Tah 735 - The Art of Charles MunchDownload
JOHANNES BRAHMS: Variations on a theme ny Haydn, op. 56
P.I. TCHAIKOVSKI: Symphony No. 6, Pathétique, op. 74
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Recorded Live in Boston on 29.IX.1961
Charles Munch conducted 1477 concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra between 18 November 1947 and 25 January 1968. Although his basic repertoire included composers such as Berlioz, Debussy, Ravel and Roussel, he didn’t shun German music, particularly Brahms and Tchaikovsky’s symphonies. The present CD includes a concert given in Boston on 29 September 1961 (previously unissued).
Note : Not for sale in the USA
Date : April, 2013 - Barre code : 3504129073510
Tah 742 - The Art of Joseph KeilberthDownload
BEETHOVEN : Piano Concerto No. 5, The Emperor, op. 73
Piano: Wilhelm Backhaus
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4, op. 98 in E minor
Recorded Live in Stuttgart on 15.III.1962 (Aus dem Archiv des SDR)
Keilberth was a conductor of the Old School and he refused all exhibition and show. The sound he produced under his baton was brilliant but never storming or thundering and he didn’t let himself go to exaggerating details. He worked with several German radio orchestras, particularly with that of Stuttgart, where the present two recordings come from.
Date : March, 2013 - Barre code : 3504129074210
Tah 745 - Ginette neveu's last recordingsDownload
BRAHMS: Sonata No. 3 for violin and piano, op. 108 - Piano: Jean Neveu (recorded on 21.IX.1949)
BEETHOVEN : Violin Concerto, op. 61
Südwestfunk-Orchester, conductor: Hans Rosbaud
Historical recording of 25.IX.1949
On 21 September, she gave in Stuttgart a recital with her brother Jean and on 25, she played in Baden-Baden the Beethoven concerto under Hans Rosbaud. Both these concerts were recorded and are included in the present set: in a certain way they may be considered as Ginette’s musical «testament». On Thursday, 20 October, she gave a recital in Paris, at the Salle Pleyel, with her brother, the very last one of her career. On 28 October, she went to Orly to take the plane to America where she was supposed to make a four-month concert tour. On this same plane travelled also the boxer Marcel Cerdan who was going to join Edith Piaf in New York. But the “Constellation” never arrived to its destination crashing instead into the Azores.
Date : February, 2013 - Barre code : 3504129074517
Tah 732/733 - THE ART OF FERENC FRICSAYDownload
MOZART: Concerto for flute and harp KV 299
Hans Schmitz, flute; Irmgard Helmis, harp & RIAS Sinfonieorchester (17.IX.1952)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto, op. 35
Yehudi Menuhin & Luzerner Festspielorchester (16.VIII.1961)
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1, op. 68 - NDR Sinfonieorchester (2/3.II.1958)
BRAHMS: Variations on a theme by Haydn, op. 56a - RIAS Sinfonieorchester (7.IV.1953)
Deutsche Grammophon made between 1949 and 1961 180 recordings with the Hungarian conductor Ferenc Fricsay, mainly with the Berlin RIAS Orchestra. The four live recordings of the present set are first-time issues and have been recorded in Berlin, Lucerne, Hamburg et Cologne. The most interesting document is the Brahms First symphony with the NDR Orchestra of Hamburg which recalls the famous concert conducted by Furtwängler in October 1951 (with the same « crazy timpanist » !).
Date : January, 2012 - Barre code : 3504129073213
Furt 2010 - Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts BrahmsDownload
SACD: Variations on a theme by Haydn, op. 56a
Symphony No. 1 op. 68
Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks
Recorded Live in the Musikhalle of Hamburg on 27.X.1951
Hybrid SACD 24 bit 192 khz (new mastering)
At the end of the war, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt founded the Radio Hambourg orchestra. The first guest conductor was Wilhelm Furtwängler who on 27 October 1951 conducted a Brahms concert that has become famous. Released here on SACD, this document crystallizes the unforgettable encounter of two geniuses at their full maturity. Our first release of the document was awarded the “Diapason d’Or du Siècle”.
Date : November, 2011 - Barre code : 3504129201012
Tah 694/696 - Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt: The Capitol RecordingsDownload
CD I: W.A. Mozart: Serenade No. 13, KV 525, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" - J. Haydn: Symphony No. 94, "Mit dem Paukenschlag", in G major - F. Schubert: Symphony No. 5, D 485 - Das NWDR Sinfonie-Orchester - (Recorded 7/15.XII.1955)
CD II: L. van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 op. 37 in C minor (soloist: V. Yankoff) J. Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 73 - Das NWDR Sinfonie-Orchester (Recordings of 13/20.IV.1955)
CD III: F. Schubert: Rosamunde, excerpts - R. Wagner: Excerpts from the Ring of the Niebelungen (Rheingold: Entry of the Gods into Valhalla - Walküre: The Ride of the Valkyries - Walküre: Magic Fire music - Siegfried: Forest Murmurs (Waldweben) - Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhein Journey - Götterdämmerung: Funeral March) Das NWDR Sinfonie-Orchester (Recordings of 7/15.XII.1955)
After the Telefunken recordings of Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt (Tah 698-700), this is another welcome reissue: several rarities from the famous Capitol label which seem to have disappeared completely. Music lovers have long searched for these rare performances, at last made available. In these recordings we can admire the wonderful playing of the famous Hamburg strings, led by Erich Röhn and Arthur Troester, but also the beauty of the sound of Gerhard Otto’s flute and above all the incredible clarinet playing of Rudolf Irmisch (Waldweben).
Date : September, 2010
Tah 692 - The Violin in the Limelight!Download
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
Tah 684 - In Memoriam Ginette NeveuDownload
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
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
Furt 2007 - Furtwängler on tour
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