Lucerne Festival Archive
Two classic performances which have gained many plaudits.
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in a minor, Op. 54; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major – Annie Fischer, p./Philharmonia Orch./ Carlo Maria Giulini (Schumann)/ Leon Fleisher, p./ Swiss Festival Orch./ George Szell – Audite
Two singular pianists make their debut as the Lucerne Festival, 1960 and 1962, with eminently musical results.
Pierre Fournier at the Lucerne Festival = DVORAK: Cello Concerto in b minor; SAINT-SAENS: Cello Concerto No. 1 in a minor; CASALS: El cant dels ocells – Pierre Fournier, cello/ Swiss Festival Orch./ Istvan Kertesz (Dvorak)/ Orch. Philharmonique de la RTF/ Jean Martinon (Saint-Saens)/ Festival Strings Lucerne/ Matthias Bamert (Casals) – Audite
Grand master of the cello Fournier shares his gift in three appearances in Lucerne, one of which matches him with Istvan Kertesz.
Lucerne Festival – Claudio Abbado = SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2; WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll – Vienna Philharmonic Orch. (Schubert)/ Ch. Orch. of Europe/ Claudio Abbado – Audite
Newly-released Abbado performances from Lucerne provide pedestrian Schubert but exhilarated readings of Beethoven and Wagner.
Lucerne Festival – George Szell = DVORAK: Symphony No. 8 in G Major; BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 – Czech Philharmonic Orch. (Dvorak)/ Swiss Festival Orch. /George Szell – Audite
The veritable master of orchestral discipline, George Szell, unleashes his musical will upon two familiar scores at the Lucerne Festival in potent readings of Dvorak and Brahms.
Lucerne Festival – Isaac Stern = TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35; BARTOK: Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz 112 – Isaac Stern, v./ Swiss Festival Orch./ Lorin Maazel (Tchaikovsky)/ Ernest Ansermet – Audite
Previously unreleased performances by Isaac Stern at the Lucerne Festival reveal him as a consummate master of the scores he surveys.