Tah 634 - Clara Haskil plays Beethoven
L. van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3, op. 37 (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch conducting - Recorded Live 3.XI.1956) - Piano Concerto No. 4, op. 58 (Studio-Orchester Beromünster, Erich Schmid conducting - Recorded 25.I.1959)
Although Clara Haskil “was sent on earth to play Mozart”, she is a great Beethoven performer as prove the recordings of these two concertos: the Third concerto that she gave in a live concert in Boston under Charles Munch, and the Fourth concerto, a studio recording of the Swiss Radio and never issued before.
Note : Not for sale in the USA
Date : November, 2007 - Barre code : 3504129063412
West 3009-10 - Hermann Scherchen conducts Beethoven
CD I: L. van Beethoven: Piano Concert No. 3, op. 37 (soloist: Paul Badura-Skoda - Stereo recording of July 1958) - Overtures Leonore II and III (recorded 1951)
CD II: L. Van Beethoven: Egmont, stage music (soloist: Magda Laszlo, narrator: Fred Liewehr - Vienna State Opera Orchestra - Recorded July 1953) - Great Fugue, op. 133 (English Baroque Orchestra - Recorded 14.IX.1954)
This fifth volume of the Scherchen-Westminster archives, licensed by Deutsche Grammophon, contains only Beethoven works recorded between 1951 and 1958. First, the Third Piano concerto which is the only recording of the five concertos with the young 30 year-old Badura-Skoda. Then the famous overtures Leonore II and III as well as the stage music of Egmont with the soprano Magda Laszlo. Last but not least, the Great Fugue in Felix Weingartner's transcription. This recording is not with the Lugano RTSI orchestra already released by Tahra, but with the English Baroque Orchestra in London, recorded in September 1954. All four recordings have never been issued on CD until now.
Note : May be downloaded on i-tunes
Date : October, 2007 - Barre code : 3504129300913
Tah 641 - Great Interpreters: Gerhard Taschner
A. Dvorak: Violin Concerto op. 53 (Berliner Philharmoniker, Lovro von Matacic conducting - Recorded 26.XI.1942) - A. Khatchaturian: Violin Concerto (1940) (NWDR Sinfonieorchester, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt conducting - Recorded 8/9.V.1955)
Although many radio recordings of Gerhard Taschner have been deleted, luckily quite a number of Live recordings with the «Manolete of the violin» have survived. The present two recordings are released here for the first time: the Dvorak concerto broadcast in Berlin in November 1942 in excellent sound conditions (it is the only known document of this concerto with Taschner) and the Khatchaturian concerto coming from a concert in Hamburg conducted by Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt. The present version is by far better than the one we released some years ago under Arthur Rother.
Date : September, 2007 - Barre code : 3504129064112
Tah 640 - Great Interpreters: Guila Bustabo
Excerpts from an interview of G. Bustabo (July 2001)
L. van Beethoven: Violin Concerto, op. 61 (Concertgebouw Orkest, Willem Mengelberg conducting - Live recording of 6.V.1943) - A. Dvorak: Violin Concerto, op. 53 (NWDR Sinfonieorchester, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt conducting - Recorded 21.III.1955)
Guila Bustabo (1916-2002) gave her first recital at the age of 4. She was a child prodigy of the violin and the press called her the "Prima donna assunta of the violin". Everybody agreed that she had a new stormy temperament and that she had «dynamite in her veins». Her discography is rather limited as well as the existing radio archives with her. The Beethoven concerto that she gave under Mengelberg in Amsterdam during the war is known but the Dvorak concerto with Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt in Hamburg is a first-time release. The CD includes also a short sound document with Bustabo speaking towards the end of her life.
Note : Can be downloaded on i-tunes
Date : September, 2007 - Barre code : 3504129064013
Tah 642-644 - Previously unissued Mahler archives
CD I: Symphony No. 1 (Staatskapelle Dresden, J. Keilberth conducting) 4.II.1950
CD II: Symphony No. 2 (NWDR Sinfonieorchester, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt conducting, soloists: Oda Balsborg and Sieglinde Wagner) 12.XI.1956
CD III: Symphony No. 4 (Städtisches Opernhaus- und Museumsorchester, Bruno Walter conducting, soloist: Annelies Kupper) 4.IX.1950
One of the essential traits in Mahler’s creation is the fact that his works consist only of Lieder and symphonies. This apparently fortuitous fact is of capital importance: in fact it is the vivifying source of the Lied that nourished in him the symphonic flow and conditioned its evolution, at least in the first four symphonies.
The present three recordings come from German archives (Keilberth in Dresden, Schmidt-Isserstedt in Hamburg and Walter in Frankfurt).
Date : August, 2007 - Barre code : 3504129064211
Tah 635 - Great Interpreters: Ferenc Fricsay
F. Schubert: Symphony No. 8, D 944 (previously No. 9) (Sinfonieorchester des Hessischen Rundfunks - Recorded 4.XI.1955)
The Fricsay phonography includes several previously unissued recordings, particularly this Schubert symphony that, additionally, is the only known recording to date and is released here for the very first time. Fricsay is conducting the orchestra of the Frankfurt Radio in a live concert in November 1955.
Note : It is the only existing recording of this work with Fricsay as conductor.
Date : August, 2007 - Barre code : 3504129063511
Tah 638/639 - Previously unissued recordings of Eugen jochum
CD I: A. Bruckner: Symphonie n° 8 en ut mineur
CD II: Antonin Dvorak: Concerto pour violoncelle et orchestre
This is a historical recording of Bruckner's Eighth Symphony. On the other hand, the Dvorak concerto is the only recording of this work with Jochum.
Date : May, 2007 - Barre code : 3504129063818
Tah 631 - Arturo Benedetti-Michelangeli
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor - Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana, cond. Hermann Scherchen - Live recording made in Lugano on 21.VI.1956 - Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Orchestra del Maggio Musicale di Firenze, cond. Dimitri Mitropoulos - Live recording of 17.VI.1953 - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4 - Orchestra di Roma della RAI, cond. Franco Caracciolo -
Previously unissued recording of 12.V.1956
 CHOPIN : Valse, op. postume n° 4 (bis)
Besides the Schumann concerto with Scherchen and the Liszt concerto with Mitropoulos, the present CD includes Benedetti-Michelangeli in a previously unissued recording of the Rachmaninov Fourth Concerto under the Italian conductor Caracciolo. The liner notes were written by Professor Clémenty, a cardiologist who operated on Arturo Benedetti-Michelangeli following his heart attack during a recital he gave in Bordeaux on 17.X.1988. They soon became friends, and Professor Clémenty draws here a sometimes intimate portrait of the famous pianist.
Date : April, 2007 - Barre code : 3504129063115
Tahra 629 - Monique Haas performs Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 21, KV 467 - Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden, cond. Hans Rosbaud - Previously unissued recording of 9.XI.1956 - Piano Concerto No. 23, KV 488
NDR Sinfonieorchester, cond. Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
- Previously unissued recording made at the Musikhalle on 27.I.1956 - Bonus: J. S. Bach: Concerto in the Italian style, BWV 971 - J. Ph. Rameau: Les Cyclopes -
Decca recordings made in February 1946
In June 1987, twenty years ago, Monique Haas, pupil of the famous pedadogue Lazare-Lévy, died. On this occasion we are releasing two previously unissued Mozart recordings made with the conductors Hans Rosbaud and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt. As a complement, we have issued two rare recordings (Bach and Rameau) that she made in London in 1946 for Decca. The American pianist Charles Timbrell, one of Monique Haas' pupils kindly agreed to write the liner notes in which he portrays her as a woman «looking like she had just stepped out from an advertisement for Dior…»
The booklet includes also Monique Haas' discography.
Note : On Tahra's fifteenth anniversay
Available for downloading on i-tunes
Date : April, 2007 - Barre code : 3504129062910
Tah 610 - Piano Archives
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano concerto No. 1
Alfred Cortot and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, conductor Victor Desarzens - [This previously unissued RSR recording, made on 13.IV.1947, is the only known one of Cortot playing this concerto.]
Maurice Ravel: Trio for piano, violin and cello in A minor - Soloists: Vlado Perlemuter, Jeanne Gautier and André Lévy (previously unissued recording of ORTF made in Paris on 7.V.1954) - Franz Liszt: two Legends (Saint François d’Assise prêchant aux oiseaux and Saint-François de Paule marchant sur les flots) - Piano: Vlado Perlemuter
78 rpm Lumen 35.020 and 35.021 (March 1939)
This CD includes an important previously unissued recording: the first Beethoven concerto interpreted by Alfred Cortot (almost seventy years old) in April 1947. It is the only known recording of Cortot playing this work, it comes from the Swiss Radio and needed careful restoration. Another previously unissued recording is the Ravel trio with Vlado Perlemuter, Jeanne Gautier and André Lévy. Finally and finally a transcendent interpretation by Perlemuter of two Legends by Liszt. The sound of 1939 is astonishingly good.
Date : April, 2007 - Barre code : 3504129061012