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The complete Richard Strauss orchestral music recorded during the 78 rpm era by Otto Klemperer and Leo Blech - Klemperer’s recordings impress with their vitality (these must be among the fastest performances of Don Juan and Till on disc) and a surprisingly modern approach, both in terms of interpretation and ensemble playing. Blech, who was Klemperer’s senior by fourteen years, is more of the old school in terms of elastic tempi and orchestral playing. His Death and Transfiguration is a rare opportunity to hear him in an extended work.
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Salome – Dance of the Seven Veils
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme – Intermezzo
Death and Transfiguration
Der Rosenkavalier – Waltzes
Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Otto Klemperer ∙ Leo Blech
Recorded 1928/29 - PASC419 (69:52)
A remarkable find that languished for decades in the archives: a stereo recording of celebrated American composer and conductor Howard Hanson conducting his only opera, Merry Mount - the première of which, 70 years ago - still holds the Met Opera's record for curtain calls. This is the only extant complete recording of Hanson conducting the work. Never previously issued, it has been XR-remastered by Andrew Rose for Pristine Audio for this very special release.
Hanson Merry Mount
Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Eastman School of Music
Howard Hanson, conductor
PACO108 (1 hr 51:38)
"Horenstein's view of this work adds to a feeling of greater astringency and earthiness [than] the [mono] sound picture conveys. That taken into account there is much to admire and enjoy" - MusicWeb International, 2000
Recorded by Vox in stereo in 1957, mysteriously Horenstein's only Rite of Spring has always had a mono release only, save for an obscure mis-named 70s stereo LP only recently properly identified as this amazing recording. Now fully remastered in glorious 32-bit XR stereo from Pristine and available digitally for the first time alongside his Grand Prix du Disque award-winning Symphony of Psalms from 1953.
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms
SWR Symphony Orchestra
French Radio Symphony Orchestra
PASC 418 (56:57)
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