Two divergent visions of Romantic Piano Music, through Paul Lewis’ gifted hands…
Albert Markov, Vol. 1 – The Melodiya Recordings, 1956-1963 = Works for Violin by PAGANINI; KREISLER, CORELLI, FALLA and more – DOREMI
Albert Markov’s stellar rendering of classics of the violin literature… Paganini, Kreisler, Brahms, Khatchturian…
Génisson and his American colleague catch the spirit of these contrasting works.
Hans Rosbaud conducts MENDELSSOHN; WEBER – Southwest Radio Orchestra, Baden-Baden/ Hans Rosbaud – SWR Classics
SWR Classic issues a series of Hans Rosbaud vintage recordings, 1955-1962, of Romantic staples. Hans Rosbaud conducts = MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture, Scherzo and Notturno; Capriccio brillante in B minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 22; WEBER: Overtures: Preziosa, Op. 78; Der Freischuetz, Op. 77; Der Beherrscher der Geister, Op. 27; Konzartstueck in […]
This week, The Music Treasury is focusing on the performances by conductor Willem van Otterloo. Talented in many areas, Otterloo opted to study music, where he excelled in both cello performance as well as composition. Though his activity as a conductor was launched in the Netherlands, his career ultimately landed in Australia, where he conceited […]
Leopold STOKOWSKI conducts BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1; WEBER: Invitaton to the Dance; STRAUSS: Blue Danube and Vienna Woods Waltzes; LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 – Philadelphia Orch./ Leopold Stokowski – PASC
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in c minor, Op. 68; WEBER: Invitaton to the Dance, Op. 65 (arr. Berlioz/Stokowski); J. STRAUSS: On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz, Op. 314; Tales from the Vienna Woods Waltz, Op. 325; LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (orch. Mueller-Berghaus) – Philadelphia Orchestra/ Leopold Stokowski – Pristine Audio PASC 500, 70:01 [www.pristineclassical.com] […]
STRAVINSKY: Violin Concerto in D – David Oistrakh(v)/Lamoreux Orch./Bernard Haitink; Pulcinella Suite – Philharmonia Orch./Otto Klemperer; Jeu de Cartes – Bavarian Radio Symph. Orch./Bernard Haitink; Movements for Piano and Orch. – Margret Weber(p)/Berlin Radio Symph. Och/Ferenc Fricsay
The cover photo of Stravinsky’s impish grin is a perfect advertisement for this collection of three neoclassical pieces, plus a serial-period “fourth deal”–the album title is a reference to the Jeu de Cartes (Card Game), a “ballet in three deals.” STRAVINSKY: Igor Stravinsky in Four Deals – Violin Concerto in D Major/David Oistrakh, Violin/Concerts Lamoureux/Bernard […]
Mark Obert-Thorn adds more rare Bruno Walter recordings to supplement his three earlier installments. Bruno Walter Rarities, Vol. 2 = BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9; HANDEL: Concerto Grosso in b, Op. 6, No. 12; WAGNER: Parsifal: Act I Transformation Music; A Siegfried Idyll; MOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492 – Overture; Serenade No. […]
Bruno Walter – The Complete Columbia Acoustic Recordings – Works of MENDELSSOHN, BERLIOZ, WEBER, WAGNER, & R. STRAUSS – Pristine Audio
The earliest Bruno Walter records reveal a committed Romantic conductor in music in the German tradition. Bruno Walter – The Complete Columbia Acoustic Recordings – WEBER: Overture to Der Freischuetz; MENDELSSOHN: Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61; BERLIOZ: Menuet of the Will-o’-the-Wisps from La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24; WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde: […]
Mordecai Shehori, p.: Learning by Example Series, Vol. 4 = Pieces by BEETHOVEN, SCHUMANN, DUSSEK, DIABELLI, MASSENET & Others – Mordecai Shehori, p. – Cembal d’amour
Listen and learn’ serves as the satisfying rubric for this diverse excursion into the music of many styles. Mordecai Shehori: Learning by Example Series, Vol. 4 = DUSSEK: Allegro in G Major; DIABELLI: Bagatelle in C Major; HAYDN: “Gypsy” Rondo; BEETHOVEN: Gertrude’s Dream Waltz; “Rage Over a Lost Penny,” Op. 129; SCHUMANN: Traeumerei, Op. 15, […]
“STRAVINSKY in 4 Deals” = Violin Con.; Jeu de cartes; Movements – Soloists/Stravinsky – Praga Digitals
This album serves as a microcosm of Stravinsky’s evolving musical styles, in four performances expertly restored. “STRAVINSKY in 4 Deals” = Violin Concerto in D; Pulcinella – Suite; Jeu de cartes; Movements for Piano and Orchestra – David Oistrakh, violin/ Concerts Lamoureux/ Bernard Haitink/ Philharmonia Orch./ Otto Klemperer/ Bavarian Radio-Sym. Orch./ Igor Stravinsky/ Margrit Weber, […]
“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.
“BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS, WEBER” = BEETHOVEN: Clarinet Trio; BRAHMS: Clarinet Trio; WEBER: Grand Duo Concertant – Jon Manasse, clar./ Jon Nakamatsu, p./ Clive Greensmith, cello – Harmonia mundi
I would give this one six stars if we ever did that.
Rosl Schmid, piano = BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19; WEBER: Konzertstueck in F Minor, Op. 79; R. STRAUSS: Burleske in D Minor – with various German orch. – MeloClassic
Long-forgotten Rosl Schmid emerges with blistering intensity in three staples from the grand German repertory.
Brailowsky Rarities on CD: NYC, 1940-1955 = CHOPIN, MUSSORGSKY, SCHUMANN, WEBER, LISZT, BACH, LIADOV, SCRIABIN & FRANCK – Fondazione Stauffer (2 CDs)
Almost 40 years since the passing of Alexander Brailowsky, an enterprising French label resurrects some of his finest recorded efforts.
Pierre Dervaux Conducts = Short works of HEROLD, SUPPER, GLINKA, BRAHMS, WEBER, WAGNER, ROSSINI, NICOLAI, WEBER, DUKAS, ETC. [TrackList follows)- Guild
Make the pleasurable discovery yourself of these resurrected orchestral favorites from the much-overlooked French maestro Pierre Dervaux.
Julian Pregardien’s ease of delivery and unaffected performances win the day in this broad-spectrum Romantic soiree.
WEBER: Der Freischütz (complete opera) – Soloists/ London Sym. Orch. and Chorus/ Colin Davis – LSO Live (2 discs)
Colin Davis’ last considerable thoughts on a work that he loved dearly.
Terrific recording of some lesser heard masterworks!
WEBER: Piano Quartet in B-flat Major; 6 Sonatas – Isabelle Faust, violin/Boris Faust, viola/ Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, cello/ Alexander Melnikov, fortepiano – Harmonia mundi
Violin virtuoso Isabelle Faust and her devoted coterie explore that “wayward” Romantic Carl Maria von Weber with suave aplomb, introducing to Weber’s neglected Piano Quartet.
SPOHR: Piano Sonata in A-flat Major; Rondoletto in G Major; ONSLOW: Piano Sonata in C Minor; Six Pieces; Toccata in C Major – Howard Shelley, p. – Hyperion
Howard Shelley explores the infrequent keyboard works of Louis Spohr and Georges Onslow, pieces that lie between the salon and the concert hall.
WEBER: Concerto for Clarinet and Orch. No. 1 in F Minor; Ov. to “Oberon”; Ov. “Beherrscher der Geister,”; Concertino for Clarinet and Orch. – Martin Spangenberg, clar. and cond. / Orchester M18 – MD&G WEBER Wind Concertos = Concerto for Clarinet and Orch. No. 1; Bassoon Concerto; Horn Concertino in E Minor; Concertino for Clarinet and Orch. in C Minor – Maximiliano Martín, clarinet/ Peter Whelen, bassoon/ Alec Frank-Gemmill, horn/ Scottish Ch. Orch. / Alexander Janiczek – Linn
Fine performances all, but I’m giving the edge of these two to Spanenberg, who’s a kinder, gentler performer in the clarinet concerti.