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Unissued recordings Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt: Haydn, Paganini, Bruckner

Tah 568/569 - Unissued recordings Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt: Haydn, Paganini, Bruckner

Pachelbel: Canon and Gigue - Haydn : Symphony No. 103 - Paganini : Violin Concerto No. 1 - Bruckner : Symphony No. 9 - Das NWDR Sinfonieorchester - Violin: Christian Ferras - Direction: Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt (Jewelbox)
Even though he is doesn't really rank among the "mythical" conductors of the Twentieth century, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt remains a conductor to be rediscovered. The present set contains only previously unissued recordings and is a perfect example of his conducting. He conducts the NWDR Sinfonieorchester that he created right after the war, on request by the British occupational forces (the first very concert with this orchestra was given on November 1 1945). Next to Haydn, the set contains a very "symphonic" performance of Pachelbel's canon which is at many years' distance from the more modern baroque versions, a Paganini concerto with the great French virtuoso Christian Ferras and a very beautiful Bruckner Ninth.

Date : August, 2005 - Barre code : 3504129056810

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Composer : Bruckner, Haydn, Paganini
Artist : Schmidt-Isserstedt

Inédits Monique Haas

Tah 567 - Inédits Monique Haas

Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto, Op. 54 (Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Eugen Jochum - Live, 15.I.1954) - Claude Debussy: Pour le piano (Prélude, Sarabande, Toccata) (12.III.1957) - M. Mihalovici: Toccata for piano and orchestra (Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rudolf Albert - Live, 4.IV.1952) - Eine Produktion des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Date : May, 2005 - Barre code : 3504129056711

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Composer : Debussy, Haydn, Stravinsky
Artist : Haas

Inédits Marcelle Meyer

Tah 564 - Inédits Marcelle Meyer

Chopin: Barcarolle, Op. 60 (INA Archive) - Claude Debussy: Images, Livres I and II (7.IV.1957) - Manuel de Falla: Noches en los jardines de Espana (Orchestra di Roma della RAI, Mario Rossi - 12.V.1958 - 1956, 1957 et 1958 - RAI Trade Rome Archive)

Date : May, 2005 - Barre code : 3504129056414

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Composer : Chopin, Debussy, Falla
Artist : Meyer

Inédits Johanna Martzy

Tah 553 - Inédits Johanna Martzy

Johannes Brahms : Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 108 - Piano : Jean Antonietti (22.X.1953) - Félix Mendelssohn : Violin Concerto, Op. 64 (NWDR Sinfonieorchester, Hans schmidt-isserstedt - 25.I.1954) - Johannes Brahms : Violin Concerto, Op. 77 (First movement missing) - Sinfonieorchster des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Eugen Jochum - Live, 13 or 14.XII.1951

Note : Available for downloading on i-tunes

Date : May, 2005 - Barre code : 3504129055318

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Composer : Brahms, Mendelssohn
Artist : Martzy

Furtwängler « revisited » : Tchaikovsky, Bruckner, Schumann

Furt 1099/1100 - Furtwängler « revisited » : Tchaikovsky, Bruckner, Schumann

CD 1: Piotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 6, « Pathétique » (Berliner Philharmoniker - His Master's Voice recording, 25-27.X.1938) - Anton Bruckner: Symphony no. 7, Adagio (berliner Philharmoniker - enregistrement Telefunken, 1.IV.1942)
CD 2: Piotr Tchaikovsky : Symphony no. 4 (Wiener Philharmoniker - His Master's Voice recording, 4-16.I.1951) - Robert Schumann : Symphony no. 4 (Berliner Philharmoniker - Deutsche Grammophon recording, 14.V.1953)

Most of these recordings were reissued in the past in a rather average sound doing no justice to the typical "Furtwängler sound". Since they also were very difficult to find, we thought that it was a good idea to make them available again to music lovers and collectors. Extensive restoration was undertaken in order to respect the fullness and richness of the Furtwängler orchestral sound, without affecting either the basses or the high pitches and above all the harmonics: in a way we deem having been able to restore the famous dynamics of Furtwängler, mainly in his Schumann Fourth which remains undoubtedly one of the most famous recordings of the Twentieth century (which of course didn't prevent an anti-Furtwänglerian to speak of his "rural style"!)

Date : April, 2005 - Barre code : 3504129109912

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Composer : Bruckner, Schumann, Tchaikovsky
Artist : Furtwängler

Wilhelm Furtwängler in Roma : Bruckner, Symphony No. 7

Furt 1098 - Wilhelm Furtwängler in Roma : Bruckner, Symphony No. 7

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7, in e (Berliner Philharmoniker, Live, I.V.1951 in Rome – Live recording made on acetates)

In May 1951, Furtwängler made a concert tour to Italy with the Berlin Philharmonic: On 1 May he gave a concert in Rome: on the programme also the Bruckner 7th that the Italian Radio recorded on acetates.
In a TV programme of 1989, the great Lucchino Visconti said that this concert had on him the effect of «lightening», and that by listening to this symphony he cast the first shell idea of what was to become one of his great masterpieces, the film «Senso» made in 1954, and the sound column of which comes from this symphony.
We restored the concert's acetates with greatest care. The concert certainly is Furtwängler's best performance of this very work, in any case superior to the concert he gave while on tour through Egypt.

Date : March, 2005 - Barre code : 3504129109813

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Composer : Bruckner
Artist : Furtwängler

Furtwängler in Salzburg Festival

Furt 1095/1097 - Furtwängler in Salzburg Festival

CD 1 : Schubert: Symphonie n° 8 (9), "The Great" (Live, 30.VIII.1953)
CD 2/3 : C.M. Weber : Der Freischütz, intégrale (Solistes: Alfred Poell, Elisabeth Grümmer, Rita Streich, Kurt Böhme, Oskar Czerwenka, Otto Edelmann - Live, 26.VII.1954, Die Wiener Philharmoniker - These recordings, made privately by Alfred Kunz (certainly in stereo), have a breathtaking sonic relief and are released with the agreement of Mrs. Elisabeth Furtwängler. (Sortie: janvier 2005)

This set includes two concerts that Furtwängler conducted at the Salzburg festivals in 1953 and 1954 respectively, the highlight of which is the extraordinary performance of Weber's Freischütz. Both recordings were not recorded by the Austrian radio but privately, by Alfred Kunz. These recordings appear to be recorded on two channels giving a very large sound with sensational dynamics. The mono-versions were released by EMI and Orfeo.

Note : CD 1 available for downloading on i-tunes

Date : March, 2005 - Barre code : 3504129109516

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Composer : Schubert, Weber
Artist : Furtwängler

Munch in Italia: Beethoven, Debussy

Tah 590 - Munch in Italia: Beethoven, Debussy

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 - Debussy: "La Mer" - Orchestra di Torino della RAI, Charles Munch (Torino, June 8, 1951)
Charles Munch rarely conducted Italian orchestras: just twenty one orchestral concerts and four performances of a single opera during his lifetime. (Pelléas). He made his début in Italy after the war on June 8 1951, conducting the orchestra of the Italian Radio in Turin. This CD contains most of the concert, which was given for the International Congress of Medicine and Surgery.

Date : March, 2005 - Barre code : 350412905901

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Composer : Beethoven, Debussy
Artist : Munch

Erich Kleiber in Hamburg

Tah 561/562 - Erich Kleiber in Hamburg

CD 1: Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, "Pastorale" (Live, 9.I.1953), Schubert: Rosamunde, ext. (Live, 23.IV.1954)
CD 2: Schubert: Symphony No. 3 and Symphony No. 8 (9), "The Great" (Live, 23.IV.1954) (Das NWDR Sinfonie-Orchester)

This set is a tribute to Erich Kleiber conducting the excellent orchestra of the Hamburg Radio that was founded by Hans Schmid-Isserstedt right after the war at the demand of the Allied Forces. These sound documents are interesting in so far as the reveal a completely different kind of conducting than that of Furtwängler's. In fact, with Kleiber there is no room for improvisation nor search of what is «between the notes ». But his conducting is full of punch and drive.

Date : March, 2005 - Barre code : 3504129056117

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Composer : Beethoven, Schubert
Artist : Kleiber

The Art of Carl Schuricht : Bruckner, Symphony No. 7 (1954)

Tah 552 - The Art of Carl Schuricht : Bruckner, Symphony No. 7 (1954)

A. Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (NWDR Sinfonie-Orchester - Hamburg, 4.X.1954)

The conductor Carl Schuricht had a vast repertoire including operas as well as many workd of contemporary music. He also was a great defender of the music of Bruckner whom he started recording as early as the 78 rpms. The present 7th symphony comes from a concert in Hamburg where he gave many concerts in the Fifties and Sixties with the orchestra founded by Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt the sound engineer being no less than Friedrich Schnapp whom Furtwängler confirmed as his sound engineer during the war. We have added an interview of Schuricht made the same day of the concert.

Date : March, 2005 - Barre code : 3504129055219

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Composer : Bruckner
Artist : Schuricht