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Pierre Monteux in Amsterdam

Tah 766/767 - Pierre Monteux in Amsterdam


CD 1: L. VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3, Eroica, op. 55 – Marcia funebre [15’03]
(performed as a tribute to President Kennedy who had just been assassinated two days earlier)
H. BERLIOZ: Harold in Italiy, op. 16 (Symphony for main alto) - Soloist: Klaas Boon
J. BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1, op. 68 in C minor (beginning)
CD 2: J. BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1, op. 68 in C minor (continuation)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, conductor: Pierre Monteux
Concert of 24 June 1963, recorded by AVRO

The present set contains the last but one concert conducted by Pierre Monteux (he is 88 years old), leading the famous Concertgebouw of Amsterdam: the Funeral March from the Eroica was performed as a tribute to President Kennedy who had just been assassinated two days earlier; the Brahms First and Harold in Italy by Berlioz. We have added Dvorak’s famous cello concerto performed by Rostropovich with the above artists. All these recordings are first-time releases.

Date : January, 2014 - Barre code : 3504129076610

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R. Kubelik conducts the 9th Beethoven

Tah 752 - R. Kubelik conducts the 9th Beethoven


Symphony No. 9, op. 125 in D minor
Elsie Morison, Else Brems, Ernst Haefliger, Forbes Robinson - Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik - Recorded on 26.II.1959

The present version of Beethoven’s choral symphony is a first-release and was broadcasted in Copenhagen during a live concert conducted by Rafael Kubelik in February 1959. It’s his fastest version and maybe his best Ninth Symphony and in any case the most convincing one. It is characterized by a rather lively tempo, a second movement with thundering timpani and a raging beginning of the fourth movement. Among the soloists the soprano Elsie Morison whom Kubelik will marry a few years later.

Date : November, 2013 - Barre code : 3504129075217

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Previously unissued recordings by Karel Ancerl

Tah 755/756 - Previously unissued recordings by Karel Ancerl


CD 1 - DVORAK: Stabat Mater, op. 58 (beginning) - CD 2 DVORAK: Stabat Mater, op. 58 (end) - Maria Stader, Vera Soukupova, Ivo Zidek, Eduard Haken
TCHAÏKOVSKI: Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35 - Soloist: Nathan Milstein
Orchestra of the Prague Czech Philharmonic – Czech Singers’ Chorus /Kühn
Recorded Live at the Montreux Festival on 5 September (Tchaïkovski) and 13 September 1962 (Dvorak)

During Summer 1962, the Czech Philharmonic of Prague and its conductor Karel Ancerl took part in the Montreux Festival and gave several concerts which, luckily, were recorded by Radio Suisse Romande (RSR).
Thus we can discover these two previously unissued recordings that are of great artistic value: Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto with Nathan Milstein and above all, Dvorak’s magnificent Stabat Mater that Ancerl couldn't record with his official label Supraphon that already had recorded it with Vačlav Talich.

Date : October, 2013 - Barre code : 3504129075514

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Composer : Dvorak, Tchaikovsky
Artist : Haken, Soukupova, Stader, Zidek

Abendroth in Warsaw

Tah 763/764 - Abendroth in Warsaw


CD I: BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 (*), op. 55 in E flat major
Recorded Live on 22.IX.1953

CD II: MOZART: Symphony No. 40 KV 550 in G minor
recorded Live on 16.V.1954
The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (Orkiestra Filhamonii Warszawskiej)
Sound archives issued from the archives of the Polish Radio (Polskie Radio)

Note : The master tapes have an important « buzz » impossible to cancel completely.

Date : October, 2013 - Barre code : 3504129076313

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Composer : Beethoven, Mozart
Artist : Abendroth

Knappertsbusch conducts Beethoven

Tah 762 - Knappertsbusch conducts Beethoven


Piano concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester (14.V.1962)
Soloist: Geza Anda
Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92
Wiener Philharmoniker (17.I.1954)

In order to commemorate Knappertsbusch’s 125th birthday we are releasing the present CD in which he conducts two works by one of his favorite composers, i.e. Beethoven.
Even though these recordings aren’t first-time issues, they are released from original sources. The most interesting work is of course his 7th Beethoven with his «beloved» Wiener Philharmoniker that he conducted more than 200 times.

Date : September, 2013 - Barre code : 3504129076214

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Composer : Beethoven
Artist : Knappertsbusch

In Memoriam Felix Weingartner

Tah 751 - In Memoriam Felix Weingartner


BEETHOVEN: Hammerklavier Sonata No. 29, op. 106 in B flat major
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded on 26, 27, 28 and 31.III.1930 - Weingartner's own orchestration
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8, op. 93 in F major
Wiener Philharmoniker – Recorded on 25 and 26.II.1936

150 ago and precisely on 2 June 1863, Felix Weingartner was born in Yugoslavia who, like Arthur Nikisch, became one of the most “Maestros” at the turn of the Twentieth century. His activity was manifold: conductor, pedagogue, writer, pamphleteer, composer (he left more than 80 opuses). The following two Beethoven recordings come from his extensive discography that he recorded between 1910 and 1940: his own orchestration of the Hammerklavier Sonata and the Eighth Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic, which he conducted 432 times.

Date : June, 2013 - Barre code : 3504129075118

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Composer : Beethoven
Artist : Weingartner

The Art of Charles Munch

Tah 735 - The Art of Charles Munch


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

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Composer : Brahms, Tchaikovsky
Artist : Munch

The Art of Joseph Keilberth

Tah 742 - The Art of Joseph Keilberth


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

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Composer : Beethoven, Brahms
Artist : Backhaus, Keilberth

Ginette neveu's last recordings

Tah 745 - Ginette neveu's last recordings


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
New Mastering

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

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Composer : Beethoven, Brahms
Artist : Rosbaud, Neveu

Charles Munch in Boston

Tah 734 - Charles Munch in Boston


Requiem, KV 626 for soloists, choir and orchestra
Soloists: Phyllis Curtin, Florence Kopleff, Blake Stern, Mac Morgan - Tanglewood Choir
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Recorded Live at the Berkshire Music Festival de Tanglewoodon 22 July 1962

This recording is a true first issue and is published here for two reasons: there is no known sound recording and Munch never recorded it commercially for RCA. It is rather surprising to find Munch in this particular repertoire but it is not astonishing to find some beethovenian accents in this performance of the Mozart Requiem. Munch chose for this work a subjective point of view of human drama and under his baton, this Requiem unfolds itself as an exceptional and even religious event, but not in a priestly sense: Man faces his questions of what is beyond and he expresses all the anxiety felt.

Press review
Not for sale in the United States

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Date : November, 2012 - Barre code : 3504129073411

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Composer : Mozart
Artist : Curtin, Kopleff, Morgan, Stern

Kathleen Ferrier in Memoriam

Tah 725 - Kathleen Ferrier in Memoriam


[1] MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde (der Einsame im Herbst) - [2] MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde (von der Schönheit) - Wiener Philharmoniker, Conductor: Bruno Walter (Salzburg, 21.VIII.1949)

[3] BACH: « Erbarme dich, mein Gott » (Saint Matthew Passion ) - Wiener Sinfoniker, Conductor: Herbert von Karajan (9.VI.1950)

[4] HAENDEL: « Where ‘er you walk » (Semele)
[5] HAENDEL: « Like as the love-lorn turtle » (Atalanta) - [6] GLUCK: « Ah diletta Euridice » (Orpheus and Eurydice) - Piano: Giorgio Favaretto (Milan, 6.II.1951)

[7] MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde (Der Abschied)
Wiener Philharmoniker, Conductor: Bruno Walter (17.V.1952)
[8] INTERVIEW: August 1949

Kathleen Ferrier’s 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 Ferrier’s 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

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Composer : Gluck, Bach, Haendel, Mahler
Artist : Favaretto, Ferrier, Karajan, Sabata, Walter

Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts Brahms

Furt 2010 - Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts Brahms


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

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Composer : Brahms
Artist : Furtwängler