni, Zauberflöte, Nozze di Figaro, and so forth). On 29 September 1959, he gave a gala concert in the « Grosser Sendersaal » of the Senderfreies in Berlin, on the occasion of the reopening of the recording studio of this radio. The soloists (Maria Stader, Hertha Töpper, Ernst Haefliger and Ivan Sardi), the famous choir of the Cathedral Sankt Hedwig in Berlin and the Radio-Sinfonieorchester gave a magnificent performance of Mozart’s Great Mass KV 42 under Fricsay’s baton. It is this unissued stereo recording that is being published here for the first time.

Date : January, 2010 - Barre code : 3504129069018

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Composer : Mozart
Artist : Haefliger, Sardi, Stader, Töpper, Fricsay

The Violin in the Limelight!

Tah 692 - The Violin in the Limelight!

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J. Brahms: Violin Concerto op. 77 - Luzerner Festspielorchester - Conductor: Herbert von Karajan - Soloist: Nathan Milstein - Live recording of 17.VIII.1957 at the Lucerne Festival
J. Sibelius: Violin Concerto op. 47
Berliner Philharmonisces Orchester - Conductor: Eugen Jochum, Soloist: Bronislaw Gimpel - Live recording of 21/22.IV.1956 in the Konzertsaal der Hochschule für Musik of Berlin

After our first volume (Tah 670-671) we continue the release of violin archives. The present CD contains the Brahms violin concerto by Nathan Milstein accompanied by Karajan at the Festival of Lucerne back in August 1957. Then, and it surely will be a discovery for many music lovers, the Sibelius concerto by Bronislaw Gimpel and Eugen Jochum conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in April 1956. The magnificent violinist he was, Gimpel (1911-1979) is known today by a rather restricted circle of aficionados despite the very important production on record he mainly made for the American label Vox. This previously unissued recording is interesting from another point of view: in fact, Sibelius is a composer that Jochum only rarely included in his concert programs. He never conducted any symphony by Sibelius and he conducted the present concerto only on one other occasion, i.e. on 9 April 1943.

Date : December, 2009 - Barre code : 3504129069216

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Composer : Brahms, Sibelius
Artist : Gimpel, Milstein, Karajan, Jochum

Hermann Scherchen conducts Haydn

Tah 680/681 - Hermann Scherchen conducts Haydn

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CD I: Symphony No. 45, "Farewell Symphony" (Vienna State Opera Orchestra - VII.1958) - Symphony No. 48, "Maria Theresia" (Vienna State Opera Orchestra - XII.1950) - Symphony No. 92, "Oxford" (Vienna State Opera Orchestra - XII.1950) - CD II: Symphony No. 94, "Mit dem Paukenschlag" (Municipal Orchestra of Winterthur - 27.V.1942) - Symphony No. 100, "Military" (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - IX.1954) - Symphony No. 101, "The Clock" (Vienna State Opera Orchestra - VII.1951)

The year 2009 is the two-hundredth anniversary of Haydn’s death. Among the greatest interpreters of this composer is certainly Hermann Scherchen who recorded 21 of his symphonies, including all the London Symphonies (it was a premiere on disc), mainly for the American label Westminster. A number of these recordings have become famous: the 100th (the critics defined this version as eccentric and ingenious), the 88th and so forth…
The interest of this symphony is many-fold: in fact in the slow movement, Scherchen adopts a very slow tempo, so slow that it takes him 4 minutes more than Furtwängler who certainly wasn't a fast conductor. Another “sensation”: The Farewell Symphony in which, in the last movement, the musicians leave the stage one after the other, saying out aloud “Auf Wiedersehen” while the sound of the orchestra also changes progressively becoming thinner and thinner.

Date : November, 2009 - Barre code : 3504129068011

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Composer : Haydn
Artist : Scherchen

In Memoriam Ginette Neveu

Tah 684 - In Memoriam Ginette Neveu

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Interview (5.III.1949) - Beethoven: Violin Concerto (excerpts) / Südwestfunk-Orchester, Hans Rosbaud conducting (25.IX.1949) - Brahms: Violin Concerto (excerpts) / NWDR-Sinfonieorchester, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt conducting (3.V.1948) - Chausson: Poem for violin and orchestra / New York Phailharmonic, Charles Munch conducting (2.I.1949) - Sibelius: Violin Concerto (excerpts) / Philharmonia Orchestra, Walter Süsskind conducting (21.XI.1945)

On 28 October 1949, barely aged 30 Ginette Neveu died in an airplane crash in the Azores Islands, (the French boxer Marcel Cerdan was also on that airplane) while she was heading for the United States for a tour with her brother Jean. That happened 60 years ago: to commemorate this tragic loss, we release the present CD that comprises excerpts of the Beethoven, Brahms and Sibelius concerts as well as the Chausson Poem.
We have added a very rare document: a short interview of Ginette Neveu.

Date : October, 2009 - Barre code : 3504129068417

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Composer : Chausson, Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius
Artist : Süsskind, Rosbaud, Munch, Neveu, Schmidt-Isserstedt

The Stradivarius in the Limelight

Tah 670/671 - The Stradivarius in the Limelight

CD I: Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4, KV 218 - Soloist Christian Ferras - Conductor Pietro Argento - Orchestra Scarlatti di Napoli (21.II. 1958) - Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5, KV 219 - Soloist: Ida Haendel - Conductor: Ferruccio Scaglia - Orchestra della RAI di Roma (11.I.1958)
CD II: Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto op. 64 - Soloist: Zino Francescatti - Conductor: Ferruccio Scaglia - Orchestra della RAI di Torino (18.XII.1953) - Brahms: Violin Concerto op. 77 - Soloist: Gioconda de Vito - Conductor: Eugen Jochum - Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (15.XI.1956)

After a series of releases dedicated to the piano, we are starting a series dedicated to the violin along the same lines : edit, as far as possible, previously unissued recordings of high artistic interest. This first set will prove typical with its four first-time releases: Two Mozart concertos with Christian Ferras and Ida Haendel, the Mendelssohn Concerto with Zino Francescatti and the Brahms Concerto with Gioconda de Vito. All these recordings have one point in common : the violinists play a violin built by the famous violin maker Antonio Stradivarius of Cremona.

Date : September, 2009 - Barre code : 3504129067014

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Composer : Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart
Artist : Argento, de Vito, Ferras, Francescatti, Haendel, Previtali, Scaglia, Jochum

Scherchen conducts the 9 Beethoven Symphonies Vol. III

Tah 677 - Scherchen conducts the 9 Beethoven Symphonies Vol. III

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CD I: Symphony n° 9, op. 125 in D minor, "Choral" Symphony
Magda Laszlo (soprano) - Hilde Roessl-Majdan (contralto) - Petre Munteanu (tenor) - Richard Standen (bass) - Vienna State Opera Orchestra - Recorded in September 1953

Herman Scherchen discovered the world of Beethoven at the age of fourteen. Like Bach, Mahler and Schoenberg, Beethoven accompanied Scherchen throughout his career. He conducted his symphonies over 235 times. Between 1951 and 1954 he made the mono recordings of all nine symphonies for the US label Westminster, either in Vienna with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra and in London with Beecham’s excellent Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
This cycle was released in Japan in 1999 but not in the best conditions: in fact, the pitch of six symphonies wasn’t absolutely right. This series includes some jewels: the First Symphony, the Second, the Seventh (a masterwork), the Eighth and the Ninth.
Although his performance of Eroica is somewhat apart from the colossal conception behind it, some passages are just superb (for ex. the coda of the first movement, scherzo).

Press review
(...) dans les années 1950, spirituel était synonyme de Furtwängler, et Scherchen navigue aux antipodes. Mais, avec le recul, c'est au contraire l'esprit seul qui nous emporte à travers ces cinq heures et demie de pure exaltation. (...) Un sublime sans larmes, même dans l'Adagio de la 9e. Le plaisir violent qu'on en éprouve refuse la contemplation. Sans cesse provoquée, l'oreille agit. Et cette action vaut de l'or. (Diapason, Ivan A. Alexandre)

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Date : August, 2009 - Barre code : 3504129067717

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Composer : Beethoven
Artist : Laszlo, Munteanu, Roessl-Majdan, Standen, Scherchen

Scherchen conducts the 9 Beethoven Symphonies - Vol. I

Tah 673/674 - Scherchen conducts the 9 Beethoven Symphonies - Vol. I

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CD I: Symphony No. 1, op. 21 in C major (Vienna State Opera Orchestra - VI.1954) - Symphony No. 3, op. 55 in E flat major, Eroica (Vienna Symphonic Orchestra - I.1951)
CD II: Symphony No. 2, op. 36 in D major - Symphony No. 4, op. 60 in B flat major (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - IX.1954)

Herman Scherchen discovered the world of Beethoven at the age of fourteen. Like Bach, Mahler and Schoenberg, Beethoven accompanied Scherchen throughout his career. He conducted his symphonies over 235 times. Between 1951 and 1954 he made the mono recordings of all nine symphonies for the US label Westminster, either in Vienna with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra and in London with Beecham’s excellent Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
This cycle was released in Japan in 1999 but not in the best conditions: in fact, the pitch of six symphonies wasn’t absolutely right. This series includes some jewels: the First Symphony, the Second, the Seventh (a masterwork), the Eighth and the Ninth.
Although his performance of Eroica is somewhat apart from the colossal conception behind it, some passages are just superb (for ex. the coda of the first movement, scherzo).

Press review
Chaque nouvelle écoute le confirme, le Beethoven de Scherchen est une expérience sans exempple ni postérité, une nourriture complète allégée de toute sucrerie, une action de grâces, un combat.

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Date : August, 2009 - Barre code : 3504129067311

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Composer : Beethoven
Artist : Scherchen

Scherchen conducts the 9 Beethoven Symphonies Vol. II

Tah 675/676 - Scherchen conducts the 9 Beethoven Symphonies Vol. II

CD I: Symphony No. 5, op. 67 in C minor(Royal Philhjarmonic Orchestra - IX.1954) - Symphony No. 6, op. 68 in F major, "Pastorale" (Vienna State Opera Orchestra - VII.1951)
CD II: Symphony No. 7, op. 92 in A major (Vienna State Opera Orchestra (VII.1951) - Symphony No. 8, op. 93 in F major (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - IX.1954)

Herman Scherchen discovered the world of Beethoven at the age of fourteen. Like Bach, Mahler and Schoenberg, Beethoven accompanied Scherchen throughout his career. He conducted his symphonies over 235 times. Between 1951 and 1954 he made the mono recordings of all nine symphonies for the US label Westminster, either in Vienna with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra and in London with Beecham’s excellent Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
This cycle was released in Japan in 1999 but not in the best conditions: in fact, the pitch of six symphonies wasn’t absolutely right. This series includes some jewels: the First Symphony, the Second, the Seventh (a masterwork), the Eighth and the Ninth.
Although his performance of Eroica is somewhat apart from the colossal conception behind it, some passages are just superb (for ex. the coda of the first movement, scherzo).

Press review
Question tempo, il est vrai que Scherchen favorise la vitesse (...). Le tempo résulte de la passion propre à chaque mouvement et assure la tension vitale, rien d'autre. C'est pourquoi, à la différence de presque tous ses contemporains, (...) Scherchen tombe si souvent d'accord avec les indications métronomiques publiées par le compositeur en 1817.

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Date : August, 2009 - Barre code : 3504129067519

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Composer : Beethoven
Artist : Scherchen

Furtwängler on tour

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40, KV 550
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4, op. 98
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler
Concert recorded on tour in Wiesbaden on 10.VI.1949 - New Mastering

Furtwängler made quite a number of concert tours, especially with the Berlin Philharmonic (34 before the war and 6 after). So, between 1 and 14 June 1949, Furtwängler took the orchestra on tour through twelve German towns and conducted 14 concerts. The programs included works by Pfitzner, Strauss, Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven. The concert of 10 June in Wiesbaden was recorded by the Hessische Rundfunk under excellent sonic conditions: we are releasing a new mastering of it excluding the excerpts from Palestrina.
Despite their sixty years of age, the original tapes are of excellent quality and the performance of the Brahms Fourth is considered by many music lovers as the best one of the great Furtwängler.

Date : May, 2009 - Barre code : 3504129200718

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Composer : Brahms, Mozart
Artist : Furtwängler

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