Furt 2012 - W. FURTWÄNGLER « LIVE » IN VIENNA, VOL. IIDownload
Ludwig van Beethoven: Ninth Symphony, op. 125 in D minor
Wiener Philharmoniker & Singakademie
Soloists: Hilde Güden, Rosette Anday, Julius Patzak, Alfred Poell
Recorded live on 3.II.1952 in the Musikvereinssaal in Vienna
(new mastering) - SACD
We know three magnificent performances of Beethoven’s choral symphony by W. Furtwängler: Berlin 1942, Bayreuth 1951 and Lucerne, 1954. We are releasing the Vienna concert broadcast of 3 February 1952 on SACD, which will give this outstanding performance an extra shine. The Viennese critiques wrote that : « As usual, it was beautiful, grandiose and festive and it could not have been otherwise with the Philharmonic Orchestra playing under Furtwängler.»
Date : October, 2012 - Barre code : 3504129201210
Tah 747 - Clara Haskil and Dinu LipattiDownload
 BACH : Toccata BWV 914 in B minor
 SCARLATTI : Sonata in C Major
 SCARLATTI : Sonata in B flat major
[4-5] BEETHOVEN : Sonata No. 32 opus 111 in C minor
 SCHUMANN: Abegg Variations (excerpts)
 SCHUMANN: Bunte Blätter op. 99 (excerpts)
 DEBUSSY: Etude pour les sonorités opposées
Excerpts from Clara Haskil's recital at the Castle of Ludwigsburg on 11.IV.1953
Eine Aufnahme des Südwestfunks Stuttgart
[9-11] BARTOK: Piano Concerto No. 3
Dinu Lipatti and the Südwestfunk-Sinfonieorchester conducted by Paul Sacher
Historical recording of 30.V.1948 (Archive of the SWR Media)
(new mastering) - SACD
« These two Romanians that 22 years separated, have been shooting stars in the musical sky of the 20th Century » wrote Jérôme Spycket, the biographer of Clara Haskil’s to whom this album is dedicated. The highlight of this disc is the Bartok Concerto broadcast in 1948 in Baden-Baden and which is a “historical recording”.
Date : September, 2012 - Barre code : 3504129074715
Tah 737/738 - Hermann Scherchen conducts Bach's Mass in B minorDownload
Bach's Mass in B minor conducted by Hermann Scherchen and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra - Soloists: Pierrette Alarié – Nan Merriman – Leopold Simoneau – Gustav Neidlinger
With the oncoming of stereo recording, Hermann Scherchen recorded again for Westminster a certain number of works he had already recorded in mono (Mozart Requiem; the Haendel Messiah; Bach’s Art of the Fugue; Beethoven Symphonies n° 3 & 6).
He also recorded again Bach’s Mass in B minor, nine years after the first mono version and with quite some better soloists (the trio Alarie, Simoneau and Merrimann is quite remarkable). Curiously, this recording was only reissued once almost confidentially on CD.
Date : June, 2012 - Barre code : 3504129073718
Furt 2011 - Wilhelm FurtwänglerDownload
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica", op. 55 in E Flat major - Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler on 30.XI.1952- NEW MASTERING - SACD
Nine recordings of the Eroica by Furtwängler are known, three of which are studio recordings and six Live concerts. After reissuing the famous and breathtaking recording of 1944, we are releasing on SACD the concert of 30 November 1952. Furtwängler was himself here and his art glows in the Funeral March which, alongside the Leonore III overture and the Choral Symphony, were the highlights in which the “tragic side” of his personality shone through.
Date : May, 2012 - Barre code : 3504129201111
Tah 736 - Clara Haskil and Rafael KubelikDownload
ROBERT SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor -
Danish Radio Orchestra - 17.II.1955 -
Previously Unissued Recording
FREDERIC CHOPIN : Piano Concerto No. 2 en F minor - Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire - Live Recording - 31.I.1960
The contract which bound Clara Haskil to Philips prevented her from recording with some of her preferred conductors, i.e. Rafael Kubelik among others. By chance, this gap in her discography has been partially filled thanks to live recordings of public concerts. The magnificent Schumann concerto is a special bonus. It was broadcasted in February 1955 in Copenhagen, and is issued here for the first time. The perfect understanding between these two artists comes here fully to light.
Date : February, 2012 - Barre code : 3504129073619
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
Tah 719 - Previously unissued recordings of Youra Guller IIIDownload
L. van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4, op. 58
F. Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, op. 21
(Orchestre National de France, D.E. Inghelbrecht conducting) - Recorded on 15.V.1958 (Beethoven) and 21.VI.1959 (Chopin)
After two CD (Tah 630 and 650), that were quite successful, Tahra continues to release previously unissued recordings by the great French Pianist Youra Guller: the Beethoven Fourth Piano Concerto and the Chopin Second Piano Concerto – two of her «specialties». These are live recordings of the concerts that took in place in Paris in 1958-9 under the baton of D. Inghelbrecht conducting the Orchestre National de France.
The Chopin Concerto (21 June 1959) seems to wait for the Larghetto to reveal the pliant mysteries Guller could impart to the melodic line, the ornaments appearing to dissipate into interstellar space. No wonder Martha Argerich insisted Guller return to the recording studios! The flourishes and bold fioritura may imply the school of Isidor Philipp and Alfred Cortot, but her poetry has its unique voice and sculpting. The dark interlude in the nocturnal Larghetto becomes a mighty introspection, with the orchestra's supplying a sounding voice for melancholy ruminations on mortality. The lithe mazurka that constitutes the Allegro vivace brings crisp fire to the concert platform, with Guller's seeming to relish the roulades and shifting metrics that blend with the maverick woodwind or stormy string line that accompanies the eminently vocal execution of the keyboard. The col legno strings delicately ply their trade under a declamatory Guller who maneuvers rubato and inflections of touch with a suave assurance of style.
Highly recommended as a recording of special merit.
Gary Lemco (www.Audaud.com)
Date : April, 2011 - Barre code : 3504129071912
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 693 - Previously unissued recordings by Hermann AbendrothDownload
L. van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4, op. 58 en G major (Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, piano: Branka Musulin) Studio recording made on 27.III.1950
P. Tchaikovski: Piano Concerto No. 1, op. 23 in B flat (Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, piano: Günter Kootz) Studio recording made on 18.IX.1950
Some ten years ago, Hermann Abendroth (“The other Furtwängler”) was a fashionable conductor but fashions change. An extensive edition by Tokuma was released in Japan but a great number of unissued recordings remain dormant in many radio archives. Tahra has exhumed two interesting documents: the Beethoven 4th concerto with the excellent Croatian pianist Branka Musulin (pupil of Cortot), and the Tchaikovsky first piano concerto. It is the first time that we discover Abendroth in this famous work.
More than ever Abendroth (1883-1956) remains a “Grand Seigneur”.
Date : July, 2010 - Barre code : 3504129069315
Tah 698/700 - Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt\'s Telefunken RecordingsDownload
CD I: Haydn - Symphony No. 92, Oxford (
Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Live 1953) Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, New World - CD II - Tchaikovski: Symphony No. 6, Pathétique - Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 - Rimski-Korsakov: The Flight of the Bumble Bee (Tsar Saltan) - CD III - Schubert: Symphony No. 8 (9), The Great (NWDR-Sinfonieorchester
After the war (between 1952 and 1973), Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt made with his orchestra of Radio Hamburg over 45 recordings for eight different recording companies (Decca, Electrola, DGG, among others), that have been reissued on CD. On the other hand, and curiously enough, his Telefunken recordings (1953-1959) have never been reissued on CD. We are now doing this with the present set. It is a rediscovery to which we have added a very rare live recording that Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt recorded on tour in Australia in 1956, with the Sydney symphonic Orchestra (Haydn’s Oxford Symphony). The original recordings have undergone careful restoration and remain an example of Telefunken’s excellent recording technique.
Note : Diapason d'Or
Date : April, 2010 - Barre code : 3504129069810
Tah 672 - Eduard van Beinum & Concertgebouw Orkest
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano concerto No. 5, The Emperor concerto, op. 73 - recorded Live on 15.X.1952
Robert Schumann: Piano concerto in A minor, op. 64 - recorded Live on 15.XI.1956
Soloist: Myra Hess - Conductor: Eduard van Beinum
Previously unissued recordings
The booklet includes van Beinum’s complete discography.
This set is the third one dedicated to the Dutch Maestro Eduard van Beinum, successor of the legendary Mengelberg as director of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orkest, who died fifty years ago on 13 April 1959, at the age of 59.
This CD includes two previously unissued archives: the Beethoven Emperor Concerto and the Schumann piano concerto with the British Myra Hess as soloist. These works are absent from the official van Beinum discography, so their interest is obvious.
Date : June, 2009 - Barre code : 3504129067212
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 650 - Previously unissued recordings by Youra Guller II
Robert Schumann: Symphonic Studies, op. 13 - Recorded on 06.IV.1962
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4, op. 58 - Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Conductor: Ernest Ansermet - Recorded on 15.I.1958
Isaac Albeniz: Triana (Iberia) - Recorded on 07.IV.1961
Previously unissued recordings of the Radio Suisse Romande
After a first CD that was rapidly sold out, we pursue our release of previously unissued recordings of the Radio Suisse Romande with Youra Guller. The programme includes works by Schumann (Symphonic Studies), Beethoven (4th Piano concerto) and Albeniz (Triana), that she never recorded officially. The booklet contains a phonography of the artist listing LPs and radio recordings.
Date : December, 2008 - Barre code : 3504129065010
Tah 663 - The Art of Aida StuckiDownload
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin concerto, op. 61 - Das Studio-Orchester Beromünster (Zürich) - Conductor: Hermann Scherchen - Violin: Aida Stucki - First release of the recording of 30.XII.1949
Johann Sebastian Bach (Bonus): Violin concerto BWV 1042 - Vienna State Opera Orchestra - Conductor: Hermann Scherchen - Violin: Walter Barylli - Recorded July 1953
The present CD has a double interest: on the one hand, (re)descover the Swiss violinist Aida Stucki, a pupil of Carl Flesch’ and herself professor of Anne Sophie Mutte, and on the other, listen for the first time to Hermann Scherchen conducting a grand violin concerto of the classical repertoire, i.e. the Beethoven violin concerto. This recording was made at the end of 1949 and comes from Mrs. Stucki’s private archive, but it must be considered as a «document» due to the many technical problems of the 78 rpms all of which couldn’t be eradicated despite extensive restoration.
Note : Aida Stucki's recognition as an artist is both inevitable and overdue. Her artistry is a timeless inspiration. Her interpretation incorporates bewitching sound, personal instinct coupled with great insight to the wishes of the composer. I admire this great violinist deeply. This recording is a must for any string player and music lover.
Anne Sophie Mutter
Available for downloading on I-Tunes. Booklet available in PDF format on request.
Date : November, 2008 - Barre code : 3504129066314
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 661/662 - A. Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B Major
CD I: 1st and 2nd movements
CD II: 3rd and 4th movements
Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam - Public stereo recording of 4.XII.1986 under Eugen Jochum
Amsterdam, 4 December 1986. Eugen Jochum , aged 84 conducts his penultimate concert with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The programme includes Anton Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony, a gigantic musical cathedral and a masterpiece of counterpoint. The press wrote: «Everything is prayer, everything is contemplation, everything is a state of grace. With this concert the gigantic Eugen Jochum leaves us his final musical testament in the form of a symphony in which he always excelled».
We released this recording for the first time in 1997; it won the Cannes Classical Award at Midem in 1999.
«Ce que nous vivons ici se passe de commentaire : tout est prière, tout est recueillement, tout est état de grâce... Ce concert est le testament musical du gigantesque Eugen Jochum dans une symphonie dans laquelle il fut toujours grand. Nous sommes ici dans l'univers d'un musicien qui, au bout du chemin, a trouvé sa pierre philosophale, à la fois dans son rapport à ce sommet de la musique de Bruckner mais aussi par rapport à un orchestre qui l'a accompagné tout au long de sa carrière» Christophe Huss (revue Répertoire)
Note : Cannes Classical Award (Midem, 1999)
Substitute : Tah 247/248 This set is the reissue of Tah 247 that was released in 1997 with the kind permission of the heirs Jochum and by courtesy of the Board of Directors of the Concertgebouw d’Amsterdam.
Tah 660 - Karel Ancerl Centenary
W.A. Mozart: Requiem, KV 626 in D minor
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Czech Choir conducted by Karel Ancerl - Soloists: Agnes Giebel (Soprano), Vera Soukoupova (alto), Georg Jelden (tenor), Heinz Rehfuss (bass)
Stereo recording made at the Montreux Festival on 14.IX.1966
On 11 April 2008 Karel Ancerl would have been 100 old. For his centenary we have released this previously unissued Mozart Requiem recorded at the Montreux Festival in 1966. Ancerl is backed up by famous international soloists and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
One day he declared that the composer he loved most Mozart, but he never recorded his Requiem for his official discographic label Supraphon. Besides, it is the only known existing sound document of this Requiem since the Mozart Requiem he conducted in concert in Toronto in 1973 hadn't been recorded by the Canadian Radio.
Date : June, 2008 - Barre code : 3504129066017
Tah 659 - Great Performers : Pierre Monteux
Cl. Debussy: Fêtes (from the Nocturnes) (New York Philharmonic Orchestra - 5.XI.1944 - V-Disc No. 130 B, matrix D4-TC-480-1B)
F. Schubert : Symphonie n° 8 (9), La Grande (Boston Symphony Orchestra - Enregistrement public réalisé au Conservatoire de Moscou, le 9.IX.1956)
In September 1956, the Boston Symphony Orchestra made a great European concert tour that Charles Munch and Pierre Monteux shared. The latter conducted on 9 September the Schubert Great Symphony in Moscow. This rather fast and brassy vision is very far from the Germanic interpretations of Furtwängler or Abendroth and rather approaches the style of a Toscanini. It would seem that this is the only known recording with Monteux conducting this work. We have added to it a very rare document: a V-Disc recorded in New York in November 1944 and which peculiarly isn’t mentioned in any discography of Monteux.
Note : Not for sale in the USA
Date : June, 2008 - Barre code : 3504129065911
Tah 653-654 - Franch Women Pianists
CD I: Chopin: Waltzes op. 64 Nos. 1 & 2 – Godard: 4th Mazurka –Mendelssohn: Fantaisie Caprice op. 16 No. 2 – Rondo capriccioso – Romance sans paroles (la fileuse) – Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody Nos. 11 and 13 (Aimée Marie Roger-Miclos, Fonotipia recordings, around 1905) - Chopin: Mazurka op. 17 No. 4 – Nocturne posthume – Mozart: Pastorale variée – Albéniz: Granada (Marie Panthès, Columbia recordings 1934-36 and un interview issued by courtesy of Radio Suisse Allemande) - Mazurkas op. 56/2 – op. 6/2 – op. 7/3 – op. 63/2 – op. 67/7 – op. 17/4 – op. 33/2 – op. 30/3 – op. 68/4 – op. 41/3 – op. 50/3 (Youra Guller, recorded in June 1956) - CD II: Duphly: La de Valmalète – Scarlatti: Sonatas L 465, L23, L391 – Couperin: Le carillon de Cythère – La fleurie – Le réveil matin – Les barricades mystérieuses – Le tictoc choc – Les petits moulins à vent (Madeleine de Valmalète, recording date unknown) - Bach: Chaconne of the second partita for violin – Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1 – Rapsodie espagnole – Schumann: Phantasiestücke op. 12/1 and op. 12/3 (Agnelle Bundervoët, recordings of 1954, 1955 and 1957).
After Marcelle Meyer, Monique Haas and Youra Guller, we are continuing our (re)discovery of French women pianists. Thus we are going to give a sort of second life to three great pianists of the past : Aimée Marie Roger-Miclos, Marie Panthès and Angnelle Bundervoët. We are also releasing herewith a number of very rare recordings by the Marquise Madeleine de Valmalète. As for Youra Guller, she stands here as interpreter of eleven Mazurkas by Chopin.
Date : May, 2008 - Barre code : 3504129065317
FURT 2001 - The last Beethoven's Ninth by Furtwängler
L. van Beethoven: Ninth Symphony - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Elsa Cavelti (contralto) - Ernst Haefliger (tenor), Otto Edelmann (bass) - Choir of the Lucerne Festival (choir master: Albert Jenny) - Philharmonia Orchestra London - Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting - Live recording made at the Lucerne Kunsthaus on 22.VIII.1954
This is Tahra's first SACD with the famous Beethoven Ninth conducted by Furtwängler at the Lucerne Festival and his very last performance (August 1954) three months before his death. Tahra released it for the first time in 1994; in 1995 it won the Gramophone Award and is our greatest success.
The new mastering allows us to listen to this concert in sound conditions approaching the fabulous quality of the original tape recorded by the Swiss Radio.
Furtwangler regarded Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as one of the great monuments of Western civilization and always saved its performance for special occasions. Of Furtwangler's twelve live recordings of the Beethoven's Choral Symphony known to exist (he never recorded it in a studio), three stand out as being the greatest of the great: a 1942 Berlin Philharmonic concert, the 1951 Bayreuth Festival and the 1954 Lucerne Festival. The 1951 EMI release is undeniably the most famous one for the publicity surrounding the reopening of the Festival Hall at Bayreuth after the Second World War. Many regard this edited recording as the best of Furtwangler's Ninths on record. It is without any question a magnificent and passionate reading, full of lyricism where the sense of the special occasion makes it even more appealing (...) (by Robert Manary, San Francisco, on Amazon)
Note : Historical non-vocal Gramophone Award 1995 - Replacement of Furt 1003
Date : May, 2008 - Barre code : 3504129200114
Furt 1047/1048 - Furtwängler, Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio, Op. 72 (Salzburg, 1948)
Leonore - Erna Schlüter ; Marzelline - Lisa della Casa ; Florestan - Jiulius Patzak ; Jacquino - Rudolf Schock ; Don Pizarro - Ferdinand Frantz ; Rocco - Herbert Alsen ; Don Fernando - Otto Edelmann ; First Prisoner - Karl Dönch ; Second Prisoner - Hermann Gallos Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - Choir of the Vienna State Opera - Recorded Live 3.VIII.1948 in the " Kleines Festspielhaus " of Salzburg (Nos. 5-8 from First Act are missing)
Date : N/A - Barre code : 3504129104719
Furt 1034/1039 - Wartime Archives of the RRG (1942-1944)
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 (*), 5 (a), 6 et 9 (Soloists: T. Briem, E. Höngen, P. Anders, R. Watzke et B. Kittel Choir) - Piano Concerto No. 4 (Soloist: Conrad Hansen) (*) with Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra J. Brahms: Symphony No. 4 - Piano Concerto No. 2 (Soloist: A. Aeschbacher) Variations on a Theme by Haydn R. Strauss: "Waldseligkeit, Liebeshymnus, Verführung et Winterliebe" Soloist: Peter Anders R. Wagner: "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg", Prelude; "Tristan und Isolde", Isoldes Liebestod Interview of Friedrich Schnapp by Gert Fischer (sound excerpt - but full transcription in the booklet)
Note : Not available at the moment
Date : N/A - Barre code : 3504129103415
Tah 666/667 - French Pianists
CD I: Robert CASADESUS
J.S. Bach: Concerto for three keyboards, BWV 1063 - Orchestra of RAI Torino - Conductor: Fernando Previtali - Piano: Gaby, Robert and Jean Casadesus (4.IV.1958)
W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12, KV 414 - Orchestra Scarlatti of Naples - Conductor: Franco Caracciolo (28.III.1958)
W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24, KV 491 - NDWR Sinfonieorchester - Conductor: Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt (22.III.1954)
CD II: Vlado PERLEMUTER
W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21, KV 467 - Orchestre de Chambre Oubradous - Conductgor: Fernand Oubradous (16.XII.1956)
L. van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 - Orchestre National de France - Conductor: Jean Martinon (22.III.1956)
Previously unissued recordings
After a first set dedicated to five Franch lady pianists (Tah 653-4), the present album is dedicated to two great French male pianists: Vlado Perlemuter and Robert Casadesus. The present recordings are all released for the first time. One of them is particularly moving, i.e. the Bach concerto for 3 keyboards performed by the Casadesus family (i.e. Gaby, Robert and their son fils Jean who died later in a car accident). As for Perlemuter, he was a great interpreter of Ravel and Chopin, but this performance of the Beethoven 3rd piano concerto – accompanied by the somewhat forgotten conductor Jean Martinon – is very touching.
Date : N/A - Barre code : 3504129066611