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)
"How beautifully Schnabel plays the quiet modulation of G minor to A flat major, one of Schubert's magical touches. There is some waywardness about the tempo and one is reminded of Schnabel's views about the playing of triplets in the course of the piece, but this is most endearing and masterly playing and, if expectation be fulfilled, I look forward greatly to the appearance of the remainder of the set, the G flat major particularly." - The Gramophone, 1951
Originally recorded for 78rpm release, poor piano tone has always been the Achilles heel of this wonderful set of Schubert Impromptus. This release, thanks to Pristine's XR remastering, aims to finally resolve this problem. Schnabel's Schubert has never sounded so good!
Schubert 4 Impromptus, D.899
Schubert 4 Impromptus, D.935
Artur Schnabel, piano
"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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