Hans Knappertsbusch The Orchestral Edition (18CD)
Label
Decca Eloquence
Catalogue No.
4841824
Barcode
0028948418244
Format
18-CD
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CD 1
BEETHOVEN
Piano Concertos No. 4*; Piano Concerto No. 5°
Sir Clifford Curzon

CD 2
BRAHMS
Symphony No. 2

CD 3
BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 2
Sir Clifford Curzon

CD 4
BRAHMS
Academic Festival Overture; Tragic Overture; Haydn Variations; Alto Rhapsody
Lucretia West

CD 5
BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 3

CD 6
BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 4

WAGNER
Siegfried Idyll

CD 7
BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 5

WAGNER
Götterdämmerung (excerpts)

CDs 8–9
BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 8

CD 10
RICHARD STRAUSS
Don Juan; Tod und Verklärung

CD 11
WAGNER – The Polydor Recordings

CD 12
WAGNER – The Decca 78s

CD 13
WAGNER
Rienzi · Siegfried · Parsifal (excerpts)

CD 14
WAGNER
Der fliegende Holländer; Die Walküre · Tannhäuser (orchestral music)

CD 15
WAGNER
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Tannhäuser; Tristan und Isolde; Parsifal (orchestral music)

CD 16
WAGNER
Rienzi; Der fliegende Holländer; Lohengrin (orchestral music); Siegfried Idyll

CD 17
VIENNA HOLIDAY
Johann Strauss I; Johann Strauss II; Karel Komzák II; Ziehrer                                                                             

CD 18
ALL-TIME POPULAR FAVOURITES
Tchaikovsky; Schubert; Weber; Nicolai

MONO (CD1*, 2, 3, 5, 6, 11–14)
STEREO (CD1°, 4, 7–10, 15–18)

Recording information

CD 1
Recording Producers: Victor Olof (Piano Concerto No. 4); John Culshaw, Erik Smith (Piano Concerto No. 5)
Balance Engineers: Cyril Windebank (Piano Concerto No. 4); Gordon Parry, James Brown (Piano Concerto No. 5)
Recording Locations: Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria, 4–5 April 1954 (Piano Concerto No. 4); Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria, 10–15 June 1957 (Piano Concerto No. 5)
Original Decca Releases: LXT 2948 (Piano Concerto No. 4): September 1954; LXT 5391: December 1957, SXL 2002 (Piano Concerto No. 5): August 1958

CD 2
Recording Producer: Victor Olof
Balance Engineer: Arthur Haddy
Recording Location: Radio Studio, Geneva, Switzerland, 30 June–1 July 1947
Disc Transfers: Andrew Hallifax
Editing and Audio Restoration: Mark Obert-Thorn
Matrix No.: SAR234-43
Original Decca Release: K1906–10: August 1949 (Switzerland)

CD 3
Recording Producers: John Culshaw, Erik Smith
Balance Engineers: Gordon Parry, James Brown
Recording Location: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria, 21–24 October 1957 (Piano Concerto No. 2)
Original Decca Release: LXT 5434 (Piano Concerto No. 2): June 1958

CD 4
Recording Producers: John Culshaw, Erik Smith
Balance Engineers: Gordon Parry, James Brown
Recording Location: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria, 10–15 June 1957
Original Decca Release: LXT 5394 (mono): January 1958 (UK, and as ECS 701 in March 1974, as stereo); CS 6030 (stereo): September 1958 (USA)

CD 5
Recording Producer: Victor Olof
Balance Engineer: Cyril Windebank
Recording Location: Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria, 1–3 April 1954
Original Decca Release: LXT 2967: October 1954

CD 6
Recording Producers: Victor Olof, Peter Andry
Balance Engineer: Cyril Windebank
Recording Location: Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria, 29–31 March 1955 (Bruckner), 1 April 1955 (Siegfried Idyll)
Original Decca Release: LXT 5065–66: August 1955

CD 7
Recording Producers: Victor Olof, Peter Andry
Balance Engineers: Gordon Parry, James Brown
Recording Location: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria, 3–6 June 1956
Original Decca Release: LXT 5255–56 (mono): December 1956 (UK); CSA 2205 (stereo): November 1959 (USA)

CDs 8-9
Recording Producer: Kurt List
Balance Engineers: Adolf Enz, Raymond Fügistaler
Recording Location: Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany, January 1963
Original Westminster Release: WST 235: 1963

CD 10
Recording Producers: James Walker, John Culshaw
Balance Engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson, Roy Wallace
Recording Location: La Maison de la Mutualité, Paris, France, 7–8 May 1956
Original Decca Release: LXT 5239: October 1956

CD 11
Recordings: Berlin, Germany, September 1927 and January 1928
Matrix No.: 751–2 bm
Original Polydor Releases: 66698, 66699, 66780, 66700, 66701–02, 66705, 27185

CD 12
Recording Producers: Terence Gibbs, Victor Olof
Balance Engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson, Arthur Haddy
Recording Location: Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 31 December 1947–3 January 1948 (1, 3, 8-9), Radio Studio, Zürich, Switzerland, 18 June 1947 (2), Radio Studio B, Geneva, Switzerland, 1 July 1947 (4), Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 31 December 1947 (5-7)

CD 13
Recording Producer: Victor Olof
Balance Engineer: Cyril Windebank
Recording Locations: Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria, 14–15 and 24 June 1950 (Parsifal: Prelude), 23 June 1950 (Parsifal: Transformation Music), 11 September 1950 (Parsifal: Flower Maidens’ Scene), 14–15 and 24 June 1950 (Rienzi, Siegfried)
Original Decca Releases: LX 3034 (Rienzi, Siegfried): March 1951; LX 3036 (Parsifal): March 1951

CD 14
Recording Producer: Victor Olof
Balance Engineer: Cyril Windebank
Recording Location: Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria, 6–7 May 1953
Original Decca Release: LXT 2822: September 1953

CD 15
Recording Producer: Dr. Kurt List
Recorded By: Peter Curiel
Mastering Engineer: Claude Rie
Recording Location: Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany, November 1962
Original Westminster Release: WST 17032: 1963

CD 16
Recording Producer: Dr. Kurt List
Recorded By: Peter Curiel
Mastering Engineer: Claude Rie
Recording Location: Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany, November 1962
Original Westminster Release: WST 17055: 1962

CD 17
Recording Producers: John Culshaw, Erik Smith
Balance Engineers: Gordon Parry, James Brown
Recording Location: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria, 15–16 October 1957
Original Decca Releases: LXT 5420: June 1958, SXL 2016: October 1958

CD 18
Recording Producer: Ray Minshull
Balance Engineers: Gordon Parry, James Brown
Recording Location: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria, 15–17 February 1960
Original Decca Release: SXL 2239: October 1960

Reviews

‘This … will please everyone who loves opulent brazen sound. As a Wagnerian, Prof. Knappertsbusch is plainly a great conductor … The Wagner of burlesque – lady wrestlers as Valkyries, heaving on Clydesdales and percherons; winds of two-miles-per-hour in the Dutchman’s hurricane … Still, the sound is splendid.’ High Fidelity, January 1954 (Wagner Preludes, VPO)

‘There is less heaviness, more flexibility and true Viennese spirit in his reading than in any of the others.’ High Fidelity, February 1956 (Bruckner, Symphony No. 4)

 ‘There apparently exists a wonderful rapport between the English virtuoso and the German conductor, for this performance is pervaded by a nearly tangible quality of artistic give-and-take.’ Stereo Review, April 1958 (Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5)

 ‘If you want a deliberate, large-scale reading of Brahms, Knappertsbusch is your man. He is as unhurried as Gibraltar.’ High Fidelity, March 1958 (Brahms: Overtures and Haydn Variations)

 ‘Readings of great power and eloquence – almost of a hypnotic nature. From first to last each work has an inevitability about its unfolding which is akin to the unravelling of a ball of wool.’ Stereo Review, April 1958 (Brahms: Overtures and Haydn Variations)

 ‘Knappertsbusch approaches these Strauss favourites in the old world manner conducting the music carefully and easily.’ Stereo Review, June 1960 (Johann Strauss: Waltzes & Polkas)

 ‘A wholly absorbing experience … The craggy grandeur of Bruckner’s huge Eighth Symphony is illuminated with convincing eloquence.’ Stereo Review, April 1964

 ‘This collection of pop-concert miniatures could not be more delightful. The Nutcracker is light and airy … full of careful attention to instrumental details overlooked in most other versions.’ High Fidelity, February 1969