Toscanini conducts Contemporary Russian Music = Works by PROKOFIEV; SHOSTAKOVICH; KABALEVSKY – NBC Symphony Orchestra – Pristine Audio
Toscanini reviews Russian Composers in the re-release of historic recordings!
Toscanini Conducts American Music, Volume 1 = LOEFFLER: Memories of My Childhood; CRESTON: Choric Dance No. 2; GOULD: Lincoln Legend; GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue – Earl Wild, piano/ Benny Goodman, clarinet/ NBC Symphony Orchestra/ Arturo Toscanini – Pristine Audio
Arturo Toscanini leads a wartime concert that celebrates the American musical character. Toscanini Conducts American Music, Volume 1 = LOEFFLER: Memories of My Childhood (Life in a Russian Village); CRESTON: Choric Dance No. 2; GOULD: Lincoln Legend; GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue – Earl Wild, piano/ Benny Goodman, clarinet/ NBC Symphony Orchestra/ Arturo Toscanini – Pristine […]
Arturo Toscanini = MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4, “Italian”; Symphony No. 5,“Reformation”; WAGNER: Parsifal, Prelude, Act I – NBC Symphony Orchestra (Mendelssohn)/ London Symphony Orchestra (Wagner) – Praga Digitals
The natural power and persuasive brilliance of the Toscanini experience return in music of Mendelssohn and Wagner. Arturo Toscanini = MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 “Italian”; Symphony No. 5 in d minor, Op. 107 “Reformation”; WAGNER: Parsifal: Prelude, Act I; Good Friday Music – NBC Symphony Orchestra (Mendelssohn)/ London Symphony Orchestra […]
PUCCINI: Turandot (2016) – Orch. del Teatro alla Scala di Milano/Riccardo Chailly – Decca
Something’s different about this production. PUCCINI: Turandot (2016, Luciano Berio completion) Cast: Nina Stemme, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Maria Agresta , Coro di voci bianche dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala Orch.: Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano Director: Riccardo Chailly Studio: Decca. Blue-ray [1/27/17] Run Time: 130 minutes Video: 1.77:1 Color Audio: DTS-HD 5.1, PCM Stereo Subtitles: English, […]
MENDELSSOHN: Songs Without Words; Andante and Rondo capriccioso – Ania Dorfmann, p. – Pristine Audio (2 CDs)
Mark Obert-Thorn restores Ania Dorfmann’s impressive effort in the complete set of Mendelssohn’s poetic tone-pictures. MENDELSSOHN: Songs Without Words; Andante and Rondo capriccioso, Op. 14 – Ania Dorfmann, p. – Pristine Audio PAKM 069 (2 CDs), TT: 2:12:21 [avail. in various formats from www.pristineclassical.com] ****: In his extensive “Producer’s Note,” Mark Obert-Thorn justly laments […]
BEETHOVEN 7th Sym.; SCHUBERT 8th Sym.; Encores – Philadelphia Orch./Stokowski (1927) – Pristine
1927 readings of Beethoven and Schubert achieve an ardent, fiery gloss in these remasterings. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 93; SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 8 in b, D. 759 “Unfinished”; Moment Musical No. 3 in f (arr. Stokowski), D. 780; Rosamunde, D. 797: Ballet Music No. 2: Two Versions – Philadelphia Orch./ Leopold […]
Fabiren Sevitzky & the Indianapolis Sym. Vol. I – Pristine Audio
Mark Obert-Thorn restores the World Premiere recording of Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. Fabien Sevitzky – Indianapolis Symphony Vol. 1 = TCHAIKOVSKY: Manfred Sym. in b minor, Op. 58; Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24; GLINKA: Russlan and Ludmilla Ov.; RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Dubinushka, Op. 62; LIADOV: Baba Yaga, Op. 56 – Indianapolis Sym. Orch./ Fabien Sevitzky – […]
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 in e minor; Romeo and Juliet – Fantasy Ov.; SHULMAN: A Laurentian Ov. – NBC Sym./ Guido Cantelli – Pristine Audio
The talented Guido Cantelli appears in 1952 Carnegie Hall for some rousing Tchaikovsky and a rare Shulman performance. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 in e minor, Op. 64; Romeo and Juliet – Fantasy Ov.; SHULMAN: A Laurentian Ov. – NBC Sym./ Guido Cantelli – Pristine Audio PASC 457, 72:08 [avail. in various formats from www.pristineclassical.com] ****: […]
“Arturo Toscanini, The Final New York Philharmonic Concert” = Works of HAYDN, RESPIGHI, SIBELIUS, WAGNER & WEBER – NY Philharmonic – Pristine Audio
The rare inscription of this 1945 pension-fund concert makes a potent impression.
GRIEG: Piano Concerto in a minor; MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concerto No. 1 in g minor; SCHUMANN: Carnaval – Ania Dorfmann, p./ Robin Hood Dell Orch. of Philadelphia/ Erich Leinsdorf – Pristine Audio
Russian pianist Ania Dorfmann enjoys a partial “resurrection” of her otherwise neglected legacy in a Pristine remastering.
Fritz Reiner conducts RICHARD STRAUSS = Also Sprach Zarathustra; Burleske in D Minor; Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks – Byron Janis, p./ Chicago Sym. Orch./ NBC Symphony (Till) – Pristine Audio
Pristine Classics adds its own Reiner survey of Richard Strauss to a variety of sources.
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 1 in C Major; Symphony No. 3, (Eroica) – Philharmonic-Sym. of New York/ Willem Mengelberg – Pristine Audio
Historic 1930 readings of Beethoven from New York grant an epic breadth to scores Mengelberg leads in the grand Romantic tradition.
Victor de Sabata – The Complete Berlin Philharmonic Recordings = BRAHMS, STRAUSS, RAGNER, VERDI, KODALY, RESPIGHI – Berlin Philharmonic Orch./ Victor de Sabata – Pristine
The complete 1939 Berlin Philharmonic recordings by Victor de Sabata, whom many considered the finest conductor of his generation.
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.
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad” – Mariinsky Orchestra/ Valery Gergiev – Mariinsky
Not the benchmark set by Bernstein, but certainly a benchmark in terms of sound and certain aspects of performance.
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 4; DEBUSSY: Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien – Suite; La Mer – Philharmonia Orch./ Guido Cantelli – ICA Classics
A splendid reissue of the meteoric conducting of Cantelli, including his signature La Mer.
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major “Eroica” – Vienna Philharmonic Orch./ Wilhelm Furtwängler – Tahra
The CD layer is a slight improvement but the SACD layer is unlistenable.
SAMUEL BARBER Historical Recordings, 1935-1960 = West Hill Radio Archives (8 CDs + CD-ROM)
One of America’s great lyrical composers receives a major retrospective in performances that resist age and retain their elemental, authentic power and spontaneity.
* DEBUSSY: La mer; Jeux; Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun – London Symphony Orchestra/ Valery Gergiev – LSO Live
****** MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH *****
The Artistry of Josef Gingold, violin = LALO, SCHUBERT, ARENSKY, BLOCH, FRANCAIX, MAEKLEBERGHE, BEETHOVEN, MOZART, YSAYE & TCHAIKOVSKY – Enharmonic Records (2 CDs)
The art of concertmaster extraordinaire–Josef Gingold finds a fitting testimonial on recordings and radio transcriptions made 1941-1979.
Memorial Tribute to Toscanini = BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2; Passacaglia and Fugue; VIVALDI: Concerto Grosso; ROSSINI: String Symphony No. 3 – Toscanini – Guild
A fascinating tribute to Arturo Toscanini, organized after his death in a limited edition and now a revelation of Maestro’s conscientious working methods.
LISZT: From the Cradle to the Grave; Three Funeral Odes; Two Episodes from Lenau’s Faust – BBC Scottish Sym. Orch./ Glasgow Singers/Ilan Volkov – Hyperion
A darker mortality-conscious Liszt provided in rich tones from conductor Ilan Volkov, including the Lenau’s Faust episodes presented as the composer preferred.