Tah 725 - Kathleen Ferrier in MemoriamDownload
 MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde (der Einsame im Herbst) -  MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde (von der Schönheit) - Wiener Philharmoniker, Conductor: Bruno Walter (Salzburg, 21.VIII.1949)
 BACH: « Erbarme dich, mein Gott » (Saint Matthew Passion ) - Wiener Sinfoniker, Conductor: Herbert von Karajan (9.VI.1950)
 HAENDEL: « Where Ďer you walk » (Semele)
 HAENDEL: « Like as the love-lorn turtle » (Atalanta) -  GLUCK: « Ah diletta Euridice » (Orpheus and Eurydice) - Piano: Giorgio Favaretto (Milan, 6.II.1951)
 MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde (Der Abschied)
Wiener Philharmoniker, Conductor: Bruno Walter (17.V.1952)
 INTERVIEW: August 1949
Kathleen Ferrierís premature death, on 8 October 1953 at the age of 41, took everybody by surprise due to the veil of silence behind which she had hidden her illness, whereby the public was not in the least prepared to this fatal outcome. To celebrate Kathleen Ferrierís hundredth birthday, we are releasing the present SACD with excerpts from the Lied von der Erde broadcasted from the Salzburg Festival in 1949, with the Wiener Philarmoniker under Bruno Walter, as well as a very rare interview.
Date : April, 2012 - Barre code : 3504129072513
Tah 721/722 - Paul Paray "Live" in DetroitDownload
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 2, op. 19
Soloist: Glenn Gould (13.XII.1960)
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto
Soloist: Arnold Steinhardt (12.XI.1959)
MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 (12.XI.1959)
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
During his long career, Paul Paray (1886-1979) conducted various American orchestras (from 1939 in New-York), and particularly in Detroit where he was musical director from 1951 to 1962. He gave more than 240 concerts in « Motor City » and over 110 concerts on tour. The interest of these three Live documents recorded in 1959 and 1960, resides in the fact the Parayís recording label Mercury didnít make any commercial recording of these works. It is of particular interest to discover his vision of the famous Mahler Fifth and specially of the famous adagietto.
Note : Not for sale in the USA
Date : November, 2011 - Barre code : 3504129072117
Tah 716/718 - Scherchen conducts MahlerDownload
CD I: Symphony No. 1, "Titan" (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - IX.1954)
CD II: Symphony No. 5 (Vienna State Opera Orchestra - VII.1953)
CD III: Symphony No. 7, "Night Song" (Vienna State Opera Orchestra - VII.1953)
Hermann Scherchen was generally considered as a «Pioneer of avant-garde music», but to limit his activity to this domain is reductive since at least three important composers accompanied him along his entire life: Bach, Schoenberg and Mahler, whose works he interpreted over 54 years, from his first concert in Berlin (the Mahler Fifth on 4 February 1914), until his last Mahler concert in Bremen (again the Fifth, on 9 May 1966).
He performed all Mahler symphonies, worldwide, totaling in all 89 performances with always the Fifth symphony at the head of the list (22 times).
Date : March, 2011 - Barre code : 3504129071615
Tah 714/715 - Previously unissued recordings of Paul van KempenDownload
CD I: J. Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2, in B flat major- Orchestre National de France, Wilhelm Kempff (piano) - Public recording of the Besançon Festival on 1.IX.1955 - P. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, overture-fantasy - Concertgebouworkest (17 & 18.VII.1951)
CD II: G. Mahler: Symphony Bo. 1, Titan, in D major - Orchestra di Torino della RAI - Public recording made on 20.V.1955
In his native country, the Netherlands, Paul van Kempen is mainly remembered for the « van Kempen affair », a demonstration against his alleged compromising role during WW II. His discography was determined by the record companies: so, the fledging Philips label was producing a catalogue of standard works. If the DGG recording of Beethovenís Piano Concertos with Wilhelm Kempff and the Berlin Philharmonic is famous, there are significant gaps in his discography when it comes to Mahler and Brahms. Thatís why the performance of Mahlerís First Symphony with the RAI Orchestra of Turin is a welcome addition and a unique document, as well as the Second Brahms Piano Concerto with Kempff, in a compelling performance.
Note : Booklet by the historian Niek Nelissen, who also wrote a biography dedicated to the Dutch conductor Willem van Otterloo.
Date : October, 2010 - Barre code : 3504129071417
West 3011/12 - Westminster Archives - Scherchen - Vol. VI
CD I: Mahler: Kindertotenlieder - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Lucretia West, contralto - Vienna State Opera Orchestra - recorded June 1958) - Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies Hongroises nos. 1 & 2
CD II: Liszt : Hungarian Rhapsodies nos. 3 - 6 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - recorded September 1954 - Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals, a zoological fantasy - Speaker: Gary Moore - Josef & Grete Dichler, piano - Vienna State Opera Orchestra (recorded 20 & 21.V.1957)
This is the sixth and last volume of the Westminster Scherchen edition lincesed by DGG, and it includes only recordings made between 1954 and 1958 and never released on CD until today: Mahler (Kindertotenlieder and Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen with Lucretia West), Liszt (the six Romanian Rhapsodies with the Royal Philharmonic) and Saint-Saëns (Carnaval des animaux, the original point of this recording residing in the fact that Westminster recorded in a zoo of New York the characteristic screams of the animals).
Mahler's music has always been a constant presence in Scherchen programming, and this CD witnesses Scherchen interest in his music. The German conductor gives a sharp and exasperated rendering of the Kindertotenlieder. Unfortunatelly the alto Lucretia West is not at the same level, and her singing is far from being perfect. Liszt Hungarian Rapsodies are well performed, with bright sonorities by a responsive orchestra. Scherchen choses to perform Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals interpolating almost useless texts in between the musical pieces and making hear the true sounds of the animals described by the music. Neverthless this, Scherchen conducting is energetic and precise. (pour l'article entier, voir la revue italienne www.operaclick.com)
Date : April, 2009 - Barre code : 3504129301118
Tah 668/669 - The Orchestre National de France
CD I: Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Eroica, op. 67 in C minor - Rafael Kubelik conducting - 29.II.1956 - Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Eugenia Zareska, mezzo-soprano, Carl Schuricht conducting - 20.II.1958
CD II: Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5, KV 219, "Turkish" in C major - Soloist: Christian Ferras - Carl Schuricht conducting - 3.II.1955 - Brahms: Symphony No. 1, op. 68 in C minor - Leopold Stokowski conducting - 13.V.1958
ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE
All these recordings were recorded live during concerts at Théâtre des Champs Elysées de Paris
The Orchestre National de France was founded on 18 February 1934. D.E. Inghelbrecht conducted on that occasion a marathon programme. During ist history quite a number of musical directors succeeded each other (Roger Desormière, Eugène Bigot, Manuel Rosenthal, Maurice Le Roux, Jean Martinon, Lorin Maazel, Sergiu Celibidache, Kurt Masur and more). On the other hand, a policy of inviting guest conductors was rapidly introduced (Klemperer, Schuricht, Walter, Horenstein, Argenta, Jochum, Bernstein, etc.).
The present live recordings of this set are quite rare: an Eroica by Kubelik, a Brahms First by Stokovski, etc. This set will followed by others dedicated to this orchestra.
Date : March, 2009 - Barre code : 3504129066819
Tah 657/658 - Great Interpreters: Hans Rosbaud
CD I: Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1, Titan - Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester - Recorded 8.XI.1954 at the Hochschule für Musik
CD II: Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Soloists: Grace Hoffman and Ernst Haefliger - Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester (18.IV.1955)
Music lovers remember the Austrian conductor Hans Rosbaud (1895-1962) for his interpretations of the Mozart operas (mainly at the festival of Aix-en-Provence between 1948 and 1959) and of the music of his contemporaries Hindemith, Schoenberg, Bartok and Stravinsky.
He also gave memorable performances of French composers (Turangalila Symphonie by Messiaen in 1951), but also Mahler was often included in his programs. The present two recordings are the Titan Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic in November 1954 and Das Lied von der Erde broadcast in Cologne in April 1955.
Date : August, 2008 - Barre code : 3504129065713
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 Mahlerís 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 620/621 - Previously unissued recordings of Bruno Walter
CD I: Mozart: Symphony No. 40 (Orchestra della RAI Roma - 19.IV.1952) - Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (Orchestra della RAI Roma - 18.V.1954) - CD II: Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (Soloist: Carla Schlean - Orchestra della RAI Roma - 19.IV.1952)
Bruno Walter's activity in Italy, between 1911 and 1956, was not very important and includes only 35 concerts and 9 operatic performances.
RAI of Rome recorded some concerts in 1952 and 1954: the three present previously unissued recordings are of this period.
Note : Available for downloading on i-tunes
Date : February, 2007 - Barre code : 3504129062019
Tah 614/615 - Eduard van Beinum: previously unissued recordings
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 (Live NRU recording of 21.IV.1955 [Pyral]) - Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (Live recording of 7.XII.1955) - Concertgebouw Amsterdam Orkest
The main interest of this album resides in Mahler's Sixth Symphony. This public recording is the only document with Eduard van Beinum conducting this work; in fact van Beinum even only conducted it this one time. The Bruckner Eighth is almost contemporary of the official version that Philips recorded in June 1955. In both cases, van Beinum is conducting the famous Concertgebouw Orkest of Amsterdam, after having succeeded the legendary Mengelberg who presided over the destiny of this orchestra for fifty years and turned it into an orchestra of worldwide renown and known for its great Mahler tradition.
Note : May be downloaded on i-tunes
Date : September, 2006 - Barre code : 3504129061418