Posts tagged as "wiener-symphoniker"

Karel Ancerl – The Philips Recordings

August 10, 2017

Through many recordings on Supraphon, the sympathetic, dynamic relationship of Karel Ančerl with the Czech Philharmonic is well known, especially in native repertoire such as Dvořák and Smetana. To a lesser extent, his work late in life with the Toronto Symphony, once he had emigrated to Canada, is documented on CD. However, his brief but […]

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 3 & 5

February 21, 2017

A collection of all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and ballet suites from the rich archives of Deutsche Grammophon. All the performances have been justifiably critically appraised. This volume includes the CD premiere of one of Tchaikovsky’s least-known symphonies – the third. Moshe Atzmon’s airborne reading, stunningly recorded in 1973 in Vienna, makes a long-overdue appearance. Rowicki’s […]

Mozart: Don Giovanni

September 30, 2016

The Vienna State Opera resumed its performing schedule very soon after the end of the fighting over the Austrian capital in 1945. As the ‘House on the Ring’ had been destroyed by direct hits, the company had to move to the Theater an der Wien though it had been closed since 1938 and was therefore […]

Dvorak: Slavonic Rhapsodies Nos. 1-3; Slavonic Dances Op. 46

April 29, 2016

Karel Ancerl’s recording of Dvorak’s scintillating ‘Slavonic Dances’, here receive their first release on CD. Recorded in 1958, they were some of the most popular LP recordings in their day and now receive their first exhumation on CD. The coupling is a rarity but no less beautiful – Dvorak’s three ‘Slavonic Rhapsodies’, in wonderfully glowing […]

Berlioz: Les Nuits d’été; Ravel: Shéhérazade; Debussy: La Damoiselle élue

April 29, 2016

This generously compiled CD brings together two great sopranos – Hildegard Behrens and Elly Ameling – in ravishing French music for the voice and orchestra.  The entire Ameling/de Waart recording (Ravel, Duparc, Debussy) is coupled with the Berlioz cycle, the former making a welcome return to the catalogue after a long absence and showcasing the […]

Tchaikovsky; Stravinsky; Berg: Violin Concertos

April 22, 2016

Arthur Grumiaux was a prince among violinists and recorded extensively for Philips/Decca. Many of his recordings – some of them released internationally for the first time on CD – have appeared on an extensive series on the Eloquence label. Here is another – a rare 1956 performance of the Tchaikovsky concerto coupled with his highly-praised […]

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 14, 21, 23, 24; Choral Fantasy

April 18, 2016

Born in 1912 in Dresden and taught there both by Hans Schneider and in the famous class of Robert Teichmüller, around the age of 30 Hans Richter-Haaser moved to Detmold. At first he took over the artistic direction of the city orchestra. But by 1947 he had already been entrusted with a piano masterclass. This must […]

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 19 & 22

March 12, 2016

Larrocha in Mozart, whether the sonatas or concertos, has always attracted high praise. But even by her high standards, this particular coupling which made its first appearance in 1983, must be counted among her most successful concerto recordings. One distinguished reviewer wrote at the time that her captivating performance of the Piano Concerto in F […]

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

March 12, 2016

Lazar Berman, a bear of a man whom The Times of London called ‘one of the last unabashed exponents of the Romantic tradition of Russian pianism’, was known for the power of his playing and for his prodigious technique, but was also capable of great delicacy at the keyboard. The core of his repertoire was […]