Karl Böhm's essential wartime recording of Bruckner's Seventh with the Vienna Philharmonic is given a full sonic makeover in this new XR-remastered edition, correcting multitudinous pitching issues and bringing a whole new sound palette to this early example of taped orchestral recording.
"- It bristles with expression, in structure as well, and the young Böhm is fearless in bringing all this out. His later recordings tend to be a bit more prosaic, unfortunately, and I much prefer this over the later ones with the Vienna Philharmonic, for example...
- Everyone should hear this. I came to it new last week, and I found it really exciting...
- Yes, it’s definitely to be recommended"
- CD Review, BBC Radio Three, December 2014
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Malcolm Sargent, conductor
PASC 435 (67:19)
This 3-CD set concludes this epic "Potted Ring" cycle, drawn from over 120 78rpm sides recorded mainly in the late 1920s, and assembled diligently and expertly by Mark Obert-Thorn in terrific new transfers for Pristine. It includes two CDs of music from Götterdämmerung as well as a full hour of additional material, featuring music issued in Europe but re-recorded for US release, as well as an exhaustive illustration of the 90 motives with which Wagner constructed his epic opera cycle.
"For anyone who knows and loves this music, what we have here is an invaluable experience. This is how the music sounded in the golden era of great Wagnerian singing, largely between the two world wars. Some of these singers have been perhaps equaled but never surpassed (Leider, Schorr), and some have not even been equaled (Melchior)." - Fanfare (on Vol. 1 of this series)
Appendix Motives and extras
Florence Austral ∙ Walter Widdop
Rudolf Laubenthal ∙ Maartje Offers ∙ Ivar Andrésen
Lauritz Melchior ∙ Friedrich Schorr
London Symphony Orchestra
Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Albert Coates ∙ Leo Blech
PACO118 (2hr 23:59 and 60:30)
The first two of just eight studio recordings Horenstein made with the LSO were both classics: Brahms' Symphony No. 1, made for a Reader's Digest release, and Bruch's Scottish Fantasy (originally billed as a violin concerto) with David Oistrakh.
"This really is a profoundly impressive account of Brahms's First Symphony and one which proves, yet again, that the late Jascha Horenstein was a most unusual kind of conductor: not, by all accounts, an efficient technician, but possessing such musical understanding and artistic integrity that orchestras responded to him with greater sympathy than to many a more commanding figure." - THOMAS HEINITZ, Records & Recordings, on Brahms.
"The performance of the Bruch is superlative, with Oistrakh, the LSO and Horenstein really making a banquet of it; I cannot imagine a finer." - The Gramophone, 1963, on Bruch.
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1
BRUCH Scottish Fantasy
Jascha Horenstein, conductor
David Oistrakh, violin
London Symphony Orchestra
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