HORENSTEIN Early Recordings

"I recommend the records as music that you will want to put on again and again, for it is heartening: the kind of thing that the tired business man, if he has any taste at all, will find far more efficacious than deserts of dance music" - The Gramophone, 1930, on Horenstein's Schubert

In 1928, Horenstein made his first recordings for Grammophon/Polydor: a Bruckner Seventh (reissued on Pristine PASC 203) that was the première electrical recording of any Bruckner symphony, and Mahler’s song cycle, Kindertotenlieder, with baritone Heinrich Rehkemper. The following year, he made the recordings featured on the present program.

The repertoire is significant in the conductor’s discography, since he never returned to any of these works in the studio later in his career. The Schoenberg transcriptions were recorded at a time when the composer’s original works had scant representation on disc. The remainder were staples of the Austro-German repertoire, and included the first-ever recording of the Schubert Fifth. These were to be the last recordings Horenstein would make until the LP era. 

  • BACH-SCHOENBERG Two Chorale Preludes
  • HAYDN Symphony No. 94, “Surprise”
  • MOZART Overtures to Le Nozze di Figaro and La Clemenza di Tito
  • SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5